Outdoor Beamshot!!! Relic's DIY Build 2013: Copper Triple-Triple (July 15 Update)

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Darren, Can't wait to see the finished product Smile

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Very creative ways to solve design problems. When it's done I would love to know/see what tools were necessary to accomplish all of this. For example, what did you use to cut the half inch copper pipe lengthwise?

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Very creative ways to solve design problems. When it’s done I would love to know/see what tools were necessary to accomplish all of this. For example, what did you use to cut the half inch copper pipe lengthwise?


Dremel with a cutoff wheel, actually many cutoff wheels Smile

So yesterday I got the emitters mounted in the head. Today I quickly wired them. I just had to see how the beam was going to look with three of the warmer tint T5 5C1 emitters. It’s a beauty. With no lens or bezel I get about 1800 steady lumens at 6A (2A/emitter). I will settle on 2.8A/emitter once the driver is build. I hope to get 1800-1900 lumens OTF once the bezel and lens are in place. My XM-L2 U2 1C SRK is going to be taking a back seat once this thing is built. Tint wins over lumens. Wink

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Did you do it freehand or did you have/make some kind of jig or guide to provide for a nice straight cut?

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Did you do it freehand or did you have/make some kind of jig or guide to provide for a nice straight cut?


I did it freehand. I scribed a straight line on opposite sides as best I could first, then cut along it. I ground the edges down flat when I wasn’t exactly straight. Amazingly, I didn’t have any mis-cuts to toss either. The first three pieces and the fourth extra were all useable.

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Very nice. It's amazing what you're doing with a minimum of tools.

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So when is TexasPyro going to ship you the driver for this baby so you can finish up and polish it?  :bigsmile:

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JM, I thought of asking pyro, and I could make it fit with some grinding. I decided I’ll make my own for now, and when he starts selling them I might get one to squeeze in there.

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JM, I thought of asking pyro, and I could make it fit with some grinding. I decided I'll make my own for now, and when he starts selling them I might get one to squeeze in there.
That's cool.  What kind do you plan to put together for it?
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I’m planning to do a 3×8×7135 with a Qlite as the master. I also might go with a custom master, if I can get it ready in time.

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That is going to look absolutely fantastic once its completed and polished. I cant wait for the money shots!

Can you please take a few detailed pics of your slave/master wiring before you toss it in the light and wire it to the emitters? I always enjoy looking at others builds and wiring solutions.

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That looks very nice! I whish I could cut only half as precise freehand! Big Smile
I am excited to see it in action! Smile

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First post updated, pics to come later, including beamshots!

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Wow relic, that is sooo much awesomeness, you could probably spare some awesomeness and still be sitting pretty.

It must feel very satisfying having it work/finished.

Sooo much awesomeness! Beamshots are a must…like asap!

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Awesome, Relic!!  I can't wait to see the pics of the completed light.  Are you going to leave it looking antique or are you going to polish this to a gleaming shine for the contest?  I'm hoping for gleaming shine. Smile

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looking forward to seeing this when its completed ! Smile

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2530 lumens after 30 seconds… and with 5C tint. NICE!

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All polished and done.

First post updated. Lots of pics of the light and some white wall beamshots. I have more to add over the next day or so.
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Dayum…. looks like a production sample!!

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Far out Relic! I love it.
Any chance of pix of your wiring sequence. I’m still trying to get my head around series vs parallel.

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Thanks everyone. Ouchy, I’ll do a schematic. Technically, these emitters are not in parallel. Each driver drives one LED.

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relic38 wrote:
Each driver drives one LED.

That, I really would like to learn.
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You totally rocked that Relic! Polished up it’s brilliant, and I DO love polished copper/brass/stainless/Ti…Ok, I’m a bling freak and that is gorgeous!
The output is crazy too, excellent job inside as well. Wish I understood the electronics…would never have thought you could run 3 boards from another board, Master/Slave with drivers boggles my mind (admittedly easy enough to do)

Very impressive! I bet it’s a solid chunk in the hand as well, I think you should send it on BLF tour, let everybody play with it for a week before sending it on to the next person on the list. Smile

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That is so beautiful.     The polished copper A+.    The brass bezel ring really sets this light off too.    Nice job.

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You can get brass lacquer to keep it shiny. That’s why those brass and copper knick knacks in the stores are always so shiny.

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Thanks guys. Ouchyfoot, I’ve considered a lacquer but it dissipates heat so horribly as it is, add a layer of ‘insulation’ and I think it would just burn it off Big Smile
The host itself gets heat out of the emitters better than any light I have. Copper all the way. The problem is, it cannot radiate it away due to the shiny finish. I’m thinking it might be a little better once it returns to a natural finish, but I doubt there is enough surface area to dissipate 30W of heat. I might have to customize the driver to make High into a Turbo mode, and add in a longer-term sustainable high.

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Darren, Very impressive! You're the man!

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Take a wire wheel to it, and give it a brushed finish. That could look rather nice, especially when a patina sets in.

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Looks fantastic! Those wall shots certainly "buttery smooth" like you said!

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