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Im thinking of putting something like a 10" neon light on the back of my box. I know it comes with a thing you hook into your 12v thing inside the car, but can it be cut? I meen, will it work if I give it a Power source, and ground it?
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Is it an strip of LED's or an neon bulb?
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So are you asking if you can bypass the transformer and just run 12v straight to the bulb?
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the thing in your cab, where you hook up a phone charger. you hook your neon light up to it. i was reading, and it said something about you can cut it for custom installation. how would i hook it up if i did that?
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yes you can cut the adapter off and Wire it straight to 12+, i did this with all of my neons and have no problems, there is a red and black wire inside the plug just attach them to a switch then to 12+
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i have a problem wiht my neon can anyboyd help its one of the neon tubes that beats to the music i want to put it under the seats but when i listen to the stereo it beats to the music if the Car is off if i turn the car on it picks of vibrations from the engine i guess and it just stays on the whole time is there a way to install it so it beats to the music with the car on?
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It would work yes, but I doubt it would be bright enough to see.. unless someone lied to you and its really a phospor bulb. Neon runs off of 2,000 volts rms and about 30 AMPS.. The amps in your car would be plenty to run it, but the voltage would be so low you'd be wasting your time. Why not get a 30$ transformer from Voltarc or something that runs off of 12v+/- instead of a Cigarette lighter plug. the difference is that you run it like a speaker amp, power from battery, ground to ground, + and + to neon. BUT.. If it is indeed a phosphor bulb, then 2kv would surely pop it

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i have a problem wiht my neon can anyboyd help its one of the neon tubes that beats to the music i want to put it under the seats but when i listen to the stereo it beats to the music if the car is off if i turn the car on it picks of vibrations from the engine i guess and it just stays on the whole time is there a way to install it so it beats to the music with the car on?

There is a mic somewhere in one end of the tube, open the black part and check. It will be a tall black cyclinder attached to the board. If that is facing down it will pick up any noise, if up then it may pick up music better. If not you may want to think about removing the mic and wiring it up inside your subwoofer enclosure. It would need alot of wire and perfect soldering skills but it could be done. Be careful when you open it, the transformer for it is in the end and it may carry a charge. 2,000v would be like sitcking your tongue to 222 9v batteries.. Not a good thing. also, be careful that you don't break anything. The glass is fragile yet strong, if you try to force the plastic off you will break it but there is a way to get it off, I just can't think of it.. Maybe it slides off..
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Most of the neon tube kits have inverters built into them and the cigarette lighter plug is nothing more than a way to connect to 12V. In most cases, you can cut off the plug and hook it directly to the battery through a switch. Real neon tubes won't even light off 12V at all. I'm not sure what it would do with 2000-15000 V DC... probably light one side of it or something. Your neon tube kit should have come with instructions. If not, you'll need to give us the model of it.

My guess is that the inverter will always be located in the tube housing since the voltage would be a hazard to the customer (more of a scare than a risk since it's milliamps).

Alex, it's not polite to hijack someone else's post. Please start a new topic if you have a problem. Check your neon tube for a sensitivity adjustment.
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[QUOTE=COLOSSUS]It would work yes, but I doubt it would be bright enough to see.. unless someone lied to you and its really a phospor bulb. Neon runs off of 2,000 volts rms and about 30 AMPS.. The amps in your car would be plenty to run it, but the voltage would be so low you'd be wasting your time. Why not get a 30$ transformer from Voltarc or something that runs off of 12v+/- instead of a Cigarette lighter plug. the difference is that you run it like a speaker amp, power from battery, ground to ground, + and + to neon. BUT.. If it is indeed a phosphor bulb, then 2kv would surely pop it [QUOTE]

What are you talking about?!?!?!?!?!? The little 12" long neon bulbs do not draw 30 amperes!!!!!!!!! Yes they do run of high voltage somewhere around 2,000 volts but they do not draw 30 amps. If they drew 30 amps @ 2,000 volts they would consume 60,000 watts RMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to see your alternator handle that... They draw more like 10 mA from the transformer and the transformer draws like maybe 1 amp. Is there something I am not understanding in your post or are you claiming the transformers do put out 2kV and 30 amps? Because if you do, that’s absolutely ludicrous.
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