I wanted to make my computer case light up, but after reading some bad reviews on cold cathode lights I decided to make my own LED lights instead.
These lights only cost me about $15 to make. I had most of the materials on hand though. The only thing I bought was the LEDs and the drivers.

Custom LED bars for a computer case.
6 Watts of Blue LEDs
300 Lumens

Step 1: Parts & Tools


6x 1W LEDs
2x 3x1W LED Drivers
28" of 3/4" x 1/16" 90 Degree Angle Aluminum (could use 1/2" x 1/16")
Molex Connector
Wire Scraps (about 4 ft.)
4x Pop Rivets
Super Glue
1/8" Expandable Sleeving (optional)
Heat Shrink (optional)


Soldering Iron
Hot Glue Gun
Wire Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers
Pop Rivet Tool

<p>what case is this?</p>
<p>The case is a CoolerMaster HAF X.</p>
great 'ible def gonna try it on my ThermalTake Armor :D
cool ive always wanted to try doing this but im more of a software modder not hardware modder<br>
Is that the Haf X from CoolerMaster?
Yes it is.
DAMN THOSE ARE BRIGHT!!!! Where did you get those? They are awesome. :D
I got the LEDs off Ebay from the seller cwithk.
Pretty good. You could also use EL Wire, which would give you a similar effect, but not have the negative effects that cathodes have. For a look at what <a href="http://www.ellumiglow.com">Electroluminescent Wire</a> is.
I looked into using some EL tape, but it doesn't seem to put out that much light. However I think that some EL wire or tape would go good with the LEDs, maybe around the side window.
You're right in a way. EL Tape is not going to be as bright as EL Wire, but it gives off more ambient light around it. If you use EL Wire, you want that to be seen, rather than hide it in the case. EL Wire looks great around the case as well.
i have that same case and it already has blue led's
Yeah thats the blue edition, it has all blue led fans. Mine is the standard one, only the front fan lights up.
sweet ill see if i can do that with my pc :)
That's pretty awesome, I like it
This is a really great idea. If I had a tower I'd probably try to make similar LED case lighting for it!

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