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Thanks, the reason to keep the thin layer over the LED is strictly aesthetic. I like the way it looks. Also, the brightness is configured in the web interface and all the photos and videos shared here are at the very lowest setting. It is very bright. Also, it looks cool when the LED is shut off -- has a clean slate futuristic look to it.