Intro: 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.
resister w/ colors brown, black, brown
female computor power jack(must be removed from some other hardware)
colored filter if wanted
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.
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.
ALWAYS OFFSET SOLDER POINTS TO PREVENT SHORTING-OUT!!!
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