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Offline Stephenfranks

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Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« on: November 04, 2018, 03:03 PM »
Please don't flame me, I had half an hour out from looking after young children. This is a cheap alternative to a Syslite Duo, not a replica! I really had to work quick and get it painted ready for work tomorrow.

For years I have used the small site lights that have a fluorescent type tube inside (kind of like a square snake?). They are definitely lame. I thought about a Syslite KAL 2 and still might get one one day. The light I wanted was the SL Duo, but at £300 approx it was just too much.

A quick check on Amazon review showed that Viugreum seem to make good quality LED floodlights at a budget price point. I ordered 2 x 50w Daylight floods for £15 each. A quick check of the Sys 4 floor size and height and I was on my way cutting some scrap plywood and a handle. The only issue I had was siting the lights on the plywood (closer you move in the lights clash and I needed to keep away from the edges to allow easy systainer loading. The connections were mad in a 20a junction box, and the incoming flex cable tied to the board as a cable grip for safety.

I know it is mildly crude compared to many projects on here, but as I said it was just a half hour job nothing more. It is perfect for my my kind of work, it will go on the floor, hung off a screw on a stud or on a window board. I have never used tripods.

Lumen wise it is 2 x 6000 lumens = 12,000 lumens which blows the syslite out of the park.

Cost:

Lights £30
Plywood FREE (Scrap)
Paint FREE (already had)
High Quality Rubber 1.5mm Flex cable x 5m £4ish (I bought a 50m roll to rewire lots of tools)
Plug FREE (used)
TOTAL £34

That is a big saving!

287200-0
« Last Edit: November 04, 2018, 03:08 PM by Stephenfranks »

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Offline Stephenfranks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 03:13 PM »
oh and 12,000 lumens is seriously bright. If you look at the light it makes you see lines afterwards! Very trippy.

Offline demographic

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 03:39 PM »
I like that, kind of fancy something like it myself but need it to be on site voltage instead of full fat mains.

No way on earth am I forking out a hundred or more notes on a site light.

Offline Stephenfranks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 04:06 PM »
Maybe you can get them 110v not sure?

Offline scholar

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 05:37 AM »

That is really neat - gonna copy.

The Syslite Duo (I have one - very nice but as you say £££) is IP55 rated so ok for using outside, although I haven’t done so.  Do you know if your light units are weatherproof and if so, one could use a weatherproof junction box etc.

Thanks for posting.

Cheers


Offline scholar

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 06:09 AM »

Just had a quick look:

Syslite Duo
- 112w
- IP55
- 8000Lm
- 5000K
- 10,000hrs L70

Viugreum 50w (x2)
- IP65
- 12000Lm
- 6000-6500K
- “average life” 30,000hrs

So the Viugreum would be worth wiring up with weatherproof wiring.

The colour temperature is softer on the Syslite - will be interesting to compare.  I have just ordered 2 of the Viugreums and will knock something up.  Probably aiming to use it for spray painting illumination principally.

Cheers



Offline Stephenfranks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 08:21 AM »
I should have used a weatherproof JB, didnt think of that!

Easy mod, and as you say as the floods are IP anyway should be good to go outside.

S.

Offline Stephenfranks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2018, 08:24 AM »
To anyone thinking of copying, I'm not sure if the floods should be enclosed like a syslite duo. I purposely left it open as I'm worried about heat and fire being a plywood unit.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2018, 03:19 PM by Stephenfranks »

Offline beewerks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2018, 03:19 PM »
That is an awesome idea!  I can't get that model of light very easily over here in the US, but this light on Amazon looks like a good alternative.

https://www.amazon.com/Onforu-Waterproof-Landscape-Floodlight-Playground/dp/B07DNN52FW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1541449013&sr=8-4&keywords=60w+led+flood+light

I'm going to have to rig one of these up for myself.  Thank you for the inspiration!

Offline Stephenfranks

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2018, 03:20 PM »
Wow thats 2 takers, I thought I would get jibes not praise! The reason I chose Viugreum is that it gets very good reviews (mostly from US). You guys do some random fishing with lights! Look it up on Youtube!!!

Offline George Oliver

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2018, 09:23 PM »
I like it. I never really thought much about lumens before to be honest and looking up the specs on my portable light (a Milwaukee) it tops out at 2,200 (for $122 on Amazon right now). Granted it can run on battery.

How hard would it be to wire this dual, battery and line voltage?

Offline sustad

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2018, 04:25 AM »
Great idea. Tanos. I'll do something similar that folds or dimantles to fit in a systainer.

Offline aloysius

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2018, 03:17 PM »
Congratulations Steve.  I think it's fantastic that you've made a superior "replica" of the silly, overpriced original for mere pennies on the pound!  An inspiration!
FOG-wit since '95:  Some say since birth...

Offline Pnw painter

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2018, 01:27 AM »
I think you came up with a great solution. I’ve got a syslight-duo, but I hate using it when I’m spraying paint because it’s so expensive and I don’t want to ruin it.

I’ve got a POS led light from Home Depot. Maybe I’ll remove the garbage lights that came with it and come up with a Frankenstein unit like yours.


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Offline The.Handyman

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2018, 01:31 AM »
I think you came up with a great solution. I’ve got a syslight-duo, but I hate using it when I’m spraying paint because it’s so expensive and I don’t want to ruin it.

I’ve got a POS led light from Home Depot. Maybe I’ll remove the garbage lights that came with it and come up with a Frankenstein unit like yours.


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You could cover the light in clear wrap or opaque press-n-seal while painting.

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Offline Pnw painter

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2018, 01:34 AM »
I’ve thought about that, but I’m worried overheating because it would restrict the airflow. The overspray is a fine mist and over time I’m also worried about paint building up inside the light.


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Offline kevinculle

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2018, 12:14 PM »
I used two of these to replace the halogen light fixtures on an extendable pole worklight fixture.  It was pretty simple to adapt them and wire them up and the light is brighter but easier on the eyes, not nearly as hot (the old halogens were like a heat lamp) and the wattage is 25% of the halogens.  I caught them on sale for $16 each.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DDJKQMQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Offline joiner1970

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Re: Homemade SYSLITE DUO
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2018, 03:12 PM »
 Thanks for the idea Stephen , I've bought two just deciding what I'm doing with them. Screwfix do a tripod for two lights I might get one of them. I used one light today on a kitchen fit and even with just one the brightness is great.