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LED Lighting Advice

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June 9, 2013 11:10:54 PM

This is my first time using LED lighting, and I'd like to get some advice. I'm going for a white/black/red theme, and I want to get some advice on how things might look once they all come together. My parts light is here -

I'm not looking for hardware advice, so keeping the comments restricted to lighting would be nice. Thanks!

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June 9, 2013 11:24:12 PM

Frozen pc make a ram led lighting kits. Some ram vendor have led on there ram sticks. Nxzt makes a product called the halo that rgb led lighting strip and controller. They also make one color one and two meter led strips. There powered and controlled by a small pci card.
June 9, 2013 11:31:56 PM

With red lighting, you have to be careful not to go overboard. Too much and you can easily end up with a very ugly or garish looking rig.
An important part of lighting that applies to everything is what it reveals and what it hides, watch any movie and you will see this, make sure you aren't just flooding the entire thing with light (Note: White LED's are the exception, as it brings out the components actual colours).

This is my rig, the only lights in it are from a side panel fan which doesn't give off much light, with stronger red LED's in my water-block to give a nice backlight to the block. Its not very obvious since the rig is well lit from outside sources in the pic, but underneath my desk where sunlight is restricted, the PCB of the graphics card gives a nice reflection of the light which looks awesome when its darker.

Everything else in my rig is pretty much hidden by darkness, which is perfect since its not exactly pretty.

My advice, start with darkness and then only illuminate what you want to see. Less is more.
EDIT: Oh yea, for glamour shots of the rig, its mostly camera positioning. With good cinematography, you can make anything look good.
June 10, 2013 1:42:48 PM

Great point about the red lighting. My PSU has a red LED, the water block changes colors, and I was planning on getting two case fans with red LEDs. Thanks for the advice about starting dark and then turning things on!