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How to dim the MXR blue LED?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by PluckyThump, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. PluckyThump


    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    I've got a couple MXR pedals and when they're on the piercing-blue LED feels like it's going to burn holes right through my eyes. Anyone found a good way to tone those mothers down that's reversible? I was thinking maybe dab it in the middle with a sharpie but that may be permanent.
  2. Piece of tape. Done. On to bigger problems.
  3. jay tay

    jay tay

    Aug 12, 2009
    Manchester UK
    I had a bright blue LED on a monitor of mine, and it was ridiculously distracting, I stuck a piece of Yellow electrical tape over it, and now it's fine!
  4. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    Tape, and DONE!
    I had used a piece of red tape intended to patch broken car taillights. Not only did it dim the bright light, it also turned it red. Can't stand bright blue LED's!

    Another idea: put a drop of hot glue over the LED.
  5. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I use a piece of tape as well. Works great.
  6. I vote tape. Masking tape is good as you can still get light though it.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Don't stare directly at it?
  8. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Yeah, I had blue painters tape over the tempo light on a Dd-20 cause it was distracting me so much.
  9. ugh.. +1

    +1 on the painters tape. If you ever decide to take it off it won't leave the sticky residue on your pedal.
  10. PluckyThump


    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    On a dark stage I have to look at it when I stomp on it and that damn blue retina-burner practically blinds me.

    Painter's tape does the trick!
  11. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I've colored one layer of black sharpie over lights like that. It tints it just enough to not look cheesy like tape, and enough light comes through.
  12. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
  13. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    green painters tape on my Eden WTDI.

    You can make it neat or leave it unsightly. When it's dark is when you'll want the tape and nobody can see your pedals then anyway.
  14. moose23


    Dec 27, 2007
    Builder Moose23 Electronics
    The actual answer is to find the resistor that controls current to the LED and replace with a larger value. Of course a bit of tape works well too. :)
  15. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    I keep a roll of medical paper tape in my pedal drawer. I just add layers of it over the LED until the damn thing stops giving me a migraine - seriously, blue LED's are evil.

    When I decide to sell or trade a pedal, a little Goof-Off takes care of any residue.
  16. bigmuff113


    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    On tape you can also write your settings

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