Backlit Dimmer- Can I Remove Backlight?

alwaysfixinJuly 14, 2010

We want the Lutron Diva dimmers for our kitchen. We will need 5 of them, which includes dimmers for our undercabinet lights. But we don't like that the Diva dimmers only come with a "locator light" which means the dimmer is backlit when it is off. Can we just simply remove the small neon bulb in the dimmer? It seems like we could, but I called Lutron and they said that it would violate the warranty. If we are willing to forego the warranty, can we remove the backlight bulb without affecting the performance of the dimmer? Thanks for your advice on this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lutron Diva Dimmers

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That sounds like a question for Lutron to answer. But why do you feel it is necessary to do this? I have several switches like this that I intentionally installed and they are helpful in the dark and don't give off enough light to be least to me.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 3:55AM
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Dimmers are usually riveted together and cannot be disassembled without damaging them.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 8:46AM
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Thanks for your responses. We are re-doing the kitchen, and looking for a clean modern look. The neon-bulb-backlit dimmers to me are better for bathrooms or hallways, when the lights might be out, and you need to see easily where the switches are. In a ktichen, I feel they look kinda motel-ish to me. Just MHO.

We are considering changing to Leviton IllumaTech dimmers. They too have a "locator light", but rather than having the entire thing backlit, it's a small LED, and seems pretty subtle. But unlike the Diva dimmers, which we've seen everywhere, we have not seen the IllumaTech in real life, only the internet. Does anyone have any opinions of them? Thanks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leviton IllumaTech Dimmer

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 11:53AM
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I cannot comment on the other dimmers.

What about just a small piece of black tape over the neon light? or paint it black?


    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 9:24PM
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Thank you all for your advice. Just to follow up, we ended up with the Leviton IllumaTech dimmer I linked to in my post above. And to our surprise, we like it better than the Lutron Diva. Of course, we like that the Leviton doesn't have the big backlight, just a small LED that will make it easy to find in the dark. It also is more modern looking than the paddle on the Lutron. The dimmer slide has a nicer "feel" to it on the Leviton too. Plus, we needed matching 15A Decora receptacles. Both the matching Lutron receptacle and the Leviton receptacle are on the shelf at Home Depot. Seeing them side by side, the Leviton (#16252) looked better made.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 11:14PM
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"I cannot comment on the other dimmers.

What about just a small piece of black tape over the neon light? or paint it black?"

The light source is usually behind the Decora paddle and makes the whole paddle 'glow.'

LEDs are not as large a light source (think point source on a semiconductor chip in the micro-meter size range) so a small hole is often used to allow their light to pass through the front of the switch.

The epoxy enclosure on the LED is often frosted to make the illumination area larger.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 9:50AM
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I was just faced with the same distaste of the locator light after buying a couple Lutron Diva DV-603P's. The bulb is really easy to access by popping off the plastic part of the switch. Seems easy enough to clip it off, but you can also just wrap it with electrical tape without doing any permanent damage. No tools required. Too easy!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 2:50PM
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