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IKIKUINTHENUTZ June 12, 2009 02:49 AM

Lamptron FC-2 fan controller mod (so it looks nicer on cases)
 
IKIKUINTHENUTZ here with a new completed mod

Lamptron FC-2 fan controller mod
MFG Product Link

I introduce my latest modification, my LED switch out and how to fix the not fully lid LED lights on the sides of the unit.

For those of you who don't know, this fan controller has an aesthetic problem of having the LEDs not show up in the corners. Below here is a Image I borrowed from overclock3d.com
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...211814199l.jpg
As you can see, the unit uses bright blue LEDs and doesn't fully illuminate the unit at the edges.

When I bought my black colored FC-2 from performance-pcs
Lamptron FC-2 - 45 Watts Per Channel 6 Channel Fan Controller - Black Products Model: FC-2-BK [FC-2-BK] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come
I was thinking that my LEDs were too bright and I wasn't too fond of blue and so I decided to switch it out.

My original idea when I started with this project was to switch out the blue LEDs in favor for white LEDs, however during the process I learned some important facts and then I decided to fix the non side illumination issue along with switching out the LEDs.

First I unscrewed the whole unit apart
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...cc2c3f81b1.jpg

After doing that I decided to inspect the unit and I noticed this
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...65b71b2f3b.jpg

If Lamptron indeed put a led on the sides, then why doesn't it show? I quickly plugged it in and I decided to look at the back of the unit while I was turning the knobs, indeed it lit up perfectly fine but why doesn't it show? The image below practically shows why, a piece of metal blocks the way.
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...d14c2bcdd2.jpg

Another shot of the unit with the metal off
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...583ae6c99b.jpg

While searching the internet for the LEDs, it was pita finding them in size of 2X5X6mm flat rectangular white leds so I decided to get these white 2X5X7mm from ebay
link

After I received them, it took 6 hours total to solder the old ones out and put in the new ones with just a soldering iron. My end result was worth it because it came out to be not too bright or blue.

Perfect
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...95e144aff3.jpg

Now for the piece of metal, I went to my local hardware store and bought a brand new Dremel and a miniature hobby table so I can cut the little darn thing. Luckily with purchase of a new Dremel, they give you a sample cutting disk and grinding disk inside the box. I didn't have to spend extra money for more tools.

After cutting the edges off and grinding 1mm all around the openings to accommodate the new bigger LEDs, this was my end result. It's not perfect but it's well hidden anyways when it's put back together. This took me around 15 minutes to do.
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...64cd99a387.jpg

Now the finished product images.
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...6bb774837a.jpg
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...6e5a39c485.jpg

That's all :thup:

IKIKUINTHENUTZ June 14, 2009 06:21 PM

I was talking to nd4spdbh2 of OCF and he had given me an idea of how much light was bleeding out on to the back of the unit which was shown in my image. We talked about how to address it and then came up the idea of aluminum foil behind each led.

Now ill be honest, working with small bits of aluminum and then gluing it on a slippery surface in the smallest work space available with 2 needles as tool is worth a lot of headaches but in the end, it worked out fine in the end.

http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...90bd2b9644.jpg

This resulted what I wanted, stronger front led lighting but what I didn't expect was the fact that it was too much, it was too damn bright just like Sunbeam Controllers! Ouch!

After consulting with nd4spdbh2 again and seeing forums posts, I noticed people complained about how the lighting wasn't all around in a circle. The idea of diffusing the light came apparent.

The installation is probably the most easiest mod I have done to this unit. All you need is some type of paper that still let light through, some glue, and a razor. In this case I used parchment silicone paper that is used in baking.

Unscrew the face plate and slap the paper on with some glue
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...1f11c8612c.jpg

Then use a razor and cut holes where appropriate for the knobs and screws.
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...b7b7c899ab.jpg

Then put everything back together and huzzah! Finished!
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...e8f424352b.jpg

Night time shot
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...62299296de.jpg

Phobia June 14, 2009 06:25 PM

Interesting. I quite like the look of the new LEDs compared to the old ones. Good mod!

Prof. Dr. Silver June 14, 2009 07:58 PM

Wicked stuff.... do you do car parts as well?

IKIKUINTHENUTZ June 14, 2009 11:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prof. Dr. Silver (Post 209093)
Wicked stuff.... do you do car parts as well?

If you don't mind paper and glue :rofl:

edit:
ps: no I don't

IKIKUINTHENUTZ July 22, 2009 06:17 PM

one final (hopefully) mod

Acetone + Q-tip
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...fa0afafe03.jpg

Finished!
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...53e245b68f.jpg
http://www.hostthenpost.org/uploads/...f83f0aaffc.jpg


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