All: Why buy expensive Fiber Optic Lights when a flashlight will work just fine for microscope work? A number of years ago German Perilla from George Mason
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, Apr 12, 2012
Why buy expensive Fiber Optic Lights
when a flashlight will work just fine for microscope work?
A number of years ago German Perilla
from George Mason University put together a lovely ppt presentation on
how to convert an LED flashlight into a microscope light and stand. It
was on the web for a while and then had to come down. We have now
converted that ppt now to a slideshare show (same thing really but on the
I have used this same flashlight set
up at my desk microscope (which often is used all day and certainly gets
turned on an off several times a day) for 7 years or so and have not had
to put in a new flashlight or bulb or replace anything. In addition
to being cheap, it is dead quiet and I have it clamped right through the
hole in the stand for the old illuminator that once sat in there.
I should also mention that my set up is much more primitive compared to
German's and is simply composed of loose wires, binder clips, rubber bands,
and electrical tape and it still works.
One modification that was made by someone
else that is not mentioned here is that instead of using a wall cube to
run this flashlight mod, you can use a USB port which is almost exactly
the right voltage.
It is also very useful in the field
as all you need to is to use a flashlight with batteries.