Back in Black - SST-90 4D Maglite "Shower Head" Aspheric build.

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never mind the amazing searchlight beam that will scare doggers for miles around, I’m just trying to figure out what’s reflected in that aspheric. Looks like a clock next to a balloon on the ceiling. I’m very intrigued!

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never mind the amazing searchlight beam that will scare doggers for miles around, I'm just trying to figure out what's reflected in that aspheric. Looks like a clock next to a balloon on the ceiling. I'm very intrigued!
It's a clock and a magnifying lamp with a plastic bag over it. On the bottom is a fan grille.

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thanks! I can stop thinking about that now Smile

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Great mod Old-Lumens! Seems like a really bright light and probably throws like no one’s business.

Do you think rechargeable D cells would work well for the light?

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Great mod Old-Lumens! Seems like a really bright light and probably throws like no one's business. Do you think rechargeable D cells would work well for the light?
Probably would work fine. 4 of them might be too much, but 3 and a dummy cell would be a start, then add the fourth if needed. 

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Wow…we’re not worthy! Great stuff, as usual.

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I am amazed at this light. I really don't have much interest in throwers, but I have to say, this is something else. Only photos do this thing justice, so on with the final beam shots.

fbo

Google maps tells me this is about 181 Yards. Here are the Before and After shots with Mouseover.

 

fbo1 

 

 

 

trees

These are some larger trees a little farther out than the last shot.

Google tells me this is approximately 349 Yards.

 trees1

 

 

fb

 Google tells me this Food Bank is 290 Yards away.

fb1

 

 

 

tjc

Google tells me the TJC West Campus is 664 Yards away. It's the farthest building in the set.

tjc1

 

 

 

tl

Google tells me this traffic light and the signs across the street are about 844 Yards away.

tl1

 

 

 

The last one! You Ready?

towers

Google tells me that I am 1.37625 MILES from the Towers here. How many yards is that? Who cares!

towers1

 

I think that is good enough. I hope Y'all enjoyed it. I did!

 

It will be up for sale soon!

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Nice work! Now I really want the light but I am doubtful I will be able to afford it. :'(

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That thing is just crazy. YOUR’E crazy, OL. Silly

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Looks pretty bad to me.

And you guys know that I mean when I say bad. Bad as in bad to the bone.

I’m impressed on such a fast 1 sec shutter.

See if you can up the shutter to 1.5” which is 1.4 sec shutter at least on my camera. That will probably be more what you really will see in real life which will only be brighter yet.

Great job on all the photos.

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Ya, it's bad. I have never owned or made a light that would reach over a mile. The most impressive thing to me is the fact that I was in the city of Tyler, on a Saturday night.

It was cloudy and very damp. I think that's why you see all that haze in the shot at over a mile. Also, these buildings are already lit up. There's building lights, parking area lights and street lights in this area, so it's not dark.

I would love to see this thing somewhere out in the open on a clear night with low humidity and some open targets. I bet it would reach out much farther.

 

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I like the paracord wrap .

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Everytime I see this post I am amazed. This light will probably sell quickly. Big Smile

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I would love to see this thing somewhere out in the open on a clear night with low humidity and some open targets. I bet it would reach out much farther.

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Yippee ki-yay!! That is totally amazing! I totally understand why you'd love to see this bad boy stretch it's legs out in the open country on a moonless night with low humidity and no wind. You'd hit 2 miles is my guess. 

That last pic with the tower is mind blowing bright. I loooove it! Now we just have to get you a 10" aspheric lens, one of those 15000 lumens bridgelux arrays Texaspyro talks about, the fan from one of those swamp boats and a 3 kW generator set and about 5 pounds of aluminium heat sink. Then let you have at it! 

Seriously though that is a awesome build you've completed. Thank you for sharing this. It is really food for thought!

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Impresive Old-Lumens. Do you need bail money sent.Wink

 

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Freakin awesome.. OL you rock.. srsly.

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Impresive Old-Lumens. Do you need bail money sent.Wink

Nope, but I waited till I saw no helicopters in sight, before I lit up that thing. Don't want some officer with a real serious spotlight lighting up my world.

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I would love to buy a real micro soldering gun or station, but the good ones, with the really thin tips, are way too much money. I usually file my tips to a finer point, even though it ends up ruining the tip much quicker, but I can't solder that stuff with a regular tip. I know one thing, you want a good, hot iron. At least 40 watt or more. It is so much easier to just hit the spot for a second, rather than to have to hold in place, waiting for things to get hot. I never knew that, till I read it from another member. It works!

I forgot to ask.. could you show an example of a station like that? Sounds great, compared to my.. no nice words to describe it. Big Smile

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Old-Lumens wrote:
I would love to buy a real micro soldering gun or station, but the good ones, with the really thin tips, are way too much money. I usually file my tips to a finer point, even though it ends up ruining the tip much quicker, but I can't solder that stuff with a regular tip. I know one thing, you want a good, hot iron. At least 40 watt or more. It is so much easier to just hit the spot for a second, rather than to have to hold in place, waiting for things to get hot. I never knew that, till I read it from another member. It works!

