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ATARI 2600 Joystick LED's (v1)

Everyone has put LED's on an NES controller right? well, we thought out of the box and added LED's to an Atari 2600 controller! (This is the crappy version, the good version is coming soon.)
 
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Step 1: Gather Supplies

Supplies Needed:
4 LED's (I used red)
1 Atari 2600 joystick controller
wire

Tools Needed:
Drill
Soldering iron (optional but suggested)
Hot Glue gun (optional but suggested)
Drill bit the diameter of your LED's
Phillips Head Screwdriver

Step 2: Disassemble the controller

To disassemble the controller, locate the 4 screws on the underside, and unscrew them. Keep the controller upside-down to avoid losing parts. Separate the top half from the bottom, and watch out for any parts falling out. Keep special care of the spring on the button (I lost it and had to cut up a pen spring.) put the screws, spring, and button where you WON' T LOSE IT!

Step 3: Drill the holes

Picture of Drill the holes
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Before drilling the holes, you can cut off the ribs under right where you drill (I didn't, so I got crappy holes.) Drill where the orange circles are, and do not go through the little outer ledge shown. The LED will not go in. You will cut off some of the circle. If you did not cut the plastic ribs off, be careful, if you aren't, the drill could veer off course and make an oval hole or a slanted hole.

Step 4: Insert LED's

Hot glue would be neater, but I was too lazy to go out and get the hot glue gun out of my automated lemonade stand ;) so I used Liquid Nails, dipped the LED into the tube, then put it through the hole, and let it set. Push the down so the edge stops it, but not so much that it pops through.

Step 5: Wire to ground

Twist wires around the short leads (ground) of the LED's, and twist them all together. If you do a voltometer test, all of the short leads should be connected. (To anyone who noticed the LED on the button, that was abandoned due to issues. Once it was all connected, the button was interpreted as always closed. (I will work on that in the better version) just ignore the extra LED for now.
XOIIO4 years ago
Use chrome paint and use blue LED's. That would be awesome!
27ace27 (author)  XOIIO4 years ago
that does sound cool! I think that is what I will do once I finish the gold one.