LightDims LED Dimming Sticker Intro
Do you have really annoyingly bright LEDs on your PC case or cable set top box? Is your digital nightstand clock is overly bright and blinding you at night? Stop using your electrical tape or permanent marker to make these LEDs dim or completely dark! LightDims has a very simple yet genius solution to dim those pesky LEDs down!
LightDims are a thin film-like material with an adhesive on the back. Think of them as a sticker-sized “window-like” tint that you can remove at will. You can stick them just about anywhere, so long as the surface is clean and dry, and LightDims claims they have installed them inside a fish tank.
LightDims are a product that you can find in your local Fry’s, Micro Center, B&H Photo Video, or Samy’s Camera retail locations. Should you not have any of these stores near you, like me, you can find them on Amazon or Newegg. Newegg is currently the place online that you’ll find the best deal. You can get the various shades of LightDims for as low as $3.99 per sheet, plus $1.99 shipping, or you can get all four versions for as low as $12.99, plus $1.99 shipping.
The packaging does sport an American flag which I was happy to see. When I look closer at the packaging, it actually says they're an American company, but the product is made in China.
You can find these in four different versions: Blackout Edition, Original Strength, Silver Edition, and a Customizable Original Strength Edition.
Breaking the editions down:
Blackout – 100% light blocked – $3.99 + $1.99 shipping on Newegg
Original Strength – 50-80% light blocked – $3.99 + $1.99 shipping
Silver Edition – 80-90% light blocked – $3.99 + $1.99 shipping
Customizable Original Strength – 50-80% light blocked – $3.99 + $1.99 shipping
All four versions – $12.99 + $1.99 shipping
Note: If you combine multiple sheets, Newegg doesn't appear to be charging extra shipping. I’m not sure where this quantity gets cut off, though.
LightDims Quantity and Sizes
|5||14MM||1||8MM x 22MM|
|3||19MM||2||10MM x 57MM|
|9||6MM SQ||2||25MM x 57MM|
The three main versions are said to have over 100 pre-cut shapes, when in actuality you’ll find that you get 104 in total. This is a nice number and you’ll have lots of LED light blocking power at your disposal. You can find the sizes and quantity of each sticker in the table above.
The customizable sheet is great to cut and put on larger surfaces. I know I absolutely love the look of a digital clock that has blue digits, but they’re generally overly bright at night. Cut this sheet to size and you've got a great way to actually get some sleep at night!
The Silver Edition will look nice on a Mac Book or any silver surface for that matter.
Read on to see what these look like on a few different LEDs and catch what we thought about this product!
A Closer Look at LightDims and Conclusion
Pulling the actual product out of the packaging is a snap. Again, you get 104 pieces in total, which even one sheet should provide you plenty of solutions to dim bright LEDs. The only unfortunate part is the majority of the LightDim stickers are on the small size, which I probably won’t find much use for. The ones that are of a decent size should prove to be extremely useful.
When peeling off the LightDims, I found it difficult to use my fingernail. If I did, I would end up damaging the sticker itself. The best solution that I found was to use the corner of the backer that they are stuck to. Should you decide to take the LightDims off of an LED, you’ll notice that they’ll crease quite easily, which kills the aesthetics of the sticker. Using the aforementioned technique with the backer will help you have the ability to reuse it, but it’s no guarantee.
I have a very annoying blue LED on my AT&T Uverse DVR. On some of my other Uverse boxes, I've just used electrical tape, or when I couldn't find that I used a permanent marker to dull out the light. LightDims provide the perfect solution to get rid of this irritant!
The below picture is what my DVR looks like prior to the LightDims being installed.
After I installed the Original Strength LightDim, I must say it helped greatly! Unfortunately this LED is in a row with a translucent cover over it, so it isn’t 100% perfect in covering just a single LED. In all honesty, this helps control the obnoxious intensity enough for me, as the green one to the left isn’t bright enough to need to cover.
Here’s one picture of the Silver Edition LightDim. My DVR is black all around, so this wouldn't match this box. It would definitely look better with my silver non-DVR.
I knew of a couple other LEDs that were ultra bright and gave LightDims a test. I have two ultra bright blue LEDs on the top of my Corsair Cosmos case that I originally covered with electrical tape. This computer used to sit in my bedroom, so they were awful to look at in the dark. I like seeing the HDD activity light, so these should come in handy.
I tried the couple variations of the LightDims to see which I liked better, and I probably like the Original Strength better. You can see how both sets did on the power and HDD activity LEDs below.
There was one last LED that is super bright in my computer room, and that's the power button to one of my workstations. I slapped a Original Strength LightDim on it, and it darkened it to a perfect level. In the picture below, you'll see no LightDim on the left, the Original Strength LightDim in the middle, and on the right is a picture of what it looks like on the button.
Overall, I must say the LightDims did very well. I'm quite pleased with how the Original Strength looks on my black surfaces, not to mention how nicely it dimmed the LED.
LightDims are definitely very handy to have around. They will cover up a very bright LED or display quite nicely.
LightDims do come in at a very reasonable price, $3.99 + $1.99 shipping on Newegg for a single sheet, or $12.99 + $1.99 shipping for all four versions. Not only are they reasonable in price, but they look great, too! It sure beats throwing a piece of electrical tape over the LED!
The only trouble that I had with LightDims was getting them off of the backer that they are stuck to. The easy solution was to use the corner of the backer and that pulled them right up. They are also pretty much a single use sticker, as they crease and crumple easily if you aren't careful.
Overall, I have to say, if you have annoyingly bright LEDs on your electronics or an extremely bright digital nightstand clock, for example, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend spending a couple bucks on LightDims to dim them down in style!
Legit Bottom Line: LightDims are an aesthetically pleasing product to dim those annoyingly bright LEDs or displays. Despite the troubles getting them off the backing, they do work extremely well!