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Hello everyone. Over the past few days I've been reorganizing my case with a few new add-ons. In the process I decided to add some cold cathodes to better illuminate my case. I purchased a pair of these tubes online just the other day.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11140/lit-226/ModSmart_Single_12_CCFL_Replacement_Tube_w_Premium_Features_-_Blue.html?tl=g6c443s1140

What I didn't realize is that these only come with the tubes and not the inverter I apparently need. Since I have never used cold cathodes before I wasn't even aware these "inverters" were necessary. So my question ends up being do I absolutley need one of these inverter devices to power my cathodes or is there an alternative to lighting these things up?

If my only option is using the inverter device, might anyone know of a retailer/online store where I could buy one for cheap?

Thanks.
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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10451/ele-648/Logisys_Cold_Cathode_Replacement_Inverter.html?tl=g6c449s1141
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if your from cali you have a frys near i just got a kit today from there 12" blue cathode with inverter for 5 bucks cant beat it
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dont buy from here pls check out frys first dont waist your money
ill even send you pics of the kit i got today.
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Heh, I was actually looking at this before I made my post. I just can't justify spending $3.99 plus shipping simply for a plastic box. Also, FrozenCPU left a bad impression on me when I found out they charge a 20% restocking fee even for returned unopened/sealed items.
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if your from cali you have a frys near i just got a kit today from there 12" blue cathode with inverter for 5 bucks cant beat it

It's ironic, I was literally gonna say that I was from Cali in my post and that I DO NOT live near a Fry's unfortunately. I'd have to travel to the next major town just to find one. Any idea if ****ty Best Buy might have one?
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best buy wont have it order it from frys online.
http://www.frys.com/product/5948774?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
shipping is $6 tho :/

hang on i have an alternative i found a couple days ago
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http://cgi.ebay.com/24cm-Flexible-Car-Strip-Light-Waterproof-24-LED-Blue-/150534816360?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230c930268
use these and hook up the back and red streifgt to your black and yellow on your molex
cant beast that for less than $2 after shipping.
what color are you looking for?
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I'm looking for a blue.
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NVM lol.
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post #10 of 10
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Update:

So I finally got around to going to Fry's today. I bought a "Logysis" brand blue cathode set which came with an inverter box. When I got home and plugged the molex end into my power supply and fliped the little nob switch I notice that the cathode only lights up about 1/4 of the way. I also had two "Mod/Smart" 12" cathodes and they to only lit up about 1/4 of the way.

Am I doing something wrong or did I just get a dud inverter box?

Thanks.
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