Blinded by the light!

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  1. jcmark611

    jcmark611 Member

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    So I have a few Way Huge pedals and I love the sound, but the lights are so bright it hurts. Any suggestions that don't involve replacing the bulb?
     
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    Cover them with duct/gaffers tape. Or, look up at the audience ;).
     
  3. CaptainAwesome

    CaptainAwesome Supporting Member

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    Elmer's Glue, masking tape, or sandpaper are all decent options. I typically just used tape and haven't tried the last one although I hear it works.
     
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    Some pedal-makers and modders have certainly falling in love with the blinding LED. I don't really get it. Some are so bright I can't see the text for the surrounding knobs.

    When that happens, a little bit of painter's tape cures it. My daughter had pink tape from a school project. Turned a blinding LED purple (and still bright enough but not painful).
     
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    coltonius SeƱor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Sandpaper is a great way to diffuse an LED, but that usually requires complete removal of the circuit.. In some cases I'd go so far as to increase the resistance to lower the brightness- but it really depends on the situation. Masking tape works great too!
     
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    I suppose a gob of chapstick or some other wax would diffuse the light. You could also mark the lens with a Sharpie, or a dry erase pen if you wanted it to come off easier.
     
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    Wrapped up like a douche!
     
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    Yes, nothing worse than leaning in to check a setting and getting that searing beacon straight up your retina.

    I added resistance to the LED in my SexDrive.
     
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    And got the runnies in the night!

    (runnies being slang for diarrhea)
     
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    ryandfl Supporting Member

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    Super bright LEDs drive me nuts. I can't understand why manufacturers use them. Error is my guess, when putting in a order for them not realizing the intensity. It is almost a deal breaker for me, as I also don't want some ugly tape on the front of my pedals. I care about the visual side of pedals!
     
  11. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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    I put plastic soda bottle caps over them.

    Doesn't screw up the pedal.
     
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    Disaster Area are adding LED-dimming firmware updates to their MIDI pedals soon. Which is great because they practically use laserbeams for lights and some of them are always on.
     
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    Alchemy Audio Silver Supporting Member

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    I give people the choice when modifying a pedal of LED color / brightness. Anyone who plays outdoor gigs or a very dark stage prefer something bright.
    If the LED is too bright for your liking, try transparent tape, nail polish or an abrasive over the lens - such as sand paper or steel wool.
     
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    I use a little dab of my wifey's nail polish.
     
  15. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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    Sean from Lovepedal has the best blue LED's.

    They're a pretty, dark shade of blue... And not to bright.
     

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