I forgot to ask.. could you show an example of a station like that? Sounds great, compared to my.. no nice words to describe it. Big Smile

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WXMP-Micro-Soldering-Iron-Watt/dp/B005RYI934

 Or this

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WX2021-WDH50-Solder-Station/dp/B005N70ZSM

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Old-Lumens have you measured the lux number of this light yet? I am really curious!

I even doubt that if my Sanmak SM5200 can reach over one mile… your light is genuinely insane!

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I love this shot . . .

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A purty chunk-o-glass for sure but of course, the engineering staff at Foybezels is most impressed with that absolutely gorgeous doll of a bezel.

Somebody is going to own one hell of a flashlight.  I predict it sells within two hours of being offered, depending on time of day, of course.

 

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bibihang wrote:
Old-Lumens have you measured the lux number of this light yet?

It was around 3000 lumens… with one of the driver boards disconnected and only getting 6 amps. When it gets back, I’ll put it through its paces.

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Old-Lumens have you measured the lux number of this light yet?

It was around 3000 lumens… with one of the driver boards disconnected and only getting 6 amps. When it gets back, I’ll put it through its paces.

3000 lumens from a single LED?! Shocked

texaspyro you are the new owner of this light? :bigsmile:

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bibihang wrote:
Old-Lumens have you measured the lux number of this light yet?

It was around 3000 lumens… with one of the driver boards disconnected and only getting 6 amps. When it gets back, I’ll put it through its paces.

An SST 90 aspheric build at 6 amps giving out 3k lumens…

That is a bit… Hard to believe.

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An SST 90 aspheric build at 6 amps giving out 3k lumens... That is a bit... Hard to believe.
  I would have to agree.

The N bin I used will do 850-1,000lm at 3.15A. I don't know what it would do at 6A, but now it should be back to it's max, with the solder joint fixed. Possibly it would be hard to read lux due to the light being concentrated thru the aspheric lens? I don't know.

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bibihang wrote:
3000 lumens from a single LED?! Shocked

texaspyro you are the new owner of this light? :bigsmile:

Yes, it’s mine! Muahahahahahaha J)

I did the measurement with the head off in my integrating box… I don’t have the sphere set up yet. It does tend to over-estimate lumens at high levels. I suspect it is actually something somewhat over 2000 lumens.

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Hmm… I don’t know about the 3000 lumens things, really, but I am not gonna deny it though since I do not have proof.

First of all, I do not deny that this thing is BRIGHT and has Serious Throw, but still have some doubts. As claimed by Old Lumens, this thing can throw up to about 1.376 miles, which can be rounded as about 2.2km, or 2200 meters.

Assume that we define the throw distance by ANSI standard, to only 0.25 lux.

Then the lux at 1m should be (2200/2)^2 = 1,210,000 lux @1m! In other word, 1.21 million candlepower!

As far as I know the legendary DEFT created by saabluster (Michael) has “only” 700k cp. And this is done with overdriven XR-E with 101mm aspherical lens.

No offense anyway… but just, curious…

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bibihang wrote:
Hmm... I don't know about the 3000 lumens things, really, but I am not gonna deny it though since I do not have proof. First of all, I do not deny that this thing is BRIGHT and has Serious Throw, but still have some doubts. As claimed by Old Lumens, this thing can throw up to about 1.376 miles, which can be rounded as about 2.2km, or 2200 meters. Assume that we define the throw distance by ANSI standard, to only 0.25 lux. Then the lux at 1m should be (2200/2)^2 = 1,210,000 lux @1m! In other word, 1.21 million candlepower! As far as I know the legendary "DEFT":http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?294587-The-first-LED-... created by saabluster (Michael) has "only" 700k cp. And this is done with overdriven XR-E with 101mm aspherical lens. No offense anyway... but just, curious...
From what I have read, an "N" bin SST-90 can produce from 2,500 to 3,000 lumens at 9 amps. I'm only from reading other threads in other forums.

As far as the 1.376 miles, well there's the photos and there's the google map stating the distance. I don't know what that means for people needing numbers for proof, but for me, it was good enough to see with my eyes, that the building, (the whole dammed building), was lit up at that distance. I don't know if possibly the numbers don't show reality or what. I've seen things that defy the numbers many times in my life and to me seeing is believing. I usually trust what I see, more than what numbers tell me, but I know, for a lot of people, numbers are the only real thing out there and I am not knocking that. I know that numbers and calculations are needed for people to be able to understand or verify that what they see is real, but since I don't have a IS, I can't give anyone those numbers and I think it would take a big IS and a very good metering system to verify 3,000 lumens, not the little 12" spheres & inexpensive meters, that many people have.

I guess what I am trying to say is, I don't think there is a way to verify satisfactorily, at this time.

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