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Lamps Electronics Cold Cathode Fan Grill


Everyone who regulary visits Hardware/Case modding sites will have already seen a couple of Cold Cathodes, and most of you will have one or maybe even more in your cases. Cold Cathode fan grills also aren't new anymore, they already excist for a few months. But now Lamps Electronics comes with a much cooler looking version of the Cold Cathode Fan, they bring us the Cold Cathode Fan grill with 2 CCFL's in it!

The box Back of the box

This clear box arrived a few days ago. In it I found the Cold Cathode fan grill with the inverter, a Velcro and 4 screws. The back of the package learned me that Lamps Electronics has a lot more nice looking Cold Cathode Fan Grills, they are avaible in white, purple, red, blue, UV, yellow, green, red and blue, blue and green, green and red, and some more. The version I got was the Green and Red.
Now lets have a look on its specifications

Specifications
Dimensions : 84mm x 4mm-34mm x 4mm
Tube Voltage: 180V-1000V
Average Brightness : 29000cd/m²
Average life : 30 000 hours.


The CCFL grill + inverter

Here we have the CCFL Fan Grill and the inverter. Unlike some other Cold Cathode Fan Grills kits this one does not include a fan.

The CCFL grill

The two CCFL tubes are exactly the same ones like Lamps Electronics his normal Cold Cathodes. This means that they are very bright! The ones from Lamps Electronics are the brightest that I have ever seen by the way. The tubes are housed in a clear acrylic housing, but you're able to take them out. One of the things I noticed was that the 4 wires from the two round Cold Cathodes generate a lot of cable mess, maybe they should give them some sort of cable sleeving, or you could fix this with some tape, heatshrink or cable sleeving.

The inverter The inverter Rocket switch + Molex connectors

Here we have the inverter, it provides power to two Cold Cathodes, and its exactly the same like the ones they use with normal Cold Cathodes. It's semi-transparant so you can easely see the PCB board with all his components on it, also it has six airholes on top to allow the hot air to flow away. The inverter has a passtrough Molex-connector and has a rocket switch so you can turn it on or off.
Bag of goodies

In this bag I found a Velcro to mount the inverter in your case, and 4 screws with stand-offs.

Shiny Light me up!

Now I plugged in the inverter into one of my Molex connectors and turned this thing on! The lamps are very bright. Even in daylight they are fucking bright! I got the green/red version of their Round CCFL Fan grills like you can see on the photos. One thing disappointed me however, the 'red' doesn't look red, it looks more like pink/orange. This is a problem I noticed with a lot of Cold Cathodes however..

Now lets move on to the fun part! I mounted the Cold Cathode Fan Grill on a LED fan. I did encountered some little mounting problems however, I'm using the fan in my Antec PlusView 1000 AMG case, and this case has some handy 80mm fan holders. The only way I could get the fan with CCFL Fan Grill into an Antec Fan holder was by placing a little round screw on both sides of the fan grill, and not whole trough the fan like Lamps Electronics intends you to do with their screws. Another solution would be to use some shorter screws.

LED fan with CCFL Fan Grill Another shot And yes another shot :)

These were some shots with the Cold Cathode Fan Grill mounted on the top LED Fan in my case, lets turn this thing on!

The CCFL Fan grill in action The Antec TriLight LED fan gets outperformed by the CCFL Fan grill :P Light my case up baby!

Damn these thing are BRIGHT! The Cold Cathode Fan Grill simply drowns the TriLight LED fan with his very bright light!

Hi wall! Bright bright

On these two pictures you can see that its very capable of lighting up your whole case as good as a normal Cold Cathode, it even says 'Halo' to my wall trough the fan grills on the back ;) Very nice I'm amazed by the amount of light that this Cold Cathode Fan Grill gives me!


Conclusion
This product suprised me a little! I really didn't expected that this product could light up my case that much. Maybe these Cold Cathodes Fan Grills are something for you if you don't know were to put or don't have place for a long 30cm Cold Cathode in your case! Just attach it to one of your fans on the back of your case and I'm sure your case will be lighted up pretty good. The Cold Cathodes from this kit generate some heat, they aren't really 'cold', but with the fan running you'll barely notice this. I didn't found any serious flaws with this product, only some little things like that it doesn't really fits for 100% in an Antec style fan holder with the provided mounting tools, and that the four wires from the two round Cold Cathodes generate some cable mess, maybe they should give these a nice cable sleeving, or you could do it yourself ofcourse.
The Cold Cathode Fan Grills from Lamps Electronics are avaible from SVC and from Xoxide. Prices vary from $9.95 to $12.99

The Good Stuff
- Very bright
- It's able to light up your whole case
- Looks very cool
- Comes with a clear inverter (looks a bit less boring than a black or blue one)
- Avaible in many different colors and color combinations.

The Bad Stuff
- You can encounter some little mounting problems
- The red color isn't very intense it looks more like pink/orange.


The Cold Cathode Fan Grill from Lamps Electronics receives a 9/10 from DV Hardware




Just two little shots from Lamps Electronics that show you some of their different Cold Cathode Fan Grills.


  

Added: April 30th 2003
Reviewer: LSDsmurf
Score: 9/10
Related Link: SVC



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Lamps Electronics Cold Cathode Fan Grill
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-06-01 23:20:42
My Score: 10/10
where can i finde lamps electronics products Chris Bobek
chrisbobek@comcast.net thank you for your help

 

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