Introduction: Awesome LED Computer Mod

I am putting this in a computer mod I am making.

Yeah, It's not finished, the panels aren't actually glued down and I don't have a circuit for it yet, but I thought I'd let you guys preview its awesomeness.

Hmm, I just realized I glued the red LED on the wrong side on the top.

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Shazil_1 (author)2014-05-08

I made it!
But it does not look good in a pc case.

Cost me around $150

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Shazil_1 (author)2013-06-26

I have alot of questions.
How thick is that Plexiglas?
What is that blurry thing you put on the surface? What is it called?
and When are the instructions going to come out. Because i cant wait> :)

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frozenzeepy (author)2012-09-14

Hey, have you completed it yet im really interested in getting a copy of the image could you post it up so can copy it

Thanks

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H20Lighter (author)2011-11-02

When are you going to come out with the instructions to make this?

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haji110 (author)2011-08-27

very nice :))

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acidbass (author)2011-02-25

would this be for a laptop?

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Shamrock63 (author)2008-12-20

have you thought of using a tricolor led? not the ones that go through a loop, but the actual 3 annode and 1 cathode leds? it sure would save a little space, though it would mean more programming/switches =/

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kool1zero (author)Shamrock632010-12-20

no more programming than this would take, just connect the anode leads from each individual LED to the corresponding color anode leads on the tricolor LED and the cathode is common between them, all you'd need to do is figure out appropriate resistor values.

in my diagrams i have dimmers (rheostats) for each individual color and a master dimmer, determine appropriate values for each and you have two leds done, same would work with more, but i got tired of paint.

tricolor LED double single led.bmptricolor LED double led.bmp
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Bellerophon (author)Shamrock632009-02-11

Can you give me a bit more info on this as I love the project but sounds like this might improve on it. My electronic expert score is -2/10, so go easy. If you have an URL to show that would be great. THX

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kool1zero (author)Bellerophon2010-12-20

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/105

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Instructoguy12125 (author)2009-04-03

could you power this by a usb port instead of batteries?

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Indeed you could, but then there would be a cord running out of it. So it would be less portable, but wouldn't run out of charge.

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kool1zero (author)N1CK4ND02010-12-20

perhaps rechargeable batteries via USB?

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The nerdling (author)2010-10-31

how do you make it?

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itsachen (author)2010-01-23

The last picture in the slideshow looks like theres some piece of paper on the plexiglass. Is it to add to the effect?

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GAMERkid88 (author)itsachen2010-06-30

I believe he used it to defuse the light more evenly.

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tinkerman92 (author)2010-03-04

 very creative way to adapt the led cube to a pc case

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JakeNikolas (author)2008-08-26

I would like to see someone make one where the light travels. maybe all starting in the center and traveling to the edges.

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DivideByZero (author)JakeNikolas2009-05-27

You'd probably need a lot of LEDs, and some kind of processing unit to switch them on and off at the same time. It is possible though

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switchpaw (author)DivideByZero2009-09-13

or the right set up with a couple of capacitors. that way the capacitors have to "fill" with electricity before they will light up. it produces a flashing system. only problem is that they require more power, leds, and space.

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sk8erdude (author)DivideByZero2009-05-29

Like an Arduino or PICAXE microcontroller? or something?

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mattyh (author)sk8erdude2009-05-31

you could maybe mount a spiral shaped cutout on a well geared motor and as this revolved it would have that kind of effect. This would be more suited to square panel and the corners would be a bit problematic.

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DivideByZero (author)mattyh2009-06-13

Mmm I guess. I think it would depend on whether you wanted a specific lighting pattern or a more random lighting scheme. I suppose your idea would look good with different coloured or RGB LEDs.

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Cybot Rules (author)DivideByZero2009-06-23

Or maybe if u place a mirroring on the edges and spin a couple of led it reflects back into the plastic?

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Ex Marine (author)Cybot Rules2009-07-18

if it fails you'll get a good effect anyway

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Cybot Rules (author)Ex Marine2009-07-19

yeah true

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DivideByZero (author)Cybot Rules2009-06-27

I'm not sure. You can try, I guess. I myself have not been able to try this, as I don't have the resources or the time.

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OnyxxStone (author)2009-08-19

i swear to god this dude or female is so freakin awesome

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ninjaknow (author)OnyxxStone2009-09-13

u mean dudette

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_Scratch_ (author)2009-08-26

could you possibly use a thin EL wire to light it?

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Fridge Gnome (author)2009-07-05

I wonder if this could be used on a xbox, does the usb on it give any power?

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Ex Marine (author)Fridge Gnome2009-07-18

its usually the red wire that gives of power and the black is usually the ground (green and yellow transfer data)

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Ex Marine (author)Fridge Gnome2009-07-18

yes all USB based connections will give out 5v

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squirrelMLM (author)2009-07-07

*cries* Thats...so...friggin...awesome

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Maladroit.android (author)2009-06-27

Very Tron. Very awesome. Looking forward to seeing your completed instructable.

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hapman9 (author)2009-06-27

How much is a very bright LED (cheapest if possible) and where can I get em`

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deathupontheright (author)2009-06-01

you no you could do some cutting and pasting with the wires in side the computer if you really wanted to its not hard at all

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blckthng (author)2009-05-26

Im truly in love with this.....

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Dakwa (author)2009-05-11

This may sound stupid but are you using diffused LEDs or are those just normal and the camera is making them look weird? (Side note I was going build one of these but use an old bike tire to wrap around the edges to hide wiring and to make it slip free.) (Another side note its also going to be USB powered and have 3 switches for Red Green and Blue)

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N1CK4ND0 (author)2009-04-10

I got a green LED of newegg for like 3 bucks, really bright, I'm going to engrave a little alien on my case and shine this LED on it so it gives it a glowing effect.

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MattGyver92 (author)2009-04-07

.....That's very interesting. Hmm... I like it. I think I should apply this effect to my portable xbox 360 laptop project.... I'd have to CNC stencil-cut the metal case, but it 'd be worth it...I'll make sure you get aknowledgement for that in my project... Cool.

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Arbitror (author)2009-03-25

Great job! I love the design!

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N1CK4ND0 (author)2009-03-14

Really cool. I might do this for a little decoration. I really like the red.

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Pumpkin$ (author)2009-03-06

Hey ummmmm......... USB PORT? dude what's with the batteries?

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demonbabi13 (author)2009-02-28

ok so you know those nintendo and sony plaques that have the 4 LEDs in the bottom? This reminds me of one of those plaques it would look cool in like "the gaming room" or something

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neardood (author)2009-02-08

looks awesome whats it gonna be the left-hand panel?

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Fr0ZenWolf (author)2009-02-06

This is really awesome but I have just 1 question about it. Does that design/pattern have a name? I have a few other applications where this would look pretty sweet.

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guribe94 (author)2009-01-11

im confused what it is for is it for the computer casing?

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shveet (author)2008-12-13

nice one... i wonder it it would work with a pen tablet....

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kaleesh (author)2008-12-09

very nice work :D!!! when i saw the orange led light the first thing i thought was The Human Torch :)!! if you are doing a school project and it's the traditional volcano, this can be magma XD... Will give you the edge..

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