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I'm looking into getting 2x3x4mm LEDs for my build, and I'm unsure whether I should go water clear blue or diffused blue. I went with the clear keycap option. Also, given that I'm going to use my ergodox in an open-space office, it is possible to turn off the LEDs or are they permanently on?
I have clear white 2x3x4mm LEDS on mine (though I have the black keycaps). I can't give a firm recommendation for diffused vs clear since I don't have both, I'd guess that diffused might be a little less blaring through clear caps.
As for LED settings, you can configure keys to LED- and LED+ and LED off in the configurator. I have those keys on layer 2. Each time you plug the keyboard in, the LEDs default to full on; but again, you have control over the brightness afterward.
If you are undecided about LED colors (a valid concern since you don't really know how it will look until everything comes together), you could add sip sockets to be able to swap them without desoldering once installed. Requires more time, but I figure some more hours on top of a 3~4-month wait isn't too bad.
You can toggle them through keyboard shortcuts
Cool - didn't know that was even an option. Could you point me in the right direction to purchase those sockets?
Cool - and once removed from the plastic sleeve, those will fit through the switch housing w/out modifying the switch? can you replace the switch without disturbing the LED pins also?
From what the post describes, the pins are inserted inside the switch housing and then soldered to the board so you'll have to de-solder the switch and the LED pins.
Many sources to obtain them from, but I like keyclack's since they come in pairs in plastic housings (which will fit inside non-Cherry housings without any extra labor).
Nah. You could get a plate that supports switchtop removal and be able to modify your switch that way without desoldering, however.