Glowies, Blinkies, UVies & Other Illuminations

A place to discuss all things involving power and technology (including cameras). Generator tips, alternative energy, lighting your camp/bike/art/self, sound systems and more.
Post Reply
User avatar
ebenflow
Posts: 44
Joined: Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:42 am
Location: Salty Town
Contact:

Post by ebenflow » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:22 pm

Glo Paint that is suspose to glow all night after 15 min of Sun Exposure. :shock:

http://www.glopaint.com/index.htm

Anyone have any Playa experience with this stuff?
"If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove."

-Timothy Leary
www.soundcloud.com/ebenflow

User avatar
Harpman
Posts: 63
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:26 pm
Burning Since: 2004
Camp Name: The Burning Band
Location: Venice CA
Contact:

Post by Harpman » Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:14 am

Don't bother bringing your White Gas Coleman lanterns. They are a hassle with the gas, the pumping the mantles. Oye.
In stead, I got one one of those Coleman Fluorescent lanterns with the remote control. The remote is the size of a car alarm remote. It's great for activating your tent light before you enter, and can serve as a beacon as you stumble back home at 4:00 AM. "Now where was my tent?"
Also, for those newbies, who are campers, and know that florescent bulbs attract bugs. Don't worry. There are no bugs on the Playa, too hot / too cold / too dry.
Also. for personal lighting and biking needs.
THERE ARE NO STREETLAMPS, well a few torch style in the popular areas, but much of BRC is PITCH BLACK, so, you need to have light to see where you are going, especially on your bike, AND maybe more important, for inebriated folk to see you!
So, I recommend you pick up and LED Headlight from REI or Big 5. DON"T BOTHER WITH THE FLASHLIGHT BULB KIND. They will last 1 day on the playa. Also, decorate you bike with El Wire from
http://www.vibelights.com/

robotland
Posts: 3778
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 8:29 am
Location: Kalamazoo

Post by robotland » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:20 am

http://www.rei.com/product/769768

My latest Light Toy. The Mongoose has a VERY strong magnet in the fob, which is really handy for hands-free puttering with ducts, under cars or while photographing dusty autoclave pumps in a dark warehouse...(really!) But it's also strong enough to grab and pull out the blade of my pocketknife, which creates a few interesting problems. I really like having five flavors of light at my fingertips, although the little selection wheel is kinda fussy.
FATAL FLAW: The release clip is a clever design, but if you clip it to your pocket or belt and then brush against anything or lean on your car or sit down wrong it'll pop open and you've lost your new toy. I secured the two parts semipermanently with a dab of GOOP. The fob also has some very scratchy Velcro which I have yet to find useful and may even eventually remove. The bendy part of the fob makes it handy for adjusting while magnetized to a duct or clipped to your hat, and since it's flat it isn't very distracting or bulgy in your pocket.
I give it a solid "B" for design, and a Daily Carrier designation.
Howdy From Kalamazoo

User avatar
Absolut Jeenyus
Posts: 389
Joined: Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:01 pm
Location: San 4ranc15co
Contact:

Post by Absolut Jeenyus » Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:40 am

http://coolneon.com/

Cool Neon for all you Bay Area folks... For all your glow toy needs...

User avatar
Harpman
Posts: 63
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:26 pm
Burning Since: 2004
Camp Name: The Burning Band
Location: Venice CA
Contact:

Post by Harpman » Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:27 am

http://www.elbestbuy.com/

This is a much better place for El-Wire than VibeLights.com
My shipment from VibeLights was canceled with no notification or reason given. I tried to call but just got an answering machine. I emailed and got no reply. Your experience may be different, but I will no longer patronize or recommend VibeLights.com

Here are some rules of thumb for Internet ordering.
1) Track your order.
Don't just count on the confirmation E-mail. Check the following day to make sure your order was shipped and not canceled like mine.

2) Use a credit card
Credit cards are much easier to get a refund on than debit cards or PayPal.

My shipment from ElBestbuy arrives today according to UPS tracking. I'll let you know how I like it. I ordered 2 of these for my bikes
http://www.elbestbuy.com/5channelchaser.html
You can pick your 5 colors, each 4' long. Comes with a portable inverter sequencer that runs on 4 AA batteries. I can't wait!

-Harp
To err is human. It takes a computer to really screw up.
http://people.tribe.net/harpman
www.hushville.com
www.cdbaby.com/venicebluecats

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:02 am


User avatar
Free2B
Posts: 136
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:40 pm
Location: New York
Contact:

Post by Free2B » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:31 am

ebenflow wrote:Glo Paint that is suspose to glow all night after 15 min of Sun Exposure. :shock:

http://www.glopaint.com/index.htm

Anyone have any Playa experience with this stuff?
I used that very kind on a few things and though it workd great at home it never glowed out there. Odd. If you wanna try em, make sure to try aqua color, it glows the best.

