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    Hi All, Have been checking the forum for a little while.
    Long time diver but still new to the dive light arena.

    My first real project involved fiber optics and selective lighting techniques for uw photography about 2 years ago.
    Lots of fun and experimentation on the lounge room floor with a rubber ducky. I got the setup underwater and enjoyed the results.

    My second project was a hid to led canister light mod and inspired by another forum member.
    I'd rather not embarrass the individual by name but the mod was something I had been thinking of for some time.
    He wrote about it on a local dive forum and included so much info it was hard not to follow in his tracks.
    Have been thinking about upgrading the cree's to the latest and greatest.
    Went on a slightly different focus with the project which was more for an uw photography focus light rather than the
    main torch. I used warmer leds and wide optics and have mounted the light head to the camera. While it still has some disadvantages including an umbilical, the burn time and light intensity is fantastic especially when compared to the costs and burn of off the shelf products.

    My main reason for joining was to post a topic/question yesterday about a light I am interested in as an alternative to the canister light mentioned above.

    Cheers,
    Phil Mercurio

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    I am new to CPF. I am an OCD researcher and am always learning about new things. I have recently taken up diving and noticed that most lights are very expensive.

    I am new to this forum and am interested in building or modifying a light that can handle going 100' underwater.

  3. #63

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    Hi All,

    Been lurking on here a while trying to get my head around leds, forward voltages, drivers etc with a view to upgrading my current Birchly video light.

    I am a UK diver based in the NW, part of a club called Icicle Divers.

    If you want to see a bit of the type of diving we do check out this video which is footaged edited together from me and my buddy in an old slate quarry called Dorothea in North Wales.

    Hope you like (now just need to get more lumens on the job)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=hVklORtESJE

    Cheers

    DDD

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    Hey guys,

    I'm new to CPF and can wait to start researching. I'm reasearching DIY canister dive lights with hopes of building my own. I'm in the proccess of building a triple XML mag with OMS canister. Currently I can't decied what optics to use. Anyone want to point me in the direction of a good dive light optics thread?

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    I started a thread before posting here! I dive almost exclusively in the oceans of Southern California. Kelp forests, submarine canyons, rock reefs make for some interesting dives. My weekly dive usually finds me at the submarine canyon which is a bit of a mudhole, but still very interesting in terms of topo and life.

    For lights I have a Salvo 10w canister HID, an Intova and UK backup (not sure what models). I'm attempting to breath life into a flooded LED canister light. This is my first foray into light modification (unless you count buying the led bulb for the Mag light).

    I'm happy to be here, and have a few projects in my mind!

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    Hi.
    Fresh member from Norway, Tec,Wreck and Cave is my thing, made a few Lightprojects try the years, mostly Big Hid lights 35-75w/9-18Ah.
    Just started 2 play with Led projects,.
    Don't have any fancy DIY equipment, but hoping to get me some.

    @ the moment i have a 35/50w HID main light and several small 10W HiDs.. looking into LEDs since i´w got a Diverite Led light thats totally flooded..

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    Just have to put in a thank you for all of the information! Currently building a light, with another planned. I found the forum while searching for info.

    The light in work is a single XM-L emitter, 18650 powered light with control and charging built-in. Stainless body is complete, working on the circuitry. No optics, useful for close-in photo and video work, a modeling light, I do a lot of macro photography. The second light will be a multiple emitter video light using some of the same tech. Post later when the project is more advanced?

    The information here has already saved me some trouble, hopefullty resulting in a succesful project.

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    Hi All,
    I live in Sydney Australia, and have done approximately 1000 dives, locally and overseas
    I am a keen U/W photographer mostly macro on local shore dives, as my name "Tambjaman" suggests
    A few years ago I sold my expensive HID on Ebay & converted my old Alpha 2000 into a Led, with a cut down canister
    a few of friends liked this conversion so I have also modified Ocean Graphic & Aquasea halogens to leds
    Additionally I modify W200 to use 2 x 18650 lithium with either a T6 or U2 Xm-l emmitters, I ve modded more than 30 of these for local scuba club members
    2 recent challenges were modifying a dead Greenforce HID to Led plus a Diverite Led 500 into 1000 lumin using a W300 reflector and a Xm-l
    Thanks to the many members on this forum who have provided me with lots of interesting & helpful ideas that have broadened my dive light modification hobby

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    Hi all - just joined - budding freediver although not managed to get anywhere interesting yet.

