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-- Posted on: 2005-02-16
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I mounted the Light Bus in the Samurai case that Sunbeam had previously sent me.  I was not really shocked when the rail system for mounting 5 1/4" drives had problems.  Because the rails were only catching one bolt hole on each side, the Light Bus is rather unstable in the case.  In the end I just placed it on the top with a CD-ROM drive underneath it, and this held it in place.

 

 

Sunbeam also sent along 4 of their CCFLs.  I mounted one on bottom, one on the top, and the other two on opposing sides.  This made for a bad wiring mess, but someone with time on their hands could clean it up with no problem.

The Light Bus made for some rather nice effects with the CCFLs as can be seen in this short video I made. (7MB, divx, 54 sec)

The Light Bus retains the settings it last had when the computer is shut down and turned back on.  However the timing for the settings does not.  For example, in one of the clips I had CCFLs fading in and out revolving around the case.  I did this by hitting the fade button on the Light Bus one by one as the previous one started to fade back in.  The end result is that the lights faded in and out in order I chose.  Unfortunately, when you shut power off and turn it back on, each channel still fades in and out, but rather than my nifty little pattern, they all start and stop at the same time.  While this isn't something that is crippling, it would be nice to have some way to retain the timing of events.

The possibilities of the Light Bus are rather incredible.  You can run anything from fans, to LEDs, to CCFLs, and just about anything else that can work in the 7 to 12 volt range.  By no means are you limited to CCFLs.  In the future I would like to see a black box of sorts that could do the same thing, but have integrated CCFL inverters and rest somewhere inside the case rather than in a 5 1/4" bay.  That way you could secure it some corner of your case and hook up all of your CCFLs in with minimal mess.  I figure most people are going to find settings they like and keep them there, so there is no need of a way to control it outside the case.

You can pick up one of these at Xoxide or CrazyPC.



Pros:

  • Compact
  • Many features
  • Retains settings
  • Integrated Rheobus


Cons:

  • Costly
  • Does not retain timings
  • Only available in brushed aluminum
  • Cases with rails may have problems

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