How to Make an Ambient Light for Your Computor

Introduction: How to Make an Ambient Light for Your Computor

this is a simple easy project that will give your computor ambient lighting. this of course requires your computors face to be both removable and vented thus allowing access and a way for the light to be seen.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need a few things to do this, theese are listed below.

colored/clear LED(s)
resister w/ colors brown, black, brown
female computor power jack(must be removed from some other hardware)
soldering pen
telephone wire
colored filter if wanted
Dremmel tool

I used an LED bank from a small flashlight but anything will work as long as it's rated for 3 volts

Step 2: Removal of the Power Plug

now's where you'll need a Dremmel Tool.
and skill.

take the PC Board and your Dremmel equipped with a cutting disc and cut the plug between the power jack and what ever's next to it as cleenly as possible so that they're seperated.
Time for De-Soldering!
Carefuly, without melting the plug, remove it from the board by removing solder, or just find your own method.
whatever works best.

Step 3: Assembleing It All

now that you have the power plug, you can assemble your project.
start by cutting off the legs of the resistorso that there is only abot a quarter inch left. then solder the risister onto the 5 volt possitive pin. next solder on the wires, one to the possitive and one to the negative(pay attention to the color of the wire) then heat-srink the solder points. you can twist the wires if you want.
next you need to solder on the Led(s). make sure that the anode (+) goes to the possitive lead and the cathode (-) goes to the negative. the cathode is determined by a flat spot on the rim of the LED.

Step 4: Setting Up the Filters

now that you have the light assembled you need to prepare the computors face. if you used colored LEDs you can skip this step.
start by cutting a colored filter to the size/shape needed to cover the INSIDE of the vents. the super glue them into place. after that is finished you can also glue on aluminum foil as a reflecter.

Step 5: Installing the Light

now you're all set to install!!
first, find a power plug from an unused devise and unplug it.
then find a way to get the wire from the light from the unused power plug to the face of you computor. once you've done that all you've got to do is secure it to the frame sothat it is between the frame and face. i have found that double sided foam tape works best. replace the face and side of your computor and

Step 6: Step Back and Admire Your Handy Work


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    14 years ago on Introduction

    i suppose this would be case modding rather than creating ambient lighting..... its a very nice trick though :)


    not amazing, but not bad :-). Lol i have that same pc (dont really use it anymore, cause i made a custom, 1200$ pc roughly) but hey, it makes the old pc look 'tricked out' :-P


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    I could add this to some old computers that I actually "tricked out".


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    lol i was actually thinking about putting well that exact same computer up there (i have the same one that still works) in a crazy computer case w a window and light lol


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    I have about five computer exactly or almost exactly the same as the one above. I just painted one red and I'm planning on transforming it into a server or linux box, but unfortunately it has some problems.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    Thats bad-ass, but you could also cut a design with your *ahem* cutter disk equipped dremel tool... on to the faceplace, something cool, like the radioactivity sign or something.

    Then use green light (check GREEN LANTERN SYMBOL!!!!) to make a cool illumination. A black filter over the hole will over up the nasty insides of your computer while (if it is ever) off.