    Is the general diving light solution handheld or head mounted? I'd probably want some kind of lanyard if it was the former - is this standard?

    What kind of throw can you get from a decent light underwater - can it drastically increase your view distance in murky waters or is the main use in night diving?

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    Im not a fan of head mounted lights for underwater. They can produce a lot of backscatter.

    A light will not allow you to see further in murky water since lack of light isnt the problem.

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    Are dive lights designed to be neutral to negatively buoyant?
    I found an old UnderwaterKinetics SL6, that I'd like to convert to a pool light. If I replace the alkaline C-cells with AA lithium (in C holders), that should reduce weight enough to make it positively buoyant, right?
    Thankx

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    Are dive lights designed to be neutral to negatively buoyant?
    I found an old UnderwaterKinetics SL6, that I'd like to convert to a pool light. If I replace the alkaline C-cells with AA lithium (in C holders), that should reduce weight enough to make it positively buoyant, right?
    Thankx
    I personally would never dive with a postively buoyant light. Some people do, but i've seen what happens inside a wreck - not pretty. Lights also form part of my ditchable weight system - i'm more than happy to throw away a $1000 light to save my life. Why not just try the light with no batteries? That will pretty much tell you straight away whether it's every going to be positively buoyant.


    Anyway, i'm new here too :-) I know nothing about modding lights but about to try my first mod on my DiveRite can light.

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    Hello Divers,

    Im Jerry I live in holland and I'm currently diving for 1 year now.
    I have a Gopro Hero 2 and I want to make a video light for it because I currently use
    some chinese flashlights but they keep flooding.
    I registered to this forum to learn how to make one because the electric part is hard for me.
    I'm able to work with a Lathe so if my light will be ready ill post it in here ill think.
    I also have a hartenberger which I converted to a 2300 Lumen light with a SST90.
    But the electrical part is being done by a fellow student.

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    Hello to all you divers and LED light enthusiasm.
    I do most of my diving in the St-Lawrence River, wreck diving.
    With low visibility and often dark areas, I need a good light.
    I started a Thread to get to know more about LED and what is needed to built my own light. Thread: DIY Powerfull LED Dive Light
    I'm starting to have an idea of how I should start but it's not that easy.

    I'll keep reading.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrybboy View Post
    Hello Divers,

    Im Jerry I live in holland and I'm currently diving for 1 year now.
    I have a Gopro Hero 2 and I want to make a video light for it because I currently use
    some chinese flashlights but they keep flooding.
    I registered to this forum to learn how to make one because the electric part is hard for me.
    I'm able to work with a Lathe so if my light will be ready ill post it in here ill think.
    I also have a hartenberger which I converted to a 2300 Lumen light with a SST90.
    But the electrical part is being done by a fellow student.
    Watch this: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/201...ive_light.html

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    Hey everybody,

    Im new to cpf, been wading through the knee deep sea of leds, drivers, resistors batteries, electrical math...ect. What im looking to do is build my own dive light from scratch. Im diving with a tektite expedition star 175 led and its just not cutting it. I dive in some of the worst viz imagionable(1ft viz was the worst!). I mainly dive a quarry close to home called willow springs. The viz on a good day is anywhere between 10-15 ft. my buddy has an el chepo China 600 lumen light tha does decent but sucks on battery life.

    So here is my plan: build a quality torch style led, with 1000 lumen or more, use rechargeble c or d batteries and have a super tight beam. If anyone has ideas for leds or drivers to use let me know
    Thanks!

  17. #77

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    Hello,

    CandlePowerForum newb. 3D diver over on the scuba forum. I've been tinkering with diffusers in a pair of 1000 lumen DRIS lights as video lights for this GoPro 3D rig:



    I am currently using 60 degree Holographic diffusers I added inside the lights.

    Hope to learn more about dive lighting here.

    Cheers.

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    Welcome !

    Nice looking setup . I have never view some 3D video from Gopro . This setup is not very buoyant probably? ... and maybe turn foward due to long handle with some weight on ends ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucca brassi View Post
    Welcome !

    Nice looking setup . I have never view some 3D video from Gopro . This setup is not very buoyant probably? ... and maybe turn foward due to long handle with some weight on ends ?
    Thank you.

