HAF X LED Switch Mod

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Hello folks

I'm coming here in the hopes of getting some stuff confirmed on a mod I'm planning to do with my HAF X and LED Strips.

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9044/ledswitchwithfanandstri.png

This is a rough replica of the current wire scheme for my setup. I have:

230mm Fan powered by molex, has an off-shoot wire for the LED power
LED Switch with +12v and Ground wires going to connector for the Fan LED
2 LED Sunlight Sticks with a 12v and Ground wires going to molex

My problem is, I want to mod the wires for the Fan LED, and both LED Strips to connect to the LED Switch. I have ideas on how this is done but I want to make sure when I hook everything up and flip the switch that I do not fry my PC and components!

So if anyone can give me a hand, and preferably illustrate how this should be wired, I'd be extremely grateful and will then take that knowledge and make a Mod tutorial with photos and steps for all HAF X owners to enjoy this. That switch is just too perfect and would be awesome with extra lighting to be able to control from the front, so it seems like a must to do this :D

Thanks all and hope to hear from your opinions

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Well for one you need to run it in Parallel, cant tell you how switch is wired up, not taking my case apart for that lol but this diagram will give you an idea
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f283/hellblazer55/ParallelCircuit.png

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Yeah I understand ya on that one lol once this baby is hooked up you just want to enjoy it and never touch it until the next hardware upgrade :P

That diagram helps BIGTIME thank you for taking the time out and making it.

Now I am a pretty big noob when it comes to electricity and wiring, so I have a couple questions. Basically, I would strip the wires, splice them together, and then run them into the switch just like that? And the ground wires, that bridge you put in the top right I assume is just what happens inside the switch or should those two ground wires go elsewhere?

Thanks again for both the speedy response and the diagram! Pictures speak a thousand words :)

(PS - your MS Paint skills are far superior to mine =P)

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Well first thing that needs to be done is take the fan out and take a close look at it and see if its parallel or series circuit because most manufactures are different, probably some specs on how much juice each strip draws amps wise since your planning on tieing in more leds into a circuit intended for 4 leds. May have to pull the switch out to see if its on a board the leds are connected too. Need to do this so we dont overload anything.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/820190/guide-adding-a-switch-for-the-cooler-master-megaflow-leds

The first image in this guide is what the fans board looks like. You have the bottom row of wires coming from 12v Molex connector, this is where the juice comes from. The top 2 wires are going out to the switch. They form a bridge for the voltage to pass through.

The switch looks very similar except it only has the 2 wires for the LED's on it, the 12v hot and the ground.

I'm starting to wonder if I had wired the wires coming from the 230mm fan's LEDs up to the 2 LED Strips like you have in your picture, would the switch even phase the strips? In my mind, I see a closed circuit before it even reaches the switch. I'm beginning to question if this mod is even possible =/

I know it has to be because I've seen videos of it done before, and heck even the guide above the guy does it. He just skips out on the steps where you ya know, actually wire everything up lol which is the main part I'm confused on. So it has to be possible, I just don't understand the wiring and how to make it work is all.

Again thanks for replying, hope to get this figured out for better or worse.

Edit: after reading the bottom of his post after all the pictures are done, I figured out a bit better what he did and its essentially exactly what you described in your diagram above, his grammar just stinks lol. So I'm fairly confident this SHOULD work in theory. Will run this through some more people I know in person, will look at the parts all laid out when they get here, and then its wire time 8)

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I can draw up a better schematic but my worry is whether the led strips will overload the circuit, since the fan runs on 0.30 Amps and each stick has 18 leds so that would make 36 leds plus the 4 on the fan and I ran a rough figure to about 0.8 amps with what all the leds will draw providing they are the 5mm and each pulling about 20 milliamps with out resistors it will overload the fan and burn it out as its trying to draw more amps than its rated and for a few leds would be fine but adding almost another amp to the 0.3.

Should come up with something else even if needed replace the SPST Push button switch with a DPST Push button switch that way you wont have to tie into the fan at all.

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Hmmm yeah I see what you mean.

Well another problem I ran into altogether, this whole time I've been stupidly assuming the black line is ground, it isn't. Both wires are actually hot. So even if I did hook it up and take a shot, I'd have to find a way to deal with the ground wires coming out of the LED Strips.

Honestly, I don't know what to think about this whole thing right now =/

Replacing the switch just isn't an option as it overall isn't worth messing with a brand new case over. I may just eat this one and have the LED's on 24/7 direct power from Molex. :( I'll give further look into this, but yeah, not looking good at this time.

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Perhaps I can interest you in this, I have one and its nice, probably better lights up the case and you can virtually tuck it anywhere. http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/sleeved_led_kit_-_red

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Those definitely look awesome, but I already pulled the trigger on the LED Strips a few days ago. I will still be happy with the lighting, I just wanted to have the totally boss ability to push a switch and voila they're off at my whim.

It's fine though, this case without any lighting is pretty dull looking, especially at night. Not a problem running the LED's constantly.

I'm not totally hanging this one up and moving on though. I will still look into getting that stock LED switch rolling with other lighting setups. There's quite a few people on the net, some I'm even in contact with, who have done it and I'll be asking them for their direct input. Hopefully in short time I will have this whole thing setup and can post up a guide :)

Here's hoping anyways lol