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I'm after ideas of what to use to cover unwanted motherboard lights graphics card lights and so on (ones that can't be unplugged). At the moment I'm using blu-tak because the ingredient that gives it it's viscosity is mineral oil, which is non conductive, just in case. any ideas on what i can change to because I'm still a bit weary.
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I'm after ideas of what to use to cover unwanted motherboard lights graphics card lights and so on (ones that can't be unplugged). At the moment I'm using blu-tak because the ingredient that gives it it's viscosity is mineral oil, which is non conductive, just in case. any ideas on what i can change to because I'm still a bit weary.

Bluetak should be fine if it uses mineral oil, seeing as Mineral Oil Submerged PC's work in that case Blutak should too.
Certain motherboards have covers that only expose the inputs and cover most of the little chips and lights and stuff, you've probably seen them before.

   
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For lights on the outside of objects, like routers, modems, cable boxes, ect that never go of I have always used black electrical tape to cover them. That would be an option as long as it doesn't cover any vents. Low power LEDs can get warm, but not hot so I wouldn't worry about that.

You could simply paint over the "bulb" of the LED if it is exposed. Pretty much any kind of paint would work, except the colors that are made from metallic elements which can be conductive (mostly paints that mimic metals).

Are you trying to make it look pretty or just trying to cut down on the light bleed? I can't imagine that globs of blu tak look very good, plus I would worry about it sliding off and falling into a fan or something. Careful painting sounds like it might be your best solution. A small hobby brush and a .25 oz bottle of matte black paint would cost literally $2. If you can be without your pc for like a day while it dries it would be a good solution.

Pics might help, I'm suggesting that you actually paint the LED itself not a portion of the mobo, I wouldn't paint on a circuit board or wad of blu tac on a circuit board for that matter. Just because something is non conductive doesn't mean it's meant to be put in your PC case, you could bury your motherboard in sawdust, that's not conductive.
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I don't really want to paint the lights on my graphics card in case I sell it eventually (it's an asus gtx 780 direct cu 2) I might have to try some black electrical tape. I have all the blue lights in the case run of a switch so they can be turned of if I'm gaming in the dark or watching a movie, but I can't turn of the lights circled in the picture.

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silicone maybe? it can be peeled off when its cured and it doesnt conduct electricity.
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I've used a small piece of black electrical tape for a bright blue light on my MSI board (lights up for HDD activity, can't be turned off). It's been there for two or three months now with no problems.
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post #7 of 7
You can use anything you want that will cover them up- I recommend electrical tape, though it may not look the best.

The tops of LEDs are all plastic, anyway, so it doesn't matter if what you use is conductive or not. The only issue you could have with something conductive is if it where to fall off and then onto something exposed.
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