Sunbeam Round Cold Cathode Fan

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Light up your case – Brian

SUMMARY: Another product to light up your PC’s abode.

Package

Among the items John over at Jab-Tech was kind enough to send over recently was this item we’ll look at today;
Sunbeam’s
Round Cold Cathode Fan

Let’s look at the various specs for this product here;

Features:

  • Dual inverter for two lamps
  • High brightness
  • Long lifetime
  • Low power consumption

Specification, Round CCFL

  • Diameter of Round cold cathode: 80mm
  • Input voltage: 12V
  • Output voltage: 620V
  • Power consumption: 2.4 W
  • Current draw: 0.005A
  • Brightness: 28,000 cd/m2

Specification, Fan

  • Bearing Type: Sleeve
  • Fan Dimension: 80x80x25mm
  • Rated Voltage: 10.2 – 13.8VDC
  • Current Draw: 0.13A
  • Power consumption: 1.56 W
  • Air Flow: 31.73 CFM
  • Rotation Speed: 2700 RPM
  • Noise Level: 28dB(A)
  • UV reactive semi-translucent blue plastic blade and chassis

There’s a pair of items I’d like to add to the “Features”; Low noise, and Good airflow.

At just a shade under 32 CFM, this fan does indeed push a fairly good amount of air, and it does this at a fairly low rotational speed, which in turn also
keeps the noise level low.

The harnesses from the fan, and the main one that includes the dual port inverter and CC power switch are more than long enough to allow placement anywhere
inside your case desired.

The CC light lead measures 11 inches long, and the fan power lead is 18 inches.

The fan power lead also has both 3 and 4 pin Molex connectors built right in, allowing hookup by either method.

Each of the branches at the left are about 8 inches, the entire harness measures about 18 inches in length.

The switch and inverter

The switch controls the CC light, and is a two position slide type switch, mounted on a expansion slot bracket. The inverter has a pair of sockets, allowing connection of a second light, if desired.

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Installation

Installation as a case fan is straightforward. Depending on how you mount it, you may (or may not) need to reposition the light from one side of the fan to the other.
This will depend on which way you need the air to blow.

If you do in fact need to reverse the fan direction in regards to what side the light is mounted, bear in mind the cathode is somewhat fragile. When you reattach the
mount screws for the light, finger tight is sufficient.

I mounted this one up in the blowhole in the side panel of my case.

Installed

Off

(Note: the fan grill pictured is not included with the item.)

Fan on, CC off. (The light visible is from a pair of LED exhaust fans and motherboard power LED)

And finally, turning the light on.

Having the provision to add a second light is a nice touch. Allowing you to buy only an additional light instead of an entire kit helps keep the end user cost down.
(I just happened to have an extra cold cathode UV tube handy, it also isn’t included in this kit.)

(Of course, now I’ll have to go out and get some UV reactive goodies, now that I have UV lighting…LOL)

CONCLUSIONS

This makes the third Sunbeam product I’ve looked at recently, and all of them have impressed my with their quality and value.

Sunbeam makes a large variety of these
kits,
using several different color options, sound activated light kits, and a choice of front or rear (shown here) mounted switches.

Several of them
can be found among the 750+ (and growing) items in John’s inventory at Jab-Tech.

Once again, I’d like to thank John at Jab-Tech for sending this our way.

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