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    Next level Helmet light

    Hi guys,
    After testing and analysing my first helmet light http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=253270 I have started building the next one, this time with Q2 bin leds and a 1000 mAh buckpuck.
    You can take a sneak preview here http://gilbertosphotos.fotopic.net/c1199257.html
    to be continued..................as soon as I get my aussie goodies

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    Did they confirm their Q2 stock? The Q2's are out, but as far as I know, Cutter doesnt have 'm. Very nice light btw, also a lot lighter to have one housing in stead of two. Makes us expensive-mill-less-DIY'rs look like amateurs. Well actually, we are... What setup with the LEDILs are you going to use?

    Edit on the last question, 2x9 degrees, okay..

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    On the site at Cutter it says " in stock mid january" so now I hope that my order will arrive before august. I'll need the light for the FOCUS 24 Stunden von Duisburg http://www.24h-duisburg.de/

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    Very nice looking.

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    Gilbo

    I actually spoke to one of the guys from Cutter, there is no stock now and they do not know when the Q2 are coming - so might be a couple of weeks from now

    Your LED housing is fantastic!!!

    Ever consider doing a few of these? i am keen for one!!!!

    Cheers

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    Gilbo, the lights are looking great! I'm waiting on Q2-bin from Cutter as well.

    Just wondering how you came up with the 420 lumen output figure for the light (listed on the photo gallery page). The way I calculate Q2-bin (if you got the absolute top-end of Q2 bin) is: 93.9 lumens @ 350mA or about 187.8 lumen @ 1A (roughly double). Since you have two LEDs you get about 375 lumens minus what light the lens consumes (about 10%).

    Anyway, it'll be a very nice light. Great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achesalot
    Gilbo, the lights are looking great! I'm waiting on Q2-bin from Cutter as well.

    Just wondering how you came up with the 420 lumen output figure for the light (listed on the photo gallery page). The way I calculate Q2-bin (if you got the absolute top-end of Q2 bin) is: 93.9 lumens @ 350mA or about 187.8 lumen @ 1A (roughly double). Since you have two LEDs you get about 375 lumens minus what light the lens consumes (about 10%).

    Anyway, it'll be a very nice light. Great job.
    I think its because 210lm is the max stated output. Cree states this in their latest press release about the 1A drive level. Also, Edison is also claiming 210lm @1A, and SSC is claiming 240 @1A (right...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by brum
    I think its because 210lm is the max stated output. Cree states this in their latest press release about the 1A drive level. Also, Edison is also claiming 210lm @1A, and SSC is claiming 240 @1A (right...).
    I used this announcement (I know, it is theoretical)
    Cree XLamp® XR-E LEDs Now Deliver Up to 210 Lumens

    DURHAM, NC, JANUARY 26, 2007 — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in LED lighting components, today announced that its award-winning XLamp XR-E LEDs are qualified for use in high-power applications of up to one amp (A). The XR-E LED produces luminous flux of up to 210 lumens at 1 A, with typical luminous flux of 176 lumens.

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    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you used a Mazak machine to mechanize the piece?

    Greetings - Saludos

    msxtr
    Warning!!! my english is very very bad, sorry.

    Easy DIY led light1
    Easy DIY led light2

    The Beast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbo
    I used this announcement (I know, it is theoretical)
    Cree XLamp® XR-E LEDs Now Deliver Up to 210 Lumens

    DURHAM, NC, JANUARY 26, 2007 — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in LED lighting components, today announced that its award-winning XLamp XR-E LEDs are qualified for use in high-power applications of up to one amp (A). The XR-E LED produces luminous flux of up to 210 lumens at 1 A, with typical luminous flux of 176 lumens.
    Those dang marketing people are so full of it. Advertising products that don't exist, and sometimes never exisit (theoretical binning).
    Ever seen a Q3-bin Cree XR-E? Even so, a best case Q3-bin is rated 100.4 lm @ 350mA. Then using the intensity multiplier of 200% when driven @ 1A makes the Q3-bin output 200.8 lm... best case... so where is Cree coming up with these numbers? I know they've raised the acceptable current limit to 1A, but have they revised their binning numbers or changed the intensity/current multiplier scale? Note: I just checked, and Cree has upped the multiplier on the intensity/current scale to about 220% @ 1A. It's good to know that our Crees now have a greater output due to the chart change This now looks similar to the Seoul Semiconductor intensity/current scale.

