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Old 06-11-2015, 12:18 PM   #1
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Question LED Indicator's Too Bright

I have two bright red LED indicators in my RVís central control panel that are driving me batty. They are extremely bright and light up the entire front of the coach at night.

Iíd like to tone them down but I donít want to obliterate them completely. I did an internet search for a fix but came up empty.

Any suggestions?

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Old 06-11-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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Maybe a light coat of red paint may dim them some.
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We have an issue with the blue light on the Jensen TV in the bedroom plus the Microwave LED clock at night. So my DW has made Black felt cloth coverings for the TV light that is wrapped over the bedroom TV and we cover the microwave with a dish towel.


So I would suggest to see if you can place some type of cloth covering over the lights either by using rare earth magnets to keep the cloth in place or tape the cloth over the panel. Or as a last resort use black electrician tape for the lights.
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What about adding a 'dimmer' to them, install it in line with the LEDs and just pick a setting.
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A touch of paint or even a little piece of tape over some or all of the bulb surface should do the trick. I have one blinking red light that I fixed that way. What engineer thought a bright blinking red light was a good idea to signify that something was working correctly? 24/7? Psheesh!
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The bright LED's on all of the electronic stuff drives me crazy. I bought a black paint pen and colored over all of the LED's. They are still visible, they just don't light up the RV interior at night.
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A small piece of black electrical tape will do the job! It can be taken off during the day if you need them brighter!
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Use a resistor (1/4 watt rating is plenty for an indicator lamp.) Radio Shack has 4 packs of resistors. Try a 5K ohm one. Depending on how bright the LED is and how dim you want it, you'll wind up with between 1K to a 10 K resistor.
All LEDs already have a tiny 1K resistor as part of the assembly as a current limiter, Adding more resistance will dim the indicator light. It doesn't matter if the resistor is on the positive or negative side, works fine either way.
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A word of caution: Leds are very voltage sensitive, so too much resistance and it simply goes out. It isn't harmed if that ahppens, but it simply won't light if the voltage goes outside its design range.
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Same thing with my high beam indicator in my car, if I glanced down the blue light would temporarily blind me. A small square of electrical tape directly over the light and problem solved. The light will now shine around the tape but not directly in my eyes.
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I do not know what these indicators are for but can you simply cover them?

I am thinking with a door you need to open (Lift) to view them when you need them.

Else it may be possible to increase the series resistance 500-1000 ohms should dim them down if they are the proper type of LED.

(Design some of my onw LED indicators after all).
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sticky notes man, put a sticky note over them.
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Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions. The LEDís protrude from the monitor panel so I am not dealing with a flat surface. That said, placing tape or something similar over them would not look right, so I was looking for a more permanent fix. Some of you recommended applying paint over the bulb, so I think that would be the easiest. Iíve been wanting a pack of paint pens for some other projects, so I ordered a set on Amazon. Iím thinking of applying some black to the very tip of the LEDís (they have pointed tips), in hopes of dispersing the light to the corners of the bulbs instead of directly in our eyes. I also like Mike Dís suggestion of using a resistor. If the paint pen doesnít give me the results Iím looking for, I might try that idea.

Thanks everyone!

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I was worried about using too much paint over the lights, but it turned out to not be an issue. The paint goes on pretty thin, so I had to do a couple of layers to get the right amount of dimming. If it's too much, you can scrape it off with a fingernail and start over
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