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    The BIG Lights

    There are some lights that occupy a special place all of their own, because of their stupendous output and mind-boggling power. Usually the individual stories behind them are fascinating too, and I am probably not the only CPFer who likes re-reading those threads from time to time.

    I thought it might be an idea to make a “Big Lights” thread, listing the main threads covering the genesis and/or testing of each of these great creations. In this context, I do not intend this to mean huge in size, although one or two of them are so massive that they actually require a heavy-duty vehicle mount or even a trailer to physically transport them around. Others are relatively compact and hand-portable.

    The “Big” accolade is intended to reflect the greatness of a light and the impact it has made here on CPF, or, in the case of a newer creation, the likelihood that its reputation will stand the test of time. These are lights that should make you smile with admiration each time you revisit their threads.

    As well as differing widely in their physical size, these lights don’t even all fit into a single category. Some of the threads are located in Spotlights & HID, others are in Homemade & Modified, and others in the Incan section. And yes, there is one very serious LED candidate that belongs here too. We can unify a useful list here for reference, while leaving the individual threads in their respective sections.

    This could become a subjective list; in theory it would be possible for me to slant it toward my personal favorites. I don’t want it to be like that. I would like a broad consensus of views from all of you who are knowledgeable about big lights, if we can achieve that.

    I have started a list below, and I hope some of you will have additions you think ought to be made to it. If I am sure of one thing, it is that I have left out some candidates that fully deserve to be included. In other cases, the threads I have linked may not be the best or most informative ones for the lights concerned – again, please say so. And of course, you may even think some of the lights I have included don’t belong in this list at all. If so, don’t be afraid to say so - but no flaming or extended arguments please.

    I think we’ll try and keep it to lights of 5,000+ lumens, and we’ll also try to stick to just one main thread for each light. The aim should be to create a list of GREAT lights, whose place in CPF history is (or looks very much as if it will be) assured.

    “I coulda been a contender” doesn’t cut it here. These lights are already heavyweight champs.

    So: your suggestions, please! I think the list can include stock lights, although most won’t be stock. I’ll amend it as we go along, and when it is looking good I’ll include it in the “Threads of Interest”.

    Here is the list, in no particular order:

    AN/VSS-1 Searchlight CarbonArc

    The Maxablaster Ra

    300 Watt HID: The “Locator” Blackhawk Targeting Light BVH

    HyperBlitz – JetskiMark

    PK1000 – Petrev

    Vaporizer, Hyperblaster, Deathblaster (et al) – LuxLuthor

    400W HID Thor – ez78

    Thor X10 Mod - 3Power 1000W Spotlight – Petrev

    1000w GE4557 Beamshots Flashanator500mW

    LK14 – LarryK

    60in Carbon Arc WWII AA searchlight – BVH

    The Coleman Conversion – Nitro

    Barnburner & XeRay Links – LuxLuthor

    Polarion PH-50 Main Thread – Patriot36

    1kW Xenon Arc Tank Light lotsalumens

    Data Bank 70 Data

    The Sleeper, and the 50W HID Lightforce Blitz Crosman451 & Sway

    Ken4 Superlight Mr Ted Bear

    Project Aurora Ginseng

    Modamag's Odyssey to the Dark Side - modamag

    PX200-HID - Petrev

    Holzleim's Handheld 500W LED Power - Holzleim

    Homemade 24" scratch built & designed reflector - LightSward

    50 inch Reflector "Monster Light" - LightSward

    "Fat Star" Octa 8x SST-90 Colossus - overdog

    Shootout Maxabeam Gen3-85 Watt & CAI Communicator 123 Watt - BVH

    My Holy Grail Has Been Found - Parts of One Anyway - SX-16 NightSun - BVH

    Not Quite The Holy Grail But Still Pleased - TrakkaBeam M800, 800 Watt Short Arc - BVH

    600 Watt Short Arc M-134 Cannon Light - INFANT AN/ASQ-132 - BVH
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    Awesome reference thread!

    I just discovered the 400W HID by Ez78 because of this thread. I still can't believe I never saw it until just now. I'm also falling in love with BVH's Locator light again.

    Thanks for all the amazing links David. Nice addition

    Paul


    Edit. I didn't even see my name on that list until just now. I don't feel worthy to have my PH50 thread included among all these others who have so much more talent and ingenuity than myself. I'll quietly except the honor.
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    Maxablaster


    Nice thread.



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    DM51,

    This thread was a great idea, thanks.

    Now we will be able to easily find the info and threads we need to see about the "big spotlights".

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    Hello David,

    Excellent idea here.

    I am honored that my simple creation is part of your list.

    I think the Data Bank 70 should be included. It is the most powerful LED creation that I have ever witnessed.

    HyperBlitz Beam Shots: One, Two, Three

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    Thanks for the links! Great reference! And, sorry it was not I who made a reference to the DB70, an incredible light to see in action!


