This DIY Ambilight–reactive ambient HDTV lighting–setup is brighter and more sophisticated than the original. Check out the video to be blown away by the brightness.
Most of the time when you’re checking out a DIY project you, at best, can say “That’s as good as the thing it’s copying”. In this case, we’d rather have the clone.
Garret Mace’s Ambilight clone build might not be the simplest Ambilight clone we’ve seen but the supporting frame, adjustable modules, and sheer brightness of it (he’s got 60 watts of LEDs installed behind a 58″ Plasma HDTV) are quite impressive. Check out the video above to see it him planning, building, and testing it, then hit up the link below for everything from the parts to the source code.