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Old 02-23-2014, 9:49 AM
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Default Progressive Press Lighting Upgrade

What a difference it makes! I can easily see the powder charge inside the case before I see the bullet. Very simple, VERY cheap.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:11 AM
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That's awesome!
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:44 AM
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It's "home made". Im an electrical contractor and have a ton of LED scraps laying around. If anyone is near Simi and wants a setup like mine, lemme know. I think I have enough power supplies for at least 4 or 5 more. $20 and its yours. Pretty good price, considering Inline Fabrications sells them for $40. Should be a way to attach to any progressive press.
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I'm in - good product to help out these old eyes.
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I first looked at the pictures and thought, that is the weirdest Hornady Shell plate wire I have seen.

Wish I was closer, for one of your LED lights. Any chance you could list out some parts to DIY one from Grainger or McMasterCarr?

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I did the same thing with my LLM but with a LED flashlight. I just spliced some wire from the battery to the circuit board of the lights and shove the circuit board inside the hole on the tool head. You have Mood lighting, I have disco lighting
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Any chance you could list out some parts to DIY one from Grainger or McMasterCarr?

thanks.
Not sure about getting stuff from either place, I get my LED rolls from the electrical supply house. It comes in a 16' roll. All you have to do is solder a female 12 volt connection onto the tape. It is clearly marked "+ & -", then just plug into the power supply. It can be cut like every three LEDs, so you can pretty much cut it to fit. Best practice is to also heat shrink your solder points, to prevent any spark inducing short circuits.

Or, I could make one up and ship it to you It would come with a few zip ties, an alcohol prep pad, all soldered and heat-shrinked, with a power supply. $26 shipped or $20 to pick up.
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This works great for my LnL AP. $10 and the light shines right through the center hole to show whether there is powder in the shell or not.
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This works great for my LnL AP. $10 and the light shines right through the center hole to show whether there is powder in the shell or not.
I thought you hacked apart a flashlight? Seems light a desk lamp would get in the way
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I use an led light that was intended for sewing machines. It has a base that is about an inch and a half around which is stuck to the back/top of my press with double sided tape. The neck is a small flexible chrome piece and the head has a single LED. It can be directed at what you want to light up. The only problem is that the neck can move or be bumped and then it doesn't light up the powder. I use the same lights on the dillon 550 and 1050. A stationary light would have an advantage.
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I use an led light that was intended for sewing machines. It has a base that is about an inch and a half around which is stuck to the back/top of my press with double sided tape. The neck is a small flexible chrome piece and the head has a single LED. It can be directed at what you want to light up. The only problem is that the neck can move or be bumped and then it doesn't light up the powder. I use the same lights on the dillon 550 and 1050. A stationary light would have an advantage.
Sounds like a pain in the butt most of the time. The lights I've got are always in the right place, do t get bumped, and stay out of the way.
On another note, we had some friends over for dinner last night, and the woe is an avid quilter. She said I should market this to quilters, because while there are lighting options available, none of them are as low profile, inexpensive, and bright as what I've got.
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I have a USB snake-light in the powder-check hole of my XL 650... pointing straight into the 3rd-station-case.

I am using a "generic USB iPhone charger"=>USB-extender=>USB-snake-light=>3rd-station-hole...
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Looks good I like it.
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I did exactly the same thing. I grabbed a used transformer at Marvac for 3 bucks.

The LEDs do work extremely well.

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I wish I could do that for my Lee classic cast turret.
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I thought you hacked apart a flashlight? Seems light a desk lamp would get in the way
I tried that. The desk lamp is way brighter and is perfect for the LnL AP. The lamp is tall enough to reach over and into the center hole.

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Yah, I guess if you don't mind clutter, that's the way to go.
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I picked up the whole kit at inline, the light was included works great.
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I wish I could do that for my Lee classic cast turret.
I use one of these on my Lee Classic Cast Turret Press and it works great:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3528-SMD-LED...item3cd850e7ce

I ordered the 6" with 9v connector in white. $6.75 shipped.
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Yah, I guess if you don't mind clutter, that's the way to go.
Hey, I resemble that remark
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I use one of these on my Lee Classic Cast Turret Press and it works great:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3528-SMD-LED...item3cd850e7ce

I ordered the 6" with 9v connector in white. $6.75 shipped.
How did you attach it? Does it light up enough for you to see into the case?
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While the LEDs will come on with the 9v battery, they aren't as bright as with the plug in power supply.... And at $3-4 a pop, it'll get expensive to keep replacing them.


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I use one of these on my Lee Classic Cast Turret Press and it works great:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3528-SMD-LED...item3cd850e7ce

I ordered the 6" with 9v connector in white. $6.75 shipped.
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How did you attach it? Does it light up enough for you to see into the case?
I zip tied it to one of the three black vertical support rods. It is quite bright and I can see into the case.

9v batteries are inexpensive on Amazon and last a LONG time. I have accidentally left the LED lights on overnight a few times and the battery is still going strong.
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Here's my light for my Lee Classic Turret:



It's definitely not as elegant as the LED strips, but it suits my purposes for now. I like that the magnetic base sticks directly to the press.
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I looked at my Dillon 550 last night. I don't see that there is room around the top for strip lights. The toolhead slides out of the left, which is where the powder station is. The index wheel comes within 3/16" of the top of the press. I don't know if the leds would fit across the top/back of the frame, right next to the toolhead. My current lights are similar to the one shown above, but just more compact/shorter. Mine use a transformer so batteries aren't an issue.
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Adding mine to the mix. Clamps on to the press. Can adjust any which way.


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I zip tied it to one of the three black vertical support rods. It is quite bright and I can see into the case.

9v batteries are inexpensive on Amazon and last a LONG time. I have accidentally left the LED lights on overnight a few times and the battery is still going strong.
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Here's my light for my Lee Classic Turret:



It's definitely not as elegant as the LED strips, but it suits my purposes for now. I like that the magnetic base sticks directly to the press.
Thanks for the ideas. I definitely need more light to see what I am doing.
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