The Blue Laser LED: It's a Hate Thing

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  1. sabby

    sabby Member

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    My favorite OD -- a ToneFactor Mule -- has a problem. It has one of those glaringly blue LEDs that seems designed to burn it's way through the back of my skull every time I look at my board. I can't even see the knob settings when I look down. I'm resigned to the steady hearing damage of playing electric guitar. To I have to put up with sight loss as well?

    So tell me. What are your ways of fighting the Blue Laser? Are they easily replaced? Etc., etc., etc.


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  2. crosse79

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    Easily - just put a piece of tinted tape over it and tape it down. Problem solved. Just in case you want to sell the pedal in the future - changing the LED might actually cause a lower resale value.
     
  3. decay-o-caster

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    The Durham Sex Drive has the same one - totally blinding. There's a great picture up on their site of Charlie Sexton playing on a dark stage and there's the huge otherworldly glare coming from his pedal.
     
  4. BMF Effects

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    You could whip out the soldering iron and -

    1) Change the LED to a different type.
    2) Install a higher current limiting resistor. Keep increasing the value until the LED is a comfortable brightness for you.

    or -

    3) Email Brad at Tone Factor and ask if they'll make the change for you. He's very accessible and easy to work with.
     
  5. bluelew

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    You might appreciate the bright factor if you play outside anytime. Most LED's are hard to see during the day.
     
  6. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    Just run a black Sharpie pen over it a couple of times.
     
  7. waxnsteel

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    I just got a 200lbs of cataracts a few weeks ago. I can't help it, though. I like the bright blue things.
     
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    +1 on the current-limiting resistor. I suggest 18k.
     
  9. missing_dave

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    i hear ya..i was playing a show in NYC last week....outdoor show...ive got two pedals with the same problem.......


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  10. sabby

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    The funny thing about the superbright blue leds is you STILL can't see them in daylight.
     
  12. gururyan

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    Yep, not a fan of the popular uber bright LEDs.
     
  13. Blunder

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    Looks like the light my Disaster Transport gives off.:D
     
  14. fr8_trane

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    I have the same problem with one of my pedals. When the lights are off theres a friggin blue spot light on my ceiling.

    I emailed the pedal maker and he said to increase the led current resistor.
     
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    Why some pedal makers insist on using those things I don't know!!
    I do not like them.
     
  16. jlagrassa

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    When I had a pedal with the Blue LED I changed the Current limiting resistor to much higher value till it was easy to look at! Agree they should just stick to the normal type of LED's
     
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    The brights look cool though...
     
  18. this1smyne

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    i don't know man... i install the blue ones cause i like the way they light up my guitar when i'm jammin out. and they reflect off the mic stand real nice too, make you look a little rocker'ish on the dark stage. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
     
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    Dim LED's all around...
     
  20. Blue Bee

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    a couple coats of black sharpie marker give it a nice tint
     

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