LANFire By Night - Modding the ThermalTake by ACRyan

Modding/Case Mods by terangreal @ 2003-12-21

ACRyan is fairly new to the modding scene. They send us some of their most impressive products in the "UVactive Fever" line. Take a look how this high quality modding gear can give a Thermaltake Lanfire the edge!

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TWIN-30 CCFL Light 2x30cm UV & Blue

  • length: 30cm
  • voltage: 40V
  • current: 3.5mA
  • power consumption: 3W

  • inverter input voltage: DC 12V (via 4pin PSU molex)
  • output current: 2 outputs of 5mA each

    package contains
  • 2x 30mm CCFL
  • advanced silent dual-driver sound-active inverter with 4 pin molex power connector

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    Some additional features and remarks are printed on the back of the cardboard.

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    Same method of packaging here: CCFL's are very sensitive to shocks, so it's quite important they're protected well while being transported.

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    On the left is the UV-CCFL, the right one is the blue specimen. A.C.Ryan CCFL’s come in an "acrylic protective tube", certainly a positive point as Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lights tend to break much too easily. These tubes are removable, which could come in handy for many things - for example, replacing the CCFL. At the ends we find acrylic mounting blocks, handy-dandy things when combined with double-sided tape. This makes sure you can put them wherever you have the place needed.
    Then we have the "Advanced Driver Unit". It holds an inverter, capable of powering two CCFL’s with a maximum current of 5mA each. Good, that's playing safe, as the standard CCFL’s have a 3.5mA current. When you look at the 3 pictures below, the upper left is a close-up of the 2 power outputs: plug-and-play it is. Moving on to the upper right picture, we can see 3 things. The left switch selects the operating mode: normal (constant on) or sound-activated. In the middle we have a little knob to adjust the sensitivity to sound, and the power input is on the right. One thing left: the PCI-bracket with an ON/OFF switch, which has to be connected to a 4-pin molex connector from your power supply. As you might have noticed, the third picture below is a close-up of the ON/OFF switch.

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    The UV and blue CCFL side to side. I preferred the constant on mode, as the blue one was way too bright for me to have it constantly blinking. UV light seems to have a strange effect when taken pictures of, the purple-blue glow isn't exactly there when you see it in real life ...

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    both CCFLs powered

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    only the UV CCFL is active (plus the fans)

    I would definitely go for the UV lighting myself, as it is less bright and you get to choose the things that light up. We used A.C.Ryan blue UV-reactive IDE cables, that's the reason why you can't see much difference there.

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    These rounded cables are giving a very nice effect in combination with the UV CCFL. By the way, notice the acrylic mounting block at the end of the CCFL.

    TWIN-30 CCFL Light 2x30cm UV & Blue (ACR-CC5682)
    inverter doesn't make a sound availability**
    overall quality and finishing
    safely packaged
    protective tube + mounting blocks
    pricing (€15 - €20)
    different modes
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