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#72063 - 25/03/2002 20:39 Re: Worst Movie [Re: lopan]
lopan
old hand

Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
I hate my audi any way so no biggie, I test drove the new Cooper Mini today and found myself thinking I need to measure the radio space to see if empeg will fit, because if it doesn't don't think I'll be buying it. After over 100 bucks in liquid plastics and molding material.... close to 100 bucks for a new display board (doh! the sad thing is I soldered the resistor array on that one perfectly but found that I'd turned the display upside down while installing the LED;s and ended up ripping some stuff off the board trying to get them out... desoldering iron from radio shack for 10 bucks would have come in handy, live and learn) then 50 bucks at digikey.... I think I'm finished messing around with this thing I now have an illuminated empeg with 4 knob led's (fills it out quite nicely), 6 sets of nice red buttons, 3 sets of blue, 2 sets of green and two sets of purple (I know it woulda been cheaper to just buy the stuff from Brian, but wheres the fun in that?)! So basically I plan on enjoying it and not really messing around with it anymore.....
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#72064 - 28/03/2002 10:46 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: bmihulka]
eternalsun
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Registered: 09/09/1999
Posts: 1721
Loc: San Jose, CA
I noticed the following ebay auction for 0.25oz of ultraglow powder in red, blue, green and aqua. It's going for $4 or $16 per ounce. It's meant to be mixed in with other stuff, and for those that are molding buttons, I think it would be excellent if you can make a set of glow in the dark buttons in various glow colors for those who want lit buttons without the hassle of installing LEDs. And for those *with* LEDs, I think dispersing glow powder in the plastic might create a softer more even glow.

What do you think?

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#72065 - 30/03/2002 09:35 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: eternalsun]
Alexander
member

Registered: 02/05/2000
Posts: 108
Loc: SF Bay Area
As someone who would like glowy buttons but has big hunks of meat for hands when it comes to soldering, I think it's a great idea.

Alex

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#72066 - 30/03/2002 17:22 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: bmihulka]
bmihulka
enthusiast

Registered: 15/06/1999
Posts: 259
Loc: Lincoln, NE
Due to the fact of the white leds I use being backordered, I have found a source for diffuse white leds. I have to say these do not magically fix the diffusion of the buttons. They only add marginally to the effect. I am now also including a Mk2a knob along with the Mk2 type. I hope to have a semi large quantity of at least blue kits ready to go out around April 8th.
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#72067 - 30/03/2002 19:18 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: bmihulka]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31164
Loc: Seattle, WA
Too cool!

Let me know when you've got green.

Here is a picture of my buttons and knob after my modifications, which included grinding down the LED tops, using some white translucent nail polish on the back of the buttons, etc. Also note that this is DarkStorm's "Smoke" faceplate. I think the blue buttons look cool against the smoke face:



I think green buttons would look cool with this, too.


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#72068 - 30/03/2002 23:27 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: tfabris]
jimhogan
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Registered: 06/10/1999
Posts: 2591
Loc: Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
Here is a picture of my buttons and knob after my modifications,

Drool!

Well, my backup's display board is out at the solderer, but I hope it will be back soon. This *IS* to cool. Tony, I think the overall effect is great. I'm going to do a little grinding, a little nailpolishing. If it comes out anywhere near as nice as your pic, I may just faint.

And Mk2a knobs, too, Brian! Can it get any better?
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#72069 - 01/04/2002 09:09 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: jimhogan]
robricc
carpal tunnel

Registered: 30/10/2000
Posts: 4909
Loc: Orange County, NY USA
Would these UV LEDs work with the kit? Clear buttons with the UV might look awesome (assuming you can see them).
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#72070 - 01/04/2002 09:19 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: robricc]
genixia
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Registered: 08/02/2002
Posts: 3411
Those particular LEDs wouldn't - they are too large.

Interesting idea though..
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#72071 - 01/04/2002 09:28 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: robricc]
jimhogan
carpal tunnel

Registered: 06/10/1999
Posts: 2591
Loc: Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
Clear buttons with the UV might look awesome (assuming you can see them).

Interesting! 'Course, if you had very clear buttons and spent a lot of time in the car, you might wind up with this odd, cross-shaped blotchy tanned spot on your forehead!

Rather than clear, you could use these to fluoresce some of the colored fluorescent dust that has been mentioned here. How about: buttons with a just a touch of white and black pigment (to make a translucent milky grey, with some of the fluoro-dust mixed in (apparently that stuff is white in daylight).

I might have to get a few of these just for fun. A practical consideration: I wonder if they are available in surface-mount configuration for knob illumination?
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#72072 - 01/04/2002 14:13 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: Alexander]
eternalsun
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/09/1999
Posts: 1721
Loc: San Jose, CA
It's really up to Brian. I would be pretty excited ifhe came out with glow-dust mixed buttons in various colors. Imagine putting a UV LED behind those buttons! They would light up the whole street.

Calvin

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#72073 - 01/04/2002 16:30 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: robricc]
Diznario
enthusiast

Registered: 17/10/2001
Posts: 265
Loc: Portland OR
How about UV LEDs, and glow in the dark buttons?

From my experience, glow in the dark items react extremely well to black light. They start glowing the instant you get them near it, way better than using visable light. I'm not sure why this is, but it always seems to be the case.

Now that would probably work cool, because it would be the buttons themselves that were emitting the light, not the LEDs.
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#72074 - 01/04/2002 16:35 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: eternalsun]
bmihulka
enthusiast

Registered: 15/06/1999
Posts: 259
Loc: Lincoln, NE
I have some of those powders coming in the mail and will try them out some time.
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#72075 - 01/04/2002 18:11 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: bmihulka]
eternalsun
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/09/1999
Posts: 1721
Loc: San Jose, CA
Great, that would have the dual advantage of

1) available glow in the dark buttons in various colors for people who don't want to go through with serious hardware mods

2) if you use the White LED with glow in the dark colored buttons, when the empeg shuts down and the lights go out, the buttons will slowly fade off..... how cool is that??? Plus the glow in the dark particles will help difuse the Led light.