    Karl
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    Many thanks Mark - the Data Bank 70 was exactly the LED array I had in mind as a definite and very worthy entry here, but I couldn't remember its correct name - I was hoping someone would tell me. Now included.
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    DM51,

    I just wanted to give you the option to add this because it has reviews with lots of details and beamshot comparisons of many of the "best" handheld spot/search lights ever made.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~kenshiro2/

    And once again, great thread!

    EDIT: Sorry if this seems a little off-topic since it's not a thread about a single light, but I do think it is very interesting and might be a nice addition to the "Big Lights" list.
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    DM51, superb thread, which hopefully will remain pinned. Excellent resource, and pays rightful homage to the crazy extremes that are so amazing.

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    This is a very usefull thread. Atleast the Data Bank 70 was totally new stuff for me. And some others I had almost forgotten. And of cource feels great to be on the list, thanks a lot.

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    Great idea, DM51

    EZ, sure would have been fun to have your 400 Watt light at last nights shootout! You should have hopped a plane and came on over! Well, maybe that is asking a wee bit too much!
    WWII 60" Anti Aircraft Carbon Arc (Sold), Short Arcs: 1.6KW NightSun, 1KW VSS-3A, .8KW TrakkaBeam, 600 Watt M-134 Gun Light, 500 Watt X-500-14s, 500 Watt Starburst, 300 Watt Locators, Megaray, 150 Watt Set Beam & Communicator, Maxabeam Gen3, LarryK14@52V

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    BVH,

    Yeah, comparison with your 300W Locator would have been especially interesting.

    I have never been to the US. But I am sure someday I will. Nothing's really stopping me. I'll pack the monster HID with me then. I am sure the customs officers like it too.

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    Excellent Idea DM51. Some other blasts from the past would be the Sleeper made by Crosman451 that inspired me to build the LK14. And Sways 50W HID LightForce Blitz.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ad.php?t=55487

    Also the Ken4 and Ken5 from I believe Mr Ted Bear.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ad.php?t=29918

    And Ginseng's Project Aurora.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ad.php?t=39140
    Collins Dynamics CD-12, CD-12 Magnum, Microfire Warrior, Iluminator HID, Costco HID, ,Maxabeam, Polarian Helios, RayzorLite ,BarnBurner,and a bunch of small lights.

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    Thanks, everyone - I'm glad you like this idea and think it will be useful.

    larryk, excellent suggestions for additions! I've put them in there.

    Some of the pics in the Project Aurora thread aren't coming up, and there is a crucial link in post #131 that doesn't work. Could someone (maybe Wilkey?) look at that and see if the missing items can be traced?
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    Hi DM51

    Great thread - nice to pull it all together

    New one for you (maybe) my new BigBeam400 Sleeper Mod

    a cross between JetskiMark's HyperBlitz and his Volcano Type Sleeper

    Cheers
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    I have nothing to add, I just wanted to bring this one back to the top. Carry on.


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    theres BVH's 150w Vector Twin & My 120w Vector Twin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashanator 500mW View Post
    theres BVH's 150w Vector Twin & My 120w Vector Twin.
    Hi Flash

    You (or BVH) should maybe do a thread about them so that there is a full reference to exactly what they are and how they came about ! ! !

    More details and pix and beamshots etc. the better

    Cheers
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    hmmm, good idea.

    BTW Petrev,

    did you mod your ballasts n your VT to higher wattage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashanator 500mW View Post
    hmmm, good idea.

    BTW Petrev,

    did you mod your ballasts n your VT to higher wattage?

    Also, that PayPal is soon to be sent to you.
    Hi Flash

    Not quite the same ballasts in mine so left as standard to avoid reliability and unforseen problems . . .

    Cheers
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    ps. have the wires arrived ? ? ?

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    oh yea!!!!


    Works like a charm

    Curious as to what FET's you used? The >40v or >60v

    again thanks for you super skills.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashanator 500mW View Post
    oh yea!!!!


    Works like a charm

    Curious as to what FET's you used? The >40v or >60v

    again thanks for you super skills.
    HMMM


    1 of each if I remember correctly


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    Pete, any news on that hush hush HID you mentioned?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashanator 500mW View Post
    Pete, any news on that hush hush HID you mentioned?
    SHHHH

    Still sorting out parts . . .

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    I took my second thorx10 outside to play/scare the neighbors. Up until then I hadn't used my other one for some time.

    I was as much shocked by the insane output, as the moment I first experienced it. You never get tired of it.



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    I'm adding Holzheim's Handheld 500W LED Power creation. The thread is well worth a look, for those who haven't seen it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashanator View Post
    Pete, any news on that hush hush HID you mentioned?
    Hi Flash

    It's posted

    PX200-HID

    Corrected: 1600 DecaLumen (16,000 Lumen) 1 hour runtime and great throw . . .

    Cheers
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    Last edited by petrev; 02-09-2009 at 03:17 PM. Reason: Corrected Deca Lumens ! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrev View Post
    PX200-HID

    1600 Lumen, 1 hour runtime and great throw . . .
    Now added to post #1 above!

    You are very modest with your zeroes there, lol.
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