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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

Most of my career has been contract or freelance work and I've crafted products and strategies for both big international companies and startups. I also used to work in the "industry" fabricating special effects for film and TV, along with the occasional hot rod. Bottom line, I love making things.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Glow in the dark o-ring fun

Just a quick update. I'm working with a new Cree LED called the "XML." It's a little bit brighter than the MCE (about 50 lumens) and it has a smaller hot spot (a little bit more throw) because the surface of the LED is smaller than the MCE. It's hard to notice the difference unless you are comparing side-by-side. However, since the LED is smaller I've discovered a fun option: glow in the dark o-rings!

No, glow technology has not progressed since the 80's so the effect is mostly for show. 
I tested this configuration in my integrating sphere (it measures brightness) and there is no perceptible loss of performance by putting the o-ring around the LED. This will not work with the MCE since that LED fills the entire opening of the reflector.

When ordering, let me know if this is an option you are interested in. It's not officially available on my store yet but...I know a guy that can hook you up.

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