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tReznr
01-23-2012, 21:59
I recently purchased a lightbar setup for my press from Inline Fabrication (http://www.inlinefabrication.com/LED_LIGHTING_SYSTEMS.html). I have generally poor lighting in my workshop and was looking to be able to better see powder levels inside the cases prior to seating a bullet.

They sell a model that only has one light bar. It's what I started out with (and it worked really well) but I accidentally broke one of the wires by hamfistidly pulling on the power cord where it attaches to the light bar to get the velcro to unattach from it's backing (I wanted to experiment with the light in a different spot). I got ahold of Dan at Inline Fabrication and explained what I'd done. I ended up mailing back my light and for a very nominal fee he sent me the new and improved model that has pigtail mounts that lets you run multiple lights:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/Pigtails-1.jpg

The metal backing on the lights cleanly forms to the curves of your press:
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/Largeinstalled-1.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/smallinstalled-1.jpg

Of course you'd never reload in the dark, but here's a shot with all the lights in the room turned off except the press mounted ones to show how much light it throws:
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/Bothlighted-1.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/Largelighted-1.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/tReznr/Arfcom/Fort%20Moe/smalllighted-1.jpg

I'm very happy with how much useful light it throws and I think it's a more than worthwhile (and inexpensive) addition for a progressive press to help improve your awareness during the loading process.

I mostly just lurk here, but as a satisfied customer (no affiliation with the company) I thought I'd post this and I hope you guys find it as helpful as I did.

Bello
01-24-2012, 01:46
pretty nice

Kwesi
01-24-2012, 12:13
I purchased the older model several months ago and it does a great job on my 550!

SigFTW
01-24-2012, 12:22
Thanks for the review, I'm buying one!

Murphy's Law
01-26-2012, 06:44
I have one of the originals and think it's extremely effective and throwing light where you want it. Seriously thinking of getting one of the new models although it's hard to improve on his original.

unclebob
01-26-2012, 11:10
Now I could be wrong but look at their web site and your pictures. But isnít the vertical light supposed to be mounted on the front post of the press and the small horizontal one in the back?

SigFTW
01-26-2012, 12:18
My order will be here tomorrow. I look forward to installing the LED and removing the big clunky desk lamp.:cool:

Kwesi
01-27-2012, 07:38
My buddy mounted his near station #3. After I explained it should be near #2 he "saw the light".

tReznr
01-29-2012, 19:51
Now I could be wrong but look at their web site and your pictures. But isnít the vertical light supposed to be mounted on the front post of the press and the small horizontal one in the back?

On the 650 there's JUST barely not enough room for the shellplate/ram to clear the light when it's attached to the front post. It'd work fine on a 550 though.

njl
01-29-2012, 20:26
Inline's web site seems to be down. What are they charging for these things? It looks like you can buy similar bulk product for about $6/foot.

I've also wondered if you could rig up your own chronograph light kit by attaching strips of these to the screens. It'd probably be quite a bit cheaper than what the manufacturers charge for light kits. You'd need a 12v power source. If I didn't botch the math...an array of 8 AA rechargeable batteries might run 2 feet of this stuff
http://www.lalightingstore.com/proled-hp-series-1-5-watt-ft-flexible-led-tape-light/
for close to 12 hours. That would be more than enough for a chrony light kit.

SigFTW
01-30-2012, 09:18
Inline's web site seems to be down. What are they charging for these things? It looks like you can buy similar bulk product for about $6/foot.

I've also wondered if you could rig up your own chronograph light kit by attaching strips of these to the screens. It'd probably be quite a bit cheaper than what the manufacturers charge for light kits. You'd need a 12v power source. If I didn't botch the math...an array of 8 AA rechargeable batteries might run 2 feet of this stuff
http://www.lalightingstore.com/proled-hp-series-1-5-watt-ft-flexible-led-tape-light/
for close to 12 hours. That would be more than enough for a chrony light kit.

Could you build it cheaper?? maybe. However, for $30 shipped the light comes with a clear rubber jacket and can be formed to any surface and attached with the adhesive back. You don't have to worry about changing batteries because it comes with a power 115v plug and on/of switch. To me it worth the $30, because of the time involved in ordering all the parts and putting it together just to say maybe $10.

If you decide to build one post it on here, that would make a great DIY project :supergrin:

PEC-Memphis
01-30-2012, 09:24
I've also wondered if you could rig up your own LED chronograph light kit by attaching strips of these to the screens. It'd probably be quite a bit cheaper than what the manufacturers charge for light kits. You'd need a 12v power source. If I didn't botch the math...an array of 8 AA rechargeable batteries might run 2 feet of this stuff
http://www.lalightingstore.com/proled-hp-series-1-5-watt-ft-flexible-led-tape-light/
for close to 12 hours. That would be more than enough for a chrony light kit.

There's a good idea. Might be worth giving it a shot.

SPIN2010
01-30-2012, 09:52
I picked up a magnification light for $15.00 OTD at Staples for my RL550B and it works great (reloading illumination and case inspection).

njl
01-30-2012, 15:13
Considering all the work's been done, and a power supply and wiring are included, it's probably not a bad deal. I'm curious which LED strips he's using. I don't expect you know the wattage per foot of the material being used...but could you measure the separation between LED modules (edge to edge or center to center).

The stuff I found is only 0.1" deep...I wonder, is the one you have on your Dillon even lower profile than that?

meleors
01-30-2012, 15:49
Inline's web site seems to be down. What are they charging for these things? It looks like you can buy similar bulk product for about $6/foot.

I've also wondered if you could rig up your own chronograph light kit by attaching strips of these to the screens. It'd probably be quite a bit cheaper than what the manufacturers charge for light kits. You'd need a 12v power source. If I didn't botch the math...an array of 8 AA rechargeable batteries might run 2 feet of this stuff
http://www.lalightingstore.com/proled-hp-series-1-5-watt-ft-flexible-led-tape-light/
for close to 12 hours. That would be more than enough for a chrony light kit.

The linked product is based on the SMD 3528 single chip LED strip which produces 3-5 lumens per LED.

I believe that inline fabrication is using the SMD 5050 tri-chip led strip which produces 12-15 lumens per LED. A large difference in light produced.

Check out: http://www.ledlightsworld.com/led-strips-flexible-led-strips-c-1_49.html for the differences.

Unless you were to buy the supplies in bulk, the savings to build just one yourself would be minimal. If you have need for more than just one or for other projects, then build it yourself.

SigFTW
01-31-2012, 09:15
I picked up a magnification light for $15.00 OTD at Staples for my RL550B and it works great (reloading illumination and case inspection).

That is a great alliterative :thumbsup:
For me, I just wanted my lamp out of the way to may more room on the table. it work great!