    It's a pound or two negative & I've toyed with the idea of adding some bouyancy. It started as rig for getting 3D images using a pair of Nikonos V cameras & weight isn't my highest concern (a couple of folks have critisized it 'cause of the weight). When shooting I use both hands and don't have any tilt/turn issues---it helps my trim a bit having a little weight forward.

    Here's a link to my latest video. You can click on the 3D icon to change the viewing mode or disable 3D:


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    Just watched this side by side like a magic eye picture, looks awesome (though my eyeballs now hurt a bit). Where is it filmed?

  21. #81

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    Quote Originally Posted by demonic69 View Post
    Just watched this side by side like a magic eye picture, looks awesome (though my eyeballs now hurt a bit). Where is it filmed?
    That's my preferred way of watching, but it takes getting used to.

    I dive in the Monterey CA area. That particular dive was at Point Lobos State Park south of Carmel.

    Thanks for watching.

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    Nice video! My wife and I started diving in Monterey and Carmel CA about ten years ago. We loved diving Point Lobos and Monastary Beach on the rare occasion when the waves weren't too high. We sure do miss diving in the kelp forests. I'm a PADI Divemaster. We live in Fort Lauderdale FL now and enjoy the warm water and near shore reefs.

    I have a Light Cannon 100 and although it's a good light, it's a bit on the heavy side being powered by 8 C-Cells. Is there a smaller, lighter LED dive light that produces a comperable amount of light? The Light Cannon claims 450 Lumens and a Color Temperature of 6,000K.

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    Thanks.

    I dove with a guy who had two of these

    http://www.laluzoptics.com/L800.html

    and was very impressed by the intensity and beam spread. Their light circle has kind of a sharp edge but there is a diffuser available.

    I just ordered two more of the DRIS 1000 lumen dive lights to add to my setup, but am having second thoughts 'cause of the weight. They're not bad with a diffuser:

    http://www.diverightinscuba.com/cata...ht-p-3380.html

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    it is normal aspherics lens (double color external ring ) out of focus ( shorter distance than focus distance )

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    My name is Tom Hundley and I am a cavern and cave photographer. I have been diving for about 10 years with OW training to DM Padi, Full Cave NACD , and Advanced Nitrox and Deco from TDI. I don't have a lot of lights. I have a 6deg Dive Rite 10 Watt as a primary, an Intova 200L, a Salvo Mini. Also have a bunch of OW lights from Princeton Tec setting around in a box. Looking to do Video and trying to find something to use with a GoPro3Black. Most all of my diving is Caves but will probably also do some ocean reef and wrecks soon for photos and video. Camera is a Nikon D200 with a Tokina 10-17 with Ik strobe. Borrow more if needed but need to buy more. Also have a bunch of old Sea and Sea Strobes not working. Would fix them for remotes if I can find out how and do it cheap enough but need optical remote firing solution. So there you have it a lot more wants than I can afford and if I can build something I am willing to try.

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    Hello! I am a newbie diver! I have logged about 8 dives I think and am looking to slowly creep up to paid advanced underwater (I realize it sounds funny with such few dives, and totally get that). I would like to have a dive light for deep dives and for night dives that may be in my near future. I thought this would be the logical place to start looking at lights! Nice to see divers here!


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    Hi all,

    I've been lurking this forum for some time and now here I am.

    I'm a underwater video enthusiast. I shot with a Panasonic GH2 in Nauticam housing and I have two FIX Aquavolt 3500.
    I'm pretty happy with them even if light is not enough

    Here a photo of my setup:




    And a review of my lights I wrote on WP

    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php...l=aquavolt3500

    I would interested to build a new hi-power video light that can be handheld by the diver/model adding some depth to my shots.
    I will post a request for suggestions soon.

    Bye
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    Hi everyone!

    I currently reside in the sunny state of Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I've never modded a flashlight before, but I'm looking to get started in a custom light for my GoPro setup. GoPro Dive Lighting (Photo/video)

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Norm; 01-26-2013 at 07:31 PM.

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    Hello fellow scuba divers! Like everyone else, I am here because I am trying to get a budget gopro lighting system put together. I am almost there, and just waiting on a couple of flashlights to arrive at my doorstep. It isn't pretty, but I don't have much invested in it! I mostly dive the Oregon coast, but head up to the Puget Sound for some diving up in Washington. I think it would be cool if we could get a thread with dive video from your setups along with information on what lights/equipment you are using.
    Dan

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    Love yours videos on DIR Explorers Davide !

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