HOW TO – Nokia 5110 LCD Color Change

Nokia 5110 LCD Color Change @ The Custom Geek.

Hi guys and girls, I showed a red backlit LCD on show and tell last week, and I just did a post on how to do it if anyone is interested. 🙂

I was sitting at my dining room table the other night looking at a project, and thought, wow, that Nokia 5110 display would look really good in red! I was right..

I wanted one in green and decided to share how it was done. This is a quick video of how to change the LED’s on a Nokia 5110 display from Adafruit. Really quite simple, but it requires removing the glass LCD from the board (be careful!). If you are not familiar with these LCD’s, they are low power, fast, easy to read in sunlight, and cheap. Kind of hard to beat really. I have used them before in projects and have always been happy with the results.

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  1. Awesome! I bought my good soldering station specifically to change my Nokia phone from that nasty yellow/green LED color to blue display and red buttons some 10+ years ago. These displays are a little easier to hack than my old phone. The one in my phone didn’t have the LEDs under the metal frame, but had side firing LEDs. It wasn’t easy, but I did manage to get my LEDs up on side. That might have been my first SMD experience.

  2. @jpbot – I had an old Samsung phone circa 2002 that had blue LED’s for the keypad, and that was my first experience with SMD. 🙂 Had to have blue LED’s that small. Had to..

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