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Closed: The 4th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest - Winners announced!

The 4th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest

is Now Officially Open Closed

 

Hello everyone,  

The contest officially starts as of this posting and it runs (even longer than last year!): until October 31th at Midnight (UTC).

 

 

 

Here are the Contest Rules:

Common Rules for All Contestants:

  • You must make a build thread and you must be able to show clearly legible photos of the progress of the build
  • The better your thread, the better your chances, since we can only judge on what you show us in your thread
  • No outside services allowed => You cannot send your parts or light out for someone else to work on it, or to Anodize it or plate it (read: All work must be done by you!)
  • Must be made from scratch = Cannot use a pre-existing light
  • Must be a hand held and battery operated light (Read: Loosely classed as a flashlight. Lanterns and similar are ok. Loosely classified as battery: Also other portable energy sources are allowed)
  • Single or multiple emitter, driver and battery configurations are allowed
  • You may use some manufactured components such as; reflectors, P60 drop-ins, drivers, LEDs, “O”-Rings, switches or lenses
  • You may not use manufactured flashlight parts such as: a bezel, body, tail cap or head
  • You may enter with only one build, in only One Category: Machine Made OR Hand Made
  • If something is not mentioned in these rules, feel free to use your common sense, or think "What would Old-Lumens do?"

 

Hand Made Category:

  • All hand tools are acceptable, as well as these power tools: 
    • Soldering gun/station
    • Electric Drill / Drill Press
    • Dremel style Rotary tool
    • Cutoff Saw including Band Saw and Table Saw
    • Disc or Belt sander
  • No other power tools, for example:
    • Lathes
    • End Mills
    • or automated machines

 

Machine Made Category:

  • Can be made using machines such as a Lathe or End Mill, or what I would consider machines found in a machine shop, or any other tools listed in the hand made category

 

A panel of judges composed of current members of BLF, from all walks of life and from different countries, will judge the winners of the competition. I will be one of the judges as well.

 

What do we judge the contestants on?

  • Uniqueness/Innovativeness of the build: Is it a one of a kind? Different? Using New methods?
  • Skill level of the finished build: Does it look like a hack job? Or were the finished parts/assemblies done with skill and care?
  • Thoroughness of the build thread: Did the builder do a good job of showing and explaining to the forum, how he did the steps in the build?
  • Documenting also the failures & obstacles: How did the builder solve the inevitable problems? Documenting the obstacles and using the power of the BLF community to solve them is seen as a big plus!
  • *NEW* Possible new driver design or custom firmware is seen as a plus (especially when shared and open source in a true BLF spirit)
  • Following the guidelines: Did the builder follow the rules and guidelines written in the contest thread?

 

Contestants: Please remember to PM me with a link to your Build Thread.

POST your Build Threads HERE in the "Giveaways and Contests" category PLEASE  

I will keep all of the links in Post #2, so people can easily find all the builds.

Thank you.

 

 

PRIZES:

Prizes will include the following, in no particular order (+ hopefully some more - still seeking for good sponsors - PM me if you want to donate, thanks!)
- BTU PK26 CREE XHP35 20W MINI Pocket Rocket (provided by CNQG)
- Free light(s) worth $100 from this category (provided by Gearbest)
- Free light(s) worth $50 from this category (provided by Gearbest)
- Gift certificate worth $50 to Mountain Electronics LLC (provided by RMM)
- Gift certificate worth $25 to Mountain Electronics LLC (provided by RMM)
- Winner's choice of any XP-G2/XP-G3/Nichia/XM-L2/XP-L/XP-E2 LED either mounted or bare from Mountain Electronics LLC (provided by RMM)
- Spark SD73 (provided by HKE)
- Xeno S3A (provided by HKE)
- BLF X6 SS (provided by Banggood)
- BLF X5 copper (provided by Banggood)
- Astrolux S41 (provided by Banggood)
- Beautiful copper s2+ triple pills with retaining ring driver retention (3pcs, provided by Hoop)
- Acebeam H10 (provided by hc-lights.fi)

I'd like to thank the sponsors for their generosity, and would like to see all BLFers supporting their business: Please look to them when purchasing quality lights and accessories.

