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.