Following a tutorial posted here on CPF:
100W HID Mod, Est 8000 Lumen, Est Price: Just over $200.00 USD
...I built one of these mods for a customer, and I think I may have to build one for myself now!
The tutorial links parts, and shows how to insulate the metal reflector to keep the heat away from the inner workings.
* I followed the tutorial mostly the same, but I used JB weld to glue the heat shield material to the metal reflector instead of duct tape.
* And I mounted the ballast on the side of the light instead of at the bottom. (customer asked me to see if the legs can be kept in tact)
Here's some pictures of the mod I did, and some beam shots as well!
This thing is unbelievable!
Had to show it...
Here's some interesting information on HID vs Halogen:
Lighting from an HID bulb is up to 10 times more durable than halogen. Vibrations can cause damage to a halogen filament, but there is nothing to break inside an HID bulb. Instead of using a filament as it's source of light output, an hid bulb generates a xenon arc that jumps between two diodes to emit its light output. This electrical arc is similar to the lighting in the sky, so in a sense, hid xenon bulbs are what you might call "lightning in a bottle!" Pretty cool huh?!! These light sources also produce a white to blue-white light in the 4300K to 6000K color range that is safer due to the fact that it is closer to the color of natural daylight.
The color temperature of daylight is close to 4300K, which is why we as human beings that see best during the daylight are able to see more vividly with a 4300K hid kit compared to 2300K from halogen bulbs.
The light output from a 35W 4300K HID Xenon lamp is about 300% more visible light than a 55W halogen bulb.
And this build is 100 Watts HID!
HID also consumes much less power, and generates much less heat during operation...
Also, I'm in the process of building a 75 Watt HID in a Mag host!
It will be using 3 X Feilong 6000mAh 32650’s because you need 12 volts...
From what I have read, the ebay HID flashlights are not great for 'throw', but are 'flood type'.
I plan on trying to get a great 'thrower' for my mod.
It’s going to be a custom build using aluminum tubing to adapt the round ballast to the Mag host. Because the ballast is a little larger in diameter than the mag barrel...
I will use an aluminum reflector, and a borofloat glass lens to handle heat.
Should be a week or two, and I will have the first build.
It should be awesome...
Edit: Finished the Mag mod shown here:
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