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Hey guys, Just did some experimenting this afternoon and thaught i would share

Just this afternoon i was bored as hell.. had a 17" monitor. dead inverter i picked it up for 5$ and had it laying around so i thaught what the hell and began dismantling it to see what interesting things i may find.

After a bit of stuffing around long story short i managed to remove the lighting strips from the top and bottom of the panel.. and thaught to myself.. i wonder if i could put these in my PC case?

Allready having a Flexiglow inverter for this type of tube. i just plugged them straight in. And they work! they give off a brilliant pure white light. and they are extremely bright.

The plugs dont fit perfectly on the inverter. but bending the pins over slightly they do plug in quite snugly. there are 2 tubes in each rail however i am only powering one of them in each. they are a little dimmer than usual due to the inverter being a little underpowered for tubes of this size and intensity. but still brighter than a shop bought 12" tube.

Here i'v added a few pics. i apogogise in advance for the Apalling quality and low light. they were taken on my phone which has a severely damaged lense. year and a half in a pocket does that to things.




the tubes by themselves. Off
What you are looking at is the top of a U shape piece of metal, in each there are 2 tubes laying comfortably, attached at either end. Quite flimsy but usable. you wouldnt want to throw these around



On, They are Seriously bright



One vertically in the front of my case. on this one i plugged both the tubes into the inverter. so it has the combined intensity of both sets. Oddly only one tube lit up when i did this. However it was significantly brighter. Will have to check how the tubes are wired.



And the complete system. its a shame the camera totally ruined the effect of the light. If anyone cares i will upload a better image at a later date, i will be keeping it this way, i personally think it looks far better than the blue flexiglow i had in there before
Edited by DarkFang - 2/23/11 at 7:46am
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That's really nice and all, but it worries me a little...that inverter may be working double time to provide adequate current to run those lights. Hope it's not blistering hot to the touch.
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The inverter seemed to handle it fine. they are actually a rather thin tube and the inverter is spec'd to run a pair of 12" tubes. so i think it should be fine. If worst comes to the worst and the inverter dies i have a spare on hand. and will just put the flexiglow tubes back in. i am keeping an eye on it

Edit: Having checked the inverter is slightly warm after ~30mins This is exactly the same as it is with the tubes it was supplied with.
Edited by DarkFang - 2/23/11 at 7:55am
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Ahh, well if that's the case you should be fine I suppose.

Nevertheless, I'd keep a keen eye on that inverter.
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for a small update, machine has been operating for 24 hours. and aside from some virus related instability the lighting has been performing admirably. and the inverter is still well alive.

No one else has any curiousity? Just seeking oppinions on this setup
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