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I am not wanting to void my power supply warranty (Seasonic Plat 1000W, 7 years), So my plan is to put it in my new phantom build (waiting on parts in mail).

I was thinking of getting a piece of decently thick metal and bending it around my power supply so I can place it over top of it and paint/mod it, As long as the PSU fan is facing towards the bottom of the case it should be fine amirite?

Okay so more to the part I need help on, I was thinking of Rotozip/Dremeling the words NZXT PHANTOM into the metal and in my dream, somehow getting LEDs into the words and putting plexiglass overtop the LEDs, so basically just curious if this is possible and what sort of LEDs i need to look at.

PS: I am looking for blue LEDs to match my Black/Blue theme for my phantom.

Thanks
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Come on someone, somewhere has to have some sort of idea.
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You can create a luminous panel under the cutout with leds and white acryllic:

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Or, an easier way, is to just use an EL panel under the cutout. Since the application is so small I think this is the cheapest, easist way and the lighting is perfectly uniform.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/625
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You'll have to get help wiring it into your psu though. I don't have the slightest clue how to do that.
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You can create a luminous panel under the cutout with leds and white acryllic:
450
Or, an easier way, is to just use an EL panel under the cutout. Since the application is so small I think this is the cheapest, easist way and the lighting is perfectly uniform.
http://www.adafruit.com/products/625
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You'll have to get help wiring it into your psu though. I don't have the slightest clue how to do that.

AMAZING idea, I love it but the only question is have is:

Is there anyway you could make a custom size because I "think" its too big to put on the side of my power supply to light up the bottom characters. frown.gif
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This could be done, it's an excellent idea. I'm not judging your skills or anything, but unless you laser etch into the metal and the plexi it might turn out like crud if you just use a dremel. (I tried an idea similar to this before, it was not working.)

You could be 1337 sauce and get some lower power LED's and make a circuit board with the words NZXT phantom out of LED's and put plexi glass over that. What you're going to need is very very dim LED's. you could snake it through one of the sleeved power cables and run them from the back of a molex connector too.

As long as the fan can suck/push air yeah it'll work even if you wrapped it in insulation lol.
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I was just thinking about taking stencils and drawing onto the metal then trying to cut it, I know it isn't going to be easy but I don't have the option the laser etch my materials


Edit: How flexible is the material, like is it flexible enough to buy 2 and have the entire area I am covering light up and the EL Panel will just form to the metal when I attach it around the PSU?

Edit 2: After further reading, its not that flexible but it does say you can cut as long as you don't cut the JST wire, whatever that means.
Edited by Twitt - 2/14/12 at 8:35pm
post #7 of 13
You can make any sheet of acrylic glow by embedding a CCFL light element. Though you'd probably get a better effect using frosted panels.

If you look at the SR-1/2 radobase log, you'll see that I pulled the light elements out of their protective tubes and cut slots for them into the panels. They looked really cool at night, but it was a pain to photograph.
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You can make any sheet of acrylic glow by embedding a CCFL light element.  Though you'd probably get a better effect using frosted panels.

If you look at the SR-1/2 radobase log, you'll see that I pulled the light elements out of their protective tubes and cut slots for them into the panels.  They looked really cool at night, but it was a pain to photograph.

Looking at your idea inspired me to just get 1/2" plexi and cut a hole and mount a 6" cold cath in it then can just put a thin layer of metal over top with the letters cut out, viola
NZXT PHANTOM staring at you in deep blue with black all around it. 

Thanks everyone for all the great ideas smile.gif
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POST PICSSSS.... and that Radobase would've looked sweet in frosted/white acryllic
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POST PICSSSS.... and that Radobase would've looked sweet in frosted/white acryllic

I will post pics of my entire build log once I get all the parts this weekend.
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