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Case Modding, Sunbeam Style

By: Shawn Baker | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 29, 2003 5:00 am

Neon Cable/ELWire


EL Wire has been around for a while now and has two common names. The first being:


- Neon Cable - The name pretty much sales it all. It is just like a Neon Light but a cable, so of course it is capable of being bent into different positions.


- EL Wire - This is the term I hear and use myself, EL stands for Electro Luminescent.


El Wire was quite popular due to the fact that it was quite bright and was capable of being bent into any shape, in the end this resulted in some truly mad case mods. One of the more common ones you would see on the internet were people who used this cable and placed it underneath their keys on keyboards in the end resulting to a bright light coming from beneath it. At this point people didn't only have their case glowing but also there keyboards along with their laser mice.



There isn't a lot to say about EL Wire as it's is quite self explanatory. The kit from Sunbeam does produce a lot of light and their range of colors are huge, from the popular aqua to the brighter yellow. The main advantage of this is that you can get some lighting in those harder to reach places as it is very thin and flexible - A definite must for anyone who is doing a complete case mod, there are many guides on the internet that will help with installing it into your keyboard if that is what you want to do with it, otherwise you may have an original and extreme idea of where you want it to go already.


Cold Cathodes


The good ol' trusty Cold Cathode, there isn't a lot to say about these as we went over them a great deal in our last Sunbeam review. There are a large range of colors to choose from, going from your UV or Tri Color ones to the original super bright blue we looked at later last year. There full range of colors can be seen here. You really cannot go wrong as far as Cold Cathodes go, they are long, slim and really bright. When they hit the market they really did blow standard neon's away. The only problem with them is the fact that they are longer then standard neon's and in the end people couldn't fit them in their cases.





Fortunately, Sunbeam thought about this and stocks a range of 12", 8" and 4" length neon's for those tight places that you really want to light up. Luckily you don't lose much brightness when you opt for the smaller units. As far as the cold cathodes go I would recommend running them off their own separate inverter, because as soon as you hook two up to it, you see a drop in brightness.


Sound Sensitive Module


This product has been out for a short time and sound sensitive modules are something that a few companies have tried to perfect over the past couple of months. This is one of the best products that Sunbeam has released onto the market. The way it works is with a little mic that picks up the noise around it and proceeds to flash your light to the necessary beat. This works best with music and operates well when bass is strong. There are four settings on the module, on, off, flash and sound sensitive. The sensitivity on the module is also able to be adjusted, so if you find it is picking up noise from too far away you can simple turn a knob and make it less sensitive, or visa-versa.





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