Late nights and LEDs

I’ve not been sleeping all that well lately. And let’s be honest, this probably has something to do with being in the middle of a term at Oxford University, with a lot on my mind and far too much to see to.


I’ve noticed recently that my room contains a surprising number of light sources, which I suspect can’t be helping me get to sleep. Reading from left to right, we have:

  • Light leaking under the door from the staircase (where the lights are apparently permanently on)
  • Blue power LED flashing on my laptop
  • Green power/charging LED on my other laptop
  • Huge red light on the multiplug under my desk
  • Flashing lights on my hub

I’ve therefore come up with a cunning plan:

  • Block the base of the door with an old pillow
  • Prop a book over the laptop light
  • Put the other laptop in a drawer
  • Tie an old sock round the multiplug
  • Shove the hub into a cardboard box with holes for the wires

Whether or not this helps remains to be seen. But here’s a plea to manufacturers: please think twice about the brightness and location of your LEDs, especially if there’s a chance someone will be trying to sleep in the same room as the device they’re on.

One thought on “Late nights and LEDs

  1. akenyon

    Can you not adjust the lights on your hub from the control panel? On mine you can set a timer, so mine go off at about 11pm and return at 8 i think, some even have switches just for the lights but mine doesn’t, although you can switch them off forever on the cp.


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