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Pilot Lights on My Pedals Blind Me

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by GoldDeluxe5E3, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Concord, California
    Seriously, a few of my pedals have pilot lights with lenses that focus the light upward, and when I go to adjust volume, or speed, or compression, or whatever, I can't read what's on the dials. Anybody have the same problem? Anybody solve it?
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  2. edvard

    edvard Tele-Holic

    May 15, 2016
    Bremerton, WA
    Electrical tape.

    Works great for those annoying 'Check Engine' lights, too. :twisted:

    EDIT for seriousness: If I had a pedal that blinded me, I'd just pop the sucker open and replace that blue aircraft landing beacon with a good ol' fashion red or green LED, in "normal brightness" flavor. But that's just me...
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2018
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  3. olefudd

    olefudd Tele-Meister

    Sep 27, 2009
    out yonder!
    I just use a Sharpie. It will still let the led shine but knocks a lot of the brightness down.
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  4. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Feb 14, 2017
    masking tape. May take two pieces.
  5. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    Regular white masking tape, it will dull/opaque the light enough that it won’t blind you, but you can still see that the light is on. Similarly I’ve seen people have had success with sandpaper on the glass/plastic light cover for the same (similar) effect.
  6. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    I had some taillight repair tape handy, so I put a little piece of that over it.
  7. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
  8. Urshurak776

    Urshurak776 Tele-Meister

    Jul 2, 2004
    Replace the LED limiter resistor with a 4.7K. If you're dealing with an SMD board, easier said then done, but can still be done.
  9. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Wear sunglasses.
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  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I had a Durham Mucho Boosto awhile ago.
    Great sounding pedal, BTW.
    The blue light on it drove me nuts.
    I got rid of the pedal, but I’m still nuts.
  11. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

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  12. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    Just put a bit o masking tape on it. You can still see it.
  13. The Angle

    The Angle Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Never had this problem with pedals, but the foot switch that came with my Bugera V22 was blinding. Had to put one layer of tape over the blue light and two over the red light.
  14. chemobrain

    chemobrain Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    yeah, the pilot light on my tc electronic pedal are bright enough to cut through the eyes or ceiling.
    and handy-dandy piece of blue masking tape over the pilot light makes a world of difference for me.
  15. ecoast

    ecoast Tele-Holic

    Jan 6, 2017
    just smear a little clear silicone


    pulls right off if you end up outside
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