I have a Xigmatek 200mm fan ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) that has 4 LEDs in the corners of it. The LEDs themselves are pretty big and give off plenty of light. However, in my case (Corsair 600T SE), it lights up my room at night and I am going to buy an LED strip so I can control when the case is lit.
My question is, what is the best way to go about turning off the LEDs? Can I just snip the cables, take off the LED bulbs, etc?
If you look closely at the fan you will see that the led's just fit into a hole and can easily be removed from there , the wires you will have to see were they go and how they are connected so if you cut them you want to cut the right ones, Sometimes the fans will have two connectors , on for the fan and one for the led's and you may not have to cut anything. Looking at the link for the fan , you may be able to remove the sticker from the fan to see the wires and possibly get at the connections.
Thanks, I'll try to examine it closer. I'm just thinking that if I have to fall back on just snipping a wire, will it make the whole fan stop spinning? I doubt it but it wouldn't be that fun to replace the $20 fan.
Only if you snip the wrong wire, I did that accidently. More of me not having a steady hand than me not knowing which wire to cut. When I looked at mine the lights were soldered in not plugged in, but it was also a different fan.
You should have wires leading off to each LED, those are the ones to cut. If it leads off to something else as well I wouldn't touch it unless your sure of what your doing.
This may sound "silly" but.... just to be safe I would use Liquid Whiteout to cover the LEDs and/or tape small pieces of black cardboard over them. This is a sloppier but safer way to go in my opinion because you won't have to worry about possible circuit disruption, etc etc. Besides, if you already decided to to physically remove the LEDs, it won't hurt to try my method.