So I have had some bad luck getting in purple LED reels. The first set I ordered arrived ahead of schedule, but turned out to be blue. I wrote the vendor who apologized and said they would correct my order for free, allowing me to keep the blue and receive the purple. Before I received that response, however, I ordered an other set of purple LEDs from a different vendor. Those arrived while I was on my road trip. This other vendor sent one purple, and one pink reel of LEDs. When I wrote this vendor, they just gave me a refund and let me keep the LEDs I received. Despite not having enough LED strings to complete my lighting project in the box, I was able to start. Pictured are the installed purple LEDs illuminating my neon painted walls. As expected, the spectrum of the violet LEDs has enough UV-A to cause the neon paint to fluoresce. With my camera they appear blue, but they are actually a deep purple. Based on what I've read about other violet LEDs I am guessing the wave length of these strings are between 370-410 nm. 390 nm is considered the end of the visible light spectrum, so they should indeed have some UV-A output.
The return trip today from Maryland. I started about 5:15 am EST and got home just before 9:00 pm CST. Google Maps said the trip should take 15 1/2 hours. It took 17. That's a fairly large margin of error, even when one adds 5x 10 minute stops for fuel. On the plus side I finished a lecture series on the middle ages I had been listening to for about 2 months, and a book by Carl Sagan. I also managed miss all major rush hours. I was exiting Baltimore as morning traffic began to get thick. It was mid day in Columbus, Ohio with normal traffic. And I passed through Indianapolis, Indiana around 3:00 pm EST before rush really got started. The mountains in Maryland/Pennsylvania/West Virginia were pleasant, and darkness covered the land for the dull parts of Indiana and Illinois I have seen numerous times.
My camera started to exhibit symptoms on the drive down, and yesterday started not being functional. The mirror part of the shutter system fails to close after taking a shot. While the shot is taken, one has to remove the lens and physically push the mirror down. Looks like I will have to find a camera repair shop. My camera is under 50,000 pictures old, so I am a little disappointed.