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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Spec V stock light - a small DIY mod

I don't like using the blue moonlights at night, but I do like having them on at the same time as the white during the day. Why? Who knows, just personal preference (a little color, feel like I am getting just a little more out of the light)

On the Finnex Fugeray the white and blue have independent switches, so turning them both on is no big deal. The Spec V LED bar only has one switch with 3 positions - Blue - OFF - White. No way to force Blue & White together.

Did a little exploratory surgery on mine, bunch of little screws on the LED side. Comes apart in 2 pieces, and the little plastic switch slider falls out. Surprise! The switch itself is splash 'resistant' - the slide has 2 tiny little magnets and no physical connection, I assume there are little reed switches inside the fixture.

The little magnets pull out of the plastic slide, a little scotch tape to hold each one in place over the 2 "on" areas. Now both white and blue are on together! Hold the switch slide over the area when putting the 2 halves back together (for looks, hides the tape work).

Of course, now there is no way to turn the light off, but I run all my lights on a timer anyway. If you wanted a little 'cleaner' job you could super glue the magnets in place.
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Well done! Now if only there was a way to independently turn the blue on/off so you could use a second timer to kick over to blue at night...
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I glued a small magnet inside of the switch. Now I get on/off/blues/whites+blues
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 08:44 PM
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Hi, thanks for all the ideas here. Just wanted to share this one:
To achieve this "blue/white on" without disassembling anything it's enough when you superglue a very small "extra strong" magnet on top of the lightfixture. With the switch on "white light" glue it just over the end of the switch that's closest to the light's end. Polarity oriented so that you can feel it's rejected by the internal magnet.
When you're in the right place, blue comes on. The switch switches blue/white, blue and again blue then.
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