Dim the lights im going blind here !

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by mbkri, Jan 9, 2022.

  1. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Love my pedal board. But gosh darn it the lights on some of the pedals are so bright i cant see what im looking at when i look down.
    Is it just me?
    So….. whats the solution?
    Masking tape? Anything more elegant and less sticky?
    Id like things still to look nice and i definitely dont want to pull the paint off if i ever remove the tape.
  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  3. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    lol. Good one Wyn.
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  4. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Yep, I agree. Some are so crazy bright that you really can't see the position of the knobs. Masking tape is the only solution I can offer.
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  5. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Sharpie or small bits of painters tape, postits etc
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  6. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    There should be an industry standard for LED brightness on pedals. o_O
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  7. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Open it up and add a resistor to lower the brightness?
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  8. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    Several applications of black Sharpie ink worked for me. You have to let it dry well between applications though.
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  9. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Those pedals double as your personal stage lighting in dark venues
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  10. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    They must be so bright so they show up under bright lights.

    Me, I just put a couple layers of painters tape over my really offensive ones.
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  11. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Am I right if I'm guessing you have the MXR 10-band EQ? Those blue LEDs may be what people see coming out of of Area 51!
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  12. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    MXR iso brick. 8 blue lights strong enough to land a plane in the fog.
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  13. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Sunglasses after dark
    They're so sharp.
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I like that idea
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  15. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Synchromatic

    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin, US
    LED.jpg It is a pain. I've used painters tape, electrical tape, etc. A search kicked up RockBoard LED Dampers. I haven't used them but my try out a pack. Has anyone tried them?
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  16. twangmanster

    twangmanster Electromatic

    Dec 29, 2021
    Long Island
    I tape a pick over mine.
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  17. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    That’s the biggest culprit! Those LED’s must be surplus from an airport landing system!!

    The Sharpie trick worked well to dim the lights to a reasonable level.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2022
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  18. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    I am a recent victim of mxr blindness syndrome, after a long time. My Carbon Copy had one. Yesterday I got me a MXR M78 distortion, it has one.

    As adventurous as it may seem, i have my eyes set on a MXR DC brick, don't know if they have the LEDs!
    Maybe should get some tainted glass and cover the thing, if possible!

    Feel for ya @mbkri

    ...Here's to whatever comes, drink L'chaim to life...
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  19. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Their Iso Brick power unit has 8 of the buggers. I own one and could light my whole studio with it. Fortunately i usually have the ability to face it backwards but when im rearranging or working on the board as i was this weekend its positively obnoxious
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  20. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Yeah, too bright for me too. Then I play an outdoor gig and I cant see them at all!
    Go figure. No idea what to do.
    I have used tape and it works fine for indoor gigs.
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