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I need to replace the LEDs on my Saitek Eclipse with some brighter ones.

I have substantial soldering skills.

Any suggestions / help / tuts?

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hmmm.. Are you certain that it isn't a "light mat" that resides under the keys?

Can you dismantle it and see, maybe take pics... it would be cool to see what's inside
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Ya we need to determine what exactly it has for lights... If it has leds, im sure you can just replace them with brighter ones...
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hmmm.. Are you certain that it isn't a "light mat" that resides under the keys?

Can you dismantle it and see, maybe take pics... it would be cool to see what's inside
Saitek boasts that each key is individually lighted. I do not believe it

Sure man, I'll make a FAQ on how to change out the LEDs when I do this.

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Originally Posted by pbasil1
Ya we need to determine what exactly it has for lights... If it has leds, im sure you can just replace them with brighter ones...
The thing is, I'm not sure if it uses standard LEDs. I was hoping that somebody had done this before so I wouldn't be disappointed that I'd need to buy some new LEDs online after I rip this thing apart.
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The thing is, I'm not sure if it uses standard LEDs. I was hoping that somebody had done this before so I wouldn't be disappointed that I'd need to buy some new LEDs online after I rip this thing apart.
Well an LED is an LED... they are only different by the size of them ,standards are 3mm and 5mm diameter. some get up to 7mm, though they are surely not used in this keyboard... I bet they are 3mm of maybe even smaller... dont know really. I say just pull that sucker apart and see whats under it. And maybe you could put a layer of aluminum foil under the keys and it could reflect the light to make it brighter...
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post #7 of 19
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Well an LED is an LED... they are only different by the size of them ,standards are 3mm and 5mm diameter. some get up to 7mm, though they are surely not used in this keyboard... I bet they are 3mm of maybe even smaller... dont know really. I say just pull that sucker apart and see whats under it. And maybe you could put a layer of aluminum foil under the keys and it could reflect the light to make it brighter...
No. There are more types of LEDs.

Searching around on the internet for info about illuminated keyboards, I noticed some use SMD LEDs.

I don't have any SMD LEDs...
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post #8 of 19
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Alright, surely enough, the keyboard is illuminated at 10 SMD LEDs at the base.

(Why do they state each key is seperately illuminated then?)

Does anybody know if I can replace a SMD LED with a regular 5mm LED with the correct resistor?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by D3DAiM
No. There are more types of LEDs.

Searching around on the internet for info about illuminated keyboards, I noticed some use SMD LEDs.

I don't have any SMD LEDs...
What's a SMD LED? (I'm too lazy to click on the search key )

Can you find a schematic online somewhere?
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What's a SMD LED? (I'm too lazy to click on the search key )

Can you find a schematic online somewhere?
It means surface mounted diode.

http://www.smtled.com/

I don't know what SMT is, but it looks similar.
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