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    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens

    Disclaimer: This post may not be safe for work (NSFW), due to the extreme nature of this light. The light porn displayed throughout this post may be offensive, as the light will be exposed from various angles, as well as in the nude.

    So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a light creation on here, and with daylight savings creeping up around the corner, I thought I’d share the fun once again with my latest creation, which I’ve appropriately named, “WTF”.

    In case you missed my previous light designs, here’s the recap:

    Wall-E: Wall-E - The Dual Ostar Light 2,000 lumens
    Rubix: Rubix - The Quad D-Bin P7 Light 3,600 lumens
    Rubii: Rubii (aka Rubix Dual) – The 8X D-Bin P7 Light 7,200 lumens

    This time around, the weapon of choice is the Luminus SST-90 emitter. I obtained a few SST-90’s on 20mm stars (also known as SSR-90’s), W57S Color, WN Bin from Fred at PhotonFanatic last year. Each emitter is capable of 1,200 lumens max at 3.2 amps, but can handle up to 9 amps. Driver of choice is George’s H6flex driven to 6.6 amps, so looking at Luminus’s datasheets, the output for each emitter should be tad more than 2,150 lumens per emitter.

    But using just one emitter is lame, how about 4? Sign me up biatch!

    Design Phase:
    Once again, I designed the light to use my signature thermostat controlled fan setup, which has proven to work flawlessly for me over the past few years (see my Rubix post for wiring schematic). But this time, the fan is so MASSIVE it needs its own zip code (70mm with 26 CFM capability).

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_1.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_2.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_3.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_4.jpg

    Light Porn - Pictures in the nude (before anodize):
    I discovered from my last several projects about how much I hated machining heat sink fins, so this time I decided to design the light around some old CPU sinks I had - which could be used after having some of the fat trimmed off (i.e. - cut down to size, rounded off, etc.)

    After I gave the heat sink the Jenny Craig treatment, here’s what she looked like:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_5.jpg

    Continuing on with the obscenity - the lower electronics cover and mounting bracket:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_6.jpg

    This wouldn’t be proper porn, if you didn’t get the underside view:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_7.jpg

    Next, WTF’s un-finished face (yes unfinished, I’ll get to that in a minute):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_8.jpg

    She’s definitely a BBW (Big, Beautiful WTF) – here’s the unfinished body:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_9.jpg

    Test fitment pic (unfinished - still have some machining to complete). But here you get a full body shot while she’s still naked (before anodize):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_10.jpg

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    So why do I keep saying “un-finished”? Well, I actually had this light 80-90% completed about this time last year (all the stuff you see in the raw above). But then a little something known as ‘life’ got in the way and sidetracked me – putting the project on hold.

    Since I typically bounce design ideas off my buddy, timight (who helps me validate my designs and builds replicas of my stuff), he was able to beat me out of the gate on this one. So the rest of the write-up is sharing the details of his finished WTF light (guy’s got a red fetish).

    WTF fully dressed (finished & anodized):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_11.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_12.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_13.jpg

    I enjoyed the massive throw that the 35mm Fraen lenses provided in Wall-E so much, that I decided to use them in again WTF. I opted to go for two Fraen spots on top, and two mediums on the bottom. The bottom emitters are angled down more aggressively than in Rubix (15° instead of 10°), so that entire light can be angled up - such that the two spots can throw way out, while still maintaining good front spill from the mediums.

    Basically this light is sort of the “Wall-E-meets-Rubix-and-has-an-overgrown-kid-on-steroids”... 4,300 lumens flood EVERYWHERE, and another 4,300 lumens thrown way, way, way out there, way past the balding guy’s receding hair line. Fraen lenses aren’t made in the SST/SSR flavor, so we ninja’d up some MCE versions to fit:

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_14.jpg

    Comparing the light to the original Rubix design (left), just makes you yell out, WTF?!!
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_15.jpg

    WTF mounted up on to my stem faceplate:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_16.jpg

    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_17.jpg

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    Beamshots (MTBR Standard Camera Settings):

    By now you’re asking yourself, “How can this be considered good light porn, if the ending doesn’t show some nice beam shots?”

    The first set was taken using MTBR “Standard Camera Settings” on tripod:
    ISO 100, F4, 6 Seconds

    Control shot:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_18.jpg

    H6Flex Level 3 (Low Mode):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_19.jpg

    H6Flex Level 5 (High Mode):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_20.jpg

    In the past, I’ve been asked to provide a point of reference, by showing a beamshot from a different ‘known’ light. Well I don’t really have any ‘known’ lights, but seeing as there are lots of XML builds, I decided to include a beamshot of a triple XML light that I have driven at 2.8 amps (approx. 3,000-ish lumens):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_21.jpg

    Beamshots (MTBR Standard Camera Settings for High Powered Lights):

    And if that wasn’t enough, then here’s another happy ending by way of beamshots taken at the
    MTBR Camera Settings for High Powered Lights:
    ISO 100, F4, 1 Sec

    Control shot:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_22.jpg

    H6Flex Level 3 (Low Mode):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_23.jpg

    H6Flex Level 5 (High Mode):
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_24.jpg

    And the triple XML light, for comparison:
    WTF - The Quad SST-90 (SSR-90) Light 8,600 lumens-wtf_web_25.jpg

    I hope you found this write-up amusing, funny, sad, and maybe cried and laughed a little.

