There are 2 flavors of the Pac Drive:
- "Pac Drive USB Driver" - Has 2 inputs for each LED.
- "Pac LED 64" - Has RGB inputs to change colors.
Depending on which Spectra Eclipse button you buy is which Pac LED to use:
- If you buy single color LED, get the PAC Drive USB Driver.
- If you buy the RGB LED version of the button, get the Pac LED 64.
You can use the RGB version of the buttons on the Pac Drive USB Driver, but you will only get 1 color depending on which one of the 3 grounds you connect (combinations are possible as well by putting two or 3 twisted together, see below).
You can connect it directly to a +5v power source and depending on what ground wire you connect (3 total - R, G + B) that's what color you will generate. You can combine wires to create additional colors as well. Add resistors and you can achieve even more.
Red Wire = +5v source - Connect this with the following to form that color:
R wire = Red LED color (ground)
G wire = Green LED color (ground)
B wire = Blue LED color (ground)
B wire + G Wire = Light Blue LED color (ground)
R + G Wires = Yellow LED color (ground)
R + B Wires = Purple LED color (ground)
R + G + B Wires= White LED color (ground)
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the information !!
So for the full color range,
the pacled64 would be the way to go.
I thought it was maybe possible to use the pacdrive with the rgb version of the eclipse buttons, because in the info it said 5v, and the pacdrive only uses 5v.
From the groovygamegear website :
"Helio9™ RGB Lighting Option Notes:
This option includes a special version of our Helio9™-RGB lighting unit which is permanently fixed into the light/switch holder unit. It also includes 24" of color coded wires. Note that this option is 5vDC only, and higher voltages will damage the LEDs. Current requirement is 180ma."
But as you mentioned, the pacled64 has rgb inputs, the pacdrive has only input for 1 color.
I also have a question related to the pacled64 :
So you connect the pacled64 to your usb and for power it must be connected to the molex connector, like how you power your hdd.
But I will probably make an Arcade controller only for now,
not a mini arcade cabinet.
This means if I must connect my pacled64 to a molex connector for power, I then would always have to open my pc to connect it or have a power cable coming out my pc to be able to connect it.
So I was wondering if this would work as well :
Connect the usb to the pc as usual and for power connect it to a separate psu.
So this way I never have to connect it inside my pc to the psu of my pc, but just connect it to a separate psu.
Would this work ?