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Klayking wrote:
Those glow gaskets are pretty great. Smile

Oups… I didn’t realize they’re $15 a pop! Almost half the FW3A price. Sad
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patmurris wrote:
Klayking wrote:
Those glow gaskets are pretty great. Smile

Oups… I didn’t realize they’re a pop! Almost half the FW3A price. Sad

Use HTPGLOW coupon code Smile

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patmurris wrote:
Klayking wrote:
Those glow gaskets are pretty great. Smile
Oups… I didn’t realize they’re $15 a pop! Almost half the FW3A price. Sad

Personally I think this light is worth more than we are paying for it, so I didn’t mind paying for the glow gasket. I generally view the value in something as how much enjoyment and use I will get out of it, not what I paid. So $15 didn’t seem much to make it more enjoyable and useful.

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But what about a sweet $600 skull clip. I’ll pay $700 if someone can put red trits in the eyes

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But what about a sweet $600 skull clip. I’ll pay $700 if someone can put red trits in the eyes
Facepalm LOL

I have seen people that go to extremes like that and more power to them if they can afford it. Although I’m not gonna lie, I would probably pay a decent bit to get a clip that would allow for deeper carry. In this case I think the gasket is fairly priced and adds a fair bit of functionality that is nice. Unlike my last light I would keep out at night I can find this one without making a loud thud when I knock it over trying to find it.

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I was part of the initial group buy and must have got super lucky with first run FW3A (technically second batch I guess as I got a manual). XPL-HI 3D, neutral, very slightly rosy, no green, perfect switch. Not everyone seems to have been as lucky and makes me worried for my next order when the funky colours come out.

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patmurris wrote:
Klayking wrote:
Those glow gaskets are pretty great. Smile

Oups… I didn’t realize they’re $15 a pop! Almost half the FW3A price. Sad

Pm CRX on this forum ,he makes them & sells them for about £5-£6.
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Nev wrote:
patmurris wrote:
Klayking wrote:
Those glow gaskets are pretty great. Smile

Oups… I didn’t realize they’re $15 a pop! Almost half the FW3A price. Sad

Pm CRX on this forum ,he makes them & sells them for about £5-£6.

+1 his gaskets are great and the teal ones have a pretty cool color shift effect as well
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After holding back, it is time to chime in about the 7A. I like warm tints, but this thing is totally ORANGE

Do you have other 3000K lights you’re comparing it to?

And is this when it’s fully dark? I’ve got a 3000K XM-L2 light that seems comparatively very orange if I’m using it around what is often called the “blue hour,” which occurs after sunset but before it is fully dark.

I don’t like such warm color temperatures for that kind of situation. On the other hand, indoors, where my last light exposure was likely a 2700-3000K bulb, or around a campfire after it’s totally dark, 3000K is great.

Great information! The 7A was much better last night just before moonrise and well after the blue hour. The closest light I have is a 4000K SST-20, which looks very white next to the 3000K. But 4000K looks warm next to the FW3A 3D, as you know. So the 7A will be the campfire light (along with the BLF LT1 lantern that is coming out soon). Thanks for helping.

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I received the two SST-20 with Carclo optics I ordered 6 weeks ago. Boy, is this thing small and light!

The next day I promptly dropped one on the floor (hardwood, with some plastic around, no metal), and that gouged a chip about 1mm square. The anodization doesn't seem very robust or hard. I guess I now have a beater I don't need to worry about babying...

 

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That doesn’t look the color of exposed aluminum. Maybe the wood finish transferred to the rough texture of the anodized aluminum? Does a scrubbing sponge diminish it?

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Joshk wrote:
That doesn’t look the color of exposed aluminum.

It does to me. It’s shiny aluminum.
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Maybe the wood finish transferred to the rough texture of the anodized aluminum? 

This spot is on the concave portion of the light. It was not made by dropping on a flat floor. It had to have landed on something that was raised.
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JasonWW wrote:
Joshk wrote:
That doesn’t look the color of exposed aluminum.
It does to me. It’s shiny aluminum.
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Maybe the wood finish transferred to the rough texture of the anodized aluminum? 
This spot is on the concave portion of the light. It was not made by dropping on a flat floor. It had to have landed on something that was raised.

Here’s what was on the floor (it fell from one of the perspex side tables).

It could have struck the steel bezel on the Q8. The lamp base is white plastic, so not to blame. The Q8 doesn’t have a scratch, so score one for the Q8, one down for the FW3A…

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Joshk wrote:
That doesn’t look the color of exposed aluminum. Maybe the wood finish transferred to the rough texture of the anodized aluminum? Does a scrubbing sponge diminish it?

