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Reloading Lamp ??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rfwobbly, Jan 29, 2010.

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  1. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Member

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    I have all sorts of lamps around my reloading bench because I hate having shadows on my work. But what I really want is a bright LED on a flexible "goose neck" which I can poke down through the center hole in my 550 die block and directly light up the shell plate.

    I looked at several places for "reloading lamps" and "reloading lights" but nothing comes up. Anyone ever seen such a beast?

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  2. Buzzard

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    Cabela's has 'em for $10, specifically...

    http://www.cabelas.com/p-0053993229091a.shtml

    Try swapping out your light bulbs for CFLs; better light, minimal heat, and almost squat for power usage. Got a dozen of 'em at a hardware store sale for a buck a pop. Best part is I don't squint when checking primers for proper seating anymore!
     
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    I got this at wally world for $1.47. I can see right in the cases to check powder. I did move it to the other side though.
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    Thanks guys! That's exactly what I was looking for.
     
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    I have one similar to the one from Cabela's except mine has a magnetic base and also a laser pointer on it. Picked it up at wally-mart for 3.99. That and a little bit of masking tape and it's on.
     
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    Thanks Buzzard. I'm going to try that idea. I'm forever hitting the hot bulb and metal shade on my desk lamp with the back of my hand.
     
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    I use a cheap-o "tactical" type LED flashlight. I got a pile of them on ebay for under $10. They take AAA batteries and seem to last forever. I put it facing down on the top of my Hornady LNL shining through the hole in the middle. It lights up the shellplate well.
     
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    I have a pair of CFL's in those clip-on reflector lamp jobs from Home Depot which shine directly on my press. They REALLY help, especially the right-hand side one because it illuminates the inside of the casing. The left-side CFL balances the added illumination, minimizing shadows.

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  9. Walkalong

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    I drilled a two diameter hole (one diameter almost all the way through with a short "step" at the bottom to keep the light from falling through) in between stations 3 and 4 on my LNL. I have a Fenix E1 I put in it. It lights up the inside of the case well.

    I angled the hole on the LNL, thinking it would work better than straight down like I did on my Projector, but I was wrong, straight down is a little better.

    I like the light ole farmerbuck has on his LNL. It can be moved around as needed. I had something similar for a while, but it wasn't near as good as that one.
     
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    check harborfrieght.com ton's of choices.....
     
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    Bought 5 of these at the dollar store, buck each, have had one on my press for two months, still lights up good.
     

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    No trouble at all. I wound up using an architect's lamp I got from Target for $20, chucked a 13w CFL in it, and now I've got more light than I know what to do with. If I need the light somewhere else, its a simple matter to grab the lamp head and move it over. The main room light gives me most of what I need, while the lamp kills off errant shadows. All three CFLs draw four times less power (total) than the old bulbs did, put off twice the light (GE softwhite CFLs get bright) and you can grab the bulb bare-handed after its been on for an hour. :D
     
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    Check out unique tek. They have an led light witha rubber collar that fits the hole of the 550 or 650 press and provides perfect even illumination of the shell plate its pretty slick.
     
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