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mcphill
11-27-2011, 08:10 PM
I have not been happy with the lighting on the Mikini. It is rather dull and not a pleasant color.

I have posted a YouTube link about this light conversion as well. It is available HERE (http://youtu.be/_9b_yy9RE0k)

The inspiration for using this light source was due to the posts in this thread: http://www.cnczone.com/forums/diy_discussion/125321-led_lights.html

The light is sold on eBay by user "seemmy999". I bought 4 units since the shipping was a little high, so lower "per unit" when I bought 4. The units were shipped from China, and arrived in a few weeks.

The power cord that was supplied with the lights was removed and switched it over to 3 conductor cable with 6 feet of cord. A ground wire was attached to a screw in the light housing (the original wire was 2 conductor, so no ground). Finally, a three prong plug was put on the other end of the cable.

On the Mikini, I cut the cable going to the fluorescent light and unmounted the light (cable is in the area where the oiling pump sits). A three prong socket was put on to the cut cable (machine side). Next I plugged a power strip in to the new socket and double stick taped the power strip to the left side of the machine. The new lights are all plugged in to the power strip. All the lights go on and off using the original "Aux 2" button. The lighting is now MUCH brighter than it was before!

Two lights were mounted using the old fluorescent light mount on the left side, and one on the right side using a bolt that mounts one of the shelves under the keypad in place. The plan is to epoxy rare earth magnets to a fourth light, so it can be placed where needed for bright task lighting (videos, etc.).

So, here are some shots of the new and improved machine lighting:

http://images56.fotki.com/v1298/photos/1/435091/10238272/CIMG1465-vi.jpg

http://images56.fotki.com/v371/photos/1/435091/10238272/CIMG1468-vi.jpg

Left floods mounted:

http://images16.fotki.com/v363/photos/1/435091/10238272/CIMG1473-vi.jpg

and lighted:

http://images45.fotki.com/v1481/photos/1/435091/10238272/CIMG1466-vi.jpg

Right side lighting:

http://images58.fotki.com/v279/photos/1/435091/10238272/CIMG1467-vi.jpg

Images from the eBay listing:

http://images40.fotki.com/v1248/photos/1/435091/10238272/Y5912-vi.jpg

http://images51.fotki.com/v628/photos/1/435091/10238272/Y5913-vi.jpg

A couple more pix in my Fotki: LED Lights album | mcphill | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy. (http://public.fotki.com/mcphill/mcpi-inc/mikini-1610l/led-lights/)

SWATH
10-16-2013, 03:02 PM
The supplied Mikini fluorescent light was literally disintegrating from coolant. I kept getting shards of the housing down in the enclosure. It was adequately bright but it was one sided. There was always a bad shadow cast on the right of everything. Anyway Viola, thanks for the idea Mike!
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