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So with daylight savings coming to an end, if I figured it was time to bust out the bigger guns. Everyone seemed to enjoy my sharing of the Wall-E Dual Ostar light (http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=6262966), so I thought I'd share Wall-E's new barlight companion, Rubix.

For the design, I'm using (4) P7 D-Bin (900 lumens each theoretical) emitters, a hipFlex driver from Taskled, and Ledil Boom lenses. The lens choice comes from alot of experimenting to see which patterns I liked best. And since I already have a 2,000 lumen helmet spot light, I wanted Rubix to be really floody. I ended up on deciding to go with (2) smooth spot lenses aimed 10 degrees higher up than the (2) medium lenses mounted below the 2 smooth spots, which gives a great flood from close to the tire all the way out 30-40 feet or so.

The design stage:
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Took a while to hack these parts out, but I'm pleased with the outcome:

Front cover completed:
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Back cover completed:
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All parts completed:
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Time for a little color (anodize). Here are some of the parts in the acid bath, getting the ano treatment:

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Parts all anodized:
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Assembly stages: It was an absolute beyotch trying to get all the wiring crammed up inside the housing. You can see the voltage regulator and thermostat used to control the active cooling circuit mounted to the mid section of the housing with the P7's are mounted to:

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Back housing assembly completed and LED's mounted using AAA:
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Ledil lenses installed. Two boom Smooth spots on top, two boom mediums on the bottom:
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I used O-rings and glass lenses from DX to seal from the elements:
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Completed pics!!!!!
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Yeah that's the fan in the back. Active cooling again.... my trademark :D
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And here's how it looks mounted onto the stem faceplate. I have a knob which unscrews and the entire light comes off real quick. I designed the bracket so that I could set my angle and not have to re-align it every time I put the light on the bike. Dowel pins line up the light mount to the stem faceplate, so it doesn't rotate:

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And shot of the duo tag team (Wall-E on the left, Rubix on the right). 5,600 lumens total:

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Sooooooo, this thread is useless without beamshots right? Right?!

Here they are.... all pics taken at "standard MTBR settings" of ISO-100, F4, 6 Seconds.

I set the hipflex to multimode, so you could get the picture for all 5 levels. The max power is set to the hipFlex maximum of 2.8 amps.

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Hipflex level 1:
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Hipflex level 2:
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Hipflex level 3:
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Hipflex level 4:
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Hipflex level 5:
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And just for $hits and giggles, here's Wall-E and Rubix on together (5,600 lumens):
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Questions? Comments? Do I win (for now)?
 

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GOOD FRIGGIN APPLESAUCE!!!!!!!! I went blind just thinking about the amount of light your pouring onto the trail- have your started fires as you pass by dry brush?

Beautiful machine work and design. Golf clap for you bro!
 

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I think that might be the most technically amazing light I have ever seen built here. The attention to detail is second to none and the finish product looks like it should be on display, it is almost too good to get covered in mud while biking. Congratulations on some stellar craftmanship
 

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WOW, I would like to think that the commercial stuff out there is as good and had as much design thought, since your using non bleeding edge Led's but that is truly art and the build quality is tops.
 

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The attention to detail, especially inside, is incredible! Form and function are top. Maybe MTBR should make a new sub-forum called "Artisan Lighting" :thumbsup:
 

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ocean breathes salty said:
I think that might be the most technically amazing light I have ever seen built here.
The attention to detail is second to none and the finish product looks like it should be on display,
it is almost too good to get covered in mud while biking. Congratulations on some stellar craftsmanship
..... +1, absolutely stunning! and the anodizing is beautiful :thumbsup:
 

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Excellent looking light. The anodizing looks really slick.

I have a few questions, if you don't mind:

I'm assuming you drive the P7s in series? Any interest in a custom designed buck driver that could drive your P7s in a 2s2P configuration at 2.8 amps each P7 (or a bit more)? Allows for lower battery voltage. Or are you using a boost driver? What is the interior dimension of your driver space. My driver is roughly circular and fits in a 1.25 inch diameter space.

How do you like the BOOM reflectors compared to the Fraens you used on the Wall-E. I've built a few P7 lights using the Fraen OSTAR reflectors you used and was pleased with the results. How do the BOOMs compare? I've tried the MCE version and been a bit disappointed, they just produce a wall of light. Your beam shots look awesome, but the center looks kind of washed out. Do you get a center spot?

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OK YOU WIN, I SURRENDER!

It is perfectly built! Congrats you have great skills.

What battery pack are you using to power all that?

hmm why didn't you use a quad OSTAR? more lumens!!

Do you have any plans for the XP-G?
 
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