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8th Old Lumens Challenge is CLOSED !!!

 

 Old Lumens Flashlight Modders and Builders Challenge 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 Entries close on 5th January 2021

 

 

Hello everyone!  pinkpanda3310 here.  I'm gonna jump right in and open the comp so contestants can start getting serious about their builds for this year.  I will update this post when i get sponsors lined up and work out how the judging will work exactly.  So in the meantime you can make a build plan, order parts, make a build thread etc...

 

Aside from the judging (and extended runtime)  I won't change much from what CRX has laid down as a pro-forma.

All skill levels are very welcome and you may enter into only one of the three categories below with a single build or matching set thereof:

 

Hand Made: 

  • Your light must be made from scratch.
  • You must make a build thread, show images, give explanation of the build progress.
  • Remember we can only judge on what you show us in your thread.
  • No outside services are allowed.
  • Single or multiple emitter, driver and alternate power configurations are allowed.
  • Should be a portable and battery operated light such as lanterns, headlamps and similar devices.
  • All small hand tools are acceptable, as well as these power tools: 
    • Soldering gun/ station
    • Electric Drill/ Drill Press
    • Dremel style Rotary Tool
    • Electric Saws
    • Disc or Belt Sander
  • You may use some manufactured components related to flashlights such as reflectors, drivers, LEDs, O-rings, switches, lenses, opics and clips.

  • You may not use manufactured flashlight parts such as a bezel, body, tail cap,  head or pill.  Basically anything originally designed specifically for a flashlight host.

 

Machine Made:

  • Your light must be made from scratch.
  • You must make a build thread, show images, give explanation of the build progress.
  • Remember we can only judge on what you show us in your thread.
  • No outside services are allowed.
  • Single or multiple emitter, driver and alternate power configurations are allowed.
  • Should be a portable and battery operated light such as lanterns, headlamps and similar devices.
  • All machine shop tools are allowed, such as:
    • Lathe
    • End Mill
    • Programmed Automated machines
    • Standard 3D Printers
    • Plus all small hand tools
  • You may use some manufactured flashlight related components such as reflectors, drivers, LEDs, O-rings, switches, lenses, optics and clips.

  • You may not use manufactured flashlight parts such as a bezel, body, tail cap, head or pill.  Basically anything originally designed specifically for a flashlight host.

 

Modified Light Category:

  • Enter this category with a light you have modified or something you have modified for or into a light.
  • You must show us something that was modified by you and how it was done.
  • You can make a new thread or link to a mod you have posted on BLF within the stated timeframe.
  • You can build or modify by any means at your disposal and your mod can also be some form of self built flashlight attachment(s), clips, lanyards, paracord wraps, pouch or other related paraphernalia.

 

All Contestants:

Post your suitably titled Build Threads in the Giveaways and Contests forum category or links to your mods here. 

I will keep a registry of all entries in Post #2 of this thread.

Thank you all sincerely, we look forward to watching your builds come to life!

 

Prize allocation:

Hand made-

Scallywag - Fireflies T1R from Fireflies

MtnDon -  Wuben TO50R from HC Lights

gchart - Mateminco MT90MINI from Mateminco and Neal

CNCman - Mateminco MT35MINI-S from Mateminco and Neal

FearOfTheDark - Olight Seeker2 from Neals Gadgets

lumenzilla - Reylight Pineapple Ti from Reylight

 

Machine made-

JoshK (ineligible for prize)

grin (pending)

Rdubya18 - Acebeam L17 from Neals Gadgets

G0OSE - Light supplied by myself to help with shipping

 

Modified-

ReManG - Mateminco MT35MINI-S from Mateminco and Neal

YuvalS - Convoy H1 Headlight from Convoy

Mieciu - Mateminco MT90MINI from Mateminco and Neal

domasleo (pending)

Skylight - NlightD T90 from Neals Gadgets

djozz - Acebeam E10 from HC Lights

MascaratumB - Led4power coupon supplied by Led4power

EasyB - Lumintop X9L from Lumintop and Neal

Sunnysunsun - Lumintop FW3T from Lumintop and Neal

tterev3 - Lumintop FW21 Pro from Lumintop and Neal

 

 

Congratulations   <img src= " />   to the participants and a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors.

 

Sponsors and Prizes:

To be announced.  I'll try and contact as many possible sponsors as I can.

If you are a store owner who would like to donate a prize or have good relations to people that would like to support this great BLF community event then please contact us.

 Sponsors:

 Lucky dip of parts

 

TBA

 

 Coupon code to L4P store (amount tba)

 

 Choice of light from Simon's AliEpress store

Wuben TO50R ; Acebeam E10

 Brass or Ti Pineapple 

 

Astrolux FT03 MINI XHP50 ; Astrolux A02

 

 Brand new model - T1R or E07X Pro

 NlightD T90 ; Olight Seeker 2 ; Acebeam L17

 

Neal has been a great guy and is in contact with the following sponsors

 

MT35MINI-S osram led 5pcs ; MT90MINI 2pcs

 

FW21 Pro ; X9L ; FW3T

 

 

 

Judging the entries:

To be announced.

