Curse of the Blue LED

Well we have all seen them. That blue LED in the front of a piece of equipment glowing across the crowded floor. They outshine the worst of the “bling” in the room.  So what purpose does these LED’s perform? And why are they so bright? Well it seems that these rather annoying light sources are there to tell us one thing, and one thing only – and that is the power is on and your amp, self powered speaker etc is working. Well if noise is coming out of it, surely that means it is working so why put up a super bright blue LED that is almost blinding. Maybe it is a navigational tool to get you back to your equipment. Maybe the brighter it is the cheaper the equipment. But why on the front, why not a discreet LED on the back so that you no there is power present and maybe a LED to indicate overload. But it seems that manufacturers want everybody to notice them big black box with the blue LED on it. Some companies even put extra LEDs on the front to tell you id there is an audio source and when it is Clipping. This I thought was the function of your ears – unless they are meant to hold up a pair of “blingy” sunglasses. Maybe once they have been locked in a darkened room with  a whole slew of equipment with blue LEDs they may change their mind. 🙂

Blue LED

The Offender

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One thought on “Curse of the Blue LED

  1. I’m right there with you TheatreTechGeek. There’s nothing more distracting than a hundred little LEDs scattered across the rig like so much electric pixie dust. In this day and age, every piece of gear should be wirelessly linked to a network that has the ability to turn off the indicators once they have been acknowledged. Imagine there’s no lumens. It isn’t hard to do. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.

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