South facing LED

Why are most custom boards coming with south facing LED’s? Do you know how difficult it is to find key caps that light up the key legend? I have spent a couple of hours searching for any key caps and have only found one set for ordering.

Is there a technical reason for not designing the board with north facing keys?

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Yes, not all keycaps are made the exact same shape and size. A few standards for keycaps that are highly used for enthusiasts don’t work well with north facing switches such as Cherry style Keycaps. Which sucks for a lot of people, but you are right South facing does make RGB a lot harder as most shine though keycaps sadly even including glorious’ own are centered at the top for North Facing switches. Either someone will have to make a very big redesign to keyboard pcbs to have south facing switches but LEDs that still shine through normal shine through keycaps or companies should start making more centered shine through keycaps. cough cough glorious please hurry up and do it.

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I have found one set of side printed keycaps that are available, just one. Maybe i should go and setup a group buy and design them myself. Seems like that may be the only way to get what I want.

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If I remember correctly, the main reason most custom keyboards have south facing LEDs is due to the design of Cherry profile keycaps aswell as keyboard switches - north facing keyboard face the unfortunate issue of interference between the switch and the (Cherry profile) keycap.

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I love this idea. I would get behind a nice set of shine through keycaps for southfacing LEDs.

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South keycap legends would be amazing. I have turned some keys round and they work really well with the south facing switches. Why doesn’t anyone make these?

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That’s the word I was looking for profile. It was on the tip of my tongue. Also to add on depending on the keycap set they can either just not work on some keys or not fully bottom out or hit each other when attempting to do so.

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