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Poll Results: Which Type Of Lighting Do You Prefer?

 
  • 77% (24)
    LED
  • 22% (7)
    Cold Cathode
  • 0% (0)
    Other
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post #1 of 41
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LED/Cold Cathode User Club

 

 

 

This thread is dedicated to all of you who use any form of custom lighting in your system devil.gif

 

 

LEDs and cold cathodes are a great way to display your system no matter where you are.

 

As everyone knows, they are the main contributor to speed, they are MUCH more important than any other components in your system proof.gif (not reallytongue.gif

 

How to choose between the two

 

1) What form factor are you putting lights in?

 

A - If you are putting it in a very small or very large system you are most likely better off with LED strips due to the availability in lengths otherwise, you would be fine with either

 

2) Do you want cheap, or 'best'?

 

A - If you just want the cheapest, go with a couple cold cathodes, otherwise if possible you would want to go with LEDs due to better 'performance' especially over time

 

If you have any questions ask and they will be added to the list

 

 

Cold Cathodes

 

Cold cathodes are basically fluorescent tubes, they are charged and a color is emitted in all directions.

 

Pros:

- Cheap

- Does the job

- Lights whole tube evenly

- Little heat output

 

Cons:

- Requires bulky inverter

- Not all tubes light up exactly the same

- Die over time

- Rigid

 

 

LEDs

 

LEDs come in a variety of styles from strips to to lasers to even waterproof ones!

 

Pro:

- Flexable (good for corners)

- Can buy indavidually for specific components such as waterblocks with LED holes

- Last forever

- No inverter

 

Cons:

 

- Bit more expensive

- LED strips arent good put right next to visible area due to seeing light spread of each serperate LED

 

 

When you take all of these things into consideration, then you can choose which way you go teaching.gif

 

Requirements To Join

 

To join you must take a picture of your system with a slip of paper stating your OCN name. Then you must say how many cathodes/LED's you have. After that you must say what your main color(s) is.

 

Example:

 

2 LED Strips

1 Cold Cathode

 

Blue/Red

 

Hope I see you soon cheers.gif


Edited by Radmanhs - 3/6/13 at 4:36pm
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post #2 of 41
4 Custom LED strips behind Mobo. Of course the WB has 2 LEDs too.
Green/Blue
The picture with my name blocked the entire shot and was too dark to read anyway.. Proof that its mine is in the watercooling link if proof is needed.

Edited by darkapollo - 3/6/13 at 12:24pm
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good enough to me, will add you when i get home, make sure to tell everyone thumbsupsmiley.png

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post #4 of 41
Love the idea of placing some behind the motherboard, nice idea might nick that for my next build biggrin.gif
post #5 of 41
If you do, I recommend getting them from Xoxide.com. They are coated in a gel-rubber so they cannot short out the back of the board thumb.gif
Plus they sit just below a standard brass standoff post, so they are shining directly onto the back of the board. What you see is just the reflected light. These suckers are BRIGHT.
http://www.xoxide.com/24led-striplight-green.html
These are what I used. They screwed up my order so I got a whole roll of them for the price of 1 strip. :-D
Edited by darkapollo - 3/8/13 at 12:22pm
post #6 of 41
Very nice idea there with the lights behind the mobo. You uploading it to their site is like free marketing for them, so glad to see customer's appreciate good satisfaction to make everything right by helping the store back.

I get my LED strip from NZXT soon. Blue LED strip, going to go in a Corsair 650D. So scheme is Black/Blue, with a little hints of green-- That's right, my Titan is coming this same week! I may have to take you up on that green LED behind mobo tray, and if so, I'll definitely hit up that link!

Any tips for first timer? How to make it even, how to get them around corners, etc? Also, could OP get comparison shots in actual builds? Of course, with us members helping him, but would really like to see them side by side compared.
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of course i can get a few pics when i get a chance... for some repwink.gif. jk, jk, i will get a few pics when i get a chance

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Originally Posted by Kiracubed View Post

Very nice idea there with the lights behind the mobo. You uploading it to their site is like free marketing for them, so glad to see customer's appreciate good satisfaction to make everything right by helping the store back.

I get my LED strip from NZXT soon. Blue LED strip, going to go in a Corsair 650D. So scheme is Black/Blue, with a little hints of green-- That's right, my Titan is coming this same week! I may have to take you up on that green LED behind mobo tray, and if so, I'll definitely hit up that link!

Any tips for first timer? How to make it even, how to get them around corners, etc? Also, could OP get comparison shots in actual builds? Of course, with us members helping him, but would really like to see them side by side compared.

If you need to do a really sharp bend, it is easier to cut the strip and solder a bit of wire to make the bend.
That way you dont break the strip. The one behind my mobo is cut into 6" lengths and soldered back together to make the 90* bends.
I wish I could find my pictures of my old case with the single green strip. It lights up the entire case.

BTW that is also my XboX with the green LED under it. Like I said, they gave me a lot of these strips.. Lol.
post #9 of 41
Looking to join this club down the road (used to be a cold cathode nut back in the p4 / a64 days) as I only have led fans right now. 4x 120mm white led rosewills that are subtle but fitting. My case, the thermaltake v3 doesn't have much for a window so I didn't bother with anything more then fans.

But quick question if you don't mind since I do have a spare windowed case an old overclocked p4 @ 3.8ghz is in, with those led strips, what type of connector are they, just a molex at the end, or?

Also, I've got two spare uv/purple 12" cathode strips laying about but a broken inverter, is there a good place to buy inverters on the cheap? Want to use them in my file server pc since I've already got two 120mm purple xigmatek fans in (and just for the record, they are definitely not as quiet as advertised rolleyes.gif but they sure are bright atleast thumb.gif)
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Looking to join this club down the road (used to be a cold cathode nut back in the p4 / a64 days) as I only have led fans right now. 4x 120mm white led rosewills that are subtle but fitting. My case, the thermaltake v3 doesn't have much for a window so I didn't bother with anything more then fans.

But quick question if you don't mind since I do have a spare windowed case an old overclocked p4 @ 3.8ghz is in, with those led strips, what type of connector are they, just a molex at the end, or?

Also, I've got two spare uv/purple 12" cathode strips laying about but a broken inverter, is there a good place to buy inverters on the cheap? Want to use them in my file server pc since I've already got two 120mm purple xigmatek fans in (and just for the record, they are definitely not as quiet as advertised rolleyes.gif but they sure are bright atleast thumb.gif)

you can join with led fans, its any custom lighting

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