Colors: Clear housing
Sizes: 4″ (10cm), 8″ (20cm), and 12″ (30cm)
The Good: Very Bright, great sound detection, nice extras inside for mounting
The Bad: Annoying to setup, hard to adjust, not as good as other brands
Ah, the desktop computer, is there anything that can’t be done with it? Well, we can tick another thing off the list because a sound activated lighting system for your case is possible.
The Lamptron CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light) kit is a must for case modders! These lights are bright and add a lot of detail to what can be a bland computer case. The lights come in 3 sizes, 4″ (10cm), 8″ (20cm), and 12″ (30cm). Each kit comes with zip ties, 4 sticky bracket pads so you can create a space to tie it onto, a panel that can be attached to the back of the computer with an on/off switch, and of course, the cold cathodes of your choice. The sound module comes packed with the module and a Velcro strip so it too can be mounted easily inside the case. The kit I used was a blue, 12″ kit and they light up my entire room with their brightness, it is stunning!
For people with a mid tower, I may suggest getting the 8″ kit as when positioning mine, I found that they were quite difficult to fit in and led to much frustration, this isn’t a problem with the product though, just something to take note of.
Now on to what you have been waiting for, the sound module. The sound module works very well picking up the sound, and 80% of the time will pick up on all the best parts of the song you are listening to, adding a second form of engagement to your listening experience. On the side of the module, you will find a switch, here you can control the lights, setting them to be always on or off and sound sensitive. You can also adjust the sensitivity, but here is the modules downfall. To change it you need to get a screwdriver in a small hole, this is quite annoying at first, because you do not know which way you have to turn it, if you are breaking it etc. Along the side of this, if you want to do anything with the module you need to take off the side panel and fix it up.
One other issue is when you’re positioning the device, this can get very frustrating as when you place it in, you need to be mindful of fans etc. as they can cause the lights to go off, and due to the fact that the module adapts to sounds you may think that you have it in a good spot, but when you tap the ground it will adapt to the fans again and stay on.
In comparison to some of the other sound activated kits on the market, this probably is not the best. Other brands allow for easier tuning, some even offering a dimmer switch all built into a panel that can be attached to the back of the computer. In comparison, it is really just obsolete, although it works just the same.
When you do get the module positioned correctly it is an awesome thing to have, the flashing lights make listening to music more fun and I found myself on countless occasions just staring at my computer just watching the lights go off. I just wish that Lamptron had made it easier to use and to maintain like the other brands.
Overall, if you are going to buy a Cold Cathode kit, do not think that this is bad, it is just shunned by the better brands. This is a low budget alternative for anyone wanting to add some “awesome” to their gaming case.