Noetic Brainwaves: Adafruit arcade buttons. Ben writes –
I’ve written up a description with pictures of the Adafruit translucent arcade buttons. I wanted to see if I could mount an LED inside of them for a project, but I couldn’t really find any good resources or examples of how that might work out (except for the music keyboard project on the Adafruit blog). So after buying them I made sure to write up some hopefully useful information. Thanks!
Arcade Buttons- 30mm Translucent Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Clear. A button is a button, and a switch is a switch, but these translucent arcade buttons are in a class of their own. They’re the same size as common arcade controls (often referred to as 30mm diameter) but have some nice things going for them that justify the extra dollar.
First, they look fantastic, all 6 colors have a crystal translucent glossy look. Although they do not have LEDs built in, we’re confident that sticking a diffused LED into the body would make it light up very nicely. They are also shorter than cheap arcade controls, and snap into place, so you only need 1.5″ of depth (1.25″ if you bend the contacts over). The button action is smooth, without a strong click, yet you can definitely feel when the button is pressed. A tiny micro-switch is pre-installed, with gold plated contacts.
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Red
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Green
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Blue
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Yellow
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Pink
Arcade Button – 30mm Translucent Clear