on Mar 20, 2019:
You can also use ladies pantyhose. Cut a part of the foot off. Then slide that over the clock. It works perfectly. Too bright still ? Use the 2nd foot cut out and put that over as well for a double layer.
on Jan 28, 2018:
I appreciate the detailed guide. Unfortunately, the colored binder dividers did almost nothing to dull my display.
My issue was not a bright *backlight* like yours -- my display has no backlight. Instead, my issue is the brightness of the numerals themselves, which are super bright red LEDs.
Here's the solution that I ended up on:
- A cut-out of a manilla folder, taped onto the display with clear packing tape, followed by a strip of blue painter's tape (i.e., masking tape).
Finally, the display is not painfully bright! The only problem now is that the numbers are so blurry that I can barely make them out...
on Nov 22, 2017:
THANK YOU! It totally worked and didn't cost a thing as we had all needed at home already. Same thing happened with us; red LED from alarm clock was fine until clock broken and we couldn't find another with red numerals. We settled for a green LED but it was so bright, I couldn't sleep! Thank you again!
on Jul 27, 2016:
Huh. Clear, plastic binders... I was using cling wrap for my bright green LED (LCD?) clock, but it wasn't dimming the display enough for my licking. Looking at the photos… I think this might be what I was looking for. Thank you!
on Jun 26, 2016:
Had the same problem with the room being lit up. My timex had been red led so the change was brutal.
Made it work with a cut out piece of a plastic bag from Dodger stadium. Perfect dark blue tint, and best of all, free!
on May 13, 2016:
I see that this site is old...but I am now going to search my home for something like this plastic to fix that horribly bright glow. You are a genius.
on Mar 27, 2016:
I did exactly the same thing with my same iHome radio but I used car window darkening film. I went to a local window car place and asked for a small piece that I triple layered to make it almost unreadable in daylight but so subtle at night. Like a dim glow. Love it. Only now wish it would be brighter in the day, and power my newer iphone!
on May 27, 2015:
I have a "radio controlled thermo clock" that lights up only when you touch the front screen panel. So you can see the time at night by tapping it lightly. The rest of the time it cannot be seen (completely visible in day light or with the lights on). Best alarm clock ever!! There is no brand but I know it was bought at Selfridges in London.
on May 07, 2015:
Great idea, but blue is the wrong color for a night clock. The brain reacts to blue light by thinking it's daytine (blue skies!) and triggering wake hormones instead of sleep hormones. You don't sleep as well. Ideally, you want red lights at night, which the brain reacts to as evening (sunset), get ready to sleep.
on Nov 06, 2014:
dose any one know of a clock that remains dark to a touch or wave for a night table
on Oct 18, 2014:
I went to a window tinting shop and they gave me a strip of tinting. They throw out a lot of it when they trim windows. It took two layers to make my clock dim enough. I put the tinting on the face of the clock. It looks fine.
on Sep 09, 2014:
I just altered the circuit on mine to reduce the voltage applied to the LEDs; while still keeping the dimmer function intact. Set on low for night, which is barely visible, and high setting for daytime.
on Apr 25, 2014:
I know what you mean. The leds are way too bright. Bright LED Shades makes an adhesive plastic that covers over the led to cut way down on the glare. Nice and sleek. And it pulls off without any sticky residue. Just a thought.
on Apr 21, 2014:
Thank you!!! This has been driving me crazy for years and I usually just drape a tissue or 2 over it to block the light. Glad to know I'm not the only one that likes it completely dark at night.
on Aug 20, 2013:
I can toss the dark washcloth covering my clock and now my hubby can see the time without it shining like daytime!
Scott in Wisconsin
on Aug 03, 2012:
I tried using window tint. Don't buy it though, (seriously, you'll buy 12 yards for a small piece?) just find a place that does window tiniting and cut a piece out from the scraps they toss in their dumpster. FREE! But I am going to look into the plastic folder option for my new clock.
on May 25, 2012:
I have an extra eye sleep mask. I put that around the alarm clock. It blocks all the light. And really, I don't need to know what time it is until the alarm goes off!
on Feb 15, 2012:
I have had a travel clock for years that speaks the time when I press the top; I use this to get the time in the middle of the night if I need it. I've read, however, that our brain/body requires complete darkness to re-set and get genuine rest so I just cover my new bright alarm clock (that emits a very quiet foresty or beachy white noise for a pre-set time) with a dark blue fabric every night and I don't keep any other electronic gadget in the bedroom.
on Feb 13, 2012:
I had the same situation years ago... I didn't think of the plastic folder covers... great idea. What I used was colored cellophane (on a roll, for wrapping gift baskets, or floral bouquets, etc)... I folded it several times, and tested the thickness against the clock to see how thick to make it to dim the numbers enough. When it was thick enough, I cut it to fit, and used double stick tape to secure the layers together, then dub-stick tape to secure it to the clock window. It worked great for many years til I bought new clocks. I just wish I could come up with something for my Visio tv in the bedroom... it has bright Visio lettering that comes on in the middle of the screen when the tv is off. I can't cover it without interferring with the picture screen. grrr I'll never understand why some electronic manufacturers do this to their consumers. I love the tv... but wouldn't buy another one due to that one irritating feature!
on Feb 06, 2012:
Hi there. I'm posting to say, first of all thank you for the idea! I managed to calm my alarm clock but I made a slight change to make it even neater. Basically I took apart the alarm clock. On mine the display is mounted on a flat circuit board that's screwed into a plastic frame with a square hole in it for the display. I basically cut a dark blue copybook cover twice as large as the hole, folded it in half (to get double thickness, because it's a VERY bright alarm clock) and put it in the hole. Then I placed the display on top of the plastic, screwed it in and reassembled the alarm clock. So basically in front of the display I have the copybook cover, but it's all inside the clock - so the advantage of this method is that once assembled the clock actually looks no different than a regular alarm clock! And the only way to dislodge the plastic is to take apart the alarm clock again :) Thanks again for the tip.
on Feb 01, 2012:
I just put regular scotch tape over the face of my clock, and electric tape over the standby lights on all the electronics in my bedroom, including the face of the modem.
I just put regular scotch tape over my clock face. I also put electric tape over the standby lights on the electronics in my bedroom, including the face of the modem.
on Apr 15, 2011:
This is awesome! I was actually thinking of buying window tint, but I'm guessing it's a bit more pricey. I have had my old alarm clock for 18 years. It still works, but it was time for an update. I am doing this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!
on Feb 28, 2011:
I bought an iHome alarm clock and part of the brightness setting is a backlight off for complete darkness. No need to mod. If you do need to mod one however, it wouldn't be to hard to open up the alarm and add a potentiometer to adjust the voltage going to the brightness.
on Feb 24, 2011:
Oh, this is much nicer than the bit of black garbage bag plastic I taped to the front of mine. :D