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Offline Peter Durand

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light for 1400 router
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:04 PM »
I had to freehand along a number of curves with a "rabbit" bit. If I kept the dust collection plastic shield in place I could not see

 the line I was to follow due to lack of light. I had to remove the dust thingie  to get a view. What a messy, dusty experience that was!

My question is: is there an aftermarket light that can be attached to the router so that  it shines a light on the bit?

Thanks,

Regards,
Peter

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2019, 04:18 PM »
You'd think someone would have created one by now. After all, Craftsman had them available as an accessory over 40 years ago. I know because I had one for what they called their Commercial Router back in the early 70s. I searched and found the manual online which had a picture of accessories available for the router. It was pretty simple and not very bright, but it did put some light right on the work. Ran on a pair of AA batteries as I remember and fastened to the side of the router with two screws. It fit a couple different model routers.

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Offline Renovatedspaces

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 04:23 PM »
Craftsman actually had them built in to many of their routers standard for a while as well.  I’m actually surprised Festool dropped the ball on this. I am in the market for a 1400, but I assumed it would have a light.
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Offline justaguy

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 05:11 PM »
I've seen reports of people using a Dremel FL400 strategically placed with a couple of cable ties. I've not tried it myself but I have ordered an FL400 after searching for one at a reasonable price.

Take a look here Dremel FL400 on a 1400 look about 1/2 way down the page.


Offline RKA

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2019, 05:51 PM »
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Offline Don T

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 06:03 PM »
Here is one I just found on Amazon and it is only $13.99.
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2019, 11:13 PM »
I found these on Amazon, see:

293197-0

Button Lamp Adhesive LEDs Light Package

I was thinking they could just be stuck on the inside of the router.   They look pretty small, have an on/off switch, and adhesive backing.   Not too expensive, only $9.43 for 6.

I have not gotten any to try them out.


Offline rmhinden

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2019, 11:20 PM »
Update, I just ordered a set, will arrive on Friday.

I will report back.


Offline SoonerFan

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2019, 09:27 PM »
Thanks in advance for reporting back.  Curious if / how well these might work.


Update, I just ordered a set, will arrive on Friday.

I will report back.

Offline Mr_Mod

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2019, 05:43 AM »
I was wondering whether these round LED photography lights could work
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Offline RobBob

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2019, 06:08 AM »
I wonder if you could combine these two items:

light  $17.00 + battery pack  $30.00

Looks like all you would have to do is change one of the female plugs to a compatible male plug?

Or, the expensive option:
Microfence light ring
« Last Edit: February 22, 2019, 06:17 AM by RobBob »

Offline Renovatedspaces

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2019, 07:42 AM »
If it fits, I would be going with the light ring. Actually, I’d give it a go to copy it and make it myself first.
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Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2019, 10:35 AM »
I wonder if you could combine these two items:

light  $17.00 + battery pack  $30.00

Looks like all you would have to do is change one of the female plugs to a compatible male plug?

Or, the expensive option:
Microfence light ring

A word of caution - there may be an issue trying to power the "KMS Squared UFO Reloading Press Light Kit" (which appears to be optimized for a 12-volt, 1A power supply) with a single 9-volt battery (~9-volts, ~500mAh). Perhaps someone far more knowledgeable about electricity can chime in.
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Offline Renovatedspaces

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2019, 10:41 AM »
I wonder if you could combine these two items:

light  $17.00 + battery pack  $30.00

Looks like all you would have to do is change one of the female plugs to a compatible male plug?

Or, the expensive option:
Microfence light ring

A word of caution - there may be an issue trying to power the "KMS Squared UFO Reloading Press Light Kit" (which appears to be optimized for a 12-volt, 1A power supply) with a single 9-volt battery (~9-volts, ~500mAh). Perhaps someone far more knowledgeable about electricity can chime in.

A better option is to use a Li-Po  battery from a hobby store. Lots of power for runtime.
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Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2019, 11:04 AM »
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Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2019, 11:12 AM »
Then there are these various diameter round "halo" light strips (12V-30V):

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-halo-rings/led-angel-eye-headlight-accent-lights-cob/1135/

ETS 150/5 EQ (DE) [PO], TS 75 EQ (DE) [PO], OF 1400 EQ-F (DE) [N], CXS (DE) [N], CMS-GE [DE], CMS TS 75 (DE) [N], LA-CS 50/CMS (DE) [PO], VB-CMS (DE) [N], MFT/3 (CZ) [N], DF 700 EQ w/Seneca Small Mortise Kit (DE) [PO], FEIN Multimaster 350 QSL (DE) [N], Bosch 1274DVS w/dust collection, sanding frame,  stand & fence (CH) [N], BOSCH 1590EVS w/dust collection (CH) [N], CS Unitec CS 1445 HEPA extractor <re-branded Starmix ISP 1435 H> (DE) [N], CT SYS (DE) [PO], Milwaukee 0302-20 (US) [N], Two (2) Porter Cable 862 (TW) [N], Porter Cable 447 (US) [N], Zyliss Vise (CH) [N], Hitachi C 8FB (JP) [H]

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Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2019, 11:16 AM »
Better yet, this US$13.56 (shipped) 3 AA battery-powered self-adhesive LED light strip kit (w/remote control!):



