I ordered the mag D cell accessory pack from brightguy. I also ordered a 49mm 360nm max UV pass filter from here. I could have ordered a slim version but I wanted it NOW!
The 49mm lens snaps right into the filter holder of the D cell accessory pack PERFECTLY. Its like it was made for this.
Fired up the miniHID, slipped on the beam filter and it blew my Inova X5T 395nm UV away. The whites flouresced a lot brighter. (The inova has more violet than I care for).
Fired up the Mag85, slipped the beam filter on and it worked just like the miniHID in terms of lighting up 'stains' but it also radiated a faint red glow on things that dont fluoresce. Still worked fine though.
I'll post some shots of all the lights later in the 'Homemade and Modified lights' section.
Know one thing. It's not going to light up the whole room. The filter is thick. But the hotspot is the center of attention and I can throw that UV hotspot well across the room and beyond.
Anyone wanting a low cost UV alternative should consider this easy, no-nonsense setup. It cost me less than $40.
I bet that sucker gets hot fast!! especially on the incadecent mag85!! hotwires make more infared than UV, probably why you're getting red glow, there's just so much that the filter can only absorb so much. I imagine a thiner one would also let more visable light out.
Not very efficient heh. We just need a small low power arc lighting flashlight type thing they used in the early tanning beds. That'd make some UV!
The Mag85 gets the UV filter pretty hot fast but it is glass and seems to handle it well. The miniHID produces more UV than the Mag85 and it doesn't get hot at all. Of course, the miniHID is only 500+ lumens.
I did it with a Mag85 and shown one picture of it in 'Homemade' section. Do you mean you want me to try it with an unmodified mag? Not enough light output of any wavelegth to make it past the filter unless its modded for 500+ lumens.
In the middle of the night with either miniHID or Mag85 set on flood...AWESOME! Yes, it flouresces the whole floor in a room. Make sure its almost pitch black and flood this baby.
I'm happy with the filter now. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/clap.gif[/img] Too dim for me to take some cool pictures. I suck with a camera. Now I have to go do some cleaning... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
Hrmm. Well, a Mag74 is my next project. I might think about it then. I wonder if one was to slightly scuff up the center of the other lens (the cheap one [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] ) in the center (ala cheapie flashlights with the center blurred) if that would reduce the glare in the center of the beam on the Mag85.
Anyway, I still think this is just cool as hell. Not I'm not cool as hell and that's why I don't have an HID like you.
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