Luce de Notte (nightlight)
Some time ago, when B@rt was selling his Tritium spheres, I bought a couple, one 11mm and one 18mm. As they sat around collecting dust, I recall seeing a post, by Mirage_Man, I believe, where he had stuck one in a reflector. Bingo! Great idea for a night light, thanks to that post.
So I made a prototype:
Later, B@rt had some more for sale, so I grabbed 10 of them, and made a few for sale, but as word spread, there were demands for stainless steel and Titanium versions. Alas, I gave in, much to my dismay since machining Ti isn't the easiest thing in the world, and even worse, I had never done stainless steel before either--that turned out to be real 'learning experience', since I choose 316 SS, which turned out to be a bear to machine.
And with my recent order for more Tritium spheres, B@rt insisted that I post my photos of the units that I did make and sell, so here they are:
These were the first three that I completed, for EricMack. From L to R: aluminum, brass and Titanium.
And these are group shots of the remaining Luci that I made:
The hemispheric dome is intended to point to the ceiling while the Luce sits on your nightstand; it emits quite a bit less light than the front end, but enough so that you can find it in complete darkness.
I do intend to make more of these, and I have an order in with B@rt for more spheres. These are custom made, by me, on my lathe, so they take time, and besides, I'm fussy, so I like to take my time to get them right. The Titanium version uses a 27mm reflector, all other versions use a 20mm reflector, so they are smaller in size.
Below are the selling prices:
Luce de Notte Prices
6061 Bare Aluminum -- $150
Large Bare Aluminum -- $160
Brass -- $160 with grooves, $170 knurled
Large Brass -- $170 grooved, $180 knurled
Stainless Steel -- $195
Titianium -- $255
Payments: Cash PP to: paycashpal (at) photonfanatic.com, or Credit PP to: fanatic (at) photonfanatic.com. Thanks.
I do not expect the Tritium spheres until February, and then I will make the Luci after that. Estimated realistic delivery dates--March through April.
If you would like one, please post your interest here. I have badgered B@rt enough to ensure that I can make 16 of these. The color of the Tritium will be either green or blue.
If you have your own Tritium sphere, you may order a Luce of your choice and deduct $40 from the prices shown above. You will have to mail me your sphere, since the H3 sphere is epoxied to the reflector with optical adhesive.
Indications of Interest--Limited to 16 Pieces
1) luminata -- Large AL
2) Finbar -- AL, two-tone
3) moeman -- AL
4) karlthev -- Ti
5) ouchmyfinger -- SS
6) Kiessling -- SS, customized
7) Olaf_S -- Large AL, two-tone, flat-top
8) XFlash -- AL
9) Nebula -- SS or Ti
10) donn -- Brass, knurled
11) paulr -- Brass, grooved
12) jch79 -- Ti
13) JohnnyDeep -- Ti
14) gjg -- Large AL, two-tone, flat-top
15) Hodsta -- AL, two-tone
16) olrac -- AL, flat-top