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Apparently cathodes are out now tongue.gif And I understand why. They have those terrifyingly ugly inverters, and my fan controller could never light up two of them.

I've heard about LED strips and bars. They seem to be more popular than cathodes for case lighting now. I just want something with a 3-pin connector so I can easily control it.

What do you guys use to light up your rigs these days?
    
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I haven't bought any yet but I hear great things about Bitfenix's Alchemy LED strips. They come in 6 and 15 LED count strips. I plan on getting one to help light up the inside of my 600T.
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I have a purple cold cathode but I would purchase this http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/hue

I don't really like the cool led light strips give, its more of just a bunch of small lights instead of lets say a big light bulb lighting something up. It doesn't light the case fully up but instead in blotches. If you were to mount the leds close to the window you would see what I mean, you gotta get creative and put them far away from the actual window so it achieves a very full illumination effect IMO.




I prefer the look cold cathodes achieve, very full illumination





bad picture but heres mine.. it pretty much looks like this, huge purple output.




Maybe I'm just picky, my window has some small scratches and the nzxt white leds I had make it look worse because they are hard to position and sometimes would just turn over and point directly outward the window instead of on the parts. In my switch 810 it looked very similiar to the first picture I linked, I hated seeing the little blobs of light.
Edited by JAM3S121 - 10/26/12 at 12:35am
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i got a 30cm Bitfenix Alchemy Connect Blue strip. I have it on the door facing my components and it lights up my PCs innards so well. THE ALCHEMY STRIPS ARE SO GOD DAMN BRIGHT. i reckon get a 30cm strip, and if you feel you need more, then get another. its also got IMO the a lovely blue colour.
I highly recommend the Alchemy strips.
    
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I just installed these in my case:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=72_107_834&products_id=31800

They are LEDs on a strip, but there are more of them, and more tightly packed than the usual strip lights. I've found them to give off a very even spread of light, and you can't see reflections of "points of light" bouncing off components or the inside of the case. I would say they spread the light evenly, the same way cathodes do. The only thing is that they are VERY bright, so I've installed them with an aftermarket dimmer to tone the level down a bit.

I would use these again in my next build.
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In the mean time, does anyone know why my fan controller can't fully light two cathodes?
    
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I wouldnt let a fan controller control any of them, the one time i tried plugging in a cold cathode into my fan controller it sparked up and smelt like burns for a good hour
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Well I have the inverter plugged into the controller. It just can't light both cathodes fully, even at 12v
    
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