The "P" is for purple, right?
Truth be told, I still have the first modded light I ever bought: a SureFire E1E with a Luxeon low dome pill in it, modded by Lambda. The LED has a purple cast to it, and... well, yeah, I like it too.
(Though the brightness, or lack thereof, shows pretty dramatically how far we've come in the past half-decade or so.)
some of the nicest tints were found in the original Arc LS First Run lights. I'm referring to Peter's original offering on CPF of 100 lights. which were the world's first production Luxeon lights.
after that run... it was almost impossible to find any early low dome Luxeon light that didn't have a greenish tint.
my brother alerted me to that deal and that was my first exposure to CPF. I was on Peter's original list but for some reason never connected, missing out on that historical run.
still remember reading about Craig's (LED Museum) sudden illness and CPF rallying together sending help.
from what I've gathered ... aside from special edition LED lights made for trade shows, etc. world's first production LED light was made by Techna.... a direct drive (powered by button cells) red LED Titanium light. I've got one laying around somewhere along with my collection of world's earliest LED lights.
don't forget about Wayne Yamaguchi's ground breaking contributions... his electronic wizardry made possible those early LED lights.
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wow those registered date goes way before mine..not an old timer myself but will be somedays..
M@g 623->633, M@g 250, M@g 5761, Penta Cree Q2 M@g (Maxflex), 35w HID Spotlight mod,
M@g Aspherical Q5, M@g P7, Triple M@g P7(DW)
Time was, one could keep tabs on everything happening at CPF with a bit of regular attention. I sincerely doubt that any one person can adequately keep up with all the goings-on in all the various nooks and crannies of CPF these days. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just different.
I swapped the lux for a seoul and it's still great.
I lurked CPF for a while before I joined and still mostly lurk as can be seen from my post count. I remember when I first started checking in that a lot of the conversation was on the Longbow led lights that were somewhat new at the time I believe.
Because of CPF I got my first real light (not including Mags): a Surefire 6P. I love it now as much as I did then. The quintessential flashlight IMO. It has classic lines but it's so upgradeable that it stays on the cutting edge. It has a Malkoff M60W right now. A far cry from the 60 lumen p60 and 19 lumen purple tinted KL3 that made up my first High/Low, Long/Short runtime duo.
I still have my first mod too. A DD Lux3 TV1K on a Hotlips heatsink in a 3D Mag. It's rarely used by me but strangely it's the one my kids grab first.
So much goes on here now that I can't keep up anymore. I suppose you could say I'm in transition away from CPF. I've been in transition for about a year now but I keep coming back so.........
With the stock pill, and a McR18 reflector and UCL up front, my Micra isn't impressive by today's standards, but is still my go-to "most reliable" light, and I expect to be using it(after another pill/reflector mod) for years to come.
Sorry, I have retired from flashlight modding & I do not make custom flashlights. Thank you for your understanding.
My Mod Archive
I come back once in awhile for the raffle haha, and it is killing me.
Think about it... a 2 stage light is all you need.
I just wanted to post to state my appreciation for the 'old hands' who are still here & helping us noobs with timeless good advice - you didn't get this far without learning a lot about this hobby. Your time & help are always appreciated.
In the past we have had a light which flickered, in the present we have a light which flames, and in the future there will be a light which shines over all the land and sea.
- Winston Churchill
I still have an original design Arc AAA (from before the 2003-2004 quality problems) that I'm keeping as a shelf queen.
I had some of those, too. That was when you couldn't buy a decent production LED light that would run on AA batteries.Minimag Mod Mania - Sammies! Bad boys! Opalec!
If I remember correctly, there were a lot of complaints about the A2 -- its lateness and its price. Now it's very well respected.SF A2 Mania - get several so you can have the different led colors!
been here awhile,,love CPF!
KES LASER Light shows for a long time!.MS R&D Retired
I like to think I'm an old timer. Not on CPF but in life. It's nice to hear people reminisce. Good memories should be treasured. Nuff said.
Back when I had cats, all I ever saw was dark spots in the litter box.
I still have a small stash of Arc LSes and never found the inner strenght to modify my First Run... of that exact tint of green you mentioned...
BTW is good to see, seven years later (for me) that love for lights never ends.
VENI, COLLUXI, VICI.
Unlike some, I was introduced to the forum through my dad, a fellow flashaholic. He introduced me in this never-ending quest for enlightenment at the inappropriate age of 16. I joined the forum a couple of years later and posted whenever I felt I could make a contribution.
