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    Arrow Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    This seems like an appropriate first thread for this forum.

    If you made a GID flashlight mod, or own one that someone else did, go ahead and post pics here. Flashlight names, specs would be useful, as well as technique used. Non-modded manufacturer flashlights w/glow pics are welcome, too, if you think they're cool.

    Some photo taking tips would be helpful so the rest of us can learn how to take better glow pics. If you have a good technique, please share.

    Here's my favorite light, a stock green LED inova X1:

    It was painted with stinky bright red glow powder and clear nail polish. It glows brightly for a few seconds then quickly fades. Taking the pic was tricky because I wanted it to be bright, but I had to let go of the flashlight and place it properly before shooting. I had to do it really quickly to get the best glow.

    The reason for using red glow with this light: Green LED only charges red glow paint. Red LED also charges red glow paint, so I'm looking forward to doing this with a red LED, too.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:


    A bunch of Inova X1s. That took a lot of time!! I like the reflection of the glow on the white laminate.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:


    Streamlight Propolymer 4AA.
    Here you can see I crudely painted some GID around the base of the reflector. Mostly visible from the side because the reflecor focuses on the LED die only.

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    This is GID vinyl sheeting. Easy to cut to shape. The adhesive is not great so cleaned it off and used Gorilla glue.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Greenlight if you don't mind I have a question: In your X1 mods where exactly do you apply the GITD powder and what do you use to fix it? I understand that you turn on the light use it for a while and then it glows so I guess the GITD powder is all around the flashlight body is that right or not even close?

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    I had to open the flashlight ala 'freeze and pop'. Then I painted the brass housing that is the inside of the bezel.

    In the group photo you can see one lonely v.2 that has a drop of glow at the base of the reflector.

    For these I had used glow powder and clear nail polish. They can be mixed in the bottle or the glow powder can be sprinkled over the applied adhesive.

    Epoxy should be more durable and resistant to solvents.
    Last edited by greenlight; 07-12-2007 at 01:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Thanks GL it is what I imagined but it's always good to ask the master

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Heya Greenlight, did you ever post a tutorial or a walkthrough on how to do that?

    Specifically, how you did the freeze-pop method for getting the bezel off. I have an X1 that I think I want to try that with.


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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Here's another. It's my Gerber FIRECRACKER which I like a lot. You can see how some of the anodizing has rubbed off the bezel of the light. This one needs some special coating!! Anyway, it's a great light, something like the SUREFIRE L1, with brightness level between lo and hi. On one AA battery, you get good runtime and significant throw from the fancy optic. Plus it looks good with glow paint!:

    Last edited by greenlight; 07-17-2007 at 08:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Streamlight Lux. Jr.: This is one of the original ones, before they were improved with longer runtime.
    Last edited by greenlight; 07-17-2007 at 08:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Sick dude, sick.

    BTW, how much powder do you need for one x1 modification?
    I was thinking about getting 1 ounce of green and maybe an ounce of blue... but I have no idea how many lights that would treat?

    Ideas?

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    Naughty Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pistolero View Post
    Sick dude, sick.

    BTW, how much powder do you need for one x1 modification?
    I was thinking about getting 1 ounce of green and maybe an ounce of blue... but I have no idea how many lights that would treat?

    Ideas?
    Yep - an ounce will do a LOT of mods!!
    Ahhh...so glow me!

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:




    From the GITD projects thread.
    However I get an error trying to load the page. Another CPF thread bites the dust.
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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacHayes View Post
    From the GITD projects thread.
    However I get an error trying to load the page. Another CPF thread bites the dust.
    Sorry to break the news, but it's just you. The link's working just fine on my end.


    Let's see...


    Here's a LuxI (CMG Infinity Lux I mod by koala) that I made for my brother:




    I got plenty of others, but I'll post them later.
    Last edited by greenLED; 07-18-2007 at 06:18 PM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacHayes View Post

    Awesome work there. I can see how you made the "emitter GITD ring", but how did you make the one on the bezel? It looks like a ring between the lens and the bezel. Is it removable? Or is the lens and ring permanently attached now?

    I've never worked with epoxy and am really curious how it works.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    i try to make all the flashlights I open up glow

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    compared to 3x23mm tritium tube



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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Here's a 2AA magLED glow mod:

    I was a little sloppy with the application, and you can see how some glow powder has entered the bezel area. Not a big deal.
    Last edited by greenlight; 09-10-2007 at 11:21 PM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Color-Changing Flashlight Modification


    (Left or top) Photograph of the light's "business-end", showing the two LEDs and the lens.
    (Right or bottom) Photograph of the red glow material in the end of the light - glowing, of course.
    Photograph is out of focus because the camera's autofocus mechanism does not function in low light.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Maybe your camera has a manual focus setting?

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pistolero View Post
    Awesome work there. I can see how you made the "emitter GITD ring", but how did you make the one on the bezel? It looks like a ring between the lens and the bezel. Is it removable? Or is the lens and ring permanently attached now?

    I've never worked with epoxy and am really curious how it works.
    Follow the link that I posted and it explains how I did it. I get a DB error when I follow it though. Lens and bezel are removable, and you can sit it face down without the epoxy touching or getting scratched. It took time and patience. This was my first attempt too.
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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Dremeled out some divets in the top of my EDC SSC modded L1P and dabbed in some epoxy made of the new ultra glow powder.

    Here are the results and I am quite pleased with them:





    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEC0hMIoorU
    Last edited by chanamasala; 08-13-2007 at 09:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Cryhavok, how did you get those slots to glow in that Mag modification?

    Id like to make a ring on my mag85 or most of my flashlights so it would glow like that. The paint alone doesnt work well. I dont know how you got such a perfect ring with epoxy though. Epoxy starts as a liquid...
    What kind of epoxy can you work like that?

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    watch the video under the picture^

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Did my Ultrafire 502B:



    This Ultra Glow powder is nice. It stays bright for a long time especially if your eyes have adjusted for the dark. This is a nice mod in case you drop your torch in the dark.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    My recommendation is to take the pic with the light on a table so it doesn't move. Use a tripod for your camera or set it on the table. Then you can experiment with longer shutter speeds, and highlighting other parts of your light with a little tiny light source.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Thanks for the advice, but now the lack of precision is quite evident in my engineering "artistry". Furthermore I need to scrap away some glow epoxy that overflowed. Anyhow, here it is:




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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by greenlight View Post
    watch the video under the picture^
    Maybe im missing something but i cant find any video that shows how it was done.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    There's a youTube link in post 22.

    Guys, there are threads about using epoxy with glow powder. This thread is for posting your glow mod pics and discussing techniques for taking the pics.
    Last edited by greenlight; 08-21-2007 at 09:32 AM.

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    Default Re: Post your flashlight glow-mod pics:

    It doesnt show how its created...

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