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creating light saber
« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2002, 04:00:00 PM »

Well, I came upon this thread kinda late, but I was curious, so I checked it out...  At least it hasn't lived as long as a certain thread about accidentally dremelling motherboards... :)


On 2002-06-04 23:40, MajikMan wrote:
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 still is what I want.

Well, 100 Watt light bulbs give off about 1300 Lumens.  A lumen is equivalent to one candle as far as I have been able to determine, which means one lumen = 1000MCD.  This means you need 1,300,000 MCD (roughly speaking).  150 Watt Metal Halide bulbs produce a sustained 8413 lumens which means that it would take 8,413,000 MCD of LED brigtness to be equivalent.  The (relatively) good news is that there are LEDs which produce some pretty hefty light.  "Luxeon Star" LEDs produce from 80 to 825 Cd (80,000 to 825,000 MCD).  The only problem is that they produce a LOT of heat and a light saber with a great big HSF might look kinda dorky... :)
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