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Woe! I can't imagine spending 10 million! (because I could never afford that)

It was good to get the 'favors' with all of the sub contractors that I know from being the project manager of a well known builder in the area. So because of that, I built this pool for actually LESS than material cost...

Plus, since our suppliers liked us so well (since we were building about 60 pools a year), they gave me all of my equipment for free! I'm talking all the bells and whistles too! I have an in-house wall mount controller, a spa-side controller, another controller in the cave, and a wireless remote controller as well! I also got an upgrade that allows me to make a phone call to start the spa. So that if we're out to dinner and decide we want to go over for shots and get into the spa, I can make phone call to my system and start the spa heating!

The total cost in parts for the equipment set on this project, which has 5 different pumps, was over $10,000 dollars. NO CHARGE! The solar guy put my solar on for free too! That's about an $8000 dollar solar system by itself for an 800 square foot pool.

I am not trying to brag, I hope it doesn't sound that way. It's just that I was very happy about this. And I still get excited just talking about it, even though I built it 5 years ago!
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You need to post a picture of the cave with the lights on.
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How about a daylight close up?


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Now we're talking!

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That Jay is hands down the coolest pool / cave I've ever seen. I can imagine the quiet intimate raunchy fun I could have in that pool. Oh and I made it a little better..


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Took the words out of my [s]mouth[/s] fingers, good sir.


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That Jay is hands down the coolest pool / cave I've ever seen. *I can imagine the quiet intimate raunchy fun I could have in that pool. *Oh and I made it a little better..

Ha ha! That is better!

As you can imagine, when I go out in my backyard at night with lasers, the pool is one of my target areas...
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Hey I just wanted to update this post with the fact that the driver is so much better with 6 volts supply!

I updated my first post to include the details, but with 6 volts, the battery current draw is 2830mA's for the P7 emitter!

But considering the current draw vs supply mAh... I think it is best to stay with the 18650...

Which is plenty awesome!
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If it's drawing 2.8A at 6V, and outputs 2.8A at 3.7V, that's quite a lot of wasted energy, isn't it? Is the driver really that inefficient?

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The driver has an input range of 2.7 to 6 volts...

But it does not put out the max current to the P7 emitter unless you have a 6 volt supply.

* Using an Ultrafire protected 18650, I get about 1.9 Amps current draw.
* Using an AW protected 18650, I get 2.4 Amps current draw.
* Using 2 X 3.0 volt lithium primaries, I get 2.8 Amps current draw!

So I have found, that it also matters which brand of battery you use for the 18650's.

I agree, it is better to use a single 18650. Plus, the mAh's vs current draw is much better with an 18650. And plenty bright!...
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I'm curious because my DT coursework involves an LED lighting project, though I'm probably using a Cree emitter instead. How does the brightness and colour compare with a conventional bulb? I heard that at lower currents its colour varies quite significantly, from warm white to cool blue-white?
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A P-7 is very white at it's max output.. At the max, it can put out 900lumens....equal to about a 60W light bulb.
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Yes... it is very bright and very 'white'.

I like 'white', not yellowish. My Q5 lights are nice, but this P7 is more than twice as bright! It is brighter than a headlight from a car... (IMO)
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Yes... it is very bright and very 'white'.

I like 'white', not yellowish. My Q5 lights are nice, but this P7 is more than twice as bright! It is brighter than a headlight from a car... (IMO)
Jay
Do you know of a good P7 spot light. All of the ones on DX seem to be flood.
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