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Case LED "Work light"

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 26, 2012 5:14:54 AM

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to put this, but.... I am wanting to do a basic, but perhaps not so simple, case mod.

On my friend's Alienware, whenever he opens the case door to work on the inside of his computer, a bright white LED light turns on illuminating the inside. I love it the concept, and it beats holding a flashlight in my mouth while trying to work on something.

So I found this: http://www.xoxide.com/20led-pwr-board.html and this: http://www.xoxide.com/5mm-led-white.html . Problem is, how the heck do I create a switch that will turn the thing on when the side panel is open/off, but while the power to the rest of the system is off? (Note: It can be battery operated if necessary). I'm not an electrician by any means, but I feel this should be an easy mod; then again, I have no idea where to start.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 26, 2012 5:56:13 AM

Hmm, that's actually a really good idea. Here's a switch that would work: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1...

You would have to mount it at the edge inside your case such that the lever is pressed when you put the cover on. Then just connect a battery pack in series with the LED holder (with LEDS inserted).

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