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illuminating the Acrylic/Plexi MOBO tray... how?

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Well i think everything is pretty much clear from the title smile.gif

I want to use LEDs or LED strip(s)... Illumination is for an ITX board so the tray is pretty small. How would i achieve equaly dispersed lighting of the acrylic plate? should i sink a LED into each corner of it? or for that ITX size, would sinking a single LED on the center of the plate be enough?

I do not want it to shine like Studio 54, it just has to be visible that it is illuminated. Discreetly.
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You need a special acrylic that has particles imbedded in it.
Otherwise it won't "glow".
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post #3 of 6
To get it to glow you need to disperse the light there are a number of ways you can do this:

1) using wax paper (or something similar) between the plexi and the LEDs
2) using Frosted plastic also does a pretty good job as well (either buy it frosted or buy frosted plates)
3) this one can be costly there is a material you can buy that is made up of woven fiber optic fibers (have to get the side glow fibers not end-glow) then you only need 1 led to light the whole thing. But finding this "fabric" in a quantity large enough to cover the back of a mobo i'm not sure :/

Hope this gave you some ideas be sure to post some pics when you figure it out smile.gif
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There is a company that makes custom backlit midplates they probably could make this for you
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If you illuminate the edge of plexi, they other edges will be illuminated.. If you cut the edges at an angle and then light the middle with another cut it should turn out something like below. (sanding it a bit would take out the roughness/make it look more evenly lit.

This guy did amazing work, a good example below, click to see his full build:
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Originally Posted by Show4Pro View Post



A triangular cut was made at the center of each plate. This will reflect the light which is projected perpendicular to the plate onto the edges of the plate. Without the cut the edges barely glow at all.



Lighting test with the sound card mounted.



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If you illuminate the edge of plexi, they other edges will be illuminated.. If you cut the edges at an angle and then light the middle with another cut it should turn out something like below. (sanding it a bit would take out the roughness/make it look more evenly lit.

This guy did amazing work, a good example below, click to see his full build:

Yep, this is the thing i am looking for... i will look into his build.

thanks
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