witch case lighitng? cathode ray or ultra violet?

goingmerry

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from jabtech witch blue light to i want? one says cathode ray teh other says UV i have no idea what teh difference is if any? thanks.
 

RallyMaster

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none, you'll eventually hate the whole lighting idea IMHO. i started out with LED fans and whatnot and ended up replacing them all with non-LED Cooler Masters and Yate Loons.
 

herm0016

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UV is ultraviolet ( black light) you should not expose your skin to it too much, you could get a tan from it. the ccfl is just cold cathode ( kinda like a cross btw a neon and a florescent light with a blue phosphor coating. ( just blue colored light) if you have UV reactive stuff go for a uv, it will make the stuff glow. if not go for the normal i think.
 

goingmerry

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thanks for the advice, well i do have a red ide cable that is UV, i also have a cathode lit fan so idk if they woudl glow different blue and look wierd. i have thermaltake tsunami case. what else can i get UV?
 

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Originally posted by: RallyMaster
none, you'll eventually hate the whole lighting idea IMHO. i started out with LED fans and whatnot and ended up replacing them all with non-LED Cooler Masters and Yate Loons.

sooooooooooooo true...

ahahaha... the only lights i have on my computer now is the mobo ones, and a few UV LED's to lighjt up my water in the tubes. OTher then that, i got tired of ricing out my computer. :p

IMHO, go UV if your gonna light your case up. UV materials really light up, and your case doesnt look too riced out.
 

herm0016

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you can get uv fans, uv cables, and if you are water cooling you can get uv dye for the water, or uv tubing. Im not sure what else.
 

goingmerry

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ok sweet, i'm for sure going UV. any opinion on witch brand? logisis or sunbeam? i have a ide cable that is uv, goi to get a sata cable thats uv, looking for a good 92mm fan this is the only one i found. idk if anything else i can order uv. thanks for advice.
 

pkrush

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You'll definitely get sick of the lighting after a while, especially if you leave your computer running while you're trying to sleep. I still have 2 sets of cold cathodes in my case, but I haven't even turned them on in months. The only glowing objects that are always on are the blue LED's in my CPU fan and VGA cooler.
 

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Originally posted by: pkrush
You'll definitely get sick of the lighting after a while, especially if you leave your computer running while you're trying to sleep. I still have 2 sets of cold cathodes in my case, but I haven't even turned them on in months. The only glowing objects that are always on are the blue LED's in my CPU fan and VGA cooler.

Damn....your computer is next to your bed? Try moving it out of your bedroom and into a dedicated computer room or elsewhere, like your den.

Or, if you have to sleep next to it..........turn it off!
 

BonzaiDuck

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I've never noticed much of a change in CPU, mobo or graphics temperature from those things.

I can see the point made by AigoMorla and others. In fact, two years ago, or maybe it was three -- I was saying that I thought all the bling-bling was silly. Then I started using some Logisys(?) blue LED "strings" each containing 16 or so LEDs-- using something like 0.02A of 12V for each string.

My tastes are a bit more sophisticated with my latest case-build. Except for the faint-white LEDs on some case-bottom Aerocool "Silver-Lightnings" (which may get replaced with non-LED fans like Sharkoons), I've installed the Logisys CCFL "rings" on a center-case fan, and the switch for it in the case-chassis near my power-on/off toggle-switch. I've used Mylar film to "mirror" my side-panel window. So the innards are nearly invisible but for the mobo lights and those bottom-fans (which are faint LEDs, anyway), and if I flip the switch to the CCFL, I can see how much dust is accumulating in the case, or otherwise tittilate people who go goo-gah about the lights.

Since I'm ambivalent about lights, this arrangement comes closer to something I can live with all the time. It's all "switched." The side-panel looks like chrome or a mirror until I flip the lights on.
 

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Originally posted by: goingmerry
from jabtech witch blue light to i want? one says cathode ray teh other says UV i have no idea what teh difference is if any? thanks.

lol kid i bet you'd get tired of your lights in your pc in a month. get something that actually makes ur Pc better, like a better mouse, or a better quality case.

and you also spelled "which" wrong, twice. lol
 

mjrtoo

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Hell, who wants to see DNA on your own carpet....

Forget any lighting and window cases, just go for pure performance...
 

BonzaiDuck

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I agree about all that -- in principle. But there was also a big discussion months ago -- maybe it arises repeatedly upon occasion -- about "filtered air-intake" versus "unfiltered."

On my "Chrome Lightning" build (the oversize '94 Compaq Server), I've used a finer gauge "perf-steel" modder's mesh between fans and the exterior. It makes a crude filter and more-than-adequate fan-guard.

But I like the idea that I can just occasionally switch on a light to see if it's time to apply the air-duster can . . . That also justifies the Lexan window.

The other thing -- excluding aluminum cases -- is that replacing several square feet of sheet-steel with Lexan reduces the weight of the case. In my case (pun), it has become heavy enough that it hardly makes a difference, but again "in principle" -- it's not a bad idea.

Anyway, if my case was "free," I can afford $10-worth of Lexan and a couple dollars worth of mylar, together with a light-assembly from a Logisys CCFL fan that cost maybe $6.
 

aigomorla

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Originally posted by: RallyMaster
none, you'll eventually hate the whole lighting idea IMHO. i started out with LED fans and whatnot and ended up replacing them all with non-LED Cooler Masters and Yate Loons.

ROFL... i had 4 CCFL.s and LED fans, and my whole rig was bling bling brighter then a xmas tree.

Then 3 months later, i started getting some wierd funky greenish bluish hairy thing growing in my tubes. ACK ALGAE!


Now i dont have any lights besides my Crucial Tracers. And i havent had any algae yet.
 

BonzaiDuck

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Oh, Geez!

I can see it!! A screenplay . . . for a sci-fi film. "The Radioactive Creature From the Blue Water-Reservoir."

It'll be better than "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."

Now, you have something to use that Q6600 rig for. . . . . put on your Hollywood cap, Aigo!!