My first mods! An experience, for sure!

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To be safe, I would clean-up the compound around exposed wires and LED contact points. Since the compound says it has metal oxides, I would be concerned of possible current between the wires and the pill. But that’s just my opinion and perhaps others will say that it shouldn’t be an issue.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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I hope you’re not a painter LOL
It’s not too bad, cottonbuds could clean it up a bit, taking care not to slip and get it on the emitter. Get some artic silver5 when you can, much better stuff.
Did you press the MCPCB down, I usually press it down with long nose pliars while twisting back n forth just a bit to seat it down, again taking care with the emitter and not guillotine the wires.

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Eheh, no sir, I’m not a painter Big Smile

Thank you both! I guess I’ll try to clean that then! Although this was an “experience” I rather not to go through some risks, namely damaging the light’s components!
Yeah, having some conductive properties it’s better not to risk…
I had some struggle soldering this one (due to the shape of the pill) and I guess I did the process in the wrong way.
I soldered before applying the paste. So after that it was a bit difficult to seat it down, even pushing the plate against the pill!
Next time I’ll do better Thumbs Up

And I’ll get the arctic silver5! I searched a bit and I think I got a store nearby that sells it Smile I guess I’m discovering a new world of stores Big Smile
I have some more things (drivers, leds, lights) arriving, so I’ll try a new approach with those! Trying not to be so messy is my new goal Wink

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Yeah every build you learn something, try something new.
I’ve had some failures too, I just don’t post about them… Innocent

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Yup, that’s true! And following that thought, I have a loooot to learn to get to do some “decent” mods! No, not like your mods and creations, those are superb!! Crown
Maybe someday we can create a thread about “modding failures”, documenting what went wrong so that BLFrs can – at least – laugh before doing the same Evil
Mine would be about “excessively thermal pasting” Big Smile

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There is a thread about that.
Bear in mind I’ve had 25 years experience hand fabricating stuff being a spark and it took about 3 years collecting lights before I started making some from scratch.
There are also some interesting threads debating thermal paste that you might find useful Wink

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CRX wrote:
There is a thread about that. Bear in mind I’ve had 25 years experience hand fabricating stuff being a spark and it took about 3 years collecting lights before I started making some from scratch. There are also some interesting threads debating thermal paste that you might find useful Wink

Well, I didn’t know about that thread, but even if excessive pasting may not be “breaking” issue, it is still an issue Big Smile
Wow, I didn’t know that Shocked
Still, I guess that experience is a part , but your creativity and good taste for this are what complete the ability to make the lights you do!!! Your work is inspiring, that’s a fact!
So thanks for your inputs on these issues and your help too!
Maybe in some days I can ask you how to build a “simple” side switch ! I wanna try something different in a next time Wink
Thanks again!! Thumbs Up

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