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Beelzebulb - the singing flashlight from Hell... now with fire!

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UPDATED 6-2-15: See post #4 for some healthy firestarting action!


This is essentially a copy of what I posted on CPF about a month and a half ago about this light.

As far as I know, it's the only one like it in the world for the time being. The singing is coming from vibrational manipulation of the filament through an effect called Magnetostriction. This is made possible by a completely awesome incandescent bulb driver from JimmyM.

Read on, and I hope ya'll enjoy.


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From the fiery depths of parts-scattered-all-over-the-house purgatory, an evil beast has risen, and it sings of retinal damnation. Its name is............. Beelzebulb. :eg:

I've had the parts for this thing, including a programmed JimmyM PhD-D1 regulator laying around for SIX YEARS, always wanting to get around to building it, and life always getting in the way. However, Jimmy did a D1 giveaway contest last summer which I entered, and won a unit. He had mentioned the capability of the D1 to vibrate the filament at varying pitches, and that it could be programmed to sing a melody. So, a couple months later I contacted him about this, and he spent a lot of time PM'ing with me, programming, and testing. This was during Nov/Dec 2014, and it's now April already, so I really needed to make good on Jimmy's work and generosity. The end result turned out even better than I hoped for.

Here it is singing the chorus to "I'll See the Light Tonight" by Yngwie Malmsteen, then turning itself on to unleash its 5,000+ lumen fury.


The specs:

4D Maglite shell... red, of course
Custom programmed PhD-D1, of course
5 X AW IMR 26500
Borofloat lens from Flashlightlens
Fivemega MOP reflector, possibly a "NewGen"
Kiu stainless LP bezel
Kiu high temp socket
Osram 64623 100W bulb overdriven to 15.2V (about 155W)
Switch modified to momentary only for safety reasons... functions as a dead man switch
Have not done low resistance tail mods yet... coming this weekend.

There is one problem to be dealt with. The filament height requires the head to be screwed out way past the o-ring in order to hit the reflectors' focal point, which leaves the head loose, and a little wobbly. The only way I see solving this is with shorter standoffs for the Kiu socket. Gotta' see if such things exist as the head really needs to just cover that o-ring with the bulb in focus, and this mod will be pretty much perfected.

It's a devilishly handsome flashlight, I must say (click on images for full size).






In addition to all the members whose excellent offerings played a part in making this build possible, and a very high quality one at that, a special HUGE thanks goes to JimmyM for providing the means, and the extra time it took to allow Beelzebulb to realize his full potential as a true Prince of Darkness. He will be busy terrorizing the neighborhood after the sun has fallen.

Thread coming soon on his little brother, Lumifer. :eg:


EDIT: Sorry, guys... assumed the forum software would downsize the photos, and trying to figure what I'm doing wrong with embedding a youtube vid. I'll straighten these things by sometime today.

EDIT 2: Fixed! And thanks, Gozert. That made me realize that the tag doesn't use the entire URL. It showed up as a white box last night when I did that.
 
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Re: Beelzebulb - the singing flashlight from Hell

I don't know much about flashlights, but I can definitely say it looks really nice! To embed a youtube video, you take whatever it says after the = mark and put it between ['yt] ['/yt]

An example: ['yt]Q1mNiIwoccw['/yt] (remove the ', couldn't show you otherwise).

For photos I usually paint to downsize my photos and then post them on imgur. Then I use the imgur link to show my photos.
 
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Re: Beelzebulb - the singing flashlight from Hell

nice looking light, I love the 100w osram bulbs. I have a couple for my Magic Scorpion transformer.
 

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Thanks, Gozert, and Downlinx! Yes, the 100W Osram's are great, especially for overdriving. I'd love to do a 458 soon in a 5D Mag. You can hit that thing with 20V and it'll hold up.

So, a little update to this thread as I was very pleasantly surprised last week by the firestarting capability of this light. Though I knew it would light the paper in the following video, I was not expecting how fast it happened.

Even more amazing to me is that the bulb was way out of focus, and it didn't seem to matter. Brute strength did the job anyway. This thing is a beast!


I'm gonna' test this again, but with white paper and the bulb in focus. Also gonna' do the egg frying thing. I'll be posting about lasers soon, just haven't had any money for parts... haha.
 

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Thanks, Gozert, and Downlinx! Yes, the 100W Osram's are great, especially for overdriving. I'd love to do a 458 soon in a 5D Mag. You can hit that thing with 20V and it'll hold up.

So, a little update to this thread as I was very pleasantly surprised last week by the firestarting capability of this light. Though I knew it would light the paper in the following video, I was not expecting how fast it happened.

Even more amazing to me is that the bulb was way out of focus, and it didn't seem to matter. Brute strength did the job anyway. This thing is a beast!


I'm gonna' test this again, but with white paper and the bulb in focus. Also gonna' do the egg frying thing. I'll be posting about lasers soon, just haven't had any money for parts... haha.
the 458 is a 36v bulb right? how many watts can you get out 20v with that bulb? I would think a 250 would do about the same as a 458 on 20v
 

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The 458 (64458 to be exact) is actually a 12V 90W bulb, but is capable of producing over 200W at 20V. It's one tough little sucker. Average life expectancy is lowered a bit though... lol.
 

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The 458 (64458 to be exact) is actually a 12V 90W bulb, but is capable of producing over 200W at 20V. It's one tough little sucker. Average life expectancy is lowered a bit though... lol.
that is a nice bulb, i am going to have to get one.
 

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The 458 (64458 to be exact) is actually a 12V 90W bulb, but is capable of producing over 200W at 20V. It's one tough little sucker. Average life expectancy is lowered a bit though... lol.
Yeah just my 28v aircraft landing light 250 w and 28 volts real tight beam.

I run it at like 12 and still get good brightness.

18 is amazing.
 




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