PS3/4 Controller LED Mod




Introduction: PS3/4 Controller LED Mod

About: I do graphic design, crafts, drawing, and love tech n stuff....

Make your controller glow when it vibrates!

You will need -

-2 1.5" pieces of scrap wire

-soldering iron

-PS3/4 controller (duh)

-I used a spare LED

-sand paper or rough edge

-Clear controller buttons / you can some online or give my .dwg a go if you have a 3D printer (mine are 3D printed)

I also included a .dwg for an analog stick extender for ps3 controllers :)

If you try printing the buttons I would recommend printing with the visible side up. I tried it several different ways and it turned out the best that way. Also If you aren't used to using clear (at least the one I did) it burns easy!



Step 1: Disassemble

Unscrew the five screws on the back of the controller.

Step 2:

Pop of the back plate from the middle in between the hand grips.

Step 3: Detach the Battery

Self explanatory... be careful not to tear the wire.

Step 4: Remove the Top Board

The top board is held in with a screw located in between the two analog stick mounts.

Step 5: Detach the Clips

The white clips on either side of both rumbler need to be squeezed in to remove the board.

Step 6: Removal

Completely take the controller out of the shell.

Step 7: New Buttons!

Remove the rubber covering and old buttons.

(now might be a good time to remove any Doritos dust)

Step 8: Get Your Buttons Ready

Either 3D print your buttons from my .dwg in the intro or find the ones you bought.

Step 9:

Insert the new buttons. Mine fit all of the slots so it doesn't matter which goes where like the stock ones. You might need to sand and file the button s or tabs of the side for a good fit. Good rule of thumb: if you hold the controller shell face down and push the buttons up from the other side you should feel NO resistance.

Step 10: LED Time

On old controller the leads will be located don by the actual analogs. On newer controllers the leads are on the back of the small board on the top of the frame. solder one piece of your scrap wire onto each lead. hop into a game with the controller on and hold down any button that would cause vibration. Touch the wires to the LED to make sure you put the right terminal to the right wire, then solder the LED to the wires. Bend the wire to the general area shown in the picture. Point the LED straight down for the best result.

Step 11: Reassemble

-replace the rubber cover for the buttons

-clip in the board (then the smaller board)

-replace the board screw

- replace any r1,r2,l1,l2 button that fell out

- reattach the battery

Hold the shell at an angle and hook the r2 l2 buttons into the shell to close.

Firmly press the shell together until it clicks on and put all 5 screws back in.

(PUTTING THE BOARD SCREW OR SHELL SCREWS IN TO TIGHT WILL MAKE THE CONTROLLER SPAS OUT!) make sure you test your controller before you put your tools away.

Step 12: Test Drive

again make sure everything is in working order. When your controller vibrates the LED should light up all four buttons.

If you enjoyed this project vote for me in the make it glow contest :)

If you need help with your mod please let me know in the comment section

- SCVNGR Designs

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7 Discussions

Constantin EduardP
Constantin EduardP

1 year ago

i do this on 2 controllers and 1 of them is automatic turn offf afhter 8-10 seconds , not only the light , entire controller any idea where is the problem ?


Question 1 year ago on Introduction

How do you print these it says unsupported file

SCVNGR Designs
SCVNGR Designs

4 years ago

Masonlamb19- nope power is constantlyy supplied to the rumbler when active.


4 years ago

very nice idea but wouldn't this just cause it to flicker when the controller vibrates only?


4 years ago

I imagine the same should be possible for the d-pad? Just switch it out and add in an led running the wires from the rumble pack?


4 years ago

Now THAT'S how you style up a controller :)


4 years ago

Cool project man. ...