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Old 08-15-2006, 04:26 PM   #21
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keep an open mind and look at it this way. you can go spend 20 bucks or so to run 10 led's, or you can find a junk computer that everyone has now-a-days, pull the power supply, and you can run 40 led's if you want for free and you can hook up a lot more if you want. you can run neon too, or cathode tubes.
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The plus side to using a computer power supply is that it doesn't get hot, also it outputs a constant 12v rather then 13.8 of a typical 12v adapter 9which you have to take into account with resistor values)
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The minus side to using a computer power supply is the much higher current draw even when idling, and wasted power.
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Can you confirm the current draw with just a fan running?
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in the case of running moon lights(like i do anyways), i run them off a timer and not all night long. so the power supply never really 'idles' at all, it powers my neon lights till around when i go to bed. then the lights are not needed and the supply is shut off, so there is no wasted power.
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what guage wire should i use to string up the moon lights, is there any easlily acessable ro cheap type?
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:09 AM   #27
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Are you still working on this project? I use 22ga or 24ga stranded, and it can be purchased at any hardware store.
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