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Trying to install lighting between MB tray and MB

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I want to install lighting that comes out from underneath the MB, and I'm trying to get a few ideas how to do this. I've thought about buying some of the RGB strips, with a lower amount of LEDs to lower the heat generated, cutting the strips, using the 90 degree connectors, and basically building a square, which would be a little smaller than the circumference of my MB so it's out of sight. Problem might be clearance between MB tray and underside of MB, possible contact of the LED strip with the MB PCB (unless I use the waterproof LED strips which are completely covered with silicone).

Another option I thought of is to drill either 3mm or 5mm holes spaced around the MB tray where I could insert individual LEDs, I could either hook them to an LED power bank or to reduce the cluster of wires, possibly solder them all together and use a 12V MOLEX connector to power all of them. I'm not quite sure how I would get them to stay in the holes though.

Does anyone have any opinion on these 2 ideas of maybe have an idea of their own? I'd appreciate any suggestions.
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Can't you juste screw a second stand-off on the existing stand-of?

Like http://www.mountainmods.com/images/images_big/BSTANDOFF.jpg
   
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To increase the space between the MB and the MB tray?
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Yip thats one idea. Another is as you mentioned, make sure the LED strips are not high. I cant think that they are very high. The ones ive seen are rather thin. Also the Mobo backplate will essentially be their heatsink provided its metal, aluminum ideally. That way they will keep reasonably cool and besides, they would need to get really hot to effect your mobo I would think, as long as they are not touching wink.gif
   
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If I use a second set of standoffs, then I don't think the IO ports will line up with the IO shield. I don't plan on using them at full brightness, so I wouldn't think they would generate too much heat. When I've used them in the past, I noticed that the adhesive already on the back of the strip doesn’t hold very well. Either the adhesive sucks, or the heat from the LED strips loosens the adhesive. Either way, I think more adhesive would need to be used, or if I used the waterproof strips, which has a protective coating of silicone over the LEDs, would prevent the LEDs from touching the MB, but those strips are much higher.

I'll just have to put it in place without hooking up the power to see how much clearance it has. I kind of like the idea of adding individual LEDs, 3mm or 5mm, and placing them in holes under the MB. I have a little time to work with it before my acrylic tubing comes in so I guess it's something I'll have to just try. Thanks for the responses.
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Those strips they sell for rice cars would likely work. Check Walmart
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^^ yep. thats exactally what i was going to say.
    
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They make LED strips with a magnet instead of adhesive.
 
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To increase the space between the MB and the MB tray?

Yup that's what I was referring to

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If I use a second set of standoffs, then I don't think the IO ports will line up with the IO shield.

Hmmm good point tongue.gif


But if REALLY needed you can leave the I/O shield away...
   
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I kind of like the idea of adding individual LEDs, 3mm or 5mm, and placing them in holes under the MB. I have a little time to work with it before my acrylic tubing comes in so I guess it's something I'll have to just try. Thanks for the responses.

Been there and done that on a case. Not behind the Mobo but a stip around the face of the case.
Lots of wiring and soldering and pain to get it all hooked up and working. If i had to redo it, i would buy the strips no questions asked wink.gif
I think mine was about 50 LED's.





   
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