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« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2002, 06:38:00 PM »

Those do look very sweet, and the site does say they are "virtually unbreakable" so...if only someone can find out what exactly they are, assuming it isn't to expensive, I may be making a sabre soon.
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« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2002, 10:12:00 PM »

I'm not really into Star Wars and what not, I liked the movie don't get me wrong, just no time and money to get into it. However, your quandry interests me. You might look into Krill Light Sticks™. A little fat and maybe not long enough, but it'll give you a general idea of what's out there in the way of tubes with 360° electroluminesce. Just thought I'ld throw that out there
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« Reply #42 on: June 03, 2002, 08:13:00 PM »

whoa! those lightsabers are kewl! (and expensive -- yipes!)

/me places it on her christmas wish list ;)

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« Reply #43 on: June 04, 2002, 12:06:00 AM »

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On 2002-05-31 02:43, viridius wrote:
I remember seeing an ad for a 3M material that just glowed along its length when lit from the end.  Hey look, I found something like it.


That stuff does look very nice, but I e-mailed the company and asked about it and they said that it wasn't what I wanted for a light saber. Don't know why and really do wish they had, but they just said it wasn't They recomended http://www.fiberopticproducts.com/danise/cart.pl?db=stuff.dat&category=lightningwire">lightning wire. Once again, they didn't explain why. Looking at the photo, I think I would rather use the sideglow cable. It looks much wider and probably brighter, plus I think the color could be changed relatively easily by changing out the LEDs that were lighting it. Would possibly run longer per battery as well...

I'm going to write back and see if I can't get any mroe information as to why the "lighting wire" (which appears to just be normal EL cable to me) would be better...it is tiny thin. I had thought about using EL cable before, but the stuff is so thin I think one would need to tie together 5 strips to get a decent look. That would be damn expensive and killer to power. Maybe I'm wrong about the "lightning wire" and someone can correct me?
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« Reply #44 on: June 04, 2002, 12:15:00 AM »

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That stuff does look very nice, but I e-mailed the company and asked about it and they said that it wasn't what I wanted for a light saber. Don't know why and really do wish they had, but they just said it wasn't They recomended http://www.fiberopticproducts.com/danise/cart.pl?db=stuff.dat&category=lightningwire">lightning wire. Once again, they didn't explain why. Looking at the photo, I think I would rather use the sideglow cable. It looks much wider and probably brighter, plus I think the color could be changed relatively easily by changing out the LEDs that were lighting it. Would possibly run longer per battery as well...

I'm going to write back and see if I can't get any mroe information as to why the "lighting wire" (which appears to just be normal EL cable to me) would be better...it is tiny thin. I had thought about using EL cable before, but the stuff is so thin I think one would need to tie together 5 strips to get a decent look. That would be damn expensive and killer to power. Maybe I'm wrong about the "lightning wire" and someone can correct me?


that lightning wire would make sense if you "use" the lightsaber for "combat" - e.g., if you jar the saber enough, your bulb/light won't burst as the wire seems pretty compact. but if you really want your saber just for show, then you'll need something that will light the radius of your lucite tube....

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« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2002, 01:01:00 AM »

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that lightning wire would make sense if you "use" the lightsaber for "combat" - e.g., if you jar the saber enough, your bulb/light won't burst as the wire seems pretty compact. but if you really want your saber just for show, then you'll need something that will light the radius of your lucite tube....


Well...the lighning wire just still looks so thin....not light sabre-ish at all. The other stuff looked much wider and said on the page "virtually unbreakable," so that wouldn't really create an issue with dueling.
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« Reply #46 on: June 04, 2002, 01:04:00 AM »

still, the lighting on the wire would be adequate... i mean, you won't get caught dueling in the morning anyway -- it's more dramatic for a low-light indoor or night duel ;)
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« Reply #47 on: June 04, 2002, 09:08:00 PM »

That lightning wire stuff looks just like your average glow wire.  I don't see why you'd want to use that for a lightsaber.  The solid sideglow seems to be the best for looks: it is even white in the middle with a glow around it.  Too bad its flexible though.
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« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2002, 10:40:00 PM »

Thats what I said. I e-mailed them...they said the sideglow cable had to have at least 100 watts of light to light up....don't know how that would convert to MCD in leds but.....well....it still is what I want.
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« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2002, 08:43:00 PM »

My brother's idea for a real lightsaber had one obvious flaw.  Assuming I could create a magnetic field of the right shape, and could give the particles a high enough charge: the charged particles would obviously go directly to the magnet instead of being suspended in the magnetic field.
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