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  • Changing keypad LED lights!

    Is it possible to change the LED in my keypad just like its easy to change the LED in a desktop computer? If so is it the same?

    I want to change the green to blue along with my CPU
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  • #2
    Depends on youe keyboard! Open it up and find out!
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    • #3
      Shouldn't be a problem. Most LEDs are held in to the keyboard cover, and the leads are bent to make contact with the board. They are not usually soldered. Remember that blue LEDs take about twice the voltage of red/green/yellow LEDs, so they may not work.
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      • #4
        They will work (lots of people change them on regular keyboards & cdroms) but they won't be as bright as they should be.
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        • #5
          If you can locate the current-limiting resistor for the LED, you can replace it with a lower-resistance one and make the blue LED brighter... but these are sometimes SMD (Surface mount) and are thus a pain to replace without special tools or lots of patience!
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          • #6
            I've replaced the green LEDs in my home keyboard with blue ones, and I really can't tell the difference in brightness.

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            • #7
              I did it, it looks real good, ill post pics if anyone wants me to. Blue is way better than green!
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              • #8
                Right, they will still be bright.. But blue LEDs usually can be used as flashlights Its almost better if they are dimmer.
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                • #9
                  i did it too, i went with a 3.7 volt blue led
                  let me tell you this thing is bright , it lit up the back of the car, im very happy with the results
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                  • #10
                    I have blue led's for my power and hdd light on my computer. I had to put 30K ohm resistors on them to dim them a bit. Without the resistors, they put a big 8' circle of blue one the opposite wall of my room!
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                    • #11
                      I changed my custom numpad leds to very cool jumbo-leds. Other is blue & other is bright-red....
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                      • #12
                        Hmm, guess they're making blue LEDs brighter then they used to. When they first came out, they were very dim and required about 5V to light...
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                        • #13
                          Yes, the new blue (along with true green, and even RGB) superbright LEDs are VERY bright. I have one of those Photon keychain lights and the blue LED in it can illuminate an entire room at night. The new superbright blue are so bright at the same voltage to traditional LEDs that I've had to add a resistor just to get it down to the level of the other LEDs.

                          They even make them in tiny T1 packages also!
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                          • #14
                            im still happy with mine, god i love changing leds, next is my entire computer to blue and hyper white

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                            • #15
                              Where can I obtain these blue leds you guys speak of..

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