Cable Management & Wiring – adding more white & blue lights Hello, time for another update. Not much to say, I added some more white and blue lighting. I also added one UV lightsource in the top section of the case. Well, maybe there are still some things to say about the led spots. First of all, I tested out what gives the best effect on the UV tubing: a led spot or a laser led. Turns out they’re about equally effective. I thought I’d mention it, might come in handy to know… There was but one problem: the led spots are wired up for 5V and I use 12V on all my switches. Obviously, the led spots also have a resistor for 5V. So, I needed to change the leds to my own leds with a 12V resistor on them. Here’s what one of the leds spots looks like when disassembled, the cable needs to chopped to get the led out (I was too lazy to get the pins out of the molex. And this was my first version. I thought space would be too tight inside the spot so I soldered the resistor away from the led to put it outside the spot. The collar of the spot was so narrow a bit broke off when forcing everything through. Oh well. At least it works: Then I thought about it and decided it couldn’t be that hard putting everything inside the spot. Just some tight soldering…turned out to be pretty easy. So here’ version 2, much nicer: On to the tests! I added a blue laser led which is actually taped to the 120mm fan in the back. I put a blue spot in the top section, and a UV laser led close to it. There’s a white led spot underneath the bottom panel to light up the plexi piece with the rca connectors, unfortunately it kept moving, it will give more effect when I properly mount it. Finally, I put another one of the led spots behind the psu, it gives a nice backlit effect. This was just a test to see if I added enough lights, I will of course look carefully for the best effect when mounting them properly. So if some of the lighting appears a bit ‘off’, don’t worry. Here it is all lit up. The blue circle you see is coming from the middle led of the laser led. I’ll try to get one led to lit up the RAM, one to shine on the CPU block and the third one will shine in the case. This is the plan but I think the third led will shine through the window and right into my eyes when the case is on its desk. So maybe the laser led will be replaced by a led spot later on. Here you see what I mean, currently the outer led is shining through the back of the window. But the laser led needs to be mounted a bit more rotated and slightly lifted to get the other two leds on the cpu and ram. So the third light will be in the wrong place. I could just mask it of course. Will decide on this later. The blue led spot at the top. The UV laser led is behind it and above it, but not visible in this pic. The led spot is behind the optical drives so only visible when looking at the case from its backside (which will not be possible when its on its desk). Apart from the blue laser led, I think the extra lights are nicely positioned. Now there are white accents in the topleft/bottomright diagonal and blue accents on the other one. An angle more from the backside to show the blue led at the top. With the UV on, there is now a nice even lighting throughout the case, the top part of the watertubing is nicely lit as well by the UV laser led. The blue laser led has a lot less effect on the UV plexi than the leds of the 120mm fan had. Here you see how the UV laser led carries the glow in the watertubing all the way to the top bit. The white spot behind the psu seems to give only a little effect. But after the photoshoot and when I took a lot of the lighting out, I saw it had also moved. When properly mounted and aimed, it will be more effective. I’m now waiting for the package with the new core and thermal pads for the vga waterblock. Should arrive today or tomorrow. So maybe there will be another update before the week-end!