    But regarding insane lights, that’s it. I’m done, this is the last one. No more.
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    (maybe)

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    DIY LED Bike Lights:
    A few Dynamo builds and some Small battery lights

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    Love it

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    All i say is
    What the f.....


    Now huffy puffy, you have no reason to not make a double cute XML...

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    That was great.

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    holy...

    You must not let this fall into the wrong hands.

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    love those cubes!

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    you, my friend, have a problem

    makes my lights look like guttering candles

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    Absolutely mad! Kudos to you. That is high quality machinework as well, and a gorgeous finish.

    If I'm being picky I think angling the lower lights down has meant the nearfield is a bit bright in relation to the distance, so your eyes will adapt to the brightness and you won't be able to see too far. However the sheer amount of light will burn away anything that might be stupid enough to be in your way so I don't think you've anything to worry about!

    How much does it weigh? Do you notice it?

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    unbelievably amazing
    I'm shocked


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    Another masterpiece. Not my cup of tea, but what a fantastic bit of work!

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    ^^ Thanks for the props, peeps!

    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet
    you, my friend, have a problem
    Step 1: To admit I have a problem.... lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by mfj197
    If I'm being picky I think angling the lower lights down has meant the nearfield is a bit bright in relation to the distance, so your eyes will adapt to the brightness and you won't be able to see too far. However the sheer amount of light will burn away anything that might be stupid enough to be in your way so I don't think you've anything to worry about!

    How much does it weigh? Do you notice it?
    As you probably already know, beamshots are just representative. In real life your eyes have a much wider range than a picture can produce, and it's not as exaggerated as it looks. In actual use, the foreground isn't as washed out looking and the distant trail is lit up better. Now if I had used spot lenses for the angled emitters instead of the mediums (which throw out really wide), I think you'd be right - eye adjustment would surely be an issue!

    What does it weight? Light weighs around the same as Rubii (Rubix Dual), at around 1.5 pounds. Do I notice it? What kind of silly question is that?

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    do you sell these lights? just asking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmoworks View Post
    What does it weight? Light weighs around the same as Rubii (Rubix Dual), at around 1.5 pounds. Do I notice it? What kind of silly question is that?
    Fair point! :-) Amazing bit of design and build you have done there.


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    .................................................. ..............
    ........ wow freakin` awesome!!
    thanks for sharing cosmo
    ...Scun.thorpe, UK

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    Ha ha you are 1 sick puppy.

    I really like to see people do this type of thing & I must say what a nice job of building it.

    However the batterys you would need to run it would be huge, I have a 3600 Lumen light with 9 XP-G's in it & have some really good batterys but find I only run it on full on very fast down hill runs,

    It is nice to have the option I guess but I think that having 2 different light systems is a safer way to go as I have often been up around 40+ mph & thought if the light went out now it would really hurt.

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    Yet again Cosmo you come along and make us all drool with absolutely impeccable workmanship.

    WTF?

    "Why The Face"

    Nice work, Me wants one.

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    Incredible!!!!!!!!!!! super nice job!!!!!!!!!

    Greetings - Saludos

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    ^^ Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by carspidey
    do you sell these lights? just asking...
    Too much blood sweat and tears to sell these babies.

    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic
    However the batterys you would need to run it would be huge, I have a 3600 Lumen light with 9 XP-G's in it & have some really good batterys but find I only run it on full on very fast down hill runs,
    Not too bad, WTF can get slightly less than 1 hour burn time at full power using the same pack I use on Rubix (10 cell 18650, 96 W-hr). And keep in mind, running it low power mode (L3) makes the LED's ultra efficient - 2,600 lumens for around 6 hour runtime.

    Quote Originally Posted by emu26
    "Why The Face"
    More like, "What the Buck!" - well, not quite, but it sure sounds like it.
    Last edited by cosmoworks; 10-24-2011 at 03:51 PM.

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    Nice work cosmoworks.

    Questions: Did you find this on easier to build than your others as it is larger with more room for cutters and less fiddly? was this also done on a manual S2 mill? and does the fan blow air into the heatsink or suck it out?

    Oh and I wish I could do drawings on a computer.

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    this thread is my first venture into any "lights" forum here and i am completely amazed!
    that thing is masterpiece!

    time to start my research for parts!

    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty View Post
    Oh and I wish I could do drawings on a computer.
    have you tried google sketchup? free download, get it, learn it, create CAD drawings!
    use the tutorials to get you started
    Last edited by Der Juicen; 10-11-2011 at 04:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty View Post
    Questions: Did you find this on easier to build than your others as it is larger with more room for cutters and less fiddly? was this also done on a manual S2 mill? and does the fan blow air into the heatsink or suck it out?
    Pulls air out... and yes, machined on an X2 mill. It wasn't really easier and less fiddly to machine due to size, but bigger did allow for larger diameter endmills, which means more rigidity and less chatter. The single biggest "easier-to-machine" attribute of this light over Rubix, was the fact that I didn't have to machine heatsink fins.

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    Insane. I love it.

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