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Cutting circles out of black electrical

2016-01-24 18:10:07.045628+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Cutting circles out of black electrical tape to go over the LEDs in the new replacement smoke detectors so we can sleep. Why so much light?

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#Comment Re: Cutting circles out of black electrical made: 2016-01-29 18:01:57.146902+00 by: Mars Saxman

Yeah, really. I think there are *six* devices in my bedroom which have always-on BRIGHT BLUE LOOK AT ME power lights I had to tape over.

#Comment Re: Cutting circles out of black electrical made: 2016-01-29 19:05:18.361756+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm trying to figure out how I can block the light that scatters out from the perimeter of these devices without blocking airflow in a way that'd impede how they work.

And one of my other projects is to slap a wall switch on the outlet our bedroom media player devices are plugged into: we currently have them on a power strip, but that's aesthetically ugly. And there's no way I'm leaving that much light on all the time.

#Comment Re: Cutting circles out of black electrical made: 2016-02-01 10:48:51.260837+00 by: DaveP

The First Alert smoke detectors I bought don't have an always-on light. The slightly cheaper (and much smaller) XSense alternative has a light that lights up every 50-some seconds, but is fine as long as it isn't in my bedroom.

I've taken to returning purchases that have obnoxiously bright power-indicator LEDs. "Nope. Too damn bright." One of the many windmills I'm working on defeating.

#Comment Re: Cutting circles out of black electrical made: 2016-02-01 19:20:06.440201+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think we went with the Kidde because they were the ones that had the clearest wiring on the strobes, but I'm damned tempted to rip them out and replace 'em. Again.

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