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I'm currently modding a Fractal Design Core 1000 and will be replacing the door panel with a dark grey acrylic transparent panel. Which do you think is better to use for a cool light effect...Led case fans or Led light bars? I need some opinions asap bigeyedsmiley.png...I would like to make my decision within a couple of days so I can continue to order my parts.

Thanks in advance thumb.gif
post #2 of 9
Are you looking to make the entire panel glow or provide some general lighting within the case?
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Depends. Given the case, I think it would be easier to see the LEDs through the window if you use light bars.

The only fan spaces are rear exhaust and front intake, right? I don't think you'll get much illumination from those two alone.

Another thing to consider is the height/size of your components.. my HSF blocks out some of the light from my top exhaust LED fans, which is making me consider installing light bars as well
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The panel will not be UV & there will be no UV components inside. I'm going for an overall "dark" appearance but will like to have some illumination...just enough to barely see components. Whether I use case fans or led light bars, the color will be bright white. I'm trying to imagine what would give a better effect between the two light sources thinking.gif
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

Another thing to consider is the height/size of your components.. my HSF blocks out some of the light from my top exhaust LED fans, which is making me consider installing light bars as well

Believe it or not, I'll be using a Khuler 620 or 920 with this case. The unit will be installed outside of the case, attached to a 92mm to 120mm adapter. I'm going to install a 140mm fan on the acrylic door panel. I'm thinking a light bar at the floor of the case will one nice effect. I'm trying to find a couple more areas to place a light bar to add more effect.
Using the light bars are the real challenge for the Core 1000 weirdsmiley.gif That's why my 1st choice was to use led fans but I'm thinking the light bars would be better.
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/14/12 at 12:55pm
post #5 of 9
LED light strips will give better illumination then case fans if you're looking for smooth. Just keep in mind the cheaper LED strips have the LED's spaced out quite far and may give you a "spotty" effect so you might need to look in to some higher-grade LED strips.
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post #6 of 9
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LED light strips will give better illumination then case fans if you're looking for smooth. Just keep in mind the cheaper LED strips have the LED's spaced out quite far and may give you a "spotty" effect so you might need to look in to some higher-grade LED strips.

Any particular brand you can link me to?
post #7 of 9
Linus Techtips did a review of this product, looks pretty good from what i saw.

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=66765&vpn=BFA-ACL-30RK15-RP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1360

Edit: Antec also makes a product similar to this.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by crunkosaur View Post

Linus Techtips did a review of this product, looks pretty good from what i saw.
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=66765&vpn=BFA-ACL-30RK15-RP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1360
Edit: Antec also makes a product similar to this.

Found the Linus Tech video for the Alchemy led strips...real nice thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by axipher View Post

GoodInk did a good review of some LED's from http://modelersbrand.com/
http://www.overclock.net/t/1225922/modelers-brand-leds/0_50

Nice review, indeed thumb.gif The light source quality appears to be somewhat equal to the Alchemy led strips.
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