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Add Custom LED Ambient Lighting to Your PC or Media Center

If you’ve been longing for some of that sweet ambient lighting found in higher end HDTV setups, long no more. This DIY electronics guide will show you how to add custom and quick-responding ambient lighting to your computer or media center setup.

Rajarshi Roy from the DIY and electronics blog Silicon Republic shares his setup for ambient lighting. He’s combined a strip of LED lights, a handful of cheap electronic parts, and an Arduino chip. His tutorial lists everything you need including the code that drives the whole assembly.

Check out the video below to see his test setup including the components and the ambient lighting in action:

Arduino-based PC Ambient Lighting [Silicon Republic via Hack a Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/14/11

Comments (6)

  1. Rob

    Reminds me of Flame for E (Enlightenment) back in the day (burning Redhat).

  2. Nathan

    That is seriously ace lol!

  3. Rico Yarde

    This is just cool!!

  4. Welderbitch

    That is srsly hot!!

  5. Kev

    I have the Philips AMBX kit which does a similar thing, and costs about £25 these days

  6. Yonathan

    I don’t think I want ambient light around my screen when I watch videos, but it looks quite simple to execute for those who are interested in implementing the idea.

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