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How to add a neon light to your desk ... for the keyboard

 

First I have to say that I like to play games... in the night... so I had a problem in seeing the keyboard... so when i saw the neon light in the PC shop... i had an ideea...

This is simple... You have to plug the wires from the neon light inside a molex conector inside the computer.
BE CAREFULL ... I THINK YOU CAN DAMAGE THE MOTHERBOARD... if u misuse something...

so...
first you open your case...
input the wire from a small hole in the back...
conect them...
I hope i don't have to say that u must do this WITH COMPUTER UNPLUGGED...
now is the tricky part...
you stick the wire that leads to the neon to the desk...
you use double face sticker to put neon in the right place...
and VOILA...
enjoy it...

and a tip from a beginner...
do not add many things that take power from motherboard...

PS: Do not hate me for being such a noob.

Step 1: First...

Picture of First...
You have to buy the neon light...
and need a pair of scissors, pliers, some scotch tape...
and patience
the screwdrivers are for diversion...
and you need the marker to make a sign where u want the neon to be placed...{{{

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Step 3: Stick everything..

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to the desk... and surprise.. neon glows... :D

and this is how is suposed to look... day ... and night...


don't u love my idea ?

sorry for bothering you :D
and good luck at work...

PS. The price for neon is around 10 US dollars here... If it matters :D
colorex3 years ago
And so I'm in Ecuador trying to get these CCFLs that run on a molex plug (for my case), but they only have those that run at 110 V....
But I got exactly the same idea!
Mortisdei4 years ago
I have done the same thing 5 years ago with my older pc =)) Thats a nice and good loking modification for your pc. Its also very usefull.
Hey you should rewrite the section on making the connection in more detail, but i figured it out on my own, basically i bought a cheap 6 inch car interior neon, and hooked it up to my PC power supply to illuminate my new tech station, in short cut the lighter plug off, strip the leads, hook the positive neon wire into the YELLOW (not the red) wire of a spare PC power conector, (not the small one thats only like 4.5 Volt for floppys), then hook the negitive into either of the black wires of the same power connector, done, I smoothed a little soldered on the ends of the neon leads first to prevent fraying when sticking them into the PC power supply connector holes then folded the wires against the connector and then, i used electrical tape to tape the wires against the connector, works great! now i must add a switch for low profile cam chats!
pestan6 years ago
sweet idea i will try that!
icebuck6 years ago
Hey.....have that same Mouse Pad.
waterman (author) 6 years ago
Yes ... I am a Linux lover... but I am also a gamer... and I am not so good in Linux... so ... on this computer I use Windows mainly for games... and for TVMAN - i play Sniper Elite, Call of Duty 4, Red Alert, Counter Strike 1.6 and Source, Half Life 2, Warrock... etc
linux lover but windows interface?? lol great idea mate, since blue is my favourite colour i now have awesome lighting on my keyboard, i mean NEON!!! come on, u cant beat that!
waterman (author) 7 years ago
So... there is no glue... i only used few pieces of scotch tape... to attach wires to the desk... and they are only under the desk... And about black light... it's nice for sure... but from what I know it can mess your eyes really ugly... I felt this on my skin since in my country there was in my youth a crazyness in using black lights neon in alll clubs and pubs and ... i know for sure my eyes were hurting while i was in a club with black light... so... it's better to use blue or green neon ... my next ideea will be a black light... but inside the computer ... and all the wiring on the mainboard should be painted with a ink that can be seen only under blacklight... i hope nobody else did this here on instructables...
i had a wicked i mean WICKED idea!!! my custom built computer desk that me and my dad made is alright but its all scratched up because its wood >:D what if i took out the wood replaced it with plexiglass and put alot of bright USB LED's down below where my computer is >:D eh eh?? sounds cool to me but the problem is my dad would see whats down below....metal would be better >:D
hey waterman its tvman :D i made a new acc and dude! nobodys commented in a while im like wtf?!? this is a really good idea :) c ya comment back im still learning about puting a led in a keyboard
waterman (author)  waterman7 years ago
i hope you don't wanna say that u want to put the light inside the keyboard :D
Tvman waterman7 years ago
sounds like a good idea but i wouldnt put it into the computer i would stick it into your keyboard if its not that hard =/ sounds kinda hard but eh might be worth it im gonna check out how they do it with the really expensive lit keyboards and get back to ya
Tvman7 years ago
Thx for the neon glue stuff :D but i dont like to put any glue or enythin on this desk me and my dad built it togetha in my closet >.< and thx for replyin to me :D by the way the rubber boobys were a add i saw on there and thouyght u added it on this fourm =/ that or......................... i was hella sleepy and my mind went elsewere :D aight thx man ima try somthin like this by putin a blacklight behind my monitor so it looks wicked and u can see the pictures and stuff on the wall plus u can see keyboard! THX U FOR ALL THE STUFF U TOLD ME ABOUT AND THIS INSTRUCTABLE!!! :P Pce

