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A blue light staff with a Cree P4 3W 470nm blue LED.
 
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Step 1: Material

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What you will need:

1x 1 meter of 12mm copper pipe
2x 12mm copper end caps
1x Cree XLamp XR-E-B3 465nm-470nm Blue LED (XREBLU-L1-0000-00K01) presoldered onto a 20mm PCB board
(Note: the 16mm PCB board might fit better on the end cap but will be more difficult to solder onto the endcap because of its smaller size)
1x 1 Ohm resistor rated above 1W
1x Suitable power supply (DC 3.3-3.7V@1A)

Warning: If you use a USB 3.0 port. Make sure the port can handle more than 1A. Some Gigabyte motherboards have 3x-USB-power. On its USB-3 ports this means 3 x 900mA = 2700mA.

Step 2: Clean and tin one end cap

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Use a flat file to clean the top of one end cap. Make sure it's shiny and clean. Solder some solder tin onto the end cap.

Do the same with the backside of the Cree PCB board. Some scratching and carving of the PCB board with a small screwdriver might also improve the tensile strength of the solder joint.

Step 3: Attach the Cree P4 to the pipe

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Connect the tinned end cap to the copper pipe (this requires some power and with the P4 already in place it would be quite difficult).

With the stick upright create a pool of soldering tin on the top of the end cap. I used an oven lighter in unison with a 50W soldering iron. The end cap and the stick will get very hot.

Place the Cree P4 in the pool of soldering tin on top of the end cap. Center the PCB board. The PCB will cool down and harden the solder quickly.

File down the Cree along the edges of the end cap if necessary.

Step 4: Solder wires to the Cree P4

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Solder wires to the minus and plus poles of the Cree P4.

Use some heat shrink tubing to prevent the Cree P4 heat from melting the insulation of the wires.

Secure the wires with a rip-tie.