User avatar
Harpman
Posts: 63
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:26 pm
Burning Since: 2004
Camp Name: The Burning Band
Location: Venice CA
Contact:

Post by Harpman » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:47 am

I tried it too. Painted a fanny pack and a my famous "Harp's Gigbag"
Here is what I learned.
1) It is best to use the paint on White surfaces / fabric etc.
2) The best glowing colors seem to be
Natural
Green
Aqua
and Pink
3) The playa does indeed cut down on glowability. Not sure why. But my fanny pack did glow very well in the pitch black of my tent. Perhaps if there was some way to "charge" the paint with a flashlight or something.
I wonder if the dust cuts down on light absorbing?
To err is human. It takes a computer to really screw up.
http://people.tribe.net/harpman
www.hushville.com
www.cdbaby.com/venicebluecats

User avatar
Joshatdot
Posts: 70
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:19 pm
Burning Since: 2008
Camp Name: Camp Envy
Location: Anacortes, WA
Contact:

Post by Joshatdot » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:43 am

I brought about 100 Bright White & 100 R.G.B. LED keychains...everyone loved the RGB keychains.

DragginLady
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:05 pm
Location: san francisco bay area
Contact:

Post by DragginLady » Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:32 am

I bought some of that glow in the dark paint.... tried it on my bike and on a dark blue velour top... I think it takes several thick layers of paint to overcome the Playa dust. Next time i will paint here at home and make sure the paint is plenty thick on the bike. Also, finishing with a clear coat probably will help.
The paint on my top~~white on a dark surface seemed to work ok; I had it on my back and my camp mates could see it. Maybe my body heat helped it stay activated.
Over all, I would not vote this as a favorite product.

User avatar
Marscrumbs
Posts: 543
Joined: Wed Mar 10, 2004 2:45 pm
Location: Bishop Ca

Glo-paints are cool but...

Post by Marscrumbs » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:26 am

Ambient nightlights on the playa is too much for glo-paint to compete. dim compared to el wire. Best when used in a very dark enviroment. Or back up safety lumination of things you can bump into.

User avatar
drutter
Posts: 198
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:19 am
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Post by drutter » Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:50 pm

Joshatdot wrote:I brought about 100 Bright White & 100 R.G.B. LED keychains...everyone loved the RGB keychains.
Thanks for the link. I'm probably going to check out those multicoloured ones. If you buy 3 (or 5 or 10) of them you get progressively bigger discounts. And each comes with 7 lights, each having multiple colours and settings. Cheap enough to hang a large number off your outfit for the night and just be "the guy with a zillion little flashers". And/or give some away to friends etc.
Heavy on preparations, light on expectations.

moesy
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:56 am
Location: Gloucester, MA
Contact:

Post by moesy » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:13 am

I bought a bunch of blinkie rings from a great guy in Gerlach, gave those as gifts and also adorned my fingers with them in the evenings!

Yay blinkies! Yay glow in the dark stuff!!! Yay, Yay!! :P
)'( Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out.

User avatar
Rocket75377
Posts: 152
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:27 am

Post by Rocket75377 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:07 am

In case no one else has noticed, it's that wondrous time of year again! Christmas lights are in stock at your favorite chain outlet! Target, Walmart, Meijer, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are all confirmed retailers of solar- and battery-operated LED strands!

Now be good little consumers and spend, spend, spend! I bet we can single-handedly (er, 50,000-handedly?) buy our way out of this recession! If you're not out buying all the LED christmas lights you can find, well, I'm afraid to say the terrorists have won.
I am the people your parents warned you about.

"How would Horatio Alger have handled this?"

User avatar
AntiM
Moderator
Posts: 20179
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:23 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art
Location: Wild, Wild West
Contact:

Post by AntiM » Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:55 am

Costco has battery operated phasing LED snowflakes now (boxes of ten, individual flakes with batteries included), and solar phasing LED snowflakes on stakes.

Shopko has battery operated phasing LED eyeballs and skeletons. The eyeballs are better.

User avatar
Boijoy
Posts: 1445
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:51 pm
Burning Since: 2006
Camp Name: Metro Mart
Location: Metro Mart. 4:30 Plaza

Post by Boijoy » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:54 pm

Not to mention how CHEAP costume stuff is right after Halloween !! Must think about Burning Man Always !!
don't forget to floss

User avatar
Sail Man
Posts: 4523
Joined: Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:03 am
Burning Since: 2008
Camp Name: Kidsville: Delicious
Location: 20 Minutes into the Future

Post by Sail Man » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:15 pm

Boijoy wrote:Must think about Burning Man Always !!
I do, I do think about BM all the time, especially when I wake up and race to get my coffee so I can enjoy my morning......

