Sorry to shout.

Kim, what are you shadowboxing? Fluorescent light has high in UV output and can fade stuff pretty quick, but could be used (with care).
After looking into it ccfl is in expensive but most of the stuff you’re going to find out there is designed for computer cases.
You are going to have to have a ballast somewhere like THIS

Oh good. Your inside voice. It's much prettier.

Keep digging.. someday the light will dawn and you will be first on the grumble with a lit shadow box.
Originally posted by Baer Charlton:
...Keep digging.. someday the light will dawn and you will be first on the grumble with a lit shadow box.....

One of the winning pieces in the PPFA competition was "lit". I'm sure tons of previous other frames have been including this one that we did in 1993...


John ;)

Sorry I disapeared but here is what I found out. Radio Shack is the only place I called but they said you need something along the lines of a computer power supply to power this. They have a power source that runs $99. You can hard wire it or they can also sell you plug connectors for it.
I bet you can buy them a lot less expensively from electronics supply houses. Do a search. You might even have a local source.
Find out what the power requirements of the particular light are so you'll know when you find he supplier.
:cool: Rick

Update: Try this link, which I got from clicking on the word "THIS" in Rogatory's post above:

P.S.: John- was that some kind of "special" Coke can?

I agree with Rick in that you can most likely find a better price. The power requirements are on the desctiption page for the light. Be sure that you get the proper supply. You might also call a local electrical parts distributor in your area to see if they can come up with a less expensive power source.
Originally posted by Rick Granick:
....John- was that some kind of "special" Coke can?
Hi Rick,

No....a regular old empty Coke can. It was the subject for the FATG Framing Competition. Similar to the Paint Brush that PPFA used this year.

The only difference was that it had specific parameters: Could be no bigger than... Had to be framed that it was being given as a salesman's award.

I dont think my customer will spend $99 on a power supply. I will call some electrical distributors jeff. Thanks Kim
You may be able to get a better price, but from where? Check to see who makes it?
In the end buy AMERICAN
John, the picture is extreemly lite from below and does not show that the piece was internally lite. Maybe that is why I missed that fact when I saw it before.

Internal lighting has been a buggaboo for ages. We did a large one with custom "seed" lights that were strung every 2". The frame "plugged in" to it's French Cleat that had a electrical pad....

The heat that was produced was amazing and the bottom and top was swiss cheesed with layered holes.

I'm sure those lights that we sealed in there, didn't make it much past a year.

I'm sure that today, we would have done some kind of fiber optic set-up. Even LEDs will eventually burn out and need replacing...
If you are bit adventurous, you may want to try this: Purchase a battery powered fluorescent lamp. There are various sizes with 6”, 8”, 12” tubes. They cost around $8-12. Some have a power jack on the side for external power. Next, remove the tube that is included. It is a cheap daylight color temp lamp with a yucky blue/white light. Philips has a tri-phosphor “soft white” bulb I’ve seen sold at HD. Color temp is 3000K if memory serves. The lamp can be mounted in the shadow box and powered externally. If room is limited, you can disassemble and mount the components inside. The little electronic ballast in these will operate a true cold cathode lamp if the lamp parameters are fairly close if you need a real thin bulb.

You can use mat board as an aperture to control the amount of light and direction. A piece of OP3 plexi or even regular plexi can help filter the UV emissions.