4th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest - Final results!

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4th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest - Final results!

4th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest - Final results!

Judges have been working very hard and the results are finally in.

People's Choice Award voting has started. Please show your appreciation and vote here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50856

Again, the competition was very tight and all finished lights were simply awesome! This made judging very difficult, and we had to make tough decisions when arranging the contestants to correct order.

While judging we not only concentrated on what we think was the best light in the competition, but went through all the build threads and systematically gave points based on the following criteria:

  • 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?
 
As I said, all finished lights were great, so the small details like thoroughness of the build thread and documenting the obstacles were important factors when defining the final order. For example, the winner in the machine made category had less than one point difference to 2nd one! (max total score was 100pts)

Before going to the results, I'd like to thank once more all competitors for their hard work building the lights and documenting their builds for us readers to admire and learn from. Thank You very much! Smile

 

..and then to results, with selected comments from judges.

Hand made:

  1. CRX: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47983
    • "Mind bogglingly incredible."
    • "What a neat set of beautiful classy gadgets."
    • "I'm speechless. Each little component of the whole is a work of art. Stunning!"
    • "The documentation, labor, and attention to detail is amazing."
  2. Rufusbduck: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47990
    • "What a beauty. Superb craftmanship."
    • "Beautiful work and craftsmanship"
  3. MtnDon: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48238
    • "Very unique!"
    • "Wood in 3 colors, a bunch of glass, phosphor dome. Spectacular mix of parts to get to a really unique build."
    • "Super cool idea and unique", 
  4. alpg88: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/49551
    • "Wow. High-tech build."
    • "Original and complex"
  5. DavidEF: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48005
    • "Impressive custom board!"
    • "An interesting light and own CB designs!"

 

Machine made:

  1. MRsDNF: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48000
    • "Never fails to impress. What a master!"
    • "Such elegance, style and craftsmanship!"
    • "Good Lord! Simply stunning fit and finish. Looks like steampunk magic!"
    • "Stunning looking light!"
  2. fritz15: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48013
    • "Beauty! Looks like a winner."
    • "the thread, build, steps were all of high quality."
    • "Not innovative but absolutely stunning build quality from Fritz as usual."
    • "Looks nice. Does it work? I didn't see any beamshots or talk about the modes."
  3. lostheplot: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48053
    • "Unique design, nice knurling and heat fins."
    • "What a beauty!"
    • "Cool light! A bit rough finish."
    • "Another amazing looking light!"
  4. vestureofblood: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50246
    • "Another looker! Just lost points on the thread/documentation."
    • "Lovely result! But the fast building of it meant less fun watching it come together."
    • "Beautiful light. Didn't see much about the driver."

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..and, well, of course, the prizes..

 

Available prizes:
- 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)
- Beautiful copper s2+ triple pills with retaining ring driver retention (3pcs, provided by Hoop)

 

Selected prizes:

  1. CRX: - Free light(s) worth $100 from this category (provided by Gearbest)
  2. MRsDNF: - Free light(s) worth $50 from this category (provided by Gearbest)
  3. Rufusbduck: - Gift certificate worth $50 to Mountain Electronics LLC (provided by RMM)
  4. fritz15: - Astrolux S41 (provided by Banggood)
  5. MtnDon: - BLF X6 SS (provided by Banggood)
  6. lostheplot:- BLF X5 copper (provided by Banggood)
  7. alpg88: - Xeno S3A (provided by HKE)
  8. vestureofblood: - BTU PK26 CREE XHP35 20W MINI Pocket Rocket (provided by CNQG)
  9. DavidEF: - Gift certificate worth $25 to Mountain Electronics LLC (provided by RMM)

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Congratulations to the winners!

Now it’s time to select your prizes, in the order shown in post #2..

So, CRX: Which one would you like to have? Feel free to choose.

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Thank every one of you, from the contestants, to _the_ and the judges, to our admin, to all of the BLF members! It was a really great contest once again and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the builds.

 

Justin

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congrats to the winners participants!

you all did a great job! - thanks for sharing your work Beer

find all available items in this list

i launched my new blog - all deals for members without MAP B$ Wink

find a short description about my idea here

 

if you want to buy a flashlight or battery for a better price: just send a mail - i will try to save you money!

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Congrats everybody!
What a cool and impressive builds!!!
In reality whole BLF is winning here, getting to see all those builds take shape!

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Congratulations Stevi and Steve, well deserved. Crown

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

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Wow! What a great result to wake up to first thing on my day off Smile

Thank you to the judges, sponsors, viewers, organisers, sb, Old Lumens and my fellow participants – the BLF community as a whole. Thumbs Up

It has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful learning experience this past four years since I found you.

