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Old 12-11-2016, 09:57 PM   #1161
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So long as the battery is 14 volts ish then that is all you need to drive the 12volt solux bulb.

Obviously you need to use the light in subdued lighting else it isn't going to work.
It was a 12v drill. Maybe that's half of the problem
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Old 28-12-2016, 07:39 PM   #1162
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Anyone found a UK distributor with the bulbs in stock ?

Edit ... found it http://www.ukdetailingsupplies.co.uk...ulb-4700k-mr16

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Old 01-02-2017, 07:05 PM   #1163
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Forgive me, but reading through 117 pages of opinions seems daunting, although I have read a few. I've just crawled back onto my chair after discovering the retail price of a 3M Sun Gun II.
So I am confident to tear apart a cheap 14.4V drill and fit the specific 12V lamp into it with elastic adhesive. This will cost me £50ish. I will probably go with LiIon as NiCd is heavy and dated technology.
Is it that simple? Has someone refined or improved the design over the past 117 pages or is it a matter of improvising with the shell of my preferred drill?

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Old 01-02-2017, 08:02 PM   #1164
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Forgive me, but reading through 117 pages of opinions seems daunting, although I have read a few. I've just crawled back onto my chair after discovering the retail price of a 3M Sun Gun II.
So I am confident to tear apart a cheap 14.4V drill and fit the specific 12V lamp into it with elastic adhesive. This will cost me £50ish. I will probably go with LiIon as NiCd is heavy and dated technology.
Is it that simple? Has someone refined or improved the design over the past 117 pages or is it a matter of improvising with the shell of my preferred drill?

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No ... it is that simple ... I had to glue the bulb in place too get it to sit properly in the casing but that was all
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:17 PM   #1165
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Despite the cost and yet to be convinced otherwise it is worth getting the proper bulb. I purchased two and took the hit on the postage.

http://svenlight.co.uk/index.php?id_...roller=product

I guess if I look back in this thread I will find when I made mine but the 14.4 drill I got holds the bulb securely. I also got the proper bulb holder but as they came in packs of XX that was a bit of a waste.

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Old 01-02-2017, 10:15 PM   #1166
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Thanks Andy and Simon. I am very grateful for your swift feedback.

I'm also stunned that 3M can charge so much for something with a crappy old NiCad and only one battery.

While I have someone's attention does anybody have first hand experience of the
Scangrip Sunmatch Swirl Finder Colour Light £155.94 or

Rupes LL150 Bigfoot Swirl Finder Pen Light £60.00

Or can point me in the right direction please?

LiIon drill £25 Argos. 2 lamps from Svenlight £38. MR16 connector from eBay £2. Should have a working 'SunGun' by next weekend!

The MR 16 lamps arrived today Tues (ordered Sunday). They are actually very similar to lamps I have in various ceiling fitting in my home; some are 12V halogen, others much cooler and efficient 12V LED. I have the lamps and will start modifying the surprisingly impressive Argos drill soon.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Simple-Val...item54408c79d4

I will also evaluate the different lamps on the car paintwork as well. (This may have been discussed before) I spent £38 on two lamps, but maybe cheaper more readily available lamps may be equally as good and save other DWers time and money

Quick update to say light assembled and working. It is dark and raining outside so difficult to properly assess effectiveness. I tried 35W lamp from Svenlight, 50W Osram 36deg halogen and 12V 6W LED. All show swirls and scratches so will evaluate Saturday in daylight and secure the best with silicone mastic.
I don't know if anyone has evaluated different light sources, but it would be good to use LED as it consumes 16% of the energy of Svenlight and stays cool.

Cheers.

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Old 20-02-2017, 07:27 PM   #1167
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I have attached images of disassembled drill, converted to a lamp. I stuck with the Solux bulb in the end. The battery has only been charged when new and is still going strong a fortnight later with frequent use, although the casing can get hot if kept on for more than a minute at a time. It is possible to detect much swirling with the lamp only partially lit.
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