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Illuminate your PC - Part 2

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coolmiester 9th February 2012, 10:52 Quote
Nice guide Antony ;)

picture links are all wonky on the second page
McDuff32 9th February 2012, 10:53 Quote
Woow, cool guide!!
feathers 9th February 2012, 13:05 Quote
I purchased an M1 tank spotlght on eBay for $400. I am using it to light my PC but the problem is I can't run it for more than 2 seconds without the PC getting extremely hot. What can I do?
The Bodger 9th February 2012, 13:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
I purchased an M1 tank spotlght on eBay for $400. I am using it to light my PC but the problem is I can't run it for more than 2 seconds without the PC getting extremely hot. What can I do?

What sort of bulb does it use? I'm guessing something that runs on 12V and is about 50 - 100Watts? I can only think of one practical way to solve the problem, and that is to install a bulb which generates less heat. I'd suggest that you look into whether you can buy a sufficiently bright LED based bulb that fits. Failing that, you may be able to buy and dismantle a 12V LED based spotlight / downlighter bulb and mate it with the metal fitting off the original bulb from the lamp.

Using a high power LED 'bulb' would allow you to get down to between 1 and 5 watts, which would reduce the heat by a factor of at least 10.

Regarding the article, one thing that I don't think has been mentioned is the possibility of engraving the acrylic; with a bit of care, some very attractive effects can be achieved by adding engravings to the illuminated sheet. Rather than masking and spraying the acrylic, if you have the tools you can engrave and in - fill to get a similar effect, and it is less prone to getting rubbed off / worn away. Obviously though, you only get one shot at that... not for the faint hearted!
skreenname 9th February 2012, 15:48 Quote
Neat article,never thought of cutting just a slot or something into the case panel, neat idea!
Tangster 9th February 2012, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
I purchased an M1 tank spotlght on eBay for $400. I am using it to light my PC but the problem is I can't run it for more than 2 seconds without the PC getting extremely hot. What can I do?

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Yemerich 9th February 2012, 17:14 Quote
great article!
Mr_Armageddon 12th February 2012, 15:29 Quote
Really liking these guides. I am actually getting ready to do an illuminated mid-panel for my system, so the more info I can read on the subject, the better.
alamoqqvv 12th February 2012, 16:21 Quote
Really liking these guides. I am actually getting ready to do an illuminated mid-panel for my system, so the more info I can read on the subject, the better.
Combatus 12th February 2012, 20:41 Quote
Sorry about the images on the second page guys, somehow the numbering had got out of sync - all sorted now!
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