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    Re-designed the new design. 7 x XM-L..

    Hi gang
    I've done a re-design of the 7-up XM-L light to make the design simpler. It's still going to be a 2 x 3 + 1 using the HBflex but wanted to simplify the housing to make it easier to assemble.
    Just done the 2 outer pods at the moment..
    What do you reckon?
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    Cool design. Are you going to anodize the pods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkBike View Post
    Cool design. Are you going to anodize the pods?
    Thanks! Yeah, thats the plan. I've found a local company that do multi-colour anodising so may give them a try and have a black/gold fade effect (if possible). Will give them a test piece 1st to see how it comes out tho

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    they look very pretty! Two different optics I assume? Still going with the one aspheric in the middle?

    I've been thinking feverishly about my new light, can't wait to get the bits I need for my lathe and get started!

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    Yeah, still an aspheric in the centre. I've got 3 different optics for the outer pods so will be able to trial them to see what works best at different pod angles.
    I should be able to have a 30-40 degree swing on each pod about the centre..
    Can't wait to get the centre pod machined, get the anodising done and put it all together

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    ... and if we just ... All the machining done

    Managed to sneek an hour on the machine today so managed to get the centre pod and rear plate done. It's a bit of a beast @ just under 300g's but I'm not bothered by the weight, it's performance I'm after. I ride a carbon hard tail anyway so an extra 100g's over the Altair XML is pretty acceptable...

    Hopefully off to the anodisers tomorrow so might be able to get it built up next week.

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    ooh, purty and, confusingly, beefy at the same time! You certainly won't be short of thermal mass, that's for sure

    If I were to nit pick, I'd find some nice hex head screws for the back plate and make a top shroud for the centre pod (if you ride over logs/rocks etc you'll be annoyed by the light shining in your eyes), other than that it's 300g of pure awesome!

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    +1 on the hex screws. Very futuristic looking. Looks like it should be cruising between the stars at warp speed.

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    Nice machining...

    How are the cute optics held in? does the back come off of those pods?

    How you going to seal the center pod up? no oring...

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    Thanks for the nice replies guys. I do have some hex head screws to use, the slot heads were the only ones I had at work to put it together with for the photo's.

    matt: good tip on the shroud for the aspheric, I'll look into doing something.

    TB: warp speed will be the aim on downhills...

    GD: The cutes are held in with o-rings at the front (with a groove in the pod). I've used that method a lot and it works really well. Got a good interference with the optic, nice tight fit. The backs don't come off, all one piece. Centre pod has an o-ring behind the optic (tightens down onto it) and the retaining ring will have some sort of sealing gunk applied when finally assembled...

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    Coming together nicely Steve

    whats the mounting going to be
    and what sort of focus have you got for the aspheric .

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb View Post
    Coming together nicely Steve

    whats the mounting going to be
    and what sort of focus have you got for the aspheric .
    Cheers Chris.
    Mounting will be the old dependable Hope Stem plate. I've got a bit of adjustment on the focal length but I don't want a beam that's too tight. Want to be able to 'blend' all 3 beams. With a 1.5mm o-ring it's at 9.5mm but I can use a 0.5mm ring to bring it back to 8.5mm or add a 3mm one to get 11mm etc...will be interesting trying different configurations

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    All together...



    After my stoopid mistake yesterday (got the centre LED the wrong way round) I've replaced it this morning and....

    Only got it set @ 2a at the moment as I'm just going through setting it up. Running in tri-mode (L1, L3, L4) with 60 degree cut-off. Will be able to try it out later so will see if I can crank it up to 3a..
    It's hard to tell how well the adjustment works in a fully lit factory so will be able to have a play with angles too.

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    Yikes, that's some serious machine work deesta.
    They look nice

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    looking forward to some cracking beamshots Steve

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    awesome! Glad you got it sorted out. You're not alone though, I had a major brain fart wiring up an LED dome light last night and blew a couple of fuses before I figured it out

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    After my stoopid mistake yesterday (got the centre LED the wrong way round)
    I've replaced it this morning
    Doesn't that just act like a regular diode and block the current?
    Did it damage the LED?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El34 View Post
    Doesn't that just act like a regular diode and block the current?
    Did it damage the LED?
    Yep, 1 dead XM-L . Luckily I have 3 more in the Altair so used one of them and replaced it with an XPG..

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    It must have exceeded the LED's reverse voltage max is my guess

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    Beam shots?

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    Nice looking light Steve.

    How did the colour fade anodising go, any pics?

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    A really beautiful light.

    Can't wait to see it annodised!

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    Thanks guys. Decided to give it a trial before I get it anodised as I'm looking to get a new frame which will probably be a raw finish too. I can always get it anodised later if I want to.
    Will try and do some beamshots this week...

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    Awe man! After all that I was hoping to scroll down to some lurverly beam shots..... Soon? Top job by the way

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    Beamshots come on Steve

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