edit: forgot to say, Hi, another NZXT Phantom owner here, Black & Orange usb 3.0 version.
It all started with a back-lit LED mod for 5.25" Card Reader posted here
Then I decided to also back-lit the top ports and 5.25" area on my NZXT Phantom, and here it is.
First, the top ports panel:
Here are the LEDs I used.
"Piranha", orange, rated 2.1~2.5v, 100" light beam, 1500mkd brightness.
I used four of them in two sequental pairs, to get 2.5v (5v /2) for each:
These LEDs were quite convenient for this mod, as they're slim and easy to fit in small places.
I wouldn't use those ultra-small "smd" leds because those are way beyond my level or accuracy and soldering skill.
To make holes in the plastic for LED' leads, I used my preferred way of dealing with plastic - melting.
Here's a soldering gun with a nail in it.
Yeah... really messy
Eventually I've concluded this plastic is thick enough to use a drill on it
So, anyway, leds are in
Soldering wires and stuff
Then I though I should spoil it all with some hot glue.Attention! You may find following images quite disgusting!
Finally, the hardest bit: I wanted two LEDs just above the DVD drive, and I wanted them (as well as card reader leds) to switch on when the door is opened.
For that to happen, I used this "microswitch" (that's what they call it):
Basically, it's exactly the same kind of button you'll find in a computer mouse / many other devices with an attached metal lever.
So when the lever is pressed, the button is pressed, and two of three leads are shortened. It's a two-way switch, so it has can act as ON-ON or ON-OFF.
The hole for switch was done with a Boxcutter knife heated up with a lighter. Then the switch was put in.
Holes for LED leads were done, once again, with a hot nail.
Added wires etc
Here's the connecting wire I made for this. Basically it's a pass-through molex extension with two extra 3-pin connectors that carry GND & +5v, the pinout is like on standard 3pin connectors.
I've deliberately used it the other way around, i.e. female 3pin going from psu/molex and male at the leds, because I didn't want exposed male 3pin connectors to carry any electricity [when not connected]
Once again, hot glue,Attention! You may find following images quite disgusting!
Finished. All working, when I open/close the door, *click* and LEDs above DVD drive and inside the card reader, switch on/off.Edited by Urik - 10/24/13 at 1:03pm