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It was a little spendy but I bought this to light up my window...

...And it's small enough to hide in the top of the 932. we'll have to wait to see what you've come up with to see if mine was a waste of money. cool.gif

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It was a little spendy but I bought this to light up my window...

...And it's small enough to hide in the top of the 932. we'll have to wait to see what you've come up with to see if mine was a waste of money.

~Ceadder
I had a couple of 3LED versions of that a few years ago. If you positioned it right it worked pretty well. I didn't find that it replaced a full 12" CCFL, but it was nice when used as spot lighting for areas where the CCFL tubes left something in a shadow.

We had a couple of different colored ones bouncing off of a small prism/disco ball suspended in the case. That looked interesting.
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Yeah I'm gonna use it similar to the Green Cats that phili is using at the moment. It's only purpose is to make the white etching stand out on the window. I coulda done Red, but my thining is that it woulda blended in too well. I didn't think to get an xMas light string. Of course I would have had to rewire it to work off the PSU.

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post #64 of 71
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Originally Posted by Ceadderman View Post
It was a little spendy but I bought this to light up my window...

...And it's small enough to hide in the top of the 932. we'll have to wait to see what you've come up with to see if mine was a waste of money.

~Ceadder
When you getting the window? I can't wait to see it. That should work though you may need another one on the opposite edge of the window to evenly light it.

The Christmas lights are for the fans. I'm hoping they will fit in place of the LEDs currently in the them.
Edited by Philistine - 4/18/11 at 8:40pm
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When you getting the window? I can't wait to see it. That should work though you may need another one on the opposite edge of the window to evenly light it.

The Christmas lights are for the fans. I'm hoping they will fit in place of the LEDs currently in the them.
I think that he did the work last night. So hopefully it'll turn up before the end of the week. I really can't wait. I'm pretty sure the coverage of the laser pod will be fine though cause I only have to light up ~6 inches from top to bottom. My only real concern is if they're too bright and it interferes with vision in the early mornings. I think that I'll install a hidden Vandal switch to power it on and off.

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I'm late to the party on this one, but you hooked me . . . subbed!

Nice clean work so far.
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It isn't meant to offend. Its from JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye". "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." Those in the know may get a clue where I'm going with this theme.
You know how I feel about it, Phillistine!



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Not much to update lately because I've been waiting on some lighting.

First off the SMD LED strips for the window I ordered from China will not work. While not in the description of the auction they flash (think Knight Rider). They were perfect in size for what I wanted though and they directly hooked up to the 12v leads of the PSU. I've ordered another set that should be constant on and a similar width.

But I've made some progress with the rest of the case lighting. I wanted to light the inside of my case purple but the only cathodes I could find were ultra violet purple. I don't want the components on my case to glow UV colors so I was stymied. But it was just a temporary road block. I figured I'd try color gels. They are colored plastic sheets used in stage lighting. My idea was to buy white cold cathodes and wrap them in a gel. Well I got the gel and cold cathodes the other day and just put them together.



I must say I'm ecstatic about the result, though I may go a shade or two darker with the purple. Color gels with a white cold cathode work great. And gels are available in hundreds of colors. This opens up hundreds of possibilities. No longer are you limited to blue, green, red (really pink), UV or white. You can easily find gels at photography and lighting shops (and the Internet) and they are cheap. I bought a 2'x3' gel for $9. That's a lot of cold cathodes.

I'll post the details in a couple of days. Work is very busy right now.

Paint

I've also looked into power coating and its definitely the direction I'm leaning in. I could have the case powder coated for around $50 locally but I have to strip the paint myself. I've read that "aircraft paint stripper" is the way to go so I just have to find some. I've also been throwing around the idea of having the case nickel plated. I'm still thinking about it.
Edited by Philistine - 5/4/11 at 4:10am
post #69 of 71
cool work log... i got a HAF 922 gettin ideas to mod... First thing i'll be doing to spraying the inside black
post #70 of 71
Wow . . .

I've been trying to find an option for my build that had a two tone lighting (panel & background), and you sir have proved thevision i had for my rig can actually work. Kudos to you for coming up with that option . . . i never would have thought of using gels on a white cathode.

I may have to steal your idea! I look forward to an update showing how you did it.


I can't stop looking at that pic . . .
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