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Discussion in 'Dreamcast' started by Shaneus, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. Shaneus

    Shaneus New Member

    Yes ppls, I just put in my brand spanker of a Blue LED... now it matches my blue swirl on top of my DC, and plus it looks VERY cool...

    I put in a 3.5v LED, and hasnt blown up on me (yet), so if u have even a little electronics knowledge... DO IT!!!

    Hehe, my DC is now l33t ;)
  2. Captian Crazy

    Captian Crazy New Member

    What games do you have, then your DC will be even more l33t ;)
  3. Dyne

    Dyne New Member

    how did you do it....or do you have a link for any sites? i always wanted a different colored LED for my SEGA blue custom shell i painted :)
  4. IceDigger

    IceDigger Founder Staff Member

    you can usually just replace the original LED with a clear blue 5 mm 3.8 V one. just make sure it's a clear one, and has at least 2000 mcd.
  5. Shaneus

    Shaneus New Member

    wtf is mcd?

    i think it had one of 1800 or something...

    btw there was a whole site dedicated to this (http://hardwaremod.dcemulation.com), but the flash buttons dont work :( - i just had to track down the voltage along the LED, and found the most appropriate one... i think its 3.3v, tho the closest i could find was 3.5

    wouldnt 3.8v be too high/get too hot?

    its DEAD easy tho, NO ONE should need instructions ;)
  6. IceDigger

    IceDigger Founder Staff Member

    they're usually 3.8 V. mcd is micro or milli candela I think.. it determines the brightness.
  7. paulpsomiadis

    paulpsomiadis New Member

    mcd usually stands for milli-candles (me-thinks?) ???

    Oh, and you can buy this type of Blue LED from Maplin in the U.K. [​IMG]
  8. Ape

    Ape New Member

    I did that too like 3 days after I got my DC, and I put one in my Saturn too [​IMG] Looks really cool. I got them from Radio Shack, just got the brightest blue ones they had and they worked. Now all I need is a transparent shell for the DC and a Derby Stallion Saturn [​IMG]...
  9. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    mCd stands for milli-candalas not candles although the meaning is the same - milli(as in fraction of) candle power.

    There are 1000 mCd's to the candala, so a 10000mCd LED is roughly equivelent in brightness to 10 candles.
  10. DBOY

    DBOY New Member

    Popping LED's in amachine is a snap. Just check the anode and cathode of the one already in the machine, desolder it, and solder in the new one. My Dreamcast has been sporting a blue light and clear shell since 2000 [​IMG] My saturn ont he other hand unfortunatly had the pad come out with the LED so I had to scrap some green off the board and solder over a little 33 gauge wire to complete the connection. But now it has that pretty blue glow too [​IMG]

    Shaneus: If you were putting a 3.8V LED in a socket only providing 3.3V, then it just wouldn't glow at it's optimum brightness. You could always tack on a CR20XX battery and a resistor to drop it down and give some extra juice needed. But dropping juice like that would heat it up. Just try to pick a close LED. Blue's are 3.5 and Red/Green is 3.2/3.3.

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