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KEITH BEAUMONT17/11/2019 16:17:16
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I have just fitted a set of angel eyes to my mill, in a similar set up to the article in MEW287. The required power supply is 12 volts DC. I have 4 power supplies claiming to be 12 volt DC x 450 milliamp left over from replaced kit. All of them show 18 volts on my meter when checked without any load. I also have a multi voltage DC regulated power supply that does show the correct voltage when tested in a similar way.

I have 2 questions for the experts. 1 ,why do they show 18 volts when the label says 12 volts? 2,am I going to blow the light if I use one at the 18 voltage. I also have one marked 6 volts that shows 10 volts on the meter, but when connected to the light it is dim and flashing like a tube with a dud starter..


Dave Halford17/11/2019 16:25:33
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They are possibly built as battery chargers? Try a car flasher bulb (it wont care about 18V) as load then measure the volts.

Andrew Tinsley17/11/2019 16:39:07
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Very common to have small DC power supplies having a much higher voltage with no load. At their rated maximum current then the voltage will drop to the specified value. They are simple cheap unregulated supplies.

Work out (or measure) the operating current for your ring light and if it is somewhere near the maximum current stated on the power supply, then you have no problem. If it is much lower, then use a dropping resistor to reduce the voltage. LEDs are not too fussy about the supply voltage.


KEITH BEAUMONT17/11/2019 17:11:23
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I am told that the light draws 250 milliamps, so over half way to max. . I will probably light it up for a hour to test. The lights come in pairs, so I have a spare if this one blows.

Thank for your comments.


Peter Love 117/11/2019 17:56:34
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Hi all I have just purchased an Axminster ZX30M mill to replace my old 1982 Alpine although it is a lot beefier and bigger, I am hoping to find a right angled head to fit this machine can anyone point to one ? or plans to make one, really looking forward to its arrival in two days time I got a real deal of just over £1000.000 my local Axminster store decided to have a clear out of slow moving equipment, I believe it is a Sieg variant.

Peter G0KOK

Michael Cox 117/11/2019 18:51:54
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There are some very cheap stabilised power supplies available from China. This one seems perfect for you application.


Alan Wood 417/11/2019 20:36:29
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All of the ring lights I have used have had a small enclosure containing a switch mode power supply in series with the power lead. Although specified for 12V operation the ring LEDs are powered from 5V derived from this PSU and this makes them very tolerant to the input voltage from around 10V to 18V.

I repackage the SMPU in a small enclosure with a standard plug top connector to allow easy connection to standard PSUs.

It is also important to choose the largest diameter light you can source to reduce 'chuck shadowing'.

See **LINK** for more details on my versions.


KEITH BEAUMONT17/11/2019 20:36:59
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Thanks for that link Mike. I have just checked with my original advertisment and it says voltage is range 12-24, so I probably do not have a problem. I will get a small regulated supply though, just in case.


old mart17/11/2019 20:45:19
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Can we have a picture of your angel eyes?

KEITH BEAUMONT17/11/2019 21:21:04
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I will take a picture tomorow. The lights I have do in fact have a small tubed item wired in which I now presume is a Switch Mode Power Supply. The lights are 100mm diameter.


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