More light for your case – Brian
SUMMARY: A pair of products for detailing your PC’s abode
SUMMARY: Small in size, huge in light cast
- Red/Green/Blue combo
The one they sent along was their blue version.
The item uses three extremely bright LEDs, mounted in a chromed plastic housing, with the bulbs angled at 45 degrees apart from each other. The attached harness, which
uses a pass through 4 pin Molex power connector arrangement, is about 12 inches long (30.5 cm). Also included is a small strip of double sided tape, and a pair of screws
for mounting purposes.
How bright is “extremely bright” you ask? Well, the following picture will give you an idea, but it’s still brighter than it appears here. The left side of the image was
taken with the flash of the camera on, the right side with it off;
I was amazed at the amount of light this item produces. If the white version is as bright as the blue one is, it’s likely brighter than any flashlight you’ve ever owned.
The really neat thing about this item is that, while it casts a tremendous amount of light, it has a very small “footprint”, meaning you can mount it virtually anywhere inside
your case. And with a full foot of wire lead to plug it in, you should have no trouble being able to get power to it.
It also puts out little to no heat, which is another plus. Your case temperatures will not be effected by using this, even if you run your PC full time 24/7. And you don’t have to worry about
mounting it too close to something plastic, and melting it (the Lazer LED casing is plastic, so if it was going to heat up enough to worry about, they would have used a different
material in it’s construction).
All in all, a very versatile lighting component. While LEDs aren’t anything new in the lighting or modding community, Sunbeam has put together a fine product here
SUMMARY: A nice finishing touch item
Sunbeam currently offers these grills in three different styles, and three different colors of each, for a total of nine individual choices. The three designs are called “Blade”, “Empire”, and “X”, and each is available in UV blue, UV green,
and UV red.
They are sized to be used with an standard 80mm case fan, and come with a small bag of hardware (two sets of four screws in different lengths, and four nuts) for mounting purposes.
I had a chance to review
Sunbeam’s UV fan
recently, and that is the fan pictured with the grill here. The two items work quite well together;
The red and the blue contrast nicely with each other, whereas a blue grill on a blue fan would be difficult to distinguish them as separate.
The fan grill itself doesn’t restrict airflow much. My CPU temperature when using this grill went up about 1 degree celsius while I has this installed (versus no grill at all). Not
enough to really be concerned with. Mounting this on a side panel in a blowhole likely wouldn’t effect case temperatures at all.
I’ve had the fortune to be able to review several items in Sunbeam’s growing inventory of products, and they continue to impress me. I’ve got a pair more here waiting for next time, and
those items are very nice too.
These two items here, while not the most exciting in the genre of computer modding, are still great detail items, for adding that ‘finishing touch” to an ensemble of coordinated items.