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Are there any "slim" versions of these strips that one put in some clear tubing putting on the outside of a case or is this a no go ?
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post #502 of 598
The slimmest ones I've seen are the 3528 sized single color LED strips. If you put them in clear tubing, you won't get a smooth glow. It will show a dotted effect. You need some additional distance to get the light to diffuse properly. Edge lighting a piece of acrylic with them works fantastic. To diffuse the light, use frosted acrylic, 20% translucent white acrylic, sanded clear acrylic, matte mylar film, Scotch tape, rice paper, or any other material that is not fully clear but will allow light to pass. You will need to experiment a bit with your material(s) stack and distance from the LEDs to get the effect you want.

For this effect, there is a bank of LEDs (before I used strips I hand wired 5mm LEDs), a sheet of 1/8" 20% white acrylic, a 1/4" air gap, a clear sanded piece of 1/8" acrylic painted black and laser engraved with the dot diffuser pattern, and a clear sanded piece of 1/8" acrylic with the logo laser engraved (deeply) into the top surface and painted black.
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If I wanted to wire my hitlights to a rocker switch for on off, would I just "interrupt" the 12v with the switch and then wire the ground normally? Or do it wire the ground to the switch?
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The slimmest ones I've seen are the 3528 sized single color LED strips. If you put them in clear tubing, you won't get a smooth glow. It will show a dotted effect. You need some additional distance to get the light to diffuse properly. Edge lighting a piece of acrylic with them works fantastic. To diffuse the light, use frosted acrylic, 20% translucent white acrylic, sanded clear acrylic, matte mylar film, Scotch tape, rice paper, or any other material that is not fully clear but will allow light to pass. You will need to experiment a bit with your material(s) stack and distance from the LEDs to get the effect you want.

For this effect, there is a bank of LEDs (before I used strips I hand wired 5mm LEDs), a sheet of 1/8" 20% white acrylic, a 1/4" air gap, a clear sanded piece of 1/8" acrylic painted black and laser engraved with the dot diffuser pattern, and a clear sanded piece of 1/8" acrylic with the logo laser engraved (deeply) into the top surface and painted black.

I guess the scotch tape solution is for inside cases ? sounds abit ghetto for outside where it's on view

I may have to just use some kind of thin light tubing for the outside as I wanted to fill the narrow grooves of my stryker which are about 5mm wide unless I go with the LED strips and mod myself an additional cover to go around the case, but I'm not even sure where I'd start to get stuff manufactured
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post #505 of 598
Try sticking a piece of 1/8" acrylic into the grooves and lighting the acrylic edge from the inside. As a design feature, you could alternate between leaving the acrylic just below the surface and sticking out a bit. You might get away with stuffing some EL wire into the slots if that sort of thing interests you. I don't personally go for EL because it's kind of dim.

The Scotch tape is merely for diffusing the light from the LEDs. I wouldn't use that for the final finish surface.
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Try sticking a piece of 1/8" acrylic into the grooves and lighting the acrylic edge from the inside. As a design feature, you could alternate between leaving the acrylic just below the surface and sticking out a bit. You might get away with stuffing some EL wire into the slots if that sort of thing interests you. I don't personally go for EL because it's kind of dim.

The Scotch tape is merely for diffusing the light from the LEDs. I wouldn't use that for the final finish surface.

Yeah I got given a guide on EL and was going to use that as a backup if I couldn't match everything LED wise hadn't though of lighting the outside from the inside so cheers for the tip +rep!thumb.gif
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post #507 of 598
Sup guys, looking through this thread has me inspired to do some modding. I plan on using this kit

http://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-TM-Waterproof-Flexible-Controller/dp/B00B2ETMOS

Only question I have is hooking up the power to it. Is it just a 12 coaxial wired to a molex?
post #508 of 598
Yes, the little white controller box has a barrel plug for 12v input on the side opposite the two white wires (4 conductor to strips and a small IR receiver). You will need to construct a power tail with an appropriately sized barrel plug wired to a molex, SATA or whatever else you want to use. The same kits can be found on EBay, and some come with a power tail, some with a 12v power pack as well. If you want to go really hacky, pop open the white case, remove the plug and wire directly to the board.
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Sup guys, looking through this thread has me inspired to do some modding. I plan on using this kit

http://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-TM-Waterproof-Flexible-Controller/dp/B00B2ETMOS

Only question I have is hooking up the power to it. Is it just a 12 coaxial wired to a molex?
You can probably also get the connector you need from a universal power adapter found at most electronic stores for cheap.
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Yes, the little white controller box has a barrel plug for 12v input on the side opposite the two white wires (4 conductor to strips and a small IR receiver). You will need to construct a power tail with an appropriately sized barrel plug wired to a molex, SATA or whatever else you want to use. The same kits can be found on EBay, and some come with a power tail, some with a 12v power pack as well. If you want to go really hacky, pop open the white case, remove the plug and wire directly to the board.

Would molex be the easiest option?

Could I use something like this?

http://www.e-itx.com/cab-pwr-m4-b2p.html
Edited by BenJaminJr - 3/31/14 at 9:27am
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