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    Lighting Effects

    Hi all,

    Looking at your pictures it seems lighting the case can play probably the most important part in modding your case.

    the question I have is how does different lighting effect the case.

    For example - in my opinon from what I have seen you actually don't need to light the case, just UV it, and put UV objects in, but how much UV is needed for a mid case - 1 or 2 bars ?

    What effect does the different "colours ??" or UV have, eg the blue UV lamp on the green or red UV cables - does this create a bad effect or does it work ?

    do I need to add lighting as well as UV lighting or is this too much

    I'd be interested in hearing theorys and experience on lighting from people in the know.

    thanks,

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    I prefer led lighting or cold cathode - UV is ultra violet so is not power sourced and needs a dark environemnt to work ok but even then it glows it doesnt 'light' up the case so its a nice effect but not terribly effective.

    I chose 1 colour but different ways for it to be displayed, I have a Nexus fan controller (blue leds) which also light back into the case, an akasa 120mm blue led fan which shines thru the front grill of my p160 which makes the front of the case look cool. Then to light the case same colour but a laser arrangement at the top of the case looks very cool and gives enuf light. I wouldnt mix colours too much as this alwasy looks bad like its disorganised.

    If you want UV use this for the cable tidies as that looks good but again pretty much the same colours. The cable 'springs' look very good or the uv plastic rolls that coil around are nice looking too just dont go multi coloured it looks crap.

    If you want to use a UV light then this works but produces quite alot of heat buildup so youre gonna need quite a bit of cooling to offset this.
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    Wait until tomorrow, and I'll show you a pic of the UV goodies within my case. Glowshop.com is not too far from where I work, so I pop in every so often and get loads of UV products. Don't worry about the colour, just imagine each colour glowing like crazy. In the photo I will post up, I've used pink, blue and yellow UV tubings as split looms, and the pink glows like hell!!

    When using UV lights, you have to make sure you get the dark purple tubing ones, as the ordinary 'white' ones give off too much visible light and will masks the UV products reacting to the UV light. The ones made by Akasa are good. For a general UV effect, 2 UV cathodes will do, but if you want, like me, a more visible glow effect, use 3.

    I've got 2 sets of lights within my case, both controlled via 2 separate PCI switched. The first set controls the UV cathodes, whilst the 2nd set controls normal blue cold cathodes, so I can switch between the 2 whenever I like.

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    god that must be bright lol
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    I look forward to seeing it

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    Beware, its a large photo (about 1.2Mb):

    http://team.amd3d.com/proplus/DSC00018.JPG

    ..it was taken about 2 months ago, before I seriously tidied the wiring, and changed some of the UV tubing to pink UV ones. Remember, this is with no ordinary cold cathodes, just Uv ones.

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    That looks pretty cool mate .

    Better than my two blue LED fans anyway

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    you can see how cool UV can be on there =)
    my camera dont like it hence the pink bits, but my part finished cable wrapping is glowing nicely in the UV light. most of my molex plugs should too but they are pink in there ;/

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    very cool....but whats the boeing jet engine for....surly not a fan

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    Its the CoolerMaster Jet 7 HSF.....

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    Re: Lighting Effects

    UV cathodes for sure, but only if you have water-cooling and UV reacive liquid, otherwise there generally isn't that much that will glow.

    I would go for some blue cathodes, but that's me, pick your colour. If you want red, then shop around, as most turn out to be either pink or orange. Also consider white, it can create a nice effect when used correctly:



    This is UV cathodes inside, with UV reactive water, looks rather nice, and the under case White cathode lights up the floor nicely.

    You can also experiment with other cathodes in and outside of your case, when my monitor was against a wall, i had a blue cathode attached to the back of it, backlighting my entire desk area, and now that my desk isn't against the wall, i have the same cathode under my desk lighting the floor (which is pretty hand at night with the lights off, my room more closely resembles a scrap yard )

    Here's my pc at present, not, the cathodes do not glow purple like that in reality, my shutter time is increased for night shots, and this is the result..

    *insert something whitty here*

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    Re: Lighting Effects

    When it came to lighting mine it is purley as it came from the maker.




    It is simply an LED at each end of the tubes but IMO looks awesome, especially in the dark. Just annoying that it's all blue then the HDD light is Red
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    Re: Lighting Effects

    I wouldn't put up with that - the front console on my P180 has a blue backlit bay reservoir, a blue backlit fan controller, blue HDD and power lights, then the DVD drive has a bloody green light! A small piece of electrical tape later, and it's all gravy

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    Re: Lighting Effects

    Hi Ikonia, it depends on your taste but i got the below effect with a 5 led "laser" pointed upwards behind the mesh panel i built into the case there and a red led 120mm fan in the roof of the case.



    Hark the children of the Resolution !!

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