The following dot points are last years judging criteria.  I'll leave it here for anyone who wants to reference it.

  • Skill Level/ Finished Build Quality: Judged fairly on the persons access to tools, materials and abilities. Is the finished build functional & looking good? Difficult to make? Was the build completed, started or no work done at all?
  • Uniqueness/ Innovativeness of the build: Is the light unique, one of a kind or does it operate in a special way?
  • Build Thread Quality: Did the contestant do a good job of showing and explaining to the forum how they did the steps in the build? Good thread organization, pictures and descriptions of the methods used?
  • Purpose Built: Was the light purpose built for a specific use? Is it a special new EDC, upgrade or something for use that simply can't be bought easily?
  • Technical Details: Including new driver firmware, PCB designs, new technical ideas, programming and special switches etc.
  • Problem Solving & Obstacles: Were any specific problems encountered, documented and resolved by the contestant? Documenting the obstacles and using the power of the BLF community to solve them is seen as a big plus!
  • Enthusiasm to Participate: Did the contestant give it their best shot even knowing they would be up against more skilled veterans? Did they support other contestants build threads by posting encouragement and even giving help?
  • Following the Guidelines: Did the contestant follow the rules and guidance given?
  • Shown OperationalDid the contestant show us the light operating, its functions, beamshots, videos etc?

     

Some history of how the yearly contest started:

Old-Lumens was a predominant member of Budget Light Forum who loved to make things, particularly flashlights and related items, with his own hands.

He went even further and encouraged others to do likewise by starting the annual Old-Lumens Contest which involves members making their own flashlight using only hand tools in one category or machines in another.

Sadly Justin (Old-Lumens) passed away in 2016, we here at BLF wish him to rest in peace and to continue to celebrate his life by hosting the yearly Old-Lumens Competition.

 

Well I hope to see someone belt their thumb with a hammer  some great efforts from enthusiasts who are whacky enough to have a go at making/modifying a light.  Let's be honest, there's no one size fits all so any and all ideas are welcome.

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Entries

 

Hand made-

Scallywag

MtnDon

gchart

CNCman

FearOfTheDark

lumenzilla

 

Machine made-

JoshK (ineligible for prize)

grin

Rdubya18

G0OSE

 

Modified-

ReManG

YuvalS

Mieciu

domasleo

Skylight

djozz

MascaratumB

EasyB

Sunnysunsun

tterev3

 

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First!

Question: For hand-made, can I use a hotplate? I assume it’s covered under soldering iron/station, but wanted to check.

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I assume that's for soldering?  Yes no problem

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Yes, I will enter. Hand made class, what else. Wink
Not sure yet what I will build.
I will start a build thread when some details have jelled in my mind.

I saw mention of “… extended runtime” but no date that I can find. I realize that may be yet to be set in stone, and probably will be posted with some of the other TBA details. Not a problem, just wanted to mention. Of course I have been known to be oblivious to seeing things so it could just be me. If so, never mind.

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No, you spotted the one big omission Don. I was thinking of possibly ending entries in the first week of january….?

 

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Ooh, another question. Can I enter two different categories?

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No, only one entry per person.  The reasoning behind that is so we don't get some gifted individual come in and make a clean sweep.

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No, you spotted the one big omission Don. I was thinking of possibly ending entries in the first week of january….?

Sounds good to me. Anytime after New Years… whatever feels good. January 20? Wink

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No, only one entry per person.  The reasoning behind that is so we don’t get some gifted individual come in and make a clean sweep.

Sounds good to me Thumbs Up . I have a mod I’m working on right now (in the planning and ordering-things phase) that’s more involved than my mods typically are. I think I’ll use the competition as inspiration to post a (non-contest) build thread about it.
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No, you spotted the one big omission Don. I was thinking of possibly ending entries in the first week of january….?

Sounds good to me. Anytime after New Years… whatever feels good. January 20? Wink


Depending on how November 3 goes, January 20 might be an emotional day for many in the US Wink
I’m open to whatever. I do agree it’ll be nice to have it end after holiday craziness.
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Hats off to you pp. Beer

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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One handmade entry for me. I entered twice before and never finished one, let’s see how I fare this time Innocent

Thanks for hosting this year’s contest pinkpanda!

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Same PP, good to see the torch is lit. Thumbs Up

I will enter a machine build… have something in mind….

Good luck to all those who enter.
Now let the fun and builds begin, may you light up the heavens, Old Lumens 2020!!!! Beer

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Thank you PP for handling the arrangements this year! Looking forward seeing all the great entries..

