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post #1 of 13
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I'm getting a custom cut midplate for my TJ07 (the name of my project) and I want to have the design illuminated from below with a soft red glow. I'm not really sure how to go about acheving this effect. My first thought is a strip of red tinted acrylic mounted underneath across the wording with a white LED strip to light it. I would prefer no light to leak elsewhere in the bottom compartment though.

Any ideas? I've no doubt at least someone here has done similar
post #2 of 13
DJayness has a build log up of a custom built Case.

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...-series-2.html

On page 2 you can see he has constructed just what you are looking for. I would ask him what and where he got the materials for the back lighting.
post #3 of 13
That would work, but it could have a pink tint depending on the how deep the red is.

Another thing to prevent leaks is to drill holes or cutouts for SMD LED strips.
    
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EL wire is maybe what your looking for?
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post #5 of 13
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Thanks for the input guys, and the thread link. I've PM'd djay.

I was just looking at EL wire, looks like a likely condidate. I'll wait to hear back from djay.
post #6 of 13
I have pulled CCFL tubes out of their protective housings and embedded them in acrylic panels; this really results in a cool effect where the whole panel glows but it doesn't overly broadcast light (unless the room is dark).

Log here

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post #7 of 13
That is extremely well done. I am a bit turned on by that Mod and I am not ashamed to admit it.
post #8 of 13
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Oh my. That looks amazing. I really like how it catches the light around the edge. I wonder if it would give the same effect if you roughed up the surface a bit.
post #9 of 13
Actually the more polished the edge is the less pronounced the lighting and it turns more into a glow. So is you get a smooth router or table saw cut that edge will be very well accented (little or no broadcast lighting), but if you give it a good polish it will be more of a somewhat subdued glow like as seen in the pics.

I had simply flame polished the cut edges so they weren't such a high gloss sheen as the top/bottom of the panels, which resulted in the more highlighted outline of the edge.
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post #10 of 13
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That's what I meant If the top/bottom was frosted or lightly sanded you would get the same glow as you see around the edges. That was my guess anyway.

I'd love something like this on a smaller scale.

Not sure I could pull this off myself. How exactly did you embed them?
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