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    Has anyone tried to use one of the camera LED ring lights used for macro photography for use on a mill quill? They look like that would be easy to adapt and have an AC adapter for constant use. There are some on ebay that are quite inexpensive.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MACRO-RING-L...item4aaa41447f
    Doug

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    I intend to mount this one on my mill above the quill, just to see how it does. It puts out a bunch of light on 12V.



    They're pretty checp on eBay and import sellers, called "angel eye" lights and are meant for mounting around a car's headlights.

    I'm likely to just glue a couple of magnets to the back and hardwire it into a wall wart and see how it works. I suspect that it's not going to be really useful when the quill is fully extended.

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    • #3
      I bought one of the cheapys on ebay and tried it on my BP. Basically useless. The LED's are basically angled away from the center of the circle which leaves the spindle work point un-illuminated. A couple of weeks after I mounted it, a couple of LED's failed and some others lost brightness. It went into the trash. Don't waste your money. Maybe the higher cost camera lights might be better. This one I had was advertised as a camper's tent light and only cost a few dollars.

      RWO

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      • #4
        I put one on my mill, local purchase about $25 I think. Wouldn't part with it for anything.
        The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

        Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

        Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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        • #5
          You might try one of these. Replace the base with a speaker magnet and you have a great machine light. I have several in my shop. The long goose neck will get the light right where you want it.
          http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169658/

          Randy
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          • #6
            Originally posted by GT1 View Post
            Has anyone tried to use one of the camera LED ring lights used for macro photography for use on a mill quill? They look like that would be easy to adapt and have an AC adapter for constant use. There are some on ebay that are quite inexpensive.

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/MACRO-RING-L...item4aaa41447f
            Originally posted by rkepler View Post
            I intend to mount this one on my mill above the quill, just to see how it does. It puts out a bunch of light on 12V.

            They're pretty checp on eBay and import sellers, called "angel eye" lights and are meant for mounting around a car's headlights.

            I'm likely to just glue a couple of magnets to the back and hardwire it into a wall wart and see how it works. I suspect that it's not going to be really useful when the quill is fully extended.
            Thanks to both of you for posting these items. They look to be just what I need for macro shots and for a stereo microscope I have.
            Best wishes to ya’ll.

            Sincerely,

            Jim

            "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

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            • #7
              I bought a round LED light from an autoparts shop. Made some minor mods to it and mounted it around the spindle.

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