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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 4:18pm
Subject: Daylight Balanced LED Lighting System for espresso machines
 

Ikea's got two new LED lighting systems in stock (in four different iterations) that seem tailor made for espresso machines, especially commercial ones.

They are called DIODER, and Ikea sells these in two designs, and two colour choices - pure daylight balanced white, and multicolour (ooo multicolour - and you can change the colours!)

The strip versions are here, and are essentially four 25cm long thin strips (25cm long, barely 1cm wide, maybe 7mm thick), and can be mated to each other (forming on super long strip), attached with bend-ends (forming one long chain of four bars) or individually. You can buy plain white, or multicolour, which changes colour with each push of a button on the lighting system's wire plug.

The other lighting system is a set of four super thin circular pads, and you can use 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of them. It's also available in white or multicolour (nb - multicolour, from what I could tell in store, did not include white as one of the colours).

I've put a bunch of photos on flickr to show you the system installed, colour balance, and my first shots pulled after installing (auto-white balance, colour reproduction is amazing).

Here's one photo to see the system installed.

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 4:19pm
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And here's another unretouched photo, showing colour reproduction on an Americano shot pull.

I said on flickr:

This is extremely accurate colour reproduction. This LED diode lighting system rocks.

Look at the EXIF information for some interesting details. Most interesting stuff:

1/60th a second, f1.8
28mm f1.8 lens
200 ISO (pretty slow!)

These lights pour out a lot of light to capture a fair amount of detail at relatively fast shutter speeds.

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 4:37pm
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Outstanding.  Wow what a difference!

 
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 5:51pm
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Beautiful pics Mark! {:-D

 
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 6:24pm
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Which 28mm 1.8 lens is that?  It's really great wide open like that..

 
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2007, 10:24pm
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Canon's USMII prime.

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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2007, 1:24pm
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Mark, I used to be a  truck driver.  Look, LEDs were so popular with truck drivers I had 110 on my truck and trailer and that was just the count of light assemblies, it would literally be over 5000 diodes.  It was the joke around the family that I would pimp a computer with LEDs just to have it "Rooster'd."  Eventually I did pimp the computer.  If I pimp my espresso machine they will never let it go!  I won't be able to bury that ribbing!

 
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