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  1. idleprocess

    "You have insufficient privileges to reply here."

    I cannot respond to numerous threads. Ex: Responding with Partial Quote has the dreaded permissions message at the bottom: None of the watched threads I've sampled allow replies. I wonder if I will be able to reply to this thread once posted since I can reply to none of the other threads I've...
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    Thrunite Archer 2A V3 terse review

    Gave in to temptation on Prime Day and grabbed one of these in neutral white. TL;DR: The Thrunite Archer 2A V3 is a general-purpose light suitable for most casual flashlight tasks, but doesn't necessarily exceed at any one thing. THE GOOD Mode arrangement is logical: low is sublumen with the...
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    best LED for DIY fixed lighting?

    Going on ten years ago I homebrew-ed an outdoor lighting installation using 3-up stars populated with Lumileds Rebel LEDs. Heatsinking was ... mininal with ⅛" x 2" barstock sections cut all of about 3" long and whatever additional heatsinking that the minuscule shell the Al sample containers...
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    "Grandparent" flashlight

    Looking for a simple-to-operate LED flashlight to give as Christmas gifts. Target audience is effectively grandparents who need a flashlight to put in a junk drawer, glove box, purse, or toolbox for extremely occasional use - but it needs to work when called upon; as such electronic switches...
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    BLF/TLF FW3A impressions

    I've had the FW3A in my hands for about a week and it's become my favorite flashlight. Thought I'd share my impressions along with a few photos I took at my desk. The TL;DR The BLF/TLF FW3A is a well-crafted utilitarian flashlight that delivers performance and where it counts and polish on...
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    Options for 2018 Subaru WRX and 2003 Ford Ranger

    I'm looking for some advice on upgrading the headlamps on my two vehicles. 2018 Subaru WRX I have recently obtained a base model Subaru WRX, equipped with the stock halogen projectors. They're functional and subjectively about as good as those on my old 2008 Mazda 3 (which I did appreciate)...
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    LOFTEK Pioneer 15W Rechargable Portable Flood Light - first impressions

    I recently acquired a LOFTEK Pioneer 15W Portable Flood Light from Amazon. No photos at this time since one can get a reasonable idea of what it looks like on the manufacturer's site. What Is It? The Pioneer 15W is a USB-rechargable floodlight / power bank that retails for about $25. It has 2...
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    Best multi-chemistry 4-channel charger for the money?

    I presently have a modest fleet of chargers that I use routinely... Vanson Speedy Box Panasonic Eneloop pack-in smart charger AccuPower IQ-328 Nitecore D4 And was wondering what CPF's consensus was on the best 4-channel NiMH/LiFeP04/Li-Ion charger was for the money. I've decided that...
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    Desk lamp project

    I recently moved to a new work location and found the lighting over my work area unsatisfying - particularly after I removed the wall-mount cabinet with its under-cabinet florescent fixture. I purchased a desk lamp for one side of the desk that partially alleviated the problem, but it still...
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    Shed lighting project

    My parents are building a new shed. I was originally invited up for the "summer roofing clinic" (thanks, Dad) but we got rained out. Thankfully I had a backup plan... The shed is 30' x 8' with a single window in the middle of a long side - so it's going to need lighting to be useful. Rather...
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    DIY ceiling-bounce lightbar

    After seeing mds82's work, I was inspired to do something similar - albeit on a more modest scale. My goal was to produce something better than the lame little Ikea LED lamp on the nightstand for occasional reading in bed and late night visits to the water closet. Having some previous...
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    Hampton Bay 11" LED Round Ceiling Flush Mount Light

    My 3M Advanced LED bulb died recently. I've yet to encounter any non-niche producer of bulbs in the >3000K - <5000K range, leaving the fixture empty and my upstairs hallway inconveniently dark. I've been wanting to experiment with some of the purpose-built utility LED fixtures that seem likely...
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    Cree 4Flow first impressions with photos

    Decided to replace the aging CFL's in the downstairs half bath with some of the Cree 4Flow bulbs. At the same time, I wanted to alter the color in that room a little from displeasing 2700K CFL's to something north of 3000K, so I installed a pair of 40W equivalent 2700's and a single 5000, which...
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    NOCO ChargeLight : first impressions

    Overview The ChargeLight is a combination USB battery bank and flashlight. The battery bank function will recharge almost any USB-powered device (such as cell phones). The flashlight offers 3 modes and strobe, thankfully omitting a SOS mode. Manufacturer Specifications Battery Battery...
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    "Ghost Gunner" desktop CNC

    I know next to nothing about metal working and have always been interested in it, but have always been put off by my perceived inaccessibility of it from a greenhorn/hobbyist perspective. Today I read about the Ghost Gunner project, which aside from its intent to allow people to finish 80%...
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    Blackouts in the sub/urban jungle

    Here's hoping we can continue discussing themes from the previous thread without stepping on toes. I've noticed that blackouts during the day lasting more than a few minutes commonly induce this strange behavior in Americans that I've seen everywhere I've lived. For the first 60 seconds...
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    Considering a custom build - seeking feedback

    I recently obtained a bicycle and with the onset of fall, it's getting dark during typical riding times. A friend uses the Fenix BT20. While it produces a bright, automobile-friendly beam that's great for road biking, its area of illumination and light to the sides leaves a bit to be desired...
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    Philips 60W (10.5W) "bright white" LED

    I don't recall a thread on this particular model, so I'll post my impressions. The last bulb in my long-suffering back porch light (a cheap ceiling fan with a light kit mounted to the awning) expired, so I decided to replace them ala shifting the CFL's from my guest room. They're 9W N-Vision -...
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    LED light bulb comparative review

    I find that I have accumulated a number of LED light bulbs and after doing the 3M review, decided to just photograph them all under somewhat controlled conditions, mostly to get a sense of color rendition. I say "somewhat" controlled since I did not use a particularly precise camera nor did I...
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    3M Advanced LED

    Seen some mention of this model, but recall nor found no dedicated threads. I was always curious about the 3M bulb, never saw one on Wal-Mart shelves, and since they didn't make very clear what "cool white" was I assumed it was 5000K like everyone else. Then I actually looked at the specs and...
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