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Well I got two 12" blue cathodes today in the mail, only to find out that they don't work. I am giving them 12 volts, but it goes into a converter box which puts out 680 volts to power them and the converter box isn't working. I used my voltmeter and find that I am giving it 12 volts, but nothing is coming out... so I think I'll probably just throw them away... AGH!
 

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I got mine too! only mine work haha, so how exactly did you wire them (what is wired to what, what is powering them etc.) and I'll try and help you out. Don't throw them away because once they are working there great!
 

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Well I have an Add-A-Circuit in the fuse box, so that is what is powering all my current lights. Then I have it all wired up to a switch box in the ash tray. Everything is grounded to a bolt on the fuse box. Sooo... yeah. That's pretty much it. I tried hooking the cathodes up to this, but the converter box must be broken because I tested it with the voltmeter. Hmmm... now thats money out the window and I'll have to spend more to get a new set and wait for shipping :/
 

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If you think they sent you a faulty transformer I'd email them and tell them the problem, they might send you a new one free of charge. I've heard good things about their customer service. Check to make sure the tubes inside the cathodes aren't broken either. These things are super fragile I know because I tried putting one under my dash with old sticky tape and it didn't hold. The cathode fell to my floor and broke, so I had to order a new one which should get here today. Just my .02

BTW is your add-a-fuse powering all the lights in your car or just the cathodes? If it's powering all the lights then nvm but if it's not then you might want to double check which fuse you have it plugged into. (IE: Parking lights, power window fuse ETC.)

Good luck

EDIT: Oh and mabye double check your switch wiring? Just my .02
 

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just hard wire them straight to the battery to confirm they are broken, then you can rule out the wiring that you did
 

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just hard wire them straight to the battery to confirm they are broken, then you can rule out the wiring that you did
Thats what I did, I bought the fuse holder with a 3amp fuse (only got 2 cathodes ATM) and wired them straight to the bat, now I can turn them on whenever and I don't have to worry about adding another add-a-circut
 

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Yeah I already hooked it up to my battery and then tested it with my voltmeter. I know that 12 volts are getting to it, but after the transformer, nothing is coming out. So I know its the transformer. Problem is, I got these off eBay and the seller isn't responding to me. And yes, the Add-A-Circuit is currently powering all my lights.

And another question... If I bought a fuse holder, how does that work? I have no experience with them, so an explanation would be great... thanks!
 

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just put the fuse holder in line with the wire that is supplying the power. Simply splice in the fuse for added protection.
 

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Soo... tell me if this looks right.


------------------------===--------------------[___]-----------------==--------------------
....(12v from battery)................(fuse holder).....(fuse)....(12v power)...........(12v accessory)
 

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seems right, contact who ever you got them from, say the transformers are busted and request new ones... most would send you new ones
 

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Go to Oznium.com They have the transformer, cathodes and everything cheap! + they have all the install how-tos and wiring diagrams to help you get the job done. Not to mention godly customer service. Beats Ebay anyday.
 

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Hmmm... I checked the transformer connections multiple times. It's just not working :[

I'm planning on contacting the seller from eBay and if that doesn't work... I guess I'll just buy a new set off of Oznium.
 

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If the seller doesn't respond I'd file a complaint on Ebay to try and get your money back. That makes me so angry wait anixously for something only to find out it doesn't work. [chair]
 

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Hey. Open up the transformer and check for a little glass fuse. You'll spot it if you know a bit about electronics. See if it is blown. I've killed my transformer once by feeding it about 16 V , when i though it was 12V and also in a reverse direction (switched the positive and ground)... DON"T ASK ME WHY I DID it :)))

So yeah, check that and see if it is blown. I just put in a little piece of wire instead of the fuse and TADA!!! I know i know, that is not the safest thing, but i just couldn't find that small of a fuse.

Good Luck.
 

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Every transformer I've had has been cheap and didn't have a fuse.
Then again, if they hadn't been so cheap in the first place I probably wouln't have gone through so many.

So Spyder, get your problem solved yet? Make contact with anyone?
 

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Hey. Open up the transformer and check for a little glass fuse. You'll spot it if you know a bit about electronics. See if it is blown. I've killed my transformer once by feeding it about 16 V , when i though it was 12V and also in a reverse direction (switched the positive and ground)... DON"T ASK ME WHY I DID it :)))

So yeah, check that and see if it is blown. I just put in a little piece of wire instead of the fuse and TADA!!! I know i know, that is not the safest thing, but i just couldn't find that small of a fuse.

Good Luck.
Hmmm... I guess I'll pop it back open and check it out.
Thanks!
 

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Every transformer I've had has been cheap and didn't have a fuse.
Then again, if they hadn't been so cheap in the first place I probably wouln't have gone through so many.

So Spyder, get your problem solved yet? Make contact with anyone?
Well I made contact with the seller, and he said that I should send it back and I will get a new one in return. I have to pay shipping both ways, so I probably will send it back slowly and then just have to wait longer to get it back. Hopefully he accepts the exchange.
 

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Well I popped open the transformer again... and heres whats inside:





What is the glass fuse? Is it the thing that I have the arrow pointing to? Cuz I really don't have a clue...

Thanks again!
 

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How much is shipping to and back? That's kind of messed up they make you pay shipping both ways when it was there problem... Just my .02, hope every thing works out.
 
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