My father (FlashlightDR) and I once have an idea for a part that would be very useful for one of our projects and would like to see if YOU are interested.
The first light we have made from scratch together is a wooden box. We put lots of LEDs on the top with two switches (low and high) and put some batteries inside the box. Pretty dandy light if you ask me. Next we thought of another idea. A <font color="blue">luxeon</font> light! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] In order to do this though we would need to mount the lux on some sort of heatsink and then mount that on the box. We would also need some sort of optics, but they would be fully exposed and would not be attached. Hmmmmmm...... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img]
So along comes our big idea! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
How about a custom part that holds your luxeon star, and optics, lens, and o-ring, (like a flashlight bezel) but mountable! We looked around to see how much it would cost to get something like this made, and it's fairly expensive. FlashlightDR had the idea of maybe doing a run of, say 100, and selling 98 or so on CPF. Well FlashlightDR's co-worker's friend owns a machine shop here in Santa Barbara, so we stopped by. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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FlashlightDR and I are considering making a run of 100 mountable bezels.
Here is exactly what they would be....
<ul type="square">[*]Constructed of aluminum (good heatsinking)[*]NX05/McFlood/Fraen-LP Capable[*]Uses any luxeon star (1 watt, III, or 5 watt)[*]Uses Mini-Mag/McLux size lens[*]Mountable on a flat surface with two screws[/list]
This is basically a luxeon star flashlight head (almost like the McLux) but mountable. It would not include a luxeon star or optics for sure. We will probably (but not definitely) include the lens and o-ring. The batteries/power would be exterior to the mountable bezel. The rough cost (please don't quote me on this) would be somewhere between $20 and $40 per unit.
We discussed our idea with the machinist and he is very interested in our idea and says he would be glad to make this happen for us. Before entering the prototype phase, FlashlightDR and I would like to get your input!
<font color="red">We welcome all comments and suggestions!</font> [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Feel free to post, e-mail me ( IlluminatingBikr@cox.net ) or PM me.
Thank you very much! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]