White LED Bulk-Buy #2 Update

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Greetings TB2K folks!

Since I had a couple people send in $ for LEDs in the bulk-buy that didn't supply a useful E-mail address, might as well post the news here.

All LEDs ordered are right now winging their way to each person, via USPS Priority Mail. They went out yesterday and should start to show up as soon as tomorrow for some folks.

The lucky of you who ordered LEDs will find that your little antistatic baggie o' LEDs is cushioned in antistatic packing peanuts, so don't dump them out all over the place while trying to open the box. ;-) (At least the antistatic ones don't stick to everything.) The less lucky got shredded paper as a cushioning material, which could be a LOT more messy, so open that package carefully!

Those folks that ordered one or more of my LED module sets should get a notification of these having shipped within the next day or two as they're just about ready to go. I still have one 18-LED array/driver set and four 36-LED array/driver sets left if anyone wants. (Good LORD the 36 set is bright, hahahaha!) E-mail me (my posted address, as always, is real) for the specifics/prices/order process/etc. on these and do it fast if you want one or more of them, as it's a first-come-first-served thing for the last five sets I have.

A few observations: This batch of white LEDs has a mich more uniform brightness and color than the first batch did. Apparently they've refined the manufacturing process a good bit. They also appear brighter than the first batch. My 36-LED array/driver set is reading over 200 candela when the rated norm is 144. The light output is more uniform across many LEDs with less spectral spread than before, so you'll probably see fewer that look reddish and bluish and so on than before. Finally, they seem more efficient, with my 36-LED arrya/driver using 88 mA @ 12.0 VDC at full brightness for these as compared to 95-100 mA @ 12.0 VDC for the first set.

All in all, this batch is definitely better than the previous. If I have enough demand for my ready-made LED modules I'll do another bulk-buy before year's end, and that might be the last chance to stock up for all of us. If not, well, enjoy whatcha have 'cause that might be the last time anyone sees 'em. (They're made in Japan and shipped out from there, so figure the likelihood of them being available post-Y2K...)

If you ordered LEDs, watch your mail for a package from that crazy...

-- OddOne (mocklamer_1999@yahoo.com), September 29, 1999



-- bw (home@puget.sound), September 29, 1999.

Will the satisfied customers please report back?

-- Mumsie (Shezdremn@aol.com), September 29, 1999.

I am a satisfied customer of buy #1 and should have gotten into this one too. Just yesterday I ran into a guy who wanted a bunch of white LED's for his boy scouts for a project. I have enough for now but will be out by November.

White LED's might be the new media of exchange in the post-Y2K world.

One White LED = 6 live chickens or a goat.

Three White LEDs = 1 piglet.

One SUV in mint condition = 1 White LED or 5 rounds of .22LR

I'll put up the White LED mega WRP 120 in about a week. It includes contributions from several TB2K regulars and links to OddOne's White LED site.

We lost power for 24 hours because of Hurricane Floyd. A flashlight with 3 White LEDs was our primary light source. A Yellow LED pocket light was the backup.

These things are dim but you can leave them on and not worry about the batteries running down like a Maglite or Kryto-lite. Those will go one night, only.

During Hurricane Floyd, two children burned to death in Baltimore then the candles they were using set their home on fire. (Their power was out due to non-payment, not because of the Hurricane.) Hurricane Floyd left 1,000,000 people without power in the DeeCee area. Some were without power for a full week.

-- cory (kiyoinc@ibm.XOUT.net), September 29, 1999.

Thanks for the update....since I ordered 40 on this buy I've since discovered I bought too few, darn. If you decide to do another bulk buy I'll be a willing participant.

Love them LEDs....DCK

-- Don Kulha (dkulha@vom.com), September 30, 1999.

Thank's I got my box today, I'm lucky got the peanuts with mine. Solder, solder, sol......

-- && (&&@&&.&), September 30, 1999.

You think you didn't get enough? I had the second-largest single chunk of my own BB this time and I -still- didn't get as amny as I'd have liked... I hope I get the chance to get another BB going before year's end, hehehe...

He has LEDs and he knows how ta use 'em...

-- OddOne (mocklamer_1999@yahoo.com), September 30, 1999.

Box arrived today. Thankee kindly, OddOne.

Oh, and the paper was fine - just becomes mulch. We got waaaaaay too many foam peanuts 'round here as 'tis.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), October 01, 1999.

My pagewr showed up with the message from my bride: "THey're HEEERRE" and truly, they are.

Thanks and I hope you DO do a BB#3.


solder, pliers, soldering pencil, where or where is that soldering jig? OUCH DAMN THAT'S HOT..........

-- Chuck, a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), October 01, 1999.

Got my 50, probably didn't order enough.

Shoulda seen me trying to open the box. Tried fingernails, got out my knife, scored through the paper in three places, set it down, picked it up, looked at it REAL CAREFULLY and FINALLY found the little label that says "pull here to open". What a dork.

-- bw (home@puget.sound), October 01, 1999.

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