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post #11 of 26
Cathodes do well if all you want is powah and uniform lighting.

LEDs do well if you want a specific color, since you can use RGBs and graduate their powers.

Also note that a LED eats way less power and heats way less than a CCFL, so that might be an advantage to some people.
   
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post #13 of 26
in case you're having trouble wiring the leds
you can check out this thread that i started
http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...l#post12089494

havn't try it yet though (waiting for parts T_T)
but i'm sure it would work
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I have a Lamptron spectral bar cathode, And if it wasnt for my GPU, It would light up my whole case, But i dont know what regular cathodes are like since i dont trust photos. LEDs are definitly the cheaper alternative though. I honestly suggest cathodes since i think they look alot nicer.
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post #15 of 26
Cathodes:
- good ambient light
- evenly bright all around
- good for general lighting
- require converter
- more expensive
- fewer colors
LEDs:
- Good directional lighting
- can be run directly of psu (4 on 12v)
- large variety of colors
- easy to stash / store in case
- cheap cheap cheap
- more modding ability
post #16 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reista View Post
Cathodes:
- good ambient light
- evenly bright all around
- good for general lighting
- require converter
- more expensive
- fewer colors
LEDs:
- Good directional lighting
- can be run directly of psu (4 on 12v)
- large variety of colors
- easy to stash / store in case
- cheap cheap cheap
- more modding ability
I guess, But just so you know, My inverter is built in to my cathode, So you cant see it or have to find a place to put it.

Also im not sure where i was looking but you can get wide spread LEDs rather than directional.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Reista View Post
Cathodes:
- good ambient light
- evenly bright all around
- good for general lighting
- require converter
- more expensive
- fewer colors
LEDs:
- Good directional lighting
- can be run directly of psu (4 on 12v)
- large variety of colors
- easy to stash / store in case
- cheap cheap cheap
- more modding ability

ditto.
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post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by kungfuelmo View Post
I guess, But just so you know, My inverter is built in to my cathode, So you cant see it or have to find a place to put it.

Also im not sure where i was looking but you can get wide spread LEDs rather than directional.
I haven't used the widespread LEDs personally, but I know that CCFLs cast a nice universal glow, especially blue and white.
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post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by kungfuelmo View Post
I guess, But just so you know, My inverter is built in to my cathode, So you cant see it or have to find a place to put it.

Also im not sure where i was looking but you can get wide spread LEDs rather than directional.
Cool =D i haven't seen them like that before. It can still be said that most require the inverter though- but i don't se a 2"x1"x1" box as hard to stash
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I like love my cathodes!

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