XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

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XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby phenoptix » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:43 pm

Controller Ring Of Light

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Controller Modification Tutorial
This tutorial is thanks to a customer of ours that goes by the name of promethean.

Before you begin you will need to ensure you have a few basic items.

4 x 0603 or 0805 SMD LEDs (links through to phenoptix.com shop)
Screwdriver (Torx Security T8)
Soldering iron
Solder
Tweezers
Magnifying device (optional if you're a bit squiffy eyed)
Solder Braid (used for mopping up extra solder from the pads or board (optional for clean freaks))

Opening the case

To open the controller you will need to unscrew seven screws, six of which are in obvious positions but the final one is hidden beneath a sticker within the battery compartment (assuming you have a wireless controller) which you will need to punch a hole through so you can unscrew (we always just punch through with the screwdriver).

The following picture indicates the location of the seven screws.

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Once you have taken out all the screws turn the controller onto it’s back and gently pull the two parts of the case apart. Don’t worry you can’t break anything at this stage and there are no bits that will fall out and alarm you!

Once you have the case removed you will see that the rumble motors connect via a small plug. It’s best that you disconnect these as they will only get in the way later.

Simply pull the plugs from the sockets. It's important to note the right rumble motor is larger than the motor for the left and they need to be placed back later in the position they originally came from.

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Now remove the thumb sticks and you should be left with a bare board with nothing attached.

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As you can see in the picture below the location of the four existing green leds are marked.

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Removing the LED's

The best and easiest method to remove the existing lights is to bathe them in solder and then simply wipe them off the board.

To do this heat the iron and once at the correct temperature apply some solder to the tip of the iron to form a blob which you then place over one of the LEDS.

While the solder is still liquid use the tip of the iron to push the LED off its placement.Once you have done this remove any excess solder from the board and you should be left with two contacts on the board that are now ready for the new LED.

Continue and use the same method to removed the three other LED's from the board.

Installing the new LED's

What is important to note about the placement of the new LED’s is the polarity.

If you look closely at the LED you will notice that the polarity is indicated by a green arrow or T located on the underside of the LED.

As shown here:

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The direction the arrow or bottom of the T is pointing denotes the cathode so the LED should be placed with the point in the direction of the thick line printed on the controller board.


The image below clearly marks the direction of polarity.

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Once you have the LED in place it’s time to solder it in location. To do this it’s recommended that you use either some locking tweezers or something that will enable you to hold the LED in place as you need to be able to ensure that the LED does not move while you apply the heat (we don't add any solder at this point).

To solder the LED you will need to apply heat to the pads of solder on which you have placed your correctly oriented LED. Whilst holding the LED in place apply the soldering iron to one side of the LED and wait for the solder to melt. Repeat this process on the other side and ensure that the LED has good contact to the circuit board.

We recommend you test each LED as you do them, and if at first the LED does not light apply a little pressure as it may light, showing that it needs a little adjusting or probably just the solder resetting around the pads. If the LED does not light after this, it's more than likely that you've got the LED the wrong way around! If it still does not light then chances are you've fried the LED due to a little too much soldering iron action.

All being well you should see something like this.

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Now put it all back together and admire your hard work!

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Edit: Pictures were clobbered when I updated the forum, Promethean provided me with originals and we had a play with the logos! I like them much more now!

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby Promethean » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:11 am

Hey all hope this helps. Fast and easy mod to undertake. Looks pretty nifty too!

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby phenoptix » Mon May 17, 2010 7:06 pm

Thanks again for the pics. Thanks for the unbranded ones too, I'll probably rebrand them and pop them write over these on our servers since you're no longer selling the kits. We should try to do the multicoloured kits really, there's a nice niche there we're not filling!

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby RapidControllers » Tue May 25, 2010 12:37 pm

We're all in the same business then ;)

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby phenoptix » Tue May 25, 2010 12:42 pm

Surprised how many people are doing it now, lots of people seem to be using my images too! Noticed a german customer using them today. Business seems good for you anyway Ben, nice little order we shipped out yesterday

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby RapidControllers » Fri May 28, 2010 9:30 am

Yeah there are loads of people selling kits now which I'm not too bothered by, it's just the people that are using our images for there own, and I reckon a good amount of them have copied of installation guides :(

I am moving out of the kits and on to modding pads more now ;)

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby phenoptix » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:37 am

It's a sensible move I think, the margin on kits is just going to get lower and lower. They're probably our highest risk item too in terms of feedback and customer base. You can sell a kit but selling the finished item is where you're adding real value.

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby RapidControllers » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:56 am

Did a quick search for ABXY kits the other day, quite a few have sprung up. I was the first if I remember rightly ;)

But yeah they are charging must cheaper price's then I was lol

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Re: XBOX 360 Controller LED Swap

Postby phenoptix » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:17 pm

We were really pleased Promethean donated it. Possibly could do with a video of floating the LEDs off the board


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