My first bicycle light

Wurkkos

Kalasznikov

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Feb 22, 2013
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Hi everybody. I would like to show off my first light for my bike. I made it few months ago but I didn't have much time to show it on the forum. My light consist of: XM-L T6 1C, typical driver (8xAMC), lens from Ledil (20*). Body was made from Alu+Mg, I think it is good connection. It is quite hard and allow to pass out heat. In less than 10 min body is so hot that I can't touch it. Of course it is in room. Outside, when I use max mode the body isn't even warm. To power the flashlight I use 4 x Li-ion battery pack and I can use it for over 2 hours in max mode. I have never seen before XM-L diode in action before this one and that was just like explosion for me when I turned it on for the first time. I havent't made switch yet so I ride on my bike always on max mode :). Here are some pictures:






As You can see I have special part for roads and thus the beam is cut off so I don't blind drivers. I know it is not perfect flashlisght, it is even quite ugly but You have to notice that I didn't know nothing about flashlight when I made it :). Now I am in process of doing small EDC on XP-G. In the near future I show it here. I think it might be interesting.
 
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Steve K

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That's a nice looking light! Very well done!
I like the small hood to cut off the beam for road riding too. It certainly helps to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
 

1nterceptor

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Nice project! If you're concerned about blinding oncoming traffic,
maybe you can mount it lower. By the forks or headtube of the frame.
I use a SSC P7 flashlight attached on my helmet so I can steer the
beam in the direction I want. I may dip my helmet to the right when I'm
approaching an oncoming cyclist on a tight bike path; or I may
purposefully "light up" the face of a driver who is about to run a
stop sign/light entering my right of way.
 

Kalasznikov

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Feb 22, 2013
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Thank you for good words about my flaslight. The hood works almost well but I have to make it a little bit longer to cut off more beam beacause sometimes drivers show me that my light blind them. I'm working on makeing my next bicycle flashlight and I think I will show it in next two weeks because my lathe hand already got drawings of it. It will not a marvel art. but I think it will be surely better than older one. Additionaly as I mentioned in my last post I made a project of small EDC on XP-G.
 
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