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Old 12-20-11, 12:06 PM   #1
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thrifty l.e.d. flashlight for headlight or projects

hello everyone, i normally use a detachable l.e.d. flashlight for a headlight system on my bicycles. i was at a dollar tree store and found a three l.e.d. flashlight that costs one u.s. dollar! and works good enough. the handle is round and grooved so it can be clamped or zip tied. they are not water sealed so i used a small watercolor paint brush and coated the inside threads, metals, and p.c.b. with mineral oil that seems to be working. the price of the flashlight alone opens it up to potential lighting projects like a light bar under a front rack or basket. i will be checking other dollar stores for dollar l.e.d. flashlights.
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Old 12-22-11, 01:53 AM   #2
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Good find. I recently bought a box of two of those 9-led showerhead lights they sell in every hardware aisle to use for housings/switches for some light projects I have coming up. Are the ones you have painted plastic or actual aluminum? Cheap lights can be a good source of parts.
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Old 12-22-11, 03:39 PM   #3
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I've bought some of those just 'cause they were so cheap. Make great small project lights. I keep one at the entertainment center for when I got to fiddle with something there.

You must have really good night vision to find it useful for riding. I use a Nebo Redline and a headlamp, ~ 100 lumens each. Don't do much night riding.
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Old 12-22-11, 03:51 PM   #4
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i have some other more expensive three l.e.d. flashlights the dollar ones are just as bright and use the batteries just as fast as the more expensive ones. one flashlight at each end of a front basket is bright enough for me.

A10K, the flashlights are plastic
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Old 12-22-11, 04:33 PM   #5
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Dollar tree also tends to carry smaller 3 led aluminum case flashlights as well. I use many dollar tree (and other dollar store) led devices for my lighting projects.

I just got a small aluminum case 21 led flashlight as an early x-mas gift and I'm already plotting to use it to rebuild one of my old projects (a union headlight that's been moded to use a 9 led flashlight)
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