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Added an LED light to my Dillon 550b

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bill clancy, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. I'm currently reloading in the basement, even with flourescent lighting overhead, my 50+ year old eyes aren't what they used to be. To be extra safe I got a Princeton Tec Pulsar II keychain light (The one with the switch on the side), and a bit of adhesive velcro. I put a piece of velcro on the tool head on the exposed side near stations 2 & 3, and another one on the small light. I turn it on and adjust the aim to shoot right into the shell on station 2, so I can see the powder charge level before I flick the index sprocket to advance the shell to station 3.
    Is it easy enough or do you need a picture?
     
  2. HAMMERHEAD

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    I get the picture.
    I know I feel much better about seeing each and every powder charge.
    Glad you're doing it too.
     


  3. TK-421

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    Always a good idea to be safe and make sure you know exactly how much powder is in there, to try and avoid a double charge. Smart idea using one of those cheap keychain lights.
     
  4. Kwesi

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    I wish I had a photo to post or the ordering details for the light I installed on the 550. It has 5-6 bright LED's on a vertical flat strip that attaches between stations 1 & 2. Puts out lots of light on stations 2 & 3. Purchased it last year. Someone posted the details here on GT.
     
  5. bdhawk

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    my guess is, your light came from inline fabrication.
    this guy is very clever, with all kinda neat stuff for many different presses. web address below....

    kinda funny, i ordered two sets of the lights for my 550Bs, and one for my SDB. he e-mailed me yesterday that they were to be shipped today, 10/19/12. he has an outstanding reputation.

    check out the press handles. i plan to get some for my
    550Bs, ASAP [waitin' on discretionary funding].

    www.inlinefabrication.com
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  6. thunderbat

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    Good tip on the lighting system, thanks. Does the power cord get in the way at all?
     
  7. alank2

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    Hi,

    All of my products comes with a press light - http://www.pressmonitordevice.com

    I don't have the counters up at my website, but they are on eBay.

    [​IMG]

    I think a light on the bullet seating stations is one of the best things you can do for safety!

    Good luck,

    Alan
     
  8. Kwesi

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    Yes that is it! Even though I have Alan's Press Monitor (great product) I prefer inline's lighting system. The cord has not been a problem.
     
  9. njl

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    With just a bit of soldering, the LED strips are an easy DIY project. The soldering is really the only difficult part. Shop around for the LED material...it's sold on 5M rolls for as little as about $12 delivered.
     
  10. bdhawk

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    finally got around to posting about the L.E.D.,
    inline fabrication lights. they recommend you install the strip on the inside of the closest upright on the frame. i chose to put mine on the far side. i like to check my powder level there, just before i add the bullet.
    the wires are not an issue. they give you stuff to route the wires out the way, and out of harms way. they are turned
    on/off by an inline roller switch.

    i am posting a pic, but there are other pics on their website.
    if you want a pic of the square deal lighting, look there. it is pretty much the same as mine. i am posting mine to show how the lights look on a different position.

    www.inlinefabrication.com
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012
  11. dhgeyer

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    I've got plenty of light for my eyes on the cases as they go around. I can see the powder level quite well at stations 2 and three, and the bullet at stations 3 and 4.

    Where I'd like to put more light is on the primer cup as it slides out from under the feed tube. Looking at that to make sure there is a primer and that it's right side up is part of my routine before I move the handle the rest of the way and seat the primer. Right now it's a bit dark under there. I've been meaning to do something about that. Your idea of a little LED makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
     
  12. SBray

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    I have only used the Press Monitor light that Alan's unit came with. It works for me. I can't help but wonder, does that row of lights pointing at the operator, seem somewhat blinding?

    I have seen similar rows of LED lights in stores, and they seem to be very bright!

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  13. alank2

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the feedback Steve; I appreciate it.

    That is one of the reasons I recess the LED in the white tube - so its brightness is masked, but yet it can focus its light where it needs to.

    Thanks,

    Alan
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  14. njl

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    I have similar LED strips on my RL550B and I actually had to reposition the ceiling strip because the left most LED was hanging down a bit and was in my direct line of sight, and it was annoyingly bright...and I'm only running them at 9V (not full brightness).
     
  15. SigFTW

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    I run with the LED row lights also and it's bright and provides plenty of light, it's mounted by the bullet seat die and it's not a problem.
     
  16. Kwesi

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    SBray: I also have Alan's Press Monitor but found I needed more light. I have the LED strip mentioned above located at station 2 facing station 3. I did not care for the way the light is supposed to stay in place (folded wire pushed into the recessed area). It eventually would work free. Love the Press though!