I have taken a break from the forum but as others have said, you eventually look at yourself and realise you are still a flashaholic at heart. But I guess that having as an EDC three torches on myself and two in the bag with enough batteries to last me a week is a bit of a giveaway in any case.
I have to agree with many points made on here. CPF definitely used to be tighter-knit and friendlier. Back then you would log in to firstly have a laugh and an insight on the CPF world and then to share the geekdom of flashaholicism with users you would recognise all the time. When I was not on CPF I would be on Craig's review website.
I remember a time when having an ArcAAA around your neck or anywhere near your body was the Flashaholic's initiation. Old freeze tests come to mind as well, driving over Inova X5s, regarding Princeton Tec's Xenoid polymer as the best thing after Surefire's Hard Anodisation, and the mighty tradeoffs between a Krypton bulb and a Xenon bulb...
There are still elements of that friendliness today in CPF although scale has had an impact. Changes in technology are also to consider to explain this change! Back then, High Dome and Low Dome were the big things. You used Xenon incandescence for colour rendition and throw. You used High Domes if you wanted the throw and concentrated beam and a low dome for good spill. With today's variety, after a few months' hiatus, it took me a week or so to wrap my head around the R2, R4 and R5 LEDs, the Cree MC-E, and so on.
Today mods are much more labour intensive and involve a number of components that come out every month or sooner. Back then I remember feeling like an all-powerful flashmaster for helping my dad make a modified Princeton Tec Blast which used the 3LED drop-in made for the Maglite AA.
With times changing however, it is good to see that the love of torches is still around. People, whatever the reasons, still join the search for enlightenment (and the financial and marriage repercussions that come with it). It is obvious how CPF has contributed to the development of torches, batteries, LEDs and circuitry worldwide. It is therefore welcome to see how the forum grows and continues to provide a basis for the continued development.
I, for one, am expanding my collection and find myself EDCing Fenix torches rather than the old trustworthy Surefires. It came as a bit of a shock when I had to move on and realise there was a whole new world of torches out there!
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I just found this thread again, after first posting in it years ago. An enjoyable and highly nostalgic trip through times past, to say the least.
I was fortunate to first join when the CPF was still pretty young, and over the subsequent years have spent many, many enjoyable hours here. Cyberspace friendships were created that will forever withstand the tests of time. The CPF essentially became, and always will be, a part of me.
Time changes everything, though. I still frequent the CPF almost daily, but now more as an observer than an active poster. I commend Kelly in the efforts she went through in the past years to save the CPF from drifting off into oblivion...and to then make it thrive into the even bigger cyber presence that it is today. Kelly...kudos to you for a job well done!
I also am pleased to see that the passage of time has brought to the CPF legions of newer members who now are the key contributors to this great forum. I take great comfort in seeing that the proverbial baton has been passed to such a worthy group of passionate people.
I`ll still regularly visit the CPF and occaisionally speak up. And, as always, when I do the pleasure will be all mine!
Long live the CPF...and my continued best wishes to the nicest group of kind and eclectic souls to ever assemble in cyberspace!
Last edited by Carpe Diem; 06-13-2010 at 01:33 AM.
Proud custodian of Tvodrd`s works of art; Peter`s Arc`s and Brass Arc AAA; Mike Jordan`s gems; some really great lights from Enrique, Fred and Tain ....and *several* of Don`s mods, Ti`s and McLux masterpieces.
Is it just me, or do I see a lot less of the 'oldtimers'?
Where is everybody? Drop in and say Hi
hey Nekomane... long time no talk... hope things are going well
I would agree. I was just thinking of this thread the other day. I don't see a lot of posts from the the members who joined in the c. '00-'04 era, which is kinda what I consider the "old-timers". Some days it seems all the members posting have joined in the last year or so and I feel like an old timer, with just four years here, although I certainly don't feel I deserve that title.
I started reading this thread and was several posts in before I realized it was started before I even joined.
I cant speak for the truly "old timers" but there have been drastic changes here on CPF just since I joined.
When I arrived here just a few short years ago was on what I caught the tail end of the incan hot wire explosion. Where everyday chatter was about Mag 85 and 64623. Man am I glad I had the privilege to be here for that.
I think that the past 2 years since LED tech has finally reached the point it can compete with the 3,4, and 5000+ lumen hot wires has caused the either to wear off a bit for some.
Even more that than I think the craze of "all things production" has disenchanted some as well.
What I mean by that is one thing a member that I learned hordes from in my early days said specifically. That he was trading in his flashlights for a fishing pole because anything we could come up with here at CPF now would be in a production light weeks later.
Man this has been some ride.... I hope the next few years bring bout the many rapid changes that the past few have.. .