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    Default Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    Instead of posting my thoughts in one of the sales threads, I thought I'd start a new thread where people can share their thoughts and pictures of Fred's unique creations.

    My Luce is of the Ti variety, with an 18mm green Trit sphere in it.



    While the trit's glow is barely visible at daytime, it puts out a surprising and useful amount of light in real darkness. It's enough light IMHO to read with, if you're trying not to disturb your lovely other half, and will make a great tent light for camping, again, if you're trying not to disturb anyone. If your house is really dark at night (streetlights keep mine pretty bright), it is probably enough light to navigate to the potty.. just don't tailstand it with the dome on top of the toilet! When sitting on your night stand, the polycarb dome glows just the right amount - more than my other trit-ed lights, but not enough to cast any real light.

    The workmanship is amazing - awesome fit and finish, the polycarbonate is smooth as silk, and the assembly is perfect. The sphere sits really nicely on the smooth reflector, and is as close to the glass as I'd want it.

    The runtime chart goes something like this:



    Not bad!!

    Anyways, great job with this one Fred. It's innovative thinking like this that keep me coming back to CPF.

    As always, to see what comes next!

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    I have to agree here ... except mine's the budget version in SS and my sophere is smaller than yours

    The only letdown is the runtime. Doesn't seem to be current regulated at all.

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    lol nice runtime graph

    heres my stuff from the other thread:

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    its the best thing i could possibly use to look for my tritium-less flashlight nearby my orders in for a 2nd!

    really do love just holding it and playing with it and staring into it from both ends. looking forward to the bigger green one. have been playing with it every night as i go to bed, although i almost dropped it on my face last night so gotta be careful lol. beautiful work, and a very unique piece.

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    Quote Originally Posted by jch79 View Post
    My Luce is of the Ti variety, with an 18mm green Trit sphere in it.

    a random longshot, but is the background of your pic a black B&W speaker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post
    a random longshot, but is the background of your pic a black B&W speaker?
    They're Paradigm speakers - pretty good speakers, especially for getting 'em free!

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    John,

    Your photo is making the Luce look better than it actually is. Will you do all my product shots from now on?

    Loved the runtime graph!
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    LOL, nice runtime chart.

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    Your photo is making the Luce look better than it actually is.
    I respectfully disagree here!

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    Will you do all my product shots from now on?
    Sure... however, that would be assuming that I'd have to give the lights back after I photograph 'em?

    Fred, you ain't no sloucher in the photography department!!

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    Loved the runtime graph!
    It took me a while to make that goofy graph! (oh the things I'll do to distract myself from work..) FWIW, Tritium has a ~5.6% decay rate per year, which give it about 12 years to its half-life. This chart, although meant to be for fun, was actually a fun learning experience!

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    Default Re: Luce de Notte - Quick & Dirty Review

    Nice review. Beautiful photos. Beautiful object-d'art PhotonFanatic.

    One thing I've wondered though is if the phosphor wears out faster than the tritium. My brother had a TI tritium watch and when it was new it was very bright. I asked him about it a few years ago and he said the tritium was now too dim to read. Even after 1.5 half lives I was expecting it to be pretty bright (based on how bright it was when new). So now I suspect the phosphor wore out.

    Do any of the makers of these tritium vials and spheres specify how long they work (to 50%) or whatever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_in_canada View Post
    Do any of the makers of these tritium vials and spheres specify how long they work (to 50%) or whatever?

    Thanks - Greg
    Maybe this gives an indication: http://www.mbmicrotec.com/html/engl/...gie/leben.html
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