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Does anyone know what the hell happened to green/red power/HDD case LEDs? I can't even rememeber what was the last time I saw non-blue LEDs - probably late 90's.
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I think they left with the Beige cases
 
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Sometimes I wonder why they don't put RGB in the Power and HDD leds ?
 

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The white Fractal Design R4 has red power LED button. That might be the only one I have seen for awhile.
 
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It just doesn't make any sense.
I'm sick of the damn blue light :D
 

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Typically they are just an LED hot-glued into the front I/O panel, and could easily be changed.

While I do see many in blue, white seems more popular, and I would assume the color has changed for aesthetic reasons. Also red promotes anger while blue is supposedly calming.
 

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With those LEDs of the 90s. They were often plain white LEDs behind a small peice of colored plastic. As technology progressed LEDs started coming out in what ever colour you can think of.

Theres nothing stopping you from using a colored marker on an LED though. Ive seen someone use a blue or red marker on white LEDs when they couldnt get the colours they wanted from the store. its just a simple way to get it done.
 
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Green power LED makes a lot more sense though :)
If there is some psychology involved in global LED colour movement, this world is fucked :D
 

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Green power LED makes a lot more sense though :)
If there is some psychology involved in global LED colour movement, this world is fucked :D
Just wondering, is this a philosophical discussion, or do you have plans to make a move to a new chassis and desire this?

I think Nanoxia cases still have green LEDs.
 
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It's pure complaining :p
I've recently built a home server and the LEDs are just annoying the hell out of me, and I remembered the late 90's or early 2000's.
 

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I've recently built a home server and the LEDs are just annoying the hell out of me
May I ask which chassis? Maybe there is a simple way like Freedom was getting at earlier to mod it so you aren't as annoyed by it.

Reason I ask as things like this exist.. https://www.ebay.com/p/4in1-PC-Power-Reset-Switch-HDD-Motherboar-LED-Cable-Light-Wire-Kit-for-Computer/631889283?iid=142232821294&chn=ps

Just take the lights and glue them into your I/O...if they are the same sort of LEDs used.
 
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I'm also quite baffled why they made the power LED SO powerful. I can literally see it from the bedroom through matt glass in the doors lighting up the entire corner of the living room. I think I'll just unplug the damn cable :D
 

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I'm also quite baffled why they made the power LED SO powerful. I can literally see it from the bedroom through matt glass in the doors lighting up the entire corner of the living room. I think I'll just unplug the damn cable :D
Shit, I just looked at my older review images, and it appears the lights are built into the switches :(
Not even sure its worth pulling the screws from the back of the I/O panel to look. Without some soldering, I doubt it can be easily changed. Unplugging it is the cheapest solution ;)
 
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I hate the blue too. It's like a piercing blue saber cutting into my brain
 
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small piece of electrical tape does the job just fine :) :toast:
 
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My most desired function / feature for any LED ... the OFF switch. When Phanteks came out w/ the Luxe, I thought, OK... that 'accent" ont e case is not too blingie blingie and it comes with an OFF button, it was a yippie moment when reaized it also came with a control function that allowed you to turn off or color cordinate all the case LEDs ... then immediately wondered ... why not the indicator LED's too ?

Fortunately doesn't matter to me, I use an L shaped desk and when seated in front of the KB drawer on the return, I, looking at the case window where i can see the MoBo LCD and starrt up test LEDs thru the window if so inclined. Would love to see the day where a MoBo Socket was provided such that all System LEDs could be output to an LCD screen located in 5.25" drive bays or the side of the HD cage if window panel provided a view of. And yes must have feauture ... off button. But also a channel button for optional inputs say for TV card, sound equalizer, whatever,
 
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Just noticed CoolerMaster stil uses red leds.
 
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I don't plug in any of the LEDs on my case. Just annoys me. I just connect the power and reset switch headers and leave the power and HDD LEDs and the speaker unconnected.
Same here. Not even sure what the colors are on mine. I think they're the aforementioned green and red (or is it orange?), though. My case is quite old.
 
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Same here. Not even sure what the colors are on mine. I think they're the aforementioned green and red (or is it orange?), though. My case is quite old.
My motherboard has a code display on it so I can tell what it is doing and if the system is hung and non responsive I'll just power cycle it, I don't really give a shit if the HDD is doing anything or not. If its hung, I am going to power cycle it anyway. As far as power LED, its clearly either on or off because my fans make a faint audible whir.
 

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Just noticed secondary rig has an Enermax case with a blue power led and a red activity led. Wonder of wonders, neither of them is obnoxiously bright!
 
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My Corsair case hase a nice white power switch LED that doesn't burn your retinas out at night, the old X79 motherboard contained within also has a night light function built in to the BIOS, so it isn't as harsh on the eyes.
 
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My ThinkStation at work has a green power light:

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With those LEDs of the 90s. They were often plain white LEDs behind a small peice of colored plastic. As technology progressed LEDs started coming out in what ever colour you can think of.
No they werent. White LEDs weren't even invented until the late 90's, and when they first came out they were outrageously expensive. I remember even in the early 2000s they were still $4-5 apiece. Red, green, and yellow were pennies apiece by comparison. Whether the case is clear or colored is irrelevant. LEDs output different colors depending on the junction material. Colored/frosted-clear cases are used for more diffused light, while clear projects a "beam" out the front.

Theres nothing stopping you from using a colored marker on an LED though. Ive seen someone use a blue or red marker on white LEDs when they couldnt get the colours they wanted from the store. its just a simple way to get it done.
That depends on the LED and the marker or filter. White LEDs are actually a blue or UV junction with a phosphor coating that emits white (just like a fluorescent bulb). If you try it with a red marker on a cool white LED, and the coating is thick enough, it won't be bright as you think, since the output spectrum of a cool white is mostly blue with very little red. That's the same reason you have to be careful when using LEDs in your car dashboard - many stock gauges have color filters to get multiple colors from the incandescent bulb, and if you wanted to make your dash blue, for example, your red markings will be dark/black.
 
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