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Individual LED lights to illuminate/highlight components?

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I'll be changing some things up around Christmas time (fat man in a red suit has me a new PSU, additional GPU, HDD relocate bits..) and I want to mess with the lighting a bit too. I have white LED fans which are nearly enough but I'm looking for something more. I think I'll be adding some white LED strips under my motherboard and I think it might be cool to have some red glow coming from the things that are hot, ie - the base of the CPU cooler and within the GPU coolers. Aside from buying a roll of 12v lights and cutting off bits of them - are there singles that I could affix in place and wire in parallel? making the harnesses isn't an issue, I'm just after a source for lights. Anyone seen this done before? I think it would be neat...

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I'm actually thinking about doing something similar. I've got a strip of 5050's and a 12v rgb controller with two channels, I think it's just a matter of getting the right resistors on the single 5mm rgb leds. I might be fiddling with that next week/weekend, depending on how RL goes I'll try to remember to update what I figure out smile.gif
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Single 5mm (T-1 3/4) or 3mm (T-1) size LEDs will work for you, but you will need to add appropriately sized dropping resistors in series with each LED. Check online for an LED resistor calculator, there's dozens of them.

1" pieces off an LED strip are easy to do. Wire directly to 12v.
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