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I want to swap the Blue LED's in the Fan Controller Sliders and Power Indicators to Red LED's. Is this possible and how difficult would it be for someone who has never done this before? Thanks!
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Anyone? I'm hoping to order this tonight and I need to know so that I can order my fans as well. ^_^ I'm going to fill all of the optional slots so I need to know whether to get red led's or blue led's. hehe Thanks!

EDIT: Also, does anyone know of any sites that have these on sale? They were $99 shipped on Newegg last week, but now $139 is the cheapest I can find.
Edited by Melee - 1/4/11 at 11:05pm
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post #3 of 42
so what now?
Your swapping out LED's on the fan controller? Can you take pictures of it or do you know what size? 3mm or 5mm?


Also it should be fairly easy, as long as you have a soldering iron and flux. Also make sure to keep the positive and negative ends from getting screwed up. Easy to do.
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I don't actually own the case yet. I just sold my computer and I'm building a new one when Sandy Bridge is released.

My case choice at the moment is the Phantom, but it only comes with Blue Led's. I don't have anything against blue, I just like red better. lol The case fans are an easy swap, but it has blue led's in the sliders and power indicators as well.

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post #5 of 42
Surface mount LEDS are difficult to change at best, I suggest you avoid it. I own this case and it looks painful to swap out the LEDs.
post #6 of 42
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That is what I figured and I actually don't even own a soldering iron nor have experience with one so I believe avoiding the swap would definitely be the best option.

I will either just learn to love the blue LED's or I'll have to decide on a new case.

I'm hoping that I can find them on sale again and save myself $40.

Thanks!
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post #7 of 42
I will be attempting this as soon as soon as the LEDs arrive. The power button leds seem simple enough as they are not attached to the pcb. The FC leds is where u run into an issue. These are located on the pcb. Found what I think are the correct replacements, being housed right angle 5mm leds. Perhaps they are 3mm still waiting on someone to get back to me on that.

Pretty much going to 'un-solder' the back ends to release the blue leds and drop the reds into place and re-solder them. I'll update soon wether or not this works out. If it does I'll post pics =)
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post #8 of 42
Success! I have changed the blue leds on the fan controller as well as the power/reset button to red leds. First off I'd like to say how easy this was. All you need is a soldering gun <i used a small 20w>, 3mm leds <i got mine from radio shack. you can remove the blue leds from the right angle housing for the ones on the pcb for the fan controller>, some wire cutters, and some desoldering braid < i tried to use one of those desoldering suction pumps but found out that it was really too mush of a hassle and went with the braid>. May want a well lit area as the leads and solder points on the pcb for the fan controller are pretty small.

Seeing as how I've never done anything like this I used youtube to get some "on-the-fly" instructions on soldering. Fairly straight forward and easy to learn. I was very nervous doing the first one thats for sure.
Started off but taking the board out of the housing from the top of the case. Once I had it out I located the leds connections on the rear of the pcb and desoldered them using the braid. The braid was alot easier to use as it literally absorbs the solder releasing the right angle housing with the blue led. Onve the blue led is out I took it out of the right angle housing and slid the red 3mm led from radio shack in, making sure positive <the longest lead> and the negative leads were in the correct position for re-install. Just slide the red led into the housing and fold down the leads and direct the leads through the holes in the pcb. Bend one of the leads back to secure for the first solder. Cut the lead to length and solder. Straighten out the other lead and repeat.

Presto. Those lame, girly looking, "everybody uses blue" leds are gone! I'm sooo happy lol.

P.S. Would love to post an image of this, but no clue how to.....
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^ Go to imageshack.us or a similar image-hosting website, upload your image, and then copy the address of that image and paste in your post.

@ Melee (if you're still asking about the LED's), changing them is possible without a soldering iron. If you just tie the prongs of the new LED's onto the old wires, (matching up +ve and -ve ends of course), it will still work. You will need to tighten the LED's very hard though because they aren't soldered on. Then get something non-conductive (like paper) and wrap it around the +ve or -ve ends to prevent from touching each other.
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And yes the first one works as well, just didnt have another fan on hand. The power/reset leds we're switched out as well but this system is still waiting on parts so I couldnt use them. Fans are next =) Enjoy

Oh and btw, Quarker is correct as far as the power/reset leds go, but the leds on the fan controller are connected directly to the pcb. You will in fact need to desolder and remove the blue led housing in order to replace them. I did however cut the power/reset leds from their wires, solder the reds on then heat shrunk wrapped the connections
Edited by Silomatic - 1/12/11 at 6:16pm
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