Glowy Things! Pt 2
7 February 2013

I realize I never really blogged about part 1, but it’s up here.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on something fun. About a year ago I built up my first gaming computer since high school, and my first computer with high-quality components that I put together myself. As part of this system I purchased Razer peripherals: the TRON-branded mouse and keyboard. The case I ended up buying was the NZXT Phantom, in black and green. It turns out there’s a better-looking version of this case now, but that’s ok.

My case looked a little bit like this at the beginning:

The NZXT Phantom

The NZXT Phantom

In order to make it match the TRON theme of the mouse and keyboard, I wanted to run EL wire around some of the edges. I started by removing the vents and grinding their edges to make way for the wire.

The front vent, edges ground

The front vent, edges ground

Then I used some black enamel paint (glossy finish) to cover up the ugly green.

Half-painted

Half-painted

Sitting to dry

Sitting to dry

After replacing the vents in the case, I hot-glued some high-brightness aqua EL wire into the grooves. Powering it was super easy: I soldered a 4-pin connector to a 12v inverter, which was connected to a 4-way splitter, each end of which can hook up to a 6 foot wire.

power!

power!

(ps heat-shrink tubing is the best!)

So without further ado, here’s the finished result:

light and dark

light and dark

trifecta complete!

trifecta complete!

I do plan on adding a couple more wires to it, but this was a good start.

For those interested in building a similar thing, here’s the full kit of stuff:

As for tools, I used:

  • a screwdriver
  • Dremel (for grinding and cutting)
  • paint brush
  • wire strippers
  • soldering iron (and helping-hands)
  • lighter
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