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Badge Lite Kit
Page 1 - Light up case badge modification
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: February 25, 2002
Category: Hardware
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Badge Lite Kit


The Badge Lite from Everglide is a cheap, quick and dirty case mod that every guy with a drill (or that knows someone with a drill) can do. I'll walk you through the steps and then show you what the end result looks like.

Comes With All This
Comes With All This
Close Up of Light
Close Up of Light

As you can see, the Badge Lite kit is pretty well prepared. It comes with a Y-adapter, a 2-pin connector, a badge light, sticker paper, an alcohol cleaning pad, and fairly detailed instructions. The instruction sheet isn't the highest quality in the world, but it really doesn't need to be. I didn't even use it, I just perused them when I was done with the mod. The mod is mostly common sense, but if you don't have that (common sense) the instructions will get you through the mod safely.

The first thing we want to do is make our sticker. Now, you can create a bunch of these stickers or you can just create one. The first time through I printed up one sticker because you can only use one anyway. I'm glad I did this as I'll explain in bit. You're going to want to create the graphic 1" x 1" @ 600dpi. You can get away with few dots per inch, but the result won't be as desirable.

Applying The Sticker
Applying The Sticker
Badge Done!
Badge Done!

As you can the sticker is pretty easy to put on, it's just a matter of getting it on there squarely. You'll need to notice in the above picture that I put a white "motion trail" on the XT. This was a mistake. You will see why in a bit. For now lets move on to preparing the case for the mod.

With Old Case Badge
With Old Case Badge
Old Badge Stripped
Old Badge Stripped

It turns out that I already had a regular, professionally made case badge. So, I had to strip it. In case you're wondering why my front bezel from my case looks like it painted with gray Hammerite, it is because it is. Anyway, now that I've stripped the badge off with a pair of tweezers it is time to drill.

Commense Drilling
Commense Drilling
Widen With Dremel
Widen With Dremel

I picked the largest drill bit out of my set and started drilling as much in center as could. That was pretty easy, but it was very obvious to be that the hole was far from large enough. Now, you'll notice I used a Dremel here to widen the whole. Having a Dremel is not necessary, I just did it because it was faster (for me). You could use the same drill bit and keep going around the edge of the circle until it is the right size. Either way will work; you just need to get the hole big enough for a big LED.

Gaping Hole
Gaping Hole
Wiring It Up
Wiring It Up

Ok, now that we've got the hole drilled, it's time to wire the badge up. I didn't need the Y-adapter because my 450W Enermax has plenty of molex power connectors. So, I just hooked up the 2-pin power adapter to one of my spare connectors. Now, it happened that I have a nice hole pre-made in my case so I just wired it through the hole. You might not be able to tell, but when I put the face on, the badge is is very close to the the bottom of the two hard drives. This wasn't a problem for me, but you'll need to bend the connectors of the Badge Lite down or to the side if your badge doesn't fit in front of your HDD(s).

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Lighting It Up



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