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Modding Are Cold Cathodes Safe?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by MrWillyWonka, 12 Dec 2005.

  1. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    I currently have 2 4" CC on the underside of my case, I've heard horror stories of them exploding. If the current ones explode it won't get anywhere near the components.

    I also want to get 2 12" CC on the inside of the case, my previous case only had LED lightings, but CC spreads light better, so, how safe are they to use? I know a lot of people have them but I don't want to risk anything! Would a semi circular plastic tube over the cathodes be a good idea, just in case it explodes?

    Or am I just being stupid?
     
  2. OtakuHawk

    OtakuHawk New Member

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    yes.
     
  3. Blackcrown

    Blackcrown New Member

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    Never heard of before. Those things are made for in the pc, so I don't think you should take this (and other such like things) serious.
     
  4. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    Its usually the inverters melting. Only seems to happen on really poor ones.
    Though, I haven't heard of this for quite a while ;) So we *could* be ok now.
     
  5. Fr4nk

    Fr4nk Tyrannosaurus Alan !

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    Once again, Yes.
    I've had CCFL's in my case for about 1 year, and I havent heard any explosions :lol:
     
  6. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    There's a couple threads here about them exploding, I've heard about that issue elsewhere too.

    But as the majority are safe, I might as well buy a couple.
     
  7. FanatiK

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    Happened to me. It didnt explode just the inverter started getting hot and made a burning smell. There where small burn marks on the end of the ccfl tube. I think it would of caught fire if I didnt turn my pc off on time. Thats why I only use leds now in my pcs. Thats the other reason I used a real blacklight with ballasts and starters. Screww ccfls. Leds are smaller and better. They are more work to use them but well worth it.
     
  8. Fly

    Fly inter arma silent leges

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    Don't stare at the UV ones, me and Koolvin had migranes for a week after spending a while playing with some when they first came out.
     
  9. Arkuden

    Arkuden mow?

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    last 8 cc's I bought even the spendy ones had the inverters melt and burn out. So now I just have cc tubes but no inverter. Ive tried everything included giving the inverter its own fan and they still blow out.
     
  10. The_Maker

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    One of my inverters actually gave my system electrical problems, it didn't matter what kind of cc I plugged into it it still made my computer spark and sizzle <.<

    My other two work however so maybe its just a rare thing happening, there are always defective products on the market ;)
     
  11. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    Well, I've decided that I'm only gonna leave the CCFL's on whilst I'm on the computer, with a flick of a switch it's off!
     

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