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Really looking forward to it! And thanks a lot to pinkpanda for helping to organize it!
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Right after last year’s contest we had discussed allowing contestants to have their 3D parts printed in aluminum and stainless steel at services like shapeways.com.
I see that continues to be forbidden, only plastic flashlights are allowed for us digital designers. I guess I’m out. Tired

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This year I am not sure if I will be able to be IN, due to academic and professional duties! If I do, it will be entering with a mod only, nothing like last contest.

Still, I just stepped in to thank for the initiative and to wish all the contestants good luck and imagination with the builds and mods Wink

I’ll see you around Wink Beer

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Joshk wrote:
Right after last year's contest we had discussed allowing contestants to have their 3D parts printed in aluminum and stainless steel at services like shapeways.com. I see that continues to be forbidden, only plastic flashlights are allowed for us digital designers. I guess I'm out. :TIRED:

Apologies for that.  The comp is pretty much a copy and paste from last year.  My personal view is outsourcing does not fall within the Old-Lumens spirit of making something in your garage.  That aside i vaguely remember you making reasonable argument for it to be accepted.  I am curious to know how many other people would be interested in a "no holds barred, as much money as you can throw at it - Outsourced category" ?

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Yea the argument was that if shapeways was considered outsourcing, then oshpark is too.

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I will enter in the mod category. I’ve been thinking of a cool mod and this is the perfect push/excuse to do it. Smile

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Thanks PP. While I won’t be entering it will be interesting to watch. RIP Old Lumens, your legacy lives on.

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Good to know that we are there (already). Cool

Thank you for organising this year’s contest, pinkpanda3310. Thumbs Up

I will most likely enter again in the modified light category. I’ll leave the hand made category to the professional modders. Wink

I’ve got three or four advanced mods in mind, got to think which one is suitable and has the greatest probability to be finished and to work properly.

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The_OL_Contest wrote:
I am curious to know how many other people would be interested in a “no holds barred, as much money as you can throw at it – Outsourced category” ?

No interest at all in watching others spend money on having what could amount to others building a light for them to call their own.
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As for comparing a pcb from oshpark to a pcb taken from an existing light or readily available retail stock to outsourcing 3D printing of a type that is not possible to do at home, a line must be drawn somewhere. If a 3D printed body, cap, or other major part is allowed to be outsourced, then can I learn how to design and program for CNC maching and then send that file to a shop that can produce the item for me?

The main difference is that the 3D printing machine adds material and the CNC machine removes material. Both use computer software to control the machine that puts out the finished item.

For now I believe it is too late to simply say okay to a rule change for this year. Perhaps there should be fresh discussion looking to future contests. If we want to discuss this further do ya’ll think we should have a thread someplace that is dedicated to the topic, rather than veer off the topic of this years contest builds?

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The fear of new things is in plain sight here.

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Joshk wrote:
The fear of new things is in plain sight here.

It has nothing to do with that. OL was renowned for his hand built and machine made work the competition is in his name and in his honour / style.

That said, there is no reason whatsoever why another competition couldn’t be run alongside it if there was enough interest, but completely separate – maybe now is the time to start one, and maybe you are the man to do it.
That competition could be a free for all no holes barred and no rules. I think it’s a good idea – we could see some real works of expensive art.
No reason why you couldn’t run it as the entrants would probably be minimal and so would not take a whole lot of work/effort on your part. You could name it the New Lumens Competition, which would seem apt.
Maybe arrange a few prizes from some 3d print suppliers, maybe even a small 3d printer as top prize, I would imagine some company may well help out. Just an idea. Thumbs Up I have opened a thread for all such discussions HERE and would appreciate it not flooding into this thread, as it is basically derailing it into off topic discussion as another member pointed out.
I would appreciate all the comments being deleted and reposted/moved there as it is easier to read. Smile

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The Old Lumens contest has added categories and evolved with the times, so evolution isn’t forbidden.
A new competition is a good idea, I like how you think…
Unfortunately last year’s Old Lumens competition almost didn’t happen because of low interest. Nobody opened the competition until super late, and even then there were so few entries a new thread was started to discuss the lack of interest and motivate for the legacy of Old Lumens to live on.
So I predict a second competition, requiring a rare set of skills and motivation, would not fair well at all.

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Joshk wrote:
Yea the argument was that if shapeways was considered outsourcing, then oshpark is too.

I think the difference is, it’s basically impossible to build a driver (beyond the most basic, resistor-only drivers) yourself. So whether you buy one from Convot/Mtn E. or get it printed by Oshpark, there’s not a lot of difference. In fact Oshpark is probably more work since you have to reflow it.

For a flashlight part – host, bezel, what have you – these can be made. So drawing a picture, or designing an advanced 3d model – and having it made by someone else, is a lot different to me.

Also, an interesting question: could Fritz enter a FW3A under the claim that he designed it and Lumintop machined it to spec? What if he bought a host version and then assembled it?

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Joshk wrote:
Sign me up. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/74126  

I'm glad you still decided to join  <img src= " />

 

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If I took apart a flashlight for a project some time last year, gave up on that project, then do something entirely different with the host this September, can I enter this year’s OL contest?

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