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    Default 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    I know this is going to start a mad rush, but I did want to check the interest on a group buy for LED's for the Mighty Mini.

    Note that this is an interest check only, and not a firm commitment to host it.

    We can get discounted pricing from CeCe or c-leds.com if we get 20 Kits worth.

    I've also made a small buy at Shop4LEDS on e-bay to see how their LEDs work out. They ship directly from Hong Kong, I believe, so it will be a few weeks perhaps until I get them.

    Do folks want the "kits" from CeCe with all the resistors and terminal blocks, or would they be happy with just getting the LED's and sourcing the rest themselves? You don't really need the terminal blocks if you are wiring in RJ45 plugs/jack, and the resistors can be found in lots of places.

    Shop4LEDs has some much better pricing on 100, 200, and 500 quantity than c-leds.com for the "same" 8mm .5watt colors.

    Reply here if you're interested in participating. Indicate if you are willing to just get the LEDs, and what colors and quantity you need.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Makes no difference to me. If the kits have the correct components, then maybe getting kits is good. However, we will be buying quite a lot. I need enough LEDs for 15 boards. I emailed CeCe about group buy discount and was ignored.

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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Makes no difference to me. If the kits have the correct components, then maybe getting kits is good. However, we will be buying quite a lot. I need enough LEDs for 15 boards. I emailed CeCe about group buy discount and was ignored.
    Hmmm, she answers my emails fairly quickly....

    That's why I wanted to get a sense of how many folks are interested. If I can go to her or Shop4LEDs with a 40 or more kit order, she might drop the price more than 10%, which is what she quoted to me.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    OK, got a chance to try out the LEDs from Shop4LEDs. These are all the 5 chip versions, while the ones from C-LEDS vary as the number of chips. I purchased 10 of the red and 10 of the Warm White.

    The RED from S4L is brighter than the C-LEDS. Red is the least intense color, so that's why Frank has 16 on the board vs. 12 of all the other colors.

    The Warm White looks about the same, or slightly brighter.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Another try at the question - do you want a full "kit" of LEDs, terminal strips, and resistors OR just want LEDs?
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Not a problem with me either way. We have to buy the terminals and resistors why not together? It makes sense. But, since the chip count remains constant won't the resistor values vary a little? When I was in the army, we used red light filter for tactical flashlights because the human eye doesn't see it as well as other colors. Thank you for handling this.

    How are you feeling Mark?

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    Thanks for asking, Al,

    I didn't think I felt that bad when I came home. Had a few rough nights at first. Had to figure out how to sleep in a more upright position at first.

    After I started getting around more, took a trip to Target and Walmart with my daughter, and had a family dinner out on Saturday, I noticed my limits. Still getting a little tired quickly, but my sleep patterns are getting better and I slept in a more normal position last night. I did get to drive yesterday as well.

    I get to stay out of work till 3/29, so I'm going to work into more activity as the week progresses.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    To give folks an idea of the bulk pricing of just the LED's on a "per kit" basis, which would include the cost of the LEDs to build out one of Frank's boards, but does NOT include the cost of the individual bags, terminal strips, resistors, PayPal fees, etc...:

    Minimum 30 kits - $32.60
    Minimum 40 kits - $30.95

    This is based on ebay prices from Shop4LEDs, including separate shipping fees from HK.

    I have emailed S4L for a custom quote. I expect costs to be lower for the higher quantity quote. Once I get a response, I will ask about custom packaging by them for a kit.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    You've been through a lot don't push yourself. The world will be there when you are ready. If you aren't ready when the world needs your help again, I'll help you if I know how. We'll help you if we can. Just ask. Seriously.

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    Appreciate the concern, Al. But don't worry, I'm feeling MUCH better. I wouldn't be on the boards here or doing much if I didn't feel like it.

    Ran up and down the stairs (well, walked, actually) 2-3 times this morning, since I woke up early (again!) to get my breakfast, retrieve my glasses, etc... No real fatigue, no lightheadedness, so I'm feeling very positive about my heart right now.

    Now, if somehow I can improve my memory at remembering where I left stuff....
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Mark -

    Al told me I'm going to build these; he's getting me 4 enclosures, so I guess put me down for 4 kits. Just LED's, or complete, whichever you end up ordering, is fine. With my vision issues that affect color sensitivity, I trust your eyes as far as light quality more than I trust my own.

    Let us know what your decorating schedule is. I'm sure we can get some elves there to help out so you don't have to climb ladders, unless you really want to. Are you doing anything for Memorial Day/Independence Day?

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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Mark are you going to limit this to just locals or could folks out of the Carolinas be included?

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    I want 4 complete sets. I would refer that we also get the resistors and Terminal Blocks too !
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Mark are you going to limit this to just locals or could folks out of the Carolinas be included?
    I'm not picky about who wants to join. Only requirement will be that payment via PayPal is in advance once we close this out, and shipping to other locations will be extra. I plan to place one order, have it come to me, and then can bring it to Raleigh on one of my work trips to the Triangle.

    Final price will be determined after we get a full count of orders.
    Note that time to arrival after order placement will be a couple of weeks, given that they ship directly from HK.
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    Default Re: 8mm StrawHat .5 W LED group buy interest

    Current requests:

    Al - 15 kits
    Denny - 4 kits
    Jack - 4 kits
    Mark - 4 kits

    Does anyone have a preferred close date? Is sooner or later better? Mid-April? Late April?

    I'm hoping to hear about when the PCBs get shipped soon.
    Mark

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