Black Light Sources

starsplitter

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Greetings Old Hands:

This is a follow up to a previous post. Black lights...can anyone recommend a source besides a head shop? I want something that is practical. perhaps designed, for field use (check for disturbances in soil, etc. and for emeralds on the beach).

Thanks.

Mark
 
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starsplitter

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Ed & Mike,

Thanks. I went to the website - the lights are surprisingly inexpensive (especially compared to what can be found at the mall).

Mark
 

99thpercentile

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I have an Inova X5 from Emmissive Energy, which is 395 nm. I have been pretty pleased with it. It costs about $40 and it is very bright. I have two units, one that has white LEDs and one with the UV LEDs. I have used them all over the world and think that they are a very good value. They use lithium 123 batteries, which are about $4 each at wal-mart or $16 for 12 if you by them direct from Surefire.
 

boogeyman

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Try calling a electrical supply house. I walked in and bought a long wave bulb and a short wave that plugged into an old camp lantern I was given. Put some aluminum duct tape on half the lens and you got a nice black light that you can switch from long to short. I think if I had bought the lantern it would've cost about $22.00. By the way if you're in the desert don't pick up the green gardenhose!! If you do hope you got the right end :o My friend didn't know rattlers florese green ???
 

stringfrenzy

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BlackKnight said:
LED Black Light
Perfect for:
  • Find urine stains (i.e. at the hotel before you hop in bed!)

Now THAT was what I was looking for. No longer need to sleep in the bathtub ;D

I know what you mean. ;D
 

stringfrenzy

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boogeyman said:
DO NOT BLACKLIGHT A MOTEL ROOM!!you'll never get a decent nights sleep again

Good point.
 

maipenrai

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Anyone ever use a blacklight for hunting mushrooms? Just a thought, since I dont have a blacklight to try it.
 

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I've got a streamlight blacklight flashlight I got off amazon, it's pretty cool. Can't remember why I bought it to be honest, but it's fun to play with occasionally.
 

maipenrai

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Boogyeman, you said that rattlers can be found with a black light, what about other snakes? I still havent got my black light yet, except for a silly key chain light, but have seen a few snakes around here, more than usual, so would like to check them out during the night, they hide pretty good during the day. The only thing I have found are scorpions, with the black light. I dont have a lot of emeralds in my yard, so that would also be interesting to check out, up country.
 

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Try googling black lights & see what happens.
 

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Just remember to use UV safety glasses while using a short wave blacklight! Those things will fry your eyeballs! Long sleeves are also a good idea to prevent skin cancer. After all.... They're pretty much "portable tanning beds" ;)

Blacklights are very handy for prospecting of all types. There are a lot of minerals that are often found with gold that fluoresce. Some materials will glow different colors under different wavelengths of UV. It might be green under shortwave but it will glow red under longwave! Having a unit that will output both wavelengths is almost a must for the serious prospector. Even more so in the desert.
 

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