[Source: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Battery-Powered-LED-Strip-Lights-17-Keys-Remote-Controlled-DIY-Indoor-and-/163489886868?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0]
ETS 150/5 EQ (DE) [PO], TS 75 EQ (DE) [PO], OF 1400 EQ-F (DE) [N], CXS (DE) [N], CMS-GE [DE], CMS TS 75 (DE) [N], LA-CS 50/CMS (DE) [PO], VB-CMS (DE) [N], MFT/3 (CZ) [N], DF 700 EQ w/Seneca Small Mortise Kit (DE) [PO], FEIN Multimaster 350 QSL (DE) [N], Bosch 1274DVS w/dust collection, sanding frame,  stand & fence (CH) [N], BOSCH 1590EVS w/dust collection (CH) [N], CS Unitec CS 1445 HEPA extractor <re-branded Starmix ISP 1435 H> (DE) [N], CT SYS (DE) [PO], Milwaukee 0302-20 (US) [N], Two (2) Porter Cable 862 (TW) [N], Porter Cable 447 (US) [N], Zyliss Vise (CH) [N], Hitachi C 8FB (JP) [H]

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Offline Renovatedspaces

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2019, 12:15 PM »
Better yet, this US$13.56 (shipped) 3 AA battery-powered self-adhesive LED light strip kit (w/remote control!):



[Source: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Battery-Powered-LED-Strip-Lights-17-Keys-Remote-Controlled-DIY-Indoor-and-/163489886868?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0]

These lights don’t bend to the radius we would need if installed to point down at the work.
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Offline mcooley

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2019, 04:37 PM »
I have plans for making one and putting it out there for purchase. I also have many other small affordable add-on type designs which if there is demand might be possible to do as well. The light for the router is the tip of the iceberg really. 

Offline rmhinden

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2019, 07:43 PM »
Regarding the button lamp.  Here is a before and after picture with my OF 1010 router:



They do seem to work to better illuminate the router base.  I need to spend some more time to make some inserts to create a better platform to stick them to.   They might work better in an OF1400 as it may have a larger place to mount them.   I don't have a OF 1400 so can't tell.

I may also try trying to modify one of the lamps to see if I can make it fit better.   

Overall, well worth the $10 :-)



Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2019, 08:28 PM »
FWIW the manufacturer of the throw-away (batteries are not replaceable) LED button lights is currently running a 25%-off site-wide coupon w/free shipping (code is FEB25):

https://www.panthervision.com/product/button-lamp-adhesive-leds-6-pack/

IOW $7.49 shipped ($1.24/each).
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Offline TinyShop

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2019, 08:46 PM »
Here's a little LED lamp with replaceable batteries:

https://www.100candles.com/i-9510/White-Submersible-LED-Light?affId=121&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzZv-mdvQ4AIVjJyzCh1-kAaYEAQYBCABEgIeJfD_BwE

Unsure what the lumen output is but seems like a little dot of Velcro would work nicely for affixing one or two to the body of the router.

The same source also has a three-diode version:

https://www.100candles.com/i-6401/White-Submersible-Triple-LED-Light

US$11.73 for two incl. shipping.
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Offline tomp

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2019, 07:59 AM »
From another forum, here are instructions for making a lighted base for a router. He replaces the OEM base with a thicker acrylic and installs the LEDs in that. The lights are powered by a 9V battery but there was some discussion about wiring them into the router power too. I don't have a Festool router so not sure how this would apply, but it's certainly a very well thought-out modification.

* Making Illuminated Router Base.pdf (997.49 kB - downloaded 93 times.)
« Last Edit: February 23, 2019, 08:04 AM by tomp »

Offline Cheese

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2019, 09:03 AM »
From another forum, here are instructions for making a lighted base for a router. He replaces the OEM base with a thicker acrylic and installs the LEDs in that. The lights are powered by a 9V battery but there was some discussion about wiring them into the router power too. I don't have a Festool router so not sure how this would apply, but it's certainly a very well thought-out modification.

That's exactly the solution that MLCS uses. They use LED's and a red laser. Pretty inexpensive...$59 on sale.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/onpoint_router_plate.html

Offline Vondawg

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2019, 09:32 AM »
That’s pretty cool !
There are no mistakes....just new designs.

Offline rmhinden

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2019, 11:45 AM »
From another forum, here are instructions for making a lighted base for a router. He replaces the OEM base with a thicker acrylic and installs the LEDs in that. The lights are powered by a 9V battery but there was some discussion about wiring them into the router power too. I don't have a Festool router so not sure how this would apply, but it's certainly a very well thought-out modification.

(Attachment Link)

That is interesting.  I wonder if a similar setup could be done by gluing the LEDs to the outside of OF 1010 dust hood.   No new base required.  Maybe with a connector to make it easier to remove it.   

Offline bkharman

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2019, 12:20 PM »
Any reason not to put a headlamp on?  I use one for a lot of things like this. Light placement is exactly where you want it and you can get one on the cheap. I picked one of these up recently from Kickstarter and it is awesome.

https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/headlamp-330?variant=12623810953315

Cheers. Bryan.


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Offline tallgrass

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2019, 02:46 PM »
the reason not to do it is that is would be easy. I am going to do this. A great simply idea. I will use the lamps that use rechargeable AA batteries.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2019, 02:59 PM »
Better yet, this US$13.56 (shipped) 3 AA battery-powered self-adhesive LED light strip kit (w/remote control!):



[Source: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Battery-Powered-LED-Strip-Lights-17-Keys-Remote-Controlled-DIY-Indoor-and-/163489886868?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0]

You could change the color of the light depending on if you are working with light or dark woods. :-)

These lights don’t bend to the radius we would need if installed to point down at the work.
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Offline DeformedTree

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Re: light for 1400 router
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2019, 03:18 PM »
Someone just needs to develop a fully integrated kit for the routers to add a light and set up a business for this.  Then Festool will introduce new routers a week later with a light!