New Version Prototype of McLux1. This light has a removable bezel lens cap
so either Luxeon optics or a polished reflector may be used with the LED.
The reflector provides for a large wide angle flood beam whereas the stock
collimator will give a more focused beam.
Titanium pocket/belt clips added; first case to the 1/4x20 port and then as
a separate component (better)
A new McLux:
Below, a 5 watt Luxeon with 700 mA constant current driver is mounted in a McLux
head and powered by a 2x123 McLux power pak. The flood reflector (not shown in
beam shot) provides a very bright flood beam. A custom 1" ball lens is used to
project a reasonably tight square spot beam.
A McLux head was filled with a clear epoxy and then the head was turned with
a radius tool and the integrated lens was polished. The resulting beam is a flood
with very nice mixing of color and uniformity of intensity. Unfortunately there is
likely significant light loss in the black, non reflecting interior of the head:
The trapped air bubbles look like small blue stars but the photo doesn't capture this:
For a second visit to this idea, a McFlood reflector was machined down and included
in the head when it was filled with epoxy. In order to keep the beam wider as well as allow
for protection of the lens, the radius was kept larger and some of the threads for the bezel
cap were left in place when the lens was radiused in place. A bezel cap was shortened and can
be used unless the full flood with perimeter lighting is desired. This light is considerably
brighter than the first; due to a higher constant current of 500 mA VS the 400 mA as well
as the reflector.
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