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The buttons on my new Flexsteel couch's cupholder (OPEN, CLOSE, LIGHT) glow all the time. They're like lasers in my bat-cave. I'd like to turn them off forever.

Has anyone done this? I'm having trouble getting at any of the plugs because Flexsteel has glued or stapled everything out of my reach. I can reach the wires themselves, but I don't want to mistakenly snip the ones that operate the recline mechanism. I just want to darken the buttons.

Pic of the cup holder is attached--same one used by Palliser. If you've performed this operation, please advise me. Thanks.

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check out http://www.lightdims.com/ Yes, the sight is over done and flashy considering how simplistic the product is.
Rather affordable and work very well. Only complaint I have is you get way more than you will ever use, at least in my world. They will fix your issue.
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Thanks, I didn't know about those. I'll probably buy them for some of my other electronics.

For the chair, though, I want to kill the lights totally and forever. And I don't want to cover up the OPEN/CLOSE labels on the buttons. So I guess I'll just keep digging....
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As an old auto mechanic speaking, it looks to me like those cup holders drop in to the arm at the end of assembly. I could be wrong, but If it were mine, and there were no access from under it, I would attempt to pop out the cup holder.
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Count me as another vote for LightDims.com. You can get versions that dim the LED (i.e.: you can still tell if it's lit or not and the color if that matters) and versions that completely black them out. They come in silver and black finishes. I've used them on the vast majority of the LEDs around my house. And since it's just a sticker, there's no chance of permanent damage or anything.

You could use an X-acto knife and ruler and cut out a "hollow" rectangle sticker to cover the blue, but leave the labels clear. Just a thought

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Thanks for the suggestions--I'm buying some of those stickers for other things, but the way these particular buttons are set up don't really lend themselves to stickers.

So I dug down to the circuit board and plucked off the LEDs. It was a little brutal, but the end result was exactly what I wanted. Here's a quick step-by-step in case anyone finds this thread in the future:

1) Unplug couch!

2) Pull off rubber pad at bottom of cup-holder. Should come up easily.

3) Unscrew the four screws at the bottom that hold cup-holder in place. They're firmly drilled right into the wood, so use your DeWalt.

4) Pull the cup-holder out of the couch and flip it over.

5) Using a tiny phillips screwdriver, remove the 7 screws (3 in the silver part, 4 in the black part) under the rim of the cup-holder.

6) Pull off the black plastic piece that covers the backside of the buttons.

7) Remove the circuit board.

8) Using small needle-nose pliers, carefully pluck the three offensive LEDs off the circuit board. (Alternately, use a soldering gun to remove the LEDs the "right" way. I was too lazy to do this.)

9) Put it all back together.

The buttons still work great, and the "LIGHT" button still turns on the big cup-holder light if you happen to want a light. Otherwise the whole thing is pitch black all the time.

I know nothing about circuit boards, so maybe there's some reason this method is a terrible idea. My results were great though. I've included a picture of the circuit board after I pulled off one of the three lights so you can see what the lights look like.

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I know nothing about circuit boards, so maybe there's some reason this method is a terrible idea. My results were great though. I've included a picture of the circuit board after I pulled off one of the three lights so you can see what the lights look like.



Seem like a strip of black electrical tape over the LED and board would have been a reversible solution with the same outcome.
No issue is what you did, just hard to make them work again if you ever want to sell the chairs.
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Seem like a strip of black electrical tape over the LED and board would have been a reversible solution with the same outcome.

That was the first thing I tried. The problem with electrical tape is that the lights are set right in the middle of the contacts for the buttons. While I know nothing about circuit boards, it was clear that the buttons touched those things that look like interlocking-combs on either side of each light, which made the chair recline. Taping over the board disabled the buttons.

I could have cut a piece of electrical tape so tiny that it only covered each light (1 or 2mm--they're the smallest lights I've ever seen) but getting something that small to stay in place and not leak light out the sides seemed impossible. I thought about putting a tiny drop of black paint on each light. That might have worked, but it's no more reversible than plucking them off.

Anyway, my method worked, resulting in our first annoyance-free movie last night in our new bat-cave. Nice JVC projector blasting pseudo-4K images onto a 100" screen--it's heaven.
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