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Cathode or LED?
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Cathodes.. unless you going for UV reactive or glow in certain areas. LED's aren't bad too. Just figure out how to hide them even with your cathodes. I like to hide mine to illuminate the case and make it look cool. XOXOIDE is a good place to start besides Frozen Cpu website.
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Cathode or LED?
I like LED personally for case lighting. Less power, and more rich color.
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I like CCFLs. However, I'd like to play with a LED strip sometime and see what cool effects I could get. It's also nice that LEDs don't need an inverter.
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Check out my Triple Surround Fury build log for a look at the LED lights in action.
    
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Depends on the situation. CCFL's are good for lighting larger areas in a short throw situation, as they don't have a narrow focus. Whereas LED's usually have an effective angle of dispersion of only 15-20 degrees (sometimes wider angles...but those are not found in the modding stores). That means in order to get good coverage, you need to mount them a fair distance from what you are trying to illuminate so that you don't end up with a multi-spotlight effect. Unless that's what you want ofc.

Downside to CCFL's is, they get hot. Which if your interested in oc'ing heavily, you don't want extra heat sources in your case. It's not going to make a huge impact, but it will have some effect on case temps.

LED's OTOH, are much cooler running. If you can work around the limitations of each, then go with whichever. I prefer LED's to CCFL's simply due to the lifespan & cooler temps.
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post #8 of 13
Led any day, they last for ever, they don't ned time to warm up, they have real red color, less powr, don't need a huge inverter, they don't get hot
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post #9 of 13
I like cathodes. I used them in my build. They cast a nice even light that fills up the case.



Plus there is a way to make them any color you want. I'm experimenting with color gels (which I used for the purple light in my case) and I should have a guide up in a couple days.
post #10 of 13
I use leds. I just buy whatever colors I need at my local electronics shop and DIY.
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