I have to agree. I zoomed way in as I am on my phone and it does look strange.

Edit: I was going to post a zoomed in image, but it’s being stupid and comes up blank.

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Strange, I can’t see either of fazalmajid’s images. Sad
I know the problem is on my end because you all are referring to what you see. But I have no idea what the problem is…. Facepalm

Any ideas??

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Maybe an ad-blocker or some other privacy thing?
We’re not sure what system you are running.

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That is weird...

Usually when someone cannot see pics, I cannot either.

But I see fazalmajid’s images.  :X

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I’m on my phone but I never have a problem seeing pictures. It’s got me stumped…. Sad
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Edit to add…. I “never” have a problem unless some other people do also…. as RC mentioned below above.

I can’t even quote the post & see them.

Would some kind soul repost them so I can see if that makes a difference. Smile

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I have an adblocker, but I can see the images.

Stupid thing won’t post them for me. There is a pic posted there.

Here is the link.

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fazalmajid wrote:

I received the two SST-20 with Carclo optics I ordered 6 weeks ago. Boy, is this thing small and light!


The next day I promptly dropped one on the floor (hardwood, with some plastic around, no metal), and that gouged a chip about 1mm square. The anodization doesn’t seem very robust or hard. I guess I now have a beater I don’t need to worry about babying…


 


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Fazalmajid hope you don’t mind if I post a link for teacher.

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dragunbayne wrote:
I have an adblocker, but I can see the images.

Stupid thing won’t post them for me. There is a pic posted there.

Here is the link.

Yeah… I can’t see the one you posted either.
But…. I went to the link you posted and saw the pic posted below. Can you see it??
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Yes, I can. It just won’t post for me.

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Fazalmajid hope you don’t mind if I post a link for teacher.

Pics

Thank you dragunbayne, that did it!! Beer
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I bet it hit the Q8 or the edge of that lamp base.

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fazalmajid wrote:

Here’s what was on the floor (it fell from one of the perspex side tables).

It could have struck the steel bezel on the Q8. The lamp base is white plastic, so not to blame. The Q8 doesn’t have a scratch, so score one for the Q8, one down for the FW3A…



Yeah, I think the Q8 bezel took a tiny chunk of aluminum out of it. I don’t know if any anodized surface would have withstood that.
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Yes, I can. It just won’t post for me.
Hmmm… I don’t know enough technically to explain what is going on, but it has something to do with the picture code (or whatever it is called) it is posted with.

This is the picture code (or whatever it is called) you posted.

http://imgur.com/gallery/2iCQ3iW

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This is the picture code I posted.

https://i.imgur.com/FdoMZxV_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

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This “picture code” thing has something to do with why I can’t see what you or fazalmajid posted.

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Yeah, I think the Q8 bezel took a tiny chunk of aluminum out of it. I don’t know if any anodized surface would have withstood that.
Agreed, the stainless bezel of the Q8 is the most likely suspect. In fact it is really the only suspect really besides the edge of the lamp stand base.

But I’m bettin on the hard stainless Q8 bezel.

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I’d say the bright side is that the ano is adhered so well that it had to be scraped off from the looks of it. I’ve seen ano chip off in chunks when done poorly.

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That doesn’t look the color of exposed aluminum. Maybe the wood finish transferred to the rough texture of the anodized aluminum? Does a scrubbing sponge diminish it?

That’s just a reflection on the aluminum (probably the FW3A box). It’s hard to shoot something that reflective.

Here are some shots with a macro lens, varying the position of the light source.

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Yeah, I think the Q8 bezel took a tiny chunk of aluminum out of it. I don’t know if any anodized surface would have withstood that.
Agreed, the stainless bezel of the Q8 is the most likely suspect. In fact it is really the only suspect really besides the edge of the lamp stand base.

But I’m bettin on the hard stainless Q8 bezel.

The lamp is an IKEA “Not” uplighter. Given IKEA quality, I suspect dropping popcorn on the lamp would dent it Smile The lamp base is completely covered by the white plastic shield, there’s no way the FW3A would have banged against it.

Agreed about the Q8 bezel. I had forgotten about it when I first posted. I would think a type III hard anodized surface would have bounced without too much damage. I tested that theory with a $15 UltraFire WF-502B red LED light I have lying around. I dropped it on the Q8 bezel from slightly higher than the FW3A dropped, and neither light suffered any damage.

As for the people who are having problems loading the images, I apologize, they are hosted on my own site, which has ultra-paranoid HTTPS/TLS security settings, so if you have an older browser or operating system it may not be able to negotiate. The images are on: https://majid.info/images/blf/

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It was probably a matter of just the right angle.

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