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4 Posts authored by: shabaz Top Member
Introduction I recently swapped out a load of lighting at home, so it was an opportunity to take some of the older LED bulbs apart, to see how they are made : ) Last week, a Philips MASTER LEDspot was taken apart. This week, it is the turn of the Sylvania RefLED! Full model details: Sylvania RefLED Reflector R50 510lm 8W 830, 220-240W, 50/60Hz   These were just moderately efficient at the time of purchase two years ago (about 64 lumens/watt), but nowadays there are more efficient models a ...
Introduction I recently ordered various LED home lighting from a UK supplier (theledspecialist.co.uk), and unfortunately one arrived smashed : ( They kindly sent a replacement very quickly, but before I threw out the damaged one, I couldn't resist a teardown : )   Details Name Philips MAS LEDspot CLA D 9.5-75W 830 PAR30S 25D EAN Code 8718696713907 UPC Code 929001342902   It is a 9.5W, 760 lumen LED bulb, warm white, with an Edison E27 fitting. It has a 25,000 hour life (longer than ...
Introduction I love to build stuff using manual and power tools. I’ve not moved up to 3D printing yet, so I still tend to use materials like wood, metals and sheet plastic, hand-marked and cut. For small items, handheld rotary tools are extremely useful, and I’ve been meaning to upgrade my aging tools for quite a while. Two of the major brands are Proxxon and Dremel, and the Proxxon ones are lower cost in Europe. I decided to purchase a couple of Proxxon rotary tools, and this blog p ...
Christmas Gift Ideas part 2 – Analog Kit  Introduction I noticed another interesting kit from Farnell/Newark which was so nice I purchased two – one as a gift and one for myself. The Arduino kit reviewed earlier is suitable for beginners of any age, but the kit reviewed here is only suitable for older school or college students or older – basically anyone prepared to self-learn and familiar with finding information for themselves from books or datasheets. It is a kit of an ...

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