Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Breach, 3 Jan 2008.
These are white CCFLs Though they wont be this pretty when I get done with them...
I'm sure they'll still be awsum to behold
Well oh well! I think it is time for another update on this thing. Sorry to say I got busy with work and put it down for a while, but I have had a second wind to get more done on Kaiten X.
I decided to start off with something a bit more fun than making more brackets, and that is the lighting I had planned.
I thought about using LED lighting, but given the wiring mess and other factors I wanted to try something different. LEDs just didnt have that nice soft glow I was after, and I dont have much space to work in. Sometimes LEDs have their limits too
I started off with 8 white CCFL tubes, wraped in orange sleeving, though the sleeving will just be some extra for later.
I went about figuring out how to get the tubes out of there. I managed to find a way not to do it the first try
I ended up just cutting them out with my dremel very carefully. Even doing this I managed to break another one... down to 6!
Making sure the extraction didnt damage them, looking good. These are still damn fragile.
I used a drill press and files to notch out these lighting ports, you can see the tube stuffed in there
One for every lobe
First test! All 4 seemed to work just fine
I thought because of the notches that the acrylic plates would be quite weakened, so I made these temporary covers from a sheet of 1/4in MDF to keep the plates from flexing. I will also use them as templates in the future for the final sheet of aluminum that will cap the back and front of Kaiten X
Thing of beauty-
I really dig the light creating an orange column under it, I didnt even think about that as an after affect
Now for the back plate
Very nice! Keep it coming, too, I've missed this one.
Thats some pritty damn nice light there mate!
Thank you PureSilver! I too have missed it, just something about seeing your project gathering dust that is a little saddening
Thanks! I was very happy with the outcome, nice soft amber glow
Ok, I had time to do a little more on it (very little unfortunatly ), mainly getting the light slots completed on the back plate
After drilling I used a Dremel roto-bit to clear the path. It chewed it up a bit worse than I thought it would, but overall it worked pretty well. Just some filing and I will call it good.
Next on my list is to find this little guy a permanent home in the case.
Hey Breach, do you know what happened to your pics?
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