Darryl Alllan Dive Light Conversion

mddolson

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I've decided to convert my old Darryl Allan "Bug" light to LED. The miniature thread lamps are getting very hard to find.
They don't last either. I bought a 10 pack a couple of years ago, & down to my last one.
The light holds 10 alkaline D cells. & the lamps are rated at 12 V , 1/2 amp (6 watts).

I've decided on a 2 step conversion.
First the emitter , then the battery pack.
For the light source I've selected a 5 W 12 V "Bike light" .
I found this inexpensive one on eBay: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Universal-Mo...es&hash=item5d4e4bc532&vxp=mtr#ht_2747wt_1125.

I will use it for first trials.
I will strip off the housing, & make spacer/adapters to sit in front of the battery pack.

Mike D
 
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mddolson

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Yes , the aluminized reflector in the Darryl Allan, was in poor condition.
I sanded (2000 grit) & polished (diamond paste) it on my lathe, but it's not the best.
I'm looking forward to getting the new emitter.

Mike D
 
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mddolson

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The lamp arrived, but I connected it to a 12V lead acid battery & the light did not look bright enough to be 5 watts.
I measured the current at 13.7 V x 0.15 Amp = 2 watts.
I have emailed the supplier. Waiting to hear back. They also offer a 3 watt version, I suspect that's what I received.

Mike D
 

alpg88

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i have the same light, (big yellow aluminium) that i bought years ago, and want to mod someday. i'm not sure how i'll go about doing it. but i'm sure that i plan to use its entire body as a heatsink.
 

DIWdiver

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At that price, you shouldn't expect a great driver. It may draw 5W only when you get well above 12V. Almost certainly it's power vs. voltage curve isn't a flat line, and it may not hit 5W anywhere.
 

mddolson

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I double checked the current on a 12 v lead acid better (13.2 volts). It's 0.20 amperes or 2.6 watts.
I emailed the supplier & they apologized & credited a refund my paypal account, & said keep the light for my troubles.
So I'm still looking for a 5-6 W, 12V led light source.
In the mean time I have two 12 V batteries so I'll try them in series to see if it boosts the output at all.
I seem to recall there's a simple voltage doubling circuit... need to dig out my electronics notes.

or this might be a candidate:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Cree-Led-Bul...Parts_Accessories&hash=item3382356840&vxp=mtr

Mike D
 
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