Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by TapperSwe, 11 Feb 2007.
Nice button's could you tell me te part/serie number of those.
Thx ,i got them from Elfa in sweden and the numbers for the small one is:35-074-05 and for the big one:35-074-15
And here is a link to the manufacturer:
I was not sure if they would work at first because they require some electricy to work ,but i have tryed the start bulgin and it worked fine.(lets hope the dvd bulgin get suficient power to work to).(I later on did test the dvd bulgin and it worked fine)
Those are the button's i need, succes with your mod, it's nice
Bas van der Werff. your welcome and thx for the coment.
this week i have been working on the case feet and the Aluminium Bulgins
I start of with the feet.
The case feet have really been a puzzle i just wanted them to elevate the case a bit(for the psu outblow to work) and i dident want the feet to show to much because that would ruin the pyramids symmetric so after many different templates and drawings i ended up doing them like this, pretty simple but with the same lines as the pyramid (upside down).
And after some really hard bends i got this:
Then i started of working and instaling the Alu bulgins ,if u read page 6 u will see that i was going to mod the smaller of the bulgins because i needed some lights for the dvd busy light without having to go wiht a different materials/brand of bulgin (i also love that they are touch sensitive ) :
I used a milling bit and a accessory unit for my multitool to make a sinkage in the acryl.
And thats all hope u like it.
Now im going in a dark age of wet sanding and polishing .
I like the button light.
Are there going to be similar lights in or around the feet? A glow from under the pyramid (with the feet hidden) would make it look like it was floating and add to that mystical element.
Thx, regarding the light i have been thinking just like u wrote, to put some under the case (maybe blue light cathodes), im still not sure if im going to yet ,for the moment i got one blue led for the eye ,the back fan also got blue leds and like u seen now the dvd bulgin.
Good job! Both the switches and the feet. I wouldn't have thought of doing the feet that way, and it works great.
If you use blue under the case, that'll compete with the blue elsewhere. I'd go with red on the underside, but not too bright. Dim and subtle. Or maybe even dark dim green. Red would be my choice.
dacust:Thx and maybe u are right about not using more blue my concern is that i dont like mixing colors, iff i put light under the case and use a other color than blue i think i would go with yellow or orange to resemble the sand that pyramids are build upon
queston for all who wish to answear:
i got 2 concerns regarding puting lights under the case,the first is do cold cathodes or led stripes consume much power? i got a 420w server psu and this is what im going to run in the cp:
Msi K8N Neo4 Platinum (7125) VER:1
Amd 64 3700+ 1Mb L2Cache. (2,2 Ghz)
Arctic-cooling Freezer 64 Pro (not sure it will fit because of its hight)
DiamondMAX 10 250Gb Sata2
2 Gb OCZ 3200 Platinum EL Dualchanel 2-3-2-5-1T
Asus n7800 gt.
nec 3550a dvd rw
psu 1U Single¡jP1H-6400P
secondly what would give me the best light cold cathode ,led stripes or neon wires?
is it possible to screw any of the abowe or how do i atach them to the case?.
Is orange or yellow hard to find ?.
Very good idea.
LEDs draw VERY little power and yellow is easy to find.
CCLs also draw very little power. Haven't seen yellow in them, though. But there's white. I bet there's yellow out there, and if not, they run very cool, so you could put some yellow acetate over them as filters.
Some other's in here might have more ideas.
Ok nice to hear that none of them are big power consumers and when u wrote white i started to think about what Tyinsar wrote to use the light just to make it look floating and more mystical ,in that case white would be very nice and neutral..
Can u screw in CCLs or led stripes to atach them to the case?
the switch is nice
Not directly. But how about this? Cut some windows in the feet. Cover them with plexi and mount the CCLs inside the feet.
dacust:thx for the info and regarding cuting out a window in the feets sounds like a nice way to mount the lights ,however im not shure iff the feet would still be able to hold the case weight iff i cut them open along the sides,second problem is that the feets are only 20 cm and i have been looking at led stripes and cold cathodes and they where all 20-30 cm or more(ok just found 10 cm longs).
So iff i mount lighs i will probably mount them along the sides and a about 10 cm from the edges of the base(easier to ) .
If you made feet out of clear plastic you could mount LEDs in them (you can also buy lighted feet). They would also have the advantage of being less likely to scratch the desk you put this on. My personal preference would be a blue (or violet) glow underneath and then switching the other LEDs to yellow or orange. Either that or stick with all blue - though I suppose white underneath should look good too.
i cant buy feet because like i wrote in the beginig of my project i would do as much as possible myself ,regardig making the feet in acryl it sounds like a nice idea but i havent worked with acryl before (bending) so i dont have the tools for it and one downside with acryl is that it cant be polished like the aluminium howsoever acryl is great for enlighten with leds.(and finally i dont like the idea of throwing 8 hour of work in the waste basket either ha,ha).
I dont think my feet will scrach the surface i put it on since they are rounded on the part that will have contact with the desk.
I think i will go with white light under the case and i have been thinking on the orange/yellow led for the eye like u wrote earlier and who know i might change my mind on that one .
By the way thx for correcting me (by PM) when i wrote feets , when the correct word is feet.
Maybe the bottom lights could be recessed in the bottom. I like the way it looks in a low shot when you can see under the rig. Nothing but the feet showing. Lights that stick out would ruin that. If you have room, maybe flush mounted clear plexi with lights above that?
BTW you bugged me about wanting updates ........
Sounds like a good idea ,iff i got it righ u mean that i put the cathodes inside the case, cut out a strip of the base and replace with acryl so the light shines throu the acryl right? .
The problem is that i dont think that there is sufficient room inside the case (im going to look into it)if theres not enough room inside and i place the cathode under i will put it between the feet, in that case the cathode wont be visible from the front at least.
Regarding the updates i have pull apart the entire case and im curently wetsanding all the parts which is very time consuming, im working 4 to 5 days a week and about 4 hours each day (have been doing it sinse my last update) and im almoust done with all the things inside the case and the Lshaped alu wich runs along the sides.
This is going to take me atleast 2 more weeks i might post some pics of all the wetsanded parts .
If there's not enough room inside, can you do the same technique inside the feet?
Hey, even if it's underneath, it'll still look great. The light effect will definitely look striking. The hidden lights would just be a bonus, but no one will think anything is lacking if they show. I don't want you to think I'm beating this to death because I think it'll look like crap if it shows. I think it'll still look fantastic.
Looking forward to what comes next!
placing them inside the feet like u sugested would probably be the easiest way to hide them,i was however afraid of cuting out stripes in the feet because they might not be able to hold the weight of the case ,but i guess i could just drill out some holes in a straight line in the feet to let the light out throu and in that case i dont think i need the acryl eihter.
Im actually happy that some people is coming with ideas or pointers i got no problem with that .
you could also use LED's in holders either mounted on the bottom of the case or in strips on the feet. that shouldnt tae too much strength away from them and the pattern would look very cool.
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