Help Physical Keypad Light

I just got a factory refurbished G1 off of ebay. It looks brand new so I have no question that it was in fact a refurbished phone.

Problem is the physical keypad light seems very dim. It is the white version with the silver keypad. My old G1 was black and didnt have a problem with the keypad backlight. Could it be the color of the keypad that makes the problem or are my lights just lame? Is there a way to make them brighter or just stay off all together?