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    Noob question/Suggest a simple project please

    I know I can't afford to buy outright what I'd like, so I figured I better learn how to build. Couple of questions, using the K.I.S.S. principle, would I be better off gutting a cheap light for the housing or building something from Alu. tubing? I figure there's a good chance I will screw this first (and maybe more) attempt up. So simplicity of build is first and foremost. I bought a couple lights made by a member here (Alu. tube type) and was thinking I could tear one apart and use it as a test bed and only have to replace the guts. Please help a rookie get his feet wet and thanks for reading my post.

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    I would do up a Citizen Kane style light. Super simple for a first build.

    Here is a link to my first bike light build..........
    Finished first build CK style BEAMSHOTS ADDED!

    here is a link to the original CK thread...........
    Easy DIY

    I need to update my build thread with a couple pics of how I ended up making my mount.
    Long story short I used a spare magicshine base plate and my MS helmet mount.

    I would personally use the cateye mount like CK did.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    I would do up a Citizen Kane style light. Super simple for a first build.

    Here is a link to my first bike light build..........
    Finished first build CK style BEAMSHOTS ADDED!

    here is a link to the original CK thread...........
    Easy DIY

    I need to update my build thread with a couple pics of how I ended up making my mount.
    Long story short I used a spare magicshine base plate and my MS helmet mount.

    I would personally use the cateye mount like CK did.
    Thanks for the reply. Hey are you and me cousins? Lol.

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    I made a nice helmet light loosely based on this thread. The Amoeba and the Copperhead

    It was pretty cheap, and easy to make. I don't have time to make a "how to" right now but I'd be happy to help if you want more info.

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    KBARK, I may take you up on the offer of help. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGESAM
    Thanks for the reply. Hey are you and me cousins? Lol.
    Holy crap, I think we are!!!!
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Here is the helmet light that I built.

    2 XPGs driven by a buck puck and two 18650's.


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    [QUOTE=SAVAGESAM]hEY ARE YOU AND ME COUSINS?[QUOTE]

    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Holy crap, I think we are!!!!
    and here I was thinking savagemann was the son of SAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26



    and here I was thinking savagemann was the son of SAM
    Haha!!!

    Nice setup KBARK. Looks like a straight forward build.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    KBARK, when you have time will you put up what I'd need to do this? No hurry. Thank you for your offer to help.

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    Here are the parts I used to make that little helmet light.

    2 XPGs from LedSupply http://ledsupply.com/creexpg-w139.php
    2 Optics (don't forget the holders) http://ledsupply.com/10003.php
    1 BuckPuck. http://ledsupply.com/03023-d-n-1000.php
    Artic Alumina http://ledsupply.com/aata-5g.php

    The housing is made from 1x1 inch aluminum tube. Depending on the wall thickness you find you may need larger than 1x1inch.

    The copper end caps I got from Lowes and glued them on with JB Weld.
    2 x 3/4inch copper end caps http://www.lowes.com/pd_21664-76063-...e|0%26page%3D2

    Pick up some 1 inch plastic end caps that are in the hardware section also.

    The power connectors came from Radioshack.

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    I have some Alu. round tubing do you think I could just use that and build everything inside it? I bought a used set from a member here and they work pretty good. I have two of them (one spot, one flood) I was thinking of taking one apart and trying to go from there. I'm just not sure of myself but keep thinking I can't learn to swim without getting wet lol.

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    If you have round tube you might want to look at a dinotte style light. DIY Dinotte Style

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBARK
    If you have round tube you might want to look at a dinotte style light. DIY Dinotte Style
    KBARK, thank you. That is the type that I bought two of from a member here (I won't mention his name because I don't have permission) Anyway I have some excess tubing and I'm going to give it a shot. If I can stuck, would you give me a kick/advice/help?

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    If your tubing's fat enough -1" diameter- you could fit an XM-L and L-flex in there. Add a momentary switch and a 3.7v battery and you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGESAM
    KBARK, thank you. That is the type that I bought two of from a member here (I won't mention his name because I don't have permission) Anyway I have some excess tubing and I'm going to give it a shot. If I can stuck, would you give me a kick/advice/help?
    What ever you decide to build, you can always find help on this forum. It's one of the most friendly and helpful groups around.

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    Ofroadbent, I would use a "Momentary" switch? I thought I needed some sort of "Clicky" type?.....Thanks KBARK, the post above should of said, if I GET stuck, not can stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ofroad'bent
    If your tubing's fat enough -1" diameter- you could fit an XM-L and L-flex in there. Add a momentary switch and a 3.7v battery and you're done.
    What is an L-flex? Do you mean everything would fit in the tube or just the XML and L-flex? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGESAM
    What is an L-flex? Do you mean everything would fit in the tube or just the XML and L-flex? Thanks.
    The L-flex is a driver made by George at Taskled for running one XM-L from 3.7v. It needs a momentary switch to operate.

    It's about 20mm in diameter, (Corrected posting) so you could fit it in your tube along with a Regina or Dx reflector I think. It has multiple brightness levels up to about 900 lumens.

    I got the switch, driver, LED and reflector to fit in 1" square tubing.
    Heck, you could use a longer tube and even stuff a single battery in there.

    You can check out my version of Mattthemuppet's design at:
    XM-L Sled Light- Mattthemuppet-style.
    Last edited by Ofroad'bent; 04-07-2011 at 03:24 AM.

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    Correction on the diameter.....it is more like 20mm. Mine all measured around 19.8mm
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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