Oh, you mean the other BM :?
Excuse me Ma'am, your going to feel a small prick.
_______________________________________

Algorithms never survive the first thirty seconds of patient contact

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:17 pm

AntiM wrote:Costco has battery operated phasing LED snowflakes now (boxes of ten, individual flakes with batteries included), and solar phasing LED snowflakes on stakes.

Shopko has battery operated phasing LED eyeballs and skeletons. The eyeballs are better.
Phasing?

User avatar
theCryptofishist
Posts: 40313
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 9:28 am
Burning Since: 2017
Location: In Exile

Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:25 pm

I think she means changing from one color to another.
The Lady with a Lamprey

"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

User avatar
AntiM
Moderator
Posts: 20179
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:23 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art
Location: Wild, Wild West
Contact:

Post by AntiM » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:52 am

Indeed.

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:38 am

http://www.ledsmagazine.com/main
They have a suppliers directory that might be very useful.
This is a trade magazine that is probably not very useful to the casual non-technical reader.

It seems that the largest and brightest display screens are still LED.
I found one that is 216 feet by 36 feet, visible from several miles.

User avatar
Elorrum
Posts: 5412
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:09 pm
Burning Since: 2007
Camp Name: Baby fell in the Bucket
Location: Reno

Post by Elorrum » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:11 pm

been playing with this lately. I like putting it upside down on the floor or ground and it makes a nice pattern of lights on the ceiling. I used this under my shade shelter this last burn, and enjoyed the lights on both sides of the light colored nylon.

http://www.poolproducts.com/SPP/product ... f_id=A2607

just 4 little leds flashing or fading and the lenses on the housing multiply and spread the lights out. turns off after one hour.

Toolmaker
Posts: 2511
Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:44 pm

Post by Toolmaker » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:41 am

For those folks with Surefire torches..

http://www.surefire.com/P60L

80 lumen LED, just got two for my G2 and G3 lights. These WILL fit in you spare battery carrier.

I don't buy Surefire direct since there are PLENTY of places with better prices, their site is good to window shop.
This account has been closed as demanded by Wedeliver.

Toolmaker
Posts: 2511
Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:44 pm

Post by Toolmaker » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:34 pm

Apologies if anyone has already posted this.

http://store.monkeylectric.com/ProductD ... Code=m133s

Image

Image

[youtube][/youtube]
This account has been closed as demanded by Wedeliver.

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:34 pm

I don't know if these will be useful at the price, unless maybe for color that can be dimmed.
They will run well in the cold though.

http://www.enluxled.com/products-solutions.php

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:43 pm

The 3-watt Brinkmann headlamps and torches are now down to $21 at my target.
I wonder when or if we'll see the new luxeon LEDs in that sort of thing?
I still haven't seen anything better for the price.


A friend of mine has started using lithium one use batteries for everything, as much for the lower weight as the stability.
That would be well worth the money on the playa in a headlamp.


Here's a bike perimeter light that Xtracycle carries.
The idea is to illuminate the bike and rider and area around the bike.
Not cheap but available with a recharging system.
Image
Image
http://www.xtracycle.com/home/hitchless ... cessories/
http://www.rockthebike.com/lights/downlowglow

User avatar
SilverOrange
Posts: 568
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:38 pm
Location: Chelsea

Post by SilverOrange » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:41 am

These may be useful for those with computerized lighting displays with on their MVs/camps/artwork. Dimmable LED bulbs.
http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/6/1/10
The store:
http://www.ledholidaylighting.com/

User avatar
allyn
Posts: 25
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:38 pm
Location: Portland
Contact:

Home Brew LED / HID Lighting System

Post by allyn » Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:06 pm

Folks:

I have a complete home brew LED and HID lighting system for my bike that includes headlights, taillights, and decorative lighting so I can be seen and noticed.

I have a pdf file on my website (www.clearplastic.com) that shows how I assembled the system as well as how I put together my line of lighted clear vinyl raincoats that are great for cruising aound town on a rainy evening!

Oh, how I luv light!

Cleraa
:D

User avatar
gyre
Posts: 15457
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:01 pm
Location: ΦάÏ

Post by gyre » Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:32 pm

Why don't you paste all of it on this thread?

User avatar
Generic Anonymity
Posts: 113
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:03 pm
Location: Pennsylvania

Post by Generic Anonymity » Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:50 am

I'm going with one of these monkeylectric things - I like the patterns.

The coupon BIKECULT will get you 10% off. ^_^
Toolmaker wrote:http://store.monkeylectric.com/ProductD ... Code=m133s

Image

Image

[youtube][/youtube]

Post Reply

Return to “Power & Electronics”