    Gilbo: sorry to get off topic, which is really about the beautiful machining work of your new dual Cree light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC_racing
    Gilbo

    I actually spoke to one of the guys from Cutter, there is no stock now and they do not know when the Q2 are coming - so might be a couple of weeks from now

    Your LED housing is fantastic!!!

    Ever consider doing a few of these? i am keen for one!!!!

    Cheers
    Thanx for the comments,
    maybe if I am satisfied with the light I make a bunch of housings at once, If there are people who are interrested ofcourse.....
    should there be a market for empty housings?

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    Last friday I recieved my powerconnectors from DEVPEIN in Germany, slightly bigger than the usual DC powerconnector, stainless steel and gold plated contacts. The very big advantage over the ones I used with my first light is that this one gives a very good snaplock connection. With the standard stuff it happend once that while I was riding the connector moved 1 mm out of it's socket and then it went completely dark this is inpossible with the ones I have now.
    And how much do they cost?
    I payd for the set on the picture 6.60 Euro or 8.60 $ also 11 AUD or 377 Indian Roepies
    Given the quality of the product that's really cheap


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbo
    Last friday I recieved my powerconnectors from DEVPEIN in Germany, slightly bigger than the usual DC powerconnector, stainless steel and gold plated contacts. The very big advantage over the ones I used with my first light is that this one gives a very good snaplock connection. With the standard stuff it happend once that while I was riding the connector moved 1 mm out of it's socket and then it went completely dark this is inpossible with the ones I have now.
    And how much do they cost?
    I payd for the set on the picture 6.60 Euro or 8.60 $ also 11 AUD or 377 Indian Roepies
    Given the quality of the product that's really cheap
    Where did you get those? I currently have Hirschmann plastic DIN connectors (screw-in, so very secure), but with the crud and all it would be nice to have metal connectors. I saw DIN connectors, but a set of a connector and socket would cost about E20/$25.

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    The connectors come from this shop
    http://www.devpein.de/
    It's a DIY divinglight and electronics shop. Shipping to Belgium was 6.5€ (for 2 sets and 1 extra male connector)

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    News from Cutter
    For those of you waiting with backorders on the Q2, great news, Cree has released a limited amount and we have managed to get shipped 1000 pcs. As soon as they arrive we will ship your backorders and can supply further qty's.

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    I got the news as well from Cutter. Great news to all of us who have been waiting since last November. Gilbo, those are some great looking power connectors. Glad you were able to find some that match the quality of the rest of your light! Great stuff.

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    I have been able to test the connector now for a While and I must say, they work great!!
    I suppose that they even stay in place during a crash ( just looking for a crash test dummy..... anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markymark
    that is an awesome job! I've been lurking here for a while trying to build one of achesalot's triple cree numbers and the housing has been killing me, just can't cut straight. That housing is top notch and it makes me sick, well done!
    I built two of these units with a hacksaw, a file, and some sandpaper.

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    Gilbo,
    Great looking light(s) Where did you find the o-ring to hold the light onto the bar on the helmet? I'm making a round light and want to secure it the same way, (like a DiNotte) but I don't know where to get the o-rings/rubber bands to hold the light.
    Also how warm does your single light housing get?
    Thanks
    Jeff

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    The O rings I have bought from the supplier at my work, more info you can find here https://locations.eriksgroup.com/en/eriks-usa/ (or another country)
    I tested my light in the kitchen and on the picture you can see the temp. after 10 minutes, from then of it did not get any warmer. Measured with a thermo couple inside the heatsink. When on my bike the housing has aprox. the temp. of the outside air.

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    I like it - not only showing us time and temperature, but also showing off another gadget! Strange looking battery pack though.

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    After some testing my light is finished. Check it out at http://gilbertosphotos.fotopic.net/c1199257.html
    looking forward for you comments.
    The most difficult pictures are the beamshots ( it's only getting dark after 11 pm )

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    That's some nice looking work! Highly appreciate the photos/beamshots that you've shared.
    Great for the DIY LED bikelight community.
    - Allen

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    Awesome work !

    Where have you got the resistors in the circuit ? Between the DC or the output out of the buckpuck to the LED's ?

    ...and since I'm asking what values are the resistors you've used ?



    Tony

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