3) use of UV blacklight LEDs to excite the buttons to glow brightly all by themselves. How cool is that? Plus it will be the entire button glowing, not a bright point right behind the button.

Calvin

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#72076 - 01/04/2002 22:13 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: Diznario]
wfaulk
carpal tunnel

Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
It's because there's more energy in UV than in visible light. The shorter the wavelength, the more energy there is (that is, blue has more energy than red, for example).

Edit: I know I'm leaving a lot of variables undefined, but that's the basic idea.


Edited by wfaulk (01/04/2002 22:15)
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#72077 - 02/04/2002 06:04 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: eternalsun]
Derek
addict

Registered: 16/08/1999
Posts: 453
Loc: NRW, Germany
3) use of UV blacklight LEDs to excite the buttons to glow brightly all by themselves. How cool is that? Plus it will be the entire button glowing, not a bright point right behind the button.

Well actually the UV LED will most strongly excite the particles that lie directly in the light path, so the effect might not be a lot different to what you will experience with the current setup.
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#72078 - 02/04/2002 12:31 Particles are exciting [Re: Derek]
Diznario
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Registered: 17/10/2001
Posts: 265
Loc: Portland OR
That's true, but also keep in mind that the visible light that is created by the excited particles will not be aligned in the same way, and should be uniformly dispersed from their point of origin.

In other words, just because the UV light went in one side, and came out the other, along a specific path, doesn't mean that the visible light emanating from the glow particles that got excited along the way is going to follow the same path. Each individual glow particle should send out light in all directions, regardless of what direction the light that excited it came from.

So, the visible light should be much more dispersed, because it will be emanating from many, many points inside the material itself, in every direction, instead of all coming from basically the same point, and in mostly the same direction.

Uhmmm... I hope this makes sense... I'm sorta tired today...
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#72079 - 02/04/2002 14:55 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: genixia]
lopan
old hand

Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
LED Size is 3mm T1 Through hole. Just to throw that info out there.
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#72080 - 03/04/2002 07:41 my install [Re: Diznario]
lopan
old hand

Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
Just wanted to put a few photos out there.... heres one in the car...


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#72081 - 03/04/2002 07:43 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
lopan
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Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
another in the car... close up, good shot of the volume knob


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#72082 - 03/04/2002 07:49 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
lopan
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Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
On my desk at work.... yes... slayer....


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#72083 - 03/04/2002 09:45 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
Diznario
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Registered: 17/10/2001
Posts: 265
Loc: Portland OR
You're just goin all out there, aren't you? Blood red faceplate and buttons, listening to Slayer, with Casualty as the visual...

Nice. Good combo.






Aaaarrgh! All you guys postin these pics is gonna make me buy somthin I can't afford right now... damn damn damn...
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#72084 - 03/04/2002 09:45 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
crazymelki
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Registered: 16/02/2001
Posts: 372
Loc: Switzerland
cool! my buttons are on the way....

bye
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#72085 - 03/04/2002 10:53 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31164
Loc: Seattle, WA
Suh-wheet.

Hey, what's the little thing in between the empeg and the climate controls on the dashboard?
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#72086 - 03/04/2002 12:11 Re: my install [Re: tfabris]
lopan
old hand

Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
Thanks! The little grill like thingie... (if thats what your talkin bout) is the temperature sensor for the climate control... Yeah about the slayer and blood red and all... I was having a bad day, what can I say...
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#72087 - 03/04/2002 12:59 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
lopan
old hand

Registered: 28/01/2002
Posts: 970
Loc: Manassas VA
about diffusion, I had really excellent results by grinding the front of the buttons down to a rounded surface... I also filled in the backs to where the LED's bareley have enough room to fit after being pushed... I only finished one button last night, so I didn't take any pictures but I'll try to finish them up and get pictures up.... it didn't difuse all the way but did fill in a lot better than what I've seen so far but your left with a shiny round button... (I think is kinda cool looking), If I get some time tonight I'll try to finish and post some pics
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#72088 - 03/04/2002 22:21 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: bmihulka]
declain
journeyman

Registered: 30/08/2001
Posts: 68
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
People are starting to get these...How do I get one???
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#72089 - 04/04/2002 01:58 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: declain]
AndrewT
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Registered: 16/02/2002
Posts: 867
Loc: Oxford, UK
You need to email him directly. At the top of the thread is a link to Brian's site. You will find his email address on the site (I deliberately kept it off this post in case the webcrawlers snaffle it).

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#72090 - 04/04/2002 05:08 Re: my install [Re: lopan]
Nosferatu
enthusiast

Registered: 24/08/2001
Posts: 344
Loc: France, Champagne
I'd like also a Red Button Lights Kit ....

If I want , do I have to only ask CrazyMelki the color I want or is it a special kit ?




(I like Dead skin Mask ...)
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#72091 - 04/04/2002 05:13 Re: my install [Re: Nosferatu]
Nosferatu
enthusiast

Registered: 24/08/2001
Posts: 344
Loc: France, Champagne
I said crazymelki, but it's Brian .......
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#72092 - 04/04/2002 09:44 Re: Translucent Button Kits [Re: AndrewT]
bmihulka
enthusiast

Registered: 15/06/1999
Posts: 259
Loc: Lincoln, NE
The kits are slowly appearing. So don't expect a reply right away. I will only take payment if I have a kit ready to send out.
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