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Hi,

I've seen a few builds using acrylic for a false shelf and I would like to do something similar. I'd also like to use LED's to light up the shelf. I've got no prior experience with lights or acrylic.

I was thinking of using a 6mm sheet of acrylic so that the edges and can be tapped to accept a M3 bolt to secure inside the case, is this a good idea? I wouldn't want to be able to see the bolts so can you get acrylic that would still light up yet not be transparent?

For the LED's, I was thinking red, a number of them inserted into the edges to light up the whole panel. Can these all be connected to a single wire, how are they powered? I'd like to be able to turn them on and off via a fan controller ideally? Currently using a Lamptron FC touch but might get a aquaero.

Thanks in advance, sorry if they're stupid questions.
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Stumbled on this not too long ago... check it out

Illuminate your PC - Part 3
http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/guides/2012/02/17/illuminate-your-pc-part-3/1

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Thanks for the reply, in reading the comments section, I found this which I think is an amazing build log, and what I will probably try and replicate. I just need advice on how to power the LED's.

Any suggestions?
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You need solder and some wire (18g wire correct?) leds and a resistor(s). Check the tech specs of the LEDs and head to a site like

That should get you going. I believe the yellow wire is the 12v wire and a black ground wire is needed.

For the switch, i better let someone else chime in as this is pretty new stuff for me that I plan on getting into.
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