Well done everyone.

the wrote:
Congratulations to the winners!

Now it’s time to select your prizes, in the order shown in post #2..

So, CRX: Which one would you like to have? Feel free to choose.

Well, i’ve had my eye on some lights that i would like from Gearbest so i would like to choose the Free light(s) worth $100 from this category (provided by Gearbest)

Thanks,

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Well done builders !
Congratulations winners !
And thanks for the entertaining build threads..

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Thanks for the time and effort put in by all the judges. I did not envy your jobs at all. Smile
To all the sponsors, thanks. Thumbs Up
Congratulations all and thanks. We are all winners here just watching and learning from the creativity put in by all the entrants regardless of the class entered. Love
The post above by Justin, the grand master himself just makes it all worthwhile. Silly
I will take up the kind offer from Gearbest of $50.00 to help cover the costs of a charger I’ve had my eye on since I read HKJ and Buddas review. The GYRFALCON All – 88.

My current and or voltage measurements are only relevent to anything that I measure.

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

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Alright! Thanks to Justin for creating such an exciting event! Thanks to _the _ for organizing it this year. Thanks to all the judges for your time and skill in selecting the winning order. I know it was tough! Thanks to the sponsors, of course. And, thanks to the talented builders for making it so fun to watch!

I’m glad I was able to try my hand at it this year. It was fun! Since the judging is finished now, I’ll go back some time and add all those pictures that I didn’t get uploaded in time, so at least they’ll be there for posterity. I’m really looking forward to next year’s contest now!

Oh, almost forgot, I want to thank fritz specifically for encouraging me to make my own driver. I had no intention of doing it. But, it was fun, and I learned a tremendous amount from it. I couldn’t have done it though, without the help from RBD and PD68, so thanks especially to you guys as well! Your expertise was invaluable and your help made my light possible.

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Great job by everyone. Congratulations to the winners.

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Awesome job everybody, congratulations!! I never cease to be amazed by the collective amount of talent, craftsmanship and just plain creativity that we have on this forum. Many thanks to all the participants (even you didn’t finish, use it for next year!), to the amiable _the_ for the countless hours he put into organizing this, to our sponsors for the generous prizes, to the judges for the long hours they spent poring over the builds, and to all of our members that cheered on the participants during the build process.

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Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all who dared entering the contest, finishing it in time or not. It was a joy to read the build threads again. The contest has become a great tradition.

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Thanks to all the builders for all your awesome lights. Congrats to the winners and special thanks to all the sponsors and judges!

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I don’t think I could be a judge. They were all awesome. Thanks for sharing the journey !

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Congratulations to the winners and all other participants! Thanks to everyone who made this awesome event possible. Also thanks to the sponsors, I will certainly keep all of you in mind when I make future purchases. It was great being part of this and learning by doing as well as watching and getting inspired!

Quote:
“Looks nice. Does it work? I didn’t see any beamshots or talk about the modes.”

I apologise, that is a valid point. Admittedly, I got a little bit more sloppy towards the end due to time shortage. I certainly owe all of you another update with some detailed pictures.
For now here is a sloppy picture of the low mode:

And one with maximal output:

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CRX wrote:

Well, i’ve had my eye on some lights that i would like from Gearbest so i would like to choose the Free light(s) worth $100 from this category (provided by Gearbest)

Noted.
MRsDNF wrote:
I will take up the kind offer from Gearbest of $50.00

Noted.

Rufusbduck: You are next. Which prize would you like to pick?

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I’ll take the $50 MtnE gift certificate. Thanks

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Congrats to everyone involved; the participants, & those behind the scenes. BeerBeer

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Rufusbduck wrote:
I’ll take the $50 MtnE gift certificate. Thanks

It’s yours!

fritz15: You are next. Which one of the remaining prizes would you like to have?

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Great job dudes!

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Congrats to everyone, some fantastic work there! it must have been very hard to choose the winners.
Well done, you should be very proud of yourselves!

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This was fantastic to follow. Congrats to all participants.

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Excellent Work All!!

Congratulations to the winners.

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I’ll take the Astrolux S41. Thanks again to everyone for making this event possible!

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BLF X6 SS, thank you sponsors & judges

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fritz15 wrote:
I’ll take the Astrolux S41. Thanks again to everyone for making this event possible!
MtnDon wrote:
BLF X6 SS, thank you sponsors & judges

Noted.

lostheplot: You are next! Which one would you like to have?

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Congrats to the winners! They most certainely deserve them with their fantastic DIYs, as also everybody who’s making/moding something with his own hands and mind, winning or not in a GAW “contest” like this! Thumbs Up

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