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NZXT Hue fan LED mod

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I am debating getting an NZXT Hue for my case. I know that both ends of the LED strip terminate and you can add another strip to that. I was wondering if someone went as far as making the Hue able to control other LEDs. I am trying to piece together the parts to make this work, replacing the red LEDs in my current fans with diffused RGB ones, but am getting caught up on what resistor I am going to need to finish off the build. If anyone had any suggestions then that would be peachy.

These are the LEDs I am thinking about getting, along with the wiring parts to connect up to the Hue's LED strip: http://www.amazon.com/microtivity-IL612-Diffused-Controllable-Common/dp/B006S21SQO/
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As per here: http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz
Looks like red needs a 560 .5watt resistor and green and blue each need a 470 .5watt
Feel kinda silly for asking this now, but maybe this will help other people with making a similar mod for themselves

For completeness here is the list of components I am going to use:
NZXT Hue - http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Technologies-5-25-Inch-Controller-8c-hue0000-00b/dp/B008RWT2IY/
Diffused RGB LEDs - http://www.amazon.com/microtivity-IL612-Diffused-Controllable-Common/dp/B006S21SQO/
4 Pin Splitter - http://www.amazon.com/Ledwholesalers-Splitter-LED-Changing-Strips/dp/B0077IPRAG/
and some 18ga 4 conductor wire - http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Conductor-Changing-LED-Strips/dp/B0077K1G22/
-- and unless I have these laying around already then either these from amazon or locally --
470 ohm 1/2 watt resistor (one for green and one for blue per 4 LEDs / 1 fan) - http://www.amazon.com/470-Ohm-Flameproof-Resistor-Pcs/dp/B0002KR8J4/
560 ohm 1/2 watt resistor (one per 4 LEDs / 1 fan) - http://www.amazon.com/560-Ohm-Flameproof-Resistor-Pcs/dp/B0002KR65U/

(and stripping the red LEDs out of my two Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm red LED case fans)

Most of extraneous wiring should be fairly easy to conceal. I've heard reports that the RGB strip with the Hue can be cut, but usually there is an indicator of where to cut on other strips and I do not currently have the Hue. So, that will be something I will have to research a bit more.
Edited by EtherealEternal - 4/29/13 at 7:20am
post #3 of 4
Interesting concept. I don't have the same NZXT Hue as you do. Mine's built into a Phantom 820. What you will want to do is first measure the voltage output of the HUE controller on the three lines that power the RGB channels. You should have a multimeter. If not, Harbor Freight has them for like $6.

You will want to wire your LEDs in series. For 12v supply, you will get 3-4 LEDs in series, plus your resistor. You shouldn't need more than a 1/4w resistor for each series set. 1/2w resistors cost more. I'm going to assume you put the resistor on the - return wire... I'd recommend on the + sides otherwise the power going through that single resistor would change based on which sets of LEDs are lit. With hand wiring RGB LEDs, that's going to be a lot of careful hand wiring, but definitely will be cool. I might have to look into doing something like that too.
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Craaaap the OP has a whopping TWO posts. My bad...sorry. I thought he/she would just come back before I noticed that....


I've been doing some RGB lighting lately and I'm curious how your project turned out.

Personally I did a RGB LED backlighting project on a keyboard, works great! build thread later...biggrin.gif
Edited by Figit090 - 6/20/13 at 4:35pm
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