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Thread: Is an rgb photon blade possible?!

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    Default Is an rgb photon blade possible?!

    Hello All,

    I'm sure most of you are familiar with the photon blade collaboration by TCSS and Vader's Vault. I haven't started my journey in the science of light yet, but I'm sure many of you out there have. I love the photon green, but like the ability to change blade color on the fly! Any chance a white photon blade could be made to work with an RGB LED setup? I'm sure everyone would love the possibility of a super bright blade, even in a well lit room or outdoors daytime that can change color!

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    If not a white, maybe a pale blue or yellow? Just trying to think of something that would be super bright in various color arrangements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsummit View Post
    If not a white, maybe a pale blue or yellow? Just trying to think of something that would be super bright in various color arrangements.
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    Currently chatting with Tim about this.

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    Does anyone have any recommended books on this? Any online links? I would love to help TCSS and VV in the process! Currently checking my local library!

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    The photon blade works because there is a florescent material that is reactive to blue light. By its nature it can not change its color and be brighter then a regular blade.

    I am expirementing right now with UV light and UV reactive paint. I am getting some interesting results but not sure if it will end up being brighter then a regular blade yet. If it does work then this would provide color changing blades by literally changing the blade (to one coated in a different uv reactive paint) if it doesn't work it will be dimmer then a regular blade. Still trying to get the coating to work right.

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    You'd need multiple compounds, each able to produce light, each having a differing way of activating their luminescence, and they'd all need to be compatible with the blade material.

    Chemical X that produces Red when exposed to wavelength A.
    Chemical Y that produces Green when exposed to wavelength B.
    Chemical Z that produces Blue when exposed to wavelength C.

    To