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Cold Cathodes VS. Led Lighting

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LEDs because they're easier to work with and take up less size. If you can work them into a case in such a way where the maximax of the light output hits your components while still remaining out of sight, you can replicate the lighting effects of a cold cathode kit. LEDs are also more flexible in that you can easily trim them to size or get them in multiple shades of a single colour or different colours in general. (colour in the pic below is "warm white)

 

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So I just recently built my new machine, and have decided that it is time to bling it out a little. I want to add some lights to the inside and am not sure what to get.

Cathodes seem to come in a greater range of sizes. But suck a lot of power. And apparently can explode and burn your computer down.

LEDs seem to be the better choice. Power efficient, cooler, ect.  What do you guys think?

And to go with them I want to get one of these to turn the lights on and off. It will take a little DIY work but I am pretty good with electronics.

I have a NZXT Phantom 530 Full tower case, which gives me ample room to add lights.

Thanks,

Austin

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So I just recently built my new machine, and have decided that it is time to bling it out a little. I want to add some lights to the inside and am not sure what to get.

Cathodes seem to come in a greater range of sizes. But suck a lot of power. And apparently can explode and burn your computer down.

LEDs seem to be the better choice. Power efficient, cooler, ect.  What do you guys think?

And to go with them I want to get one of these to turn the lights on and off. It will take a little DIY work but I am pretty good with electronics.

I have a NZXT Phantom 530 Full tower case, which gives me ample room to add lights.

Thanks,

Austin

The NZXT RGB Led strips give all the colors you want.

 

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I would only do CC if it was an all-in-one unit.  I prefer the overall glow of CC over the directness of LEDs

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I would say that LEDs would be a better option due to the heat, power and simplicity advantages of them.

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LEDs because they're easier to work with and take up less size. If you can work them into a case in such a way where the maximax of the light output hits your components while still remaining out of sight, you can replicate the lighting effects of a cold cathode kit. LEDs are also more flexible in that you can easily trim them to size or get them in multiple shades of a single colour or different colours in general. (colour in the pic below is "warm white)

 

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Thanks Guys, I guess I am buying LEDs. :)

Thanks,

Austin

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LEDs because they're easier to work with and take up less size. If you can work them into a case in such a way where the maximax of the light output hits your components while still remaining out of sight, you can replicate the lighting effects of a cold cathode kit. LEDs are also more flexible in that you can easily trim them to size or get them in multiple shades of a single colour or different colours in general. (colour in the pic below is "warm white)

 

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Lol if only it looked like that in real life. That is an obvious photoshop and less to do with the leds.

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Lol if only it looked like that in real life. That is an obvious photoshop and less to do with the leds.

 

...this is a raw photo straight off my phone. 

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