Backlighting, drilling into an RPTV's cabinet, & a blacklight fixture

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  1. Dave Miller

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    Ok, here's the deal. I went by Home Depot and picked up two 18" florescent fixtures and a GE Sunshine bulb rated at 5000K. That's the highest they carried. One fixture is just a regular white "under the cabinet" type for your kitchen. The other is a "black-light" fixture. Both work (in theory) with the bulb I bought. I'll know for sure when I get home.
    On the regular fixture there is a white curved area behind where the bulb will sit. On the "black-light" fixture, there is a mirrored curved area behind where the bulb will sit. I bought both b/c I'd prefer the black one since it would hide better w/ my RPTV and look nicer, but I'm unsure if it will work.
    So my questions are as follows:
    1. Should I notice any difference in the two fixtures using the Sunshine bulb? (ie. will the mirrored surface affect it?)
    2. Is it correct to assume that the mechanics and "guts" of a florescent "black-light" fixture would be similar, if not identical, to the regular florescent fixture?
    3. Where should I put the fixture and where should it point? I've got a Tosh 65H80 and plenty of room behind the center channel. I bought two "L" brackets to make a shelf for the fixture if the bulb needs to be flush with the top of the TV, or lower than the top of the TV.
    4. If I use the "L" brackets, would #6 1/2" wood screws or #6 3/4" wood screws penetrate the cabinet? I obviously don't want to do that, but I'm not sure how thick the Tosh cabinet is.
    5. If I put the light behind the center channel, will it cause interference? Everything is hooked up to a Monster Power Center HST2000, but the light probably wont be. Is that good or bad?
    Oh yeah, the wall behind my TV is medium oak wood paneling, not too dark.
    Any input would be appreciated?
    Peace,
    DM
    PS - I tried to do a search, but it wasn't working.
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    I used velcro strips found at the local WalMart (sewing and crafts department) to attach my fixture to the slanted portion of the back of my 65807. It REALLY holds well!!
    It would be a major Charlie-Foxtrot to drill into the cabinet of a RPTV, you would get sawdust all over the reflective mirror, the lens assembly, and the surface of the "guns".
    You really should try the velcro route if you don't want to screw it into the wall, it is inexpensive and clean.
    Good luck!
    Pete
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    I don't have and answer for you, but PLEASE DON'T DRILL INTO THE CABINET.
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  5. Dave Miller

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    So I take it you guys don't want me to drill. [​IMG] I thought that might raise some eyebrows.
    About a foot and a half down would be the middle of the slant on the back of my Tosh. Perfect! I'll try the velcro.
    Now, if I've already calibrated my Tosh w/ Avia, I just need to go to the backlighting pattern and what? What am I looking for. Is the brightness from the pattern on the TV supposed to match the brightness of the light from behind the TV.
    Peace,
    DM
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