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There are a number of Dell monitors that support the SoundBar attachment, however since I didn't get this accessory (already have a Bose sound system), the monitor has a 12v port free. Although Dell doesn't specify it, this port can be used to supply a constant 12v to power whatever device you want to plug into it. There is also a bonus, when the monitor is in standby or is turned off, the 12v power is cut as well.

I had a spare LED Strip lying around, so thought why not add it to the monitor and get some extra light, plus it looks cool. So here's what I did.


First we need to wire up the plug, this is just a standard 3.5mm power plug.
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Test fitting it to the LED strip
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It works!
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This LED strip had wiring on both ends, which I didn't need, so chopped it off and capped it with some heat shrink.
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Added an extra on/off switch just in case I don't want the extra light. Heatshrink all the wires and edges.
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Some double sided take to keep the LED strip in place on the back of the monitor.
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Here it is complete with the light shining nicely around the back and base of the monitor.
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...and a night shot:
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-i

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