Mod Your Mouse:LED Color




About: Hi everyone! I'm David, coming from small city in (also) small country called Croatia. I'm attending 2nd class of secondary school. I am running a local DIY site which also sells components all over a Croat...

Hi, don't you thing that is red color of mouse already boring? You look for something modern, and dark-great look? Wellcome!

Note: Meabe there is already Instrucatble like this, but here is my version.

Step 1: Parts, and Let's Start

Parts and materials:
*Optic computer mouse
*Screw driver
*100mcd 20mA blue LED
*Soldering iron

So, when you have parts and materials, start workin'. Open your mouse(there is usually just one screw), remove wheel and cable.

Step 2: Locate a LED, and Change It

2.1. - Locate a LED.
2.2 - Remove a LED holder.
2.3 - You have a red LED. Unsloder it.
2.4 - Put blue LED in holer
2.5 - Solder it and cut surplus of anode and cathode.
2.6 - Put LED holder and its place on PCB board.

Step 3: Group Mouse and Enjoy!

Put the wheel, cable, and screw into their places and enjoy.

Untill next Instrucable. David.



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    10 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    How well does this mouse work? You're at the opposite end of the spectrum to that at which it was designed to operate.


    8 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've done lots of led mouse mods -
    red is one of the best by default; but most all work -
    infrared, (really neat, 'invisible),
    blue (works good on jeans, terrible on dark surfaces),
    Green, not so great,
    UV - works great on anything uv reactive, terrible on anything else.  Surprising that some dark surfaces work awesome when they make no visible reflection.
    White - pretty awesome.

    Remember you may need to change an led on the board if you change colours - blue and white take more voltage than green red yellow.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've just made stealth ninja IR mouse :-) Used cheap dealextreme IR LED (20 pack for ~ $2) and works without problem. I hope i will not miss the visible light in dark times :) Maybe i'll try white LED next time...

    It may be cool to have multiple LEDs (or multicolor LED) and be able to choose the color using some switch. Switching between White and IR seems to be usefull (but little bipolar :-)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Just be sure to add an extra resistor because IR uses less voltage than red, and will burn out quick if you don't protect it.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    when you say UV reactive, what does that exactly mean? Like different color mouse pads?
    I think white, because it 'glows' under UV light right?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    'glows' = reacts = uv reactive.

    Basically the sensor doesn't SEE uv, but if the uv hits something and it floresces a visible colour (like the bright purple or green that comes off various surfaces), the sensor will see it.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think frollard said everything.. Blue worked to me well, it's still here, in mouse..