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    Ultraviolet CCFLs, need REALLY bright ones!

    Hi all,

    I've got a few cables and such like in my case which shine up under UV light. I already have a purple CCFL in there just now but thought the blue UV stuff would show up nicely under UV light. Wrong, as it turned out...

    I tried a pair of mini (4") tubes and with them any more than a few centimeters away from the cables etc, they don't look any different compared to just looking at them with the purple visible light. OK I thought, I guess the mini's just don't give of as much light as the big ones so next time I was buying stuff online I stuck a Vantec 12" UV tube in the order.

    Thing is it's even worse, even without the purple light on holding the vantec tube directly against UV reactive stuff it still doesn't come up brightly at all. The little ones do make stuff glow a little, quite a bit if they're very close (i.e. <= 5cm) but it's still not what I'm after at all.

    I've seen plenty of pics of people's PCs with UV tinted watercooling, SATA and IDE cables, power cables etc. all glowing brightly with just 1x 12" tube so I wondered if I'm missing something with UV lights? The Vantec didn't come with an inverter so I just have it plugged into the one the purple CCFL runs off, do UV's have to have a special inverter or something? Or is there a specific brand I should be looking for?

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    UV light... by its very nature... isn't very bright. UV reactive products therefore require more than the usual amount of CC's and other light sources (e.g. (UV LED'd fans) to be effective.
    In a typical midi tower case... I'd recommend at least 4x CC's: 12" @ top and bottom, and 4" front and back.

    In my experience... AC Ryan CC's are among the brighest you can get - but Sunbeam CC's are quite good too

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    Thanks Fireblade - sorry I misused the term "bright", obviously UV is called "black light" for a reason what I meant was "gives off more intense UV energy"

    So you reckon on flooding the case then hmm, OK well I'll try the 2x 4" and 1x 12" together tonight then and see how it goes. The mini's are ACRyan, the 12" is a vantec I think but I'll look for an ACRyan 12" UV as well.

    Thx again!
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