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    Default Cold Cathode vs Fluorescent Black Light

    Has anyone tried to light their UV tubing/fluids with a fluorescent tube instead of cold cathode? And if so what were the results?
    I am using 4 cold cathodes (UV) and I want a brighter result...


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    I have a set of four of these too i didnt like them and took them out !! Definetly not bright at all , They dont make the fluid glow !! Let me know what you find out also Thanks

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    doesn't UV rays help algae form in your loop?
    What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by say what View Post
    doesn't UV rays help algae form in your loop?

    Well from what I understand, it does quite the opposite.
    Read here http://www.garden-ponds-algae.com/uvmaintenance.htm

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    I have cold cathodes in my build now, and am very unimpressed at the results as well. We just did a review on a sleeved LED kit from NZXT and they work very well for making things in your system pop out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    I have cold cathodes in my build now, and am very unimpressed at the results as well. We just did a review on a sleeved LED kit from NZXT and they work very well for making things in your system pop out.
    I agree!
    I actually installed to USB Led lights in the case and the whole thing looks way better than the cold cathodes i have in the desk now...

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    Depends what look you want to achieve, but I do agree, typically LED lights nowadays are far better than cold cathodes. They don't break, they're smaller, they can fit anywhere.

    There are LED UV lights, by the way, I've used them before. Very cool if red/blue/whatever colour isn't your thing.

    Here's are a few examples of various LED lighting:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=52491&...acture=LIAN-LI (various colours are available)

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=55893&...nufacture=NZXT (various colours are available)


    And here's a UV one:

    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...sys%20Computer

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    you need more than one Cathode to have it illuminate properly, you need at least 3-4 tubes around your case. It's only good if you have UV cables or coolant, other wise it does nothing to the other hardware.

    Yeah, use LED light instead. I've used Cathode, high beam LED spot light, LED fans....etc. I have to agree the LED lights are the best to illuminate the hardware.

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    Forget flourescent, ....tube longevity issues and mains volts
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    Default found it!

    I found this and it's the best and brightest. This pic doesn't really show the Ultra Violet, but i'm using one strip and it lights up all the way to the bottom! (compared to 4 Cold Cathodes shown above)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-019-_-Product



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    i have one of those in my case and lights up the whole case pretty well.
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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