 

Prizes will be distributed by the same method than last year: Winner of the Hand Made category will select the one he wants, winner of the Machine made category will pick next, followed by the 2nd place in Hand Made, etc. (continued as long as there are any prizes left)

 

Let the modding begin and remember to have fun! Smile

 

Edit: Winners announced, People's Choice voting active. See here:

The final results thread: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50857
People’s Choice Award: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50856

 

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You have certainly been busy behind the scenes the. Its good to see the diverse range of shops getting behind the comp with their rewards to the entrants.
All the best to all the combatants, I’d hate to be a judge going on past years.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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Looking forward to seeing what everyone builds this year! Thumbs Up

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Great! Party

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The Orca Torch brand would look great in the OP hint hint. Wink

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Tentatively in, machine category. Been thinking about something and might as well do it here, right? Wink

Which something to be determined…

Edit: DB Custom’s 4th Annual Old-Lumens Scratch Build aka: DBC-04 This is in the Machine Category, but will also involve a good bit of hand work unless I miss my guess…

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I’m leaning towards a hand made something the other. Missed out on last years, don’t plan on missing out this year!

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I’ll enter the hand made category

Thread made – http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47975

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It just dawned on me that this is the 4th annual and will be my 4th build. Smile Epic! lol

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Nice!

Oxygen tank, 10000 lumens on low, 15xLED, just a few highly interesting things that now have been shown. Oh boy!

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Here’s the link to my contest build thread.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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My build thread is (will be) here. I’m entering for the HandMade category.

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I am so glad to see the contest take shapelaughing and I hope there will be many more members that try to make something this year.

There is no pass or fail here.

Each idea is unique and each person has different methods of working with the materials they have on hand.

 

I cannot tell you how many times I learn new ideas here and this is what it's all about. It's not the competition. It's not the prizes. It's all about the individual's learning curve and the development and thought processes that go into making something from scratch. It's about the path you take and what you learn and share, not the prize at the end. The prize should be the fulfillment of making something by hand that you thought you might not really be able to do and proving it to yourself that you can, or learning your missed steps even f you can't. 

 

 

I wish all of you good luck and good fortune with your builds and I will be watching here, in spirit, as you make them the one of a kind masterpieces that you will create.

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My build thread in the machine made category is here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48013#comment-975573
Good luck to all contestants!

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Old-Lumens wrote:
There is no pass or fail here.

The only way to fail is to not enter this challenge. Yes I have failed before Tired but no longer! I AM A WINNER!! Crown LOL
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Hi folks, I would like to join the contest, but it will be a month or more before I can devote any time to the project (which may take many months to complete!) Should I start a thread now, or wait until I can actually start the project?

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Just start a thread now and add to it when you can.

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Thread for unknown project will be created shortly!

Cheers CRX

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Pages can get real slow to load when they get pic heavy. It might be a good idea to spread sections of the build thread to posts on later pages and just link them in the op to relieve this.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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I resize all my pictures before uploading to PhotoBucket to stop the slow page opening happening.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Old-Lumens wrote:

I am so glad to see the contest take shapelaughing and I hope there will be many more members that try to make something this year.


There is no pass or fail here.


Each idea is unique and each person has different methods of working with the materials they have on hand.


 


I cannot tell you how many times I learn new ideas here and this is what it’s all about. It’s not the competition. It’s not the prizes. It’s all about the individual’s learning curve and the development and thought processes that go into making something from scratch. It’s about the path you take and what you learn and share, not the prize at the end. The prize should be the fulfillment of making something by hand that you thought you might not really be able to do and proving it to yourself that you can, or learning your missed steps even f you can’t. 


 


 


I wish all of you good luck and good fortune with your builds and I will be watching here, in spirit, as you make them the one of a kind masterpieces that you will create.

Well said! Though the idea of a prize is nice, more significant to me is pushing past perceived limitations to achieve something no one thought of or thought possible.

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ok I will give it a try in the machine, made category.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48053#comment-976234

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I’m in- handmade category. Cool

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I am in for the handmade category. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48116

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Solar wrote:
I’m in- handmade category. Cool

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48114

Wink

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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Here’s my hand made build thread… http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48238

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again there is not enough time right now but at the end of september “фењерче” will be on the machine (“сијалица” will have to wait for next year) stay tuned…

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Your build last year was amazing, so I am looking forwards to you joining in.

Another question regarding the contest. Somehow always the same people reply to the build threads. Those people also happen to be the contestants Big Smile Does the rest of the forum actually know that there is a contest? Maybe if there’d be another sticky in the modding area that would motivate some more people to join in. And the more people there are making lights the more fun it is, isn’t it? Beer

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