I'm new to the RPi. I'm looking to put a light inside my RPi case for a glow effect. But since I'm not an electronics guy, I have no idea what kind of an LED I can use and where to put it inside the RPi. I believe it would be put somewhere on the GPIO port and since that's a little away from the center, the LED will have to be powerful enough to shine through and light up the whole of the inside. :idea:
Also - I don't want to permanently use up the GPIO port for the in-case lighting. I only need to draw power from it, so I can connect another add-on later on when I want to.
Any recommendations on how I can go about doing this? What kind of LED light I should ask for and where do I fix it?
I looked at the PiGlow. This is interesting, even though it would be a bit of an overkill for whatever use I have in mind. About $15 is a bit much, so I was wondering if there are any single-purpose, lower cost alternatives. I don't even know what to look for.
I also found this starter kit on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/121251111290) which seems to have the LEDs, switches, wires and also a breadboard for some slightly more advanced stuff.
This is the next step for me, but I just want to start with the basic light only.
There's also another listing for only LEDs (http://www.ebay.com/itm/281231405437) - about 100 of them, but that's not the point - which, they say, can be used with the RPi.
If I get a couple of these, will I be able to get them to work directly with the RPi, or will I need to use some breadboard type stuff? Since all I want is an in-case light when the RPi is turned on and no user control or anything, I wonder if I can use it directly.