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-- ZXMods 4" Barebones Cold Cathode
-- Price: ~ $23.95 USD
-- 01.21.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2

   By now, most of you folks in the modding scene are pretty damn familiar with neon and what it can do for your case.  So what's the next step?  What's brighter than neon and is usually cheaper? Cold cathode fluorescent lights.  These smaller tubes of light are about 50% brighter than any neon you can find for the same price.  So with that in mind, we have a few different variations on the normal CCFLs, a miniature one.

   We're going to take a look at a 4" CCFL kit from ZXMods.  They're making it simple for modding folks by providing a kit that has all you need to wire up some brightness in your case.  Instead of the full sized CCFL, we have a smaller version that you can stick in places you never knew could get some brightness.  As far as I know, ZXMods is one of the only places to get this smaller CCFL pre-wired.

   In the barebones kit, we get the 4" CC protected by an acrylic tube.  This comes attached to an invertor which is powered by an 8" molex Y Splitter.  You also get a nice rounded or squared rocker switch with a template to drill a hole with.  Lastly, you get a pair of self adhesive velcro strips to get things to stay in place.

   The 12V wire is covered with a heatshrink, as well as the invertor.  You definitely don't want that invertor not insulated, could cause some havoc in your case.

   You get the round rocker switch and a template.  Use the template to drill the switch onto a face plate on your case if you want to.  Or just plug the wires into a fan bus or the like if you don't wish to turn the tube off.

   Installation is pretty damn simple, you need only plug the ground wires into the rocker switch and your set.  There is no other wiring needed.

   No, that's not a crack pipe...the CCFL is encased in an acrylic tube to protect it from breaking.  The ends are not sealed so heat created from the CCFL can escape on the ends.

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