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Hey guys, my name is Jeffinslaw and I am currently working on a PowerMac G5 mod and something I wanted to throw into my build was the famous sLight panel that many of you guys have seen in the MurderBox. Here are some pictures for reference:





(Photo credit goes to here)

Anyways, there is a very detailed version of this light panel featured over at a German site where you make an actual light box and then put it into different pieces of acrylic and it is much more advanced than what the average user can make. Also, you can buy a light panel from http://www.coldzero.eu/ but that is only for the TJ-07/8 so that leaves almost anyone else out of being able to buy one.

The goal of this thread is to show you how it is done. I have been working slowly on building mine. It is a little bit pricey, mine has run me about $100 but I think it is worth it.

Materials

So these are the required materials. They can be found at several different places.

- 1/2in Aluminum L bar OR 1/2in Aluminum U-channel

I used the 1/2in aluminum U-channel for mine because I think it looks better, simply user preference. Just make sure if you are buying the L bar, make sure one side is 1/2in! Very important!

- one strip of white 5050 SMD LEDs at least 1 meter/yard long

Make sure you find ones that are like 3 LEDs per inch. I bought my LEDs from here. Make sure to buy the "Double Density White LED Tape."

- two sheets of 1/8in sign white acrylic

Acrylic can be bought at several different places online. Just a quick search will yield some results. I bought mine from http://www.tapplastics.com/.

- one pieces of 1/4in clear etched acrylic

This will more than likely be the most hardest/expensive piece in the build to find and buy. I bought mine from this place. The owner, Jeff (not me), is a really nice guy. Just mention that you are interested in the clear etched piece of acrylic for the sLight panel and he will know what you are talking about. Make sure you tell him 1/4in!

The Build

So I do have some pictures of the build process and a partially complete version done. Anyways, on to some pictures!



I taped up the U-channel where it needed to be cut and cut it with a jigsaw with a special metal cutting blade.



What it looks like when it is cut.



Test fitted into my case.



What the final frame will look like.

So that is the frame that I am going to use. I am going to use JBWeld to hold it together. I just need to get the pieces sandblasted first because I'm going to powdercoat the frame matte black. Here are some pictures of the light panel all put together. Basically what you are going to do it you are going to sandwich the piece of etched acrylic between the two pieces of white acrylic and then you are going to run your LEDs along the side of the etched acrylic so the light shines into the piece of the etched acrylic and it shines all along the piece. The white acrylic is used to diffuse the light.





This shows how the etched piece is fully lit up. This is using only one stip of LEDs along one side of the pannel.



Here it is losly built.



Bigger overview.


So hopefully you guys can get the main picture of how it is built. Seanimus is also build one in his build log. Here is the link to that. And finally, this is what it looks like when you have something lit up:



Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you guys! If you have any questions/comments, please post away!

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DROOOOOL!!! IN!!! biggrin.gif
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Thanks for posting. Now all the questions can move here biggrin.gif and be in one place.
Edited by Seanimus - 12/15/12 at 3:59pm
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DROOOOOL!!! IN!!! biggrin.gif

Hopefully this thread will help you if you plan to make one!
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Thanks for posting. Now all the questions can move here biggrin.gif and be in one place.

That's the plan!

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Thanks i had a rough idea it seems you have done the same thing!

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Interesting. I'm going to have to do some experimenting with my laser and seeing if I can fabricate a good edge lit panel like this. I have several projects I need it for.
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Thanks i had a rough idea it seems you have done the same thing!
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Thanks for the rep! I hope this thread will help you!
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Interesting. I'm going to have to do some experimenting with my laser and seeing if I can fabricate a good edge lit panel like this. I have several projects I need it for.

I know for sure that the etched panel wasn't done with a laser but with a mill or something. The cuts are made at a 45 degree angel. It would be interesting to see what you are going to do with your can do!

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Here's my previous lighted panel making fun:


The panel and LED array for lighting it


Closeup of the panel- two layers of laser engraved acrylic
Logo cut on top surface of top part
Filter is black Krylon engraved on back surface of bottom part


Back of LED array, showing parallel/series wiring.


Not shown: Sign white acrylic diffuser (identical to LED array support but no holes) on top of LEDs, and 1/4" gap between LED array and diffuser and the two upper panel pieces.

The effect is not only perfectly even illumination, but a lot of depth to the panel as you walk around it.
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Those graphics cards mang

So sexy
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Hi, Jeffinslaw. Can you ballmark the cost for getting the etching done and for what size piece? Thanks!
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