P.S. What kind of games do you play.......at night?
waterman (author) 7 years ago
the wires are taped firmly to the desk... so you never mess with them...
Tvman7 years ago
OK!! I JUST MADE AN ACCOUNT TO COMMENT ON THIS!!!!!!! and ive been surfing instructables for like 4 days...so enyway cool idea! but it seems like the wires would get in the way alot but still pritty cool man! :D im a computer nerd to... i have to admit.....cuz it's annoying playin durin the day cuz every1 is a jerk...but at night it calms down...enyway i might try this :p but maybe just buy a LED keyboard on ebay might work too :p i'll check out the prices Thx again :D BY THE WAY WHAT THE HECK IS WITH THE RUBBER BOOBYS PICTURE UP THERE~! HOW FRICKIN RANDOM WAS THAT LOL!!!!!
waterman (author)  Tvman7 years ago
where u see rubber boobys... ?
waterman (author) 7 years ago
I bought it from my country... Romania... it was Aerocool if I remember well.... but (I hope it's ok to post this here) you can add this to your desk: http://216.55.176.103/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=242

I will also have to buy another one, my wife broke the one from the pics... :(
Tvman7 years ago
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Tvman7 years ago
I FORGOT TO ASK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WERE DID YOU GET THAT NEON LIGHT ? ? ? i cant find them at target or bestbuy.... ebay has um but...i dont want to wait :p by the way i checked out the price for a neon keyboard...about 70 bucks for a good one, cheap ones are around 55-60 bucks. So i wanna try this :p NEED TO TRY THIS!!
Tvman7 years ago
I reframe from the booby's thing it was someone elses instructables...sry lol..... must be tired :p enyway sry
waterman (author) 7 years ago
Now the light is dead... my wife broken my neon... i have to find another type... cause in my small town you get to find Aerocool stuff only by chance... :(
boocat7 years ago
I do this too, and have the same problem! I was just going to get some USB-powered deedlie from ThinkGeek, or similar.
downgrade7 years ago
Would make more sense to mount a hidden bench psu.
waterman (author) 7 years ago
nice... pic... that's why i love linux
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waterman (author)  chriscon7 years ago
please delete your post ... do not be so rude...
jasonjohn897 years ago
is that Turbo-Spero Keyboard?
waterman (author)  jasonjohn897 years ago
i don't think is Turbo-Spero... i will check it when i get home and i will tell ya... but i think it's not
xandros7 years ago
bloody good idea!
waterman (author) 7 years ago
thank you all guys for answers... this is for Lemonie: man i needed the light for gaming... i am quite good at touch typing, but in the night when i need to open a door in a game, or crouch, or zoom for sniper... i don't wanna be late ... and i wanted to see the keyboard. And it's a nice light also for the room.
lemonie7 years ago
That's a good lighting effect, but how about this: Use a UV (or black) light, and write on your keys with a UV "security" marker? L
lemonie lemonie7 years ago
...then again you could just learn to touch-type.
e.g. http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/
Nice creativity. I acutally went out and bought a keyboard that had blue LED's (7 to be exact) along the top. Mine doesn't put out all that much light compared to yours, but hey' what can i say. Besides my keys are so warn off from my cleaning it w/ rubbing alcohol, i don't rly need em'. Awsome job tho, i wouldn't have of thought of that.
latobada7 years ago
Another thing, people might not understand well, but you dont plug them into the Motherboard, you use the cables from the powersupply. You can't damage your mother board by doing this, unless you do something stupid. For a cheap deal on them, go to fry's electronics, i got my set of 4 for about 15 dollars (U.S). they come in packs of 2, and each pack has cables and the converter box. If you are considering adding a couple of these lights, Check that your power supply can handle it, do calculations to see how much power you are using, and how much 'wiggle room' you have to add lights. if you need more, but another power supply.
latobada7 years ago
hey and welcome. i did this to my desk last year, but with green lights and with 4 bars. 1 above keyboard tray, 2 betwen desk and wall, Slightly under teh desk so that you only see the glow, not the bar itslef, and 1 behind my monitor, and i can control each 'set' individualy. They are not neon lights. they are cathode lights. there is a big difference.
That's a great idea for a keyboard light. I'll have to add one to my desk. Nice job!
jeffreyf7 years ago
Nice job with the PC power source. And welcome to Instructables!