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The radio display light is too bright - can it be dimmed?

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I searched and searched but I could not find anything about adjusting the light on the radio using any of the controls on the radio.

I have an idea though. Why not try placing a cut out piece of window tint over it? It's available in all sorts of darkness. Just play around with it until you find the right darkness or try overlapping 2 or 3 pieces. (Tail light repair tape also comes to mind if you don't mind a red glow, might even look cooler that way. hehe)


Another idea is to try using a piece of tinted plastic that they use to cover headlights.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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I opened the control panel and painted slightly the LED's with a permanent marker. That solved the problem for me.

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