1000+ Lumen MTB Light - Drill / Miter Saw





Introduction: 1000+ Lumen MTB Light - Drill / Miter Saw

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FIRST POST!! Last year I set out to create a MTB light (Helmet and Bar) for trail riding without breaking the bank and with reasonable tooling and parts sourcing.  Everything here was sourced from Fastenal, Newark Electronics, Battery Space and LED Supply.com  To say the least, I'm very happy with the results and have even sold MANY of these.  The only power tools used were a miter saw (with non-ferous blade), drill press, dremel tool and sander (for finish work.)  hand tools and a soldering iron as needed.  I had a calibration lab measure the lumen output for this item over a period of time and the average output was around 1125lum per setup.  I'm driving these MC-E LED's at 700mA each (separate driver for each one) which would equate to 1400lum but once you figure in heat, optics, etc, you have a bit of loss.  Batteries are 14.8V 4.4AHr Li-Ion which are great and I'm running one spot and one flood lens on each setup (run time has been full power for >3 hours without noticing any loss in light output).  Mount was from a $3 flashlight from eBay.  Driving the LED's separatly has a couple advantages, main one for me is if one goes out,... you're not in the dark :-)

Step 1: Brief Instructions

The first and most critical cut is slicing the main aluminum box - the cut is made the exact thickness of the LED's plus the lens and housing to hold them tight (no glue for the lens so you can change later if needed.  I used 80/20 Inc extrusion to hold the work while cutting

Step 2: Heat Sink

Second most critical part - the heat sink.  YES, if you stop pedaling with these lights (since you're driving them at 700mA each) they WILL heat up and get dimmer - pedal faster ;-)  The heat sink is simply aluminum bar stock with slits cut - i used spacers in the holder to align them equaly.  Bevel the edges afterwards.  Sand with 220 to get a smooth finish for later mounting the LED's

Step 3: Step Bit and Dry Fit

Drilling the lens hole and dryfitting.  Yes - use a set of calipers - tape measure is not accurate enough.

Step 4: LED's and More Dryfit

Align the LED's with the holes by overlaying the material - use artic silver to attach them.  Dry fit the whole think.  Also - the only part I bought from Fastenal were the long and VERY skinny screws - I tapped and drilled in the past but this was by far a better approach.

Step 5: Final Pictures

The wiring - it's pretty basic: battery, cables, switch, driver then LED ;-)  I added a couple final pictures with the mount visable.  Again, the mount in this picture was taken from 2 eBay flashlights - worked really well.  Hope you enjoyed this.  Thanks for checking this out!

Step 6: Schematic / Parts List

Added Schematic.
Hope this helps.

Parts: (Total Price ends up being around $207 depending on sorce of materials.)
$ / ea         QTY     Sub $          Description        Source                            Part
23.00 2 46.00 Cree MC-E LED (700mA Version) LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/creemce-w430.php
1.00 2 2.00 LED Holder LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/10425.php
7.00 1   Artic Silver LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/as5-35g.php
1.00 1 1.00 Spot Lens LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/10193.php
1.00 1 1.00 Med Lens LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/10208.php
17.00 2 34.00 700mA Driver LED Supplyhttp://www.ledsupply.com/03021-d-e-700.php
5.00 1 5.00 Water Grommet Battery Spacehttp://www.batteryspace.com/componentwater-proofcableglandforcablesize15-5mmwithlocknut.aspx
10.00 1 10.00 Battery Connectors Battery Spacehttp://www.batteryspace.com/connectoradaptoronepairtrailtechcoaxislockableconnectorwith8coilcord.aspx
6.00 1 6.00 Light Bar Mount eBay find NA
1.00 4 4.00 M4x3" Screws Fastenal NA
8.00 1 8.00 Case – Box Enclosures Newark Electronicshttp://www.newark.com/box-enclosures/b1-040rd/enclosure-instrument-aluminium/dp/26K8986
  NA   Aluminum Heat Sink Home Depot NA
2.00 1 2.00 Small Switch Newark Electronicshttp://www.newark.com/multicomp/1ms1t1b5m1qe/switch-toggle-spdt-5a-250v/dp/98K4965?in_merch=Popular Switches&in_merch=Popular Products&MER=PPSO_N_C_Switches_None
  NA   Misc Screws Stock NA
  NA   Misc Velcro for cables Stock NA
68.00 1 68.00 Li-Ion Battery 14.8V 4400mAh Battery Spacehttp://www.batteryspace.com/li-ion18650battery148v4400mah6512whbatterypackwithpcb.aspx
20.00 1 20.00 Charger Battery Spacehttp://www.batteryspace.com/smartcharger15afor148vli-ionpolymerrechargeablebatterypackwithtwopinconnector.aspx



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    A hacksaw and file would do this in the same time as the machinery set-up...! The result the same.

    can i buy this from you? how much would it cost?

    Yes, it has taken a while to get the CNC machining up and running, the new designs completed etc but in short, yes these will be for sale. I will also be selling a very inexpensive kit of the machined case for the DIY crowd too :-) basically, add an LED, driver, switch and battery and you're up and running with one of these. To date, I'm still running my original pair and they are still the brightest thing on the trails and roads!

    Hang tight... Revision 2 is coming soon :-) I may be offering a CNC milled version where you pick/choose your own parts! I'll post when it's ready. Thank you so much for asking!

    How much would the cost be? If its in my range, I'd love one for my mountain bike.

    Count me in, too. "Bright" idea! :)

    You indicate that you sold many of these - how much and can I buy one? Thanks,


    Emailed Separatly - There was not much margin in it after teh parts and time but yes, I would make them again. My turn around is long right now - Santa's workshop is in full swing ;-)

    I would be interested in one also if your still building them?

    Please email me the details @

    Thank You

    i would like to have one also.

    please email me the details @