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Figured I would post a couple of pics in case anyone wanted to try it too. I didn't want to cut up my side panel this time. I did it on my Cosmos and always wished I had a solid panel to throw on it once in a while. So I started with a piece of double strength glass, had it tinted, glued on some neodymium magnets, and there ya go. I wanted it dark enough with the lights out that you couldn't see in, and besides the XFi logo, and my trouble lights, I think I pulled it off. What do ya think? The lights in it are LED, so you can tell how dark the tint is. It looks really cool in the dark, but my camera sucks in low light. Sorry. biggrin.gif

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An update on my glass panel. I cut the center tint with a razor blade and pulled it up for more of a window look, and added red LED's to the ceiling behind the fans:



Lights Off:

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Lights On:

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The Pièce de résistance: biggrin.gif

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biggrin.gif The magnets contact the same area that the original panel sits.

The switch to white LED's:
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Preview:
Getting pretty good at this soldering business
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My homemade helping hands:
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All soldered and shrinked:
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This leg starts here:
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Goes around:
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Then down:
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Then it finishes here:
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And this is really all you can see of the 2nd leg, which goes all the way around the perimeter of the inside:
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I will post some of it lit up later today.
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This is what i envisioned going in to this. The white accents everything and makes it POP.

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With side glass on:

I have tried and tried to get a decent pic with my phone, but cannot. It isn't even close to being this dark with the panel on, but you get an idea of how much it tones down the led's.

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An updated version of the feat:
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1/8th of an inch. 0.125
Update on the side panel (vertical retention):
The Bits (1/8th plastic spacers, 1/8th longer bolts):
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Notice the feat aren't set parallel to one another. One leg has to be a bit longer.
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Edited by Ramsey77 - 8/15/12 at 7:25pm
 
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Wow, pretty nice! thumb.gif
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Dude.... that is AWESOME
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Thanks fellas. Here is a shot with the glass off, and the LED's running at 12v:

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These are the Magnets that I used, and this is the Glue. The glue is the best I have ever used with glass. It dries clear, not foggy like normal super glue.
Edited by Ramsey77 - 5/4/12 at 8:32pm
 
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Lighting looks good. Nice dispersion around the case. I'll give you an idea tho. I personally would cover the LEDs so you don't see the bulbs from the outside. Gives it a better "glow" effect and looks cleaner IMO.

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Nice idea!
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Lighting looks good. Nice dispersion around the case. I'll give you an idea tho. I personally would cover the LEDs so you don't see the bulbs from the outside. Gives it a better "glow" effect and looks cleaner IMO.

Just my 2 bit coins.

Interesting. I may toss that idea around tomorrow while I'm at work.
 
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For a quick way to try it out, just grab some e-tape and put in only on the one side. Should take just a minute and give you a pretty good idea, then go to the drawing table about how you want to do it.

Your lighting is gonna be pretty similar to mine once its done. I'm also planning on doing tinted glass so when I want it to look clean and professional it will, but when i go into H4X0R G4MZ0|2 mode itll light the case up. I'll be doing white.

I like your fan controller setup to dim the lighting, I was put a dimmer switch in to do it but your way is much cleaner. Props. thumb.gif

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I love it, can you post some close up pics of the glass edges. biggrin.gif

Is there a gap surrounding the glass?
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I love it, can you post some close up pics of the glass edges. biggrin.gif
Is there a gap surrounding the glass?

I will tonight when I get home from work. But to answer your question, No there isn't any gaps, but you have to use 1/16" thick magnets to make that happen. Anything thicker will result in gaps. thumb.gif
 
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