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Atari 2600 power LED mod woody wood grain

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#1 rednakes1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:56 AM

Here's a quick power LED mod I did for my 4-switch woody 2600. It's not pretty but it works so far. I didn't want to mess with the original look of my Atari, so I chose not to drill a hole at the top or through the power switch itself.

I used a 150 Ohm resistor and used the 5V and Ground on the main board. I didn't want to solder directly to pins 2 and 3 of the voltage regulator but I could have done that instead. The short pin on the LED goes to Ground.

I also made sure the wires did not touch the 'heat plate' surrounding the voltage regulator, which can get very hot.

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Edited by rednakes1, Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:57 AM.


#2 sramirez2008 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:19 AM

That's pretty cool!



#3 robbievgb OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:27 PM

Yeah this is actually a great idea!



#4 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:28 PM

Yea someone did something similar to a sixer here on the forums

I saw it while image searching for different power led ideas, and I like it a lot

#5 rednakes1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:39 PM

Yea someone did something similar to a sixer here on the forums

I saw it while image searching for different power led ideas, and I like it a lot

 

 

Thanks, yeah I'm sure someone had thought of it before. I've only seen threads with the normal panel-mounted LED and the one where the LED was actually drilled into the switch knob itself - which is pretty clever but I'd be scared to do it myself.

 

This mod of mine doesn't show the actual LED through the gap for the switch; all you see is a bright red light.

 

 

EDIT: Did a Google image search and looks like bradd1978 had though of this too:  http://atariage.com/...r-with-led-mod/



#6 Osgeld OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:26 AM

yea that's the one I saw 



#7 Keatah ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2016 2:16 AM

I like it. Recessed and indirect diffuse lighting looks cool here. Atmospheric and moody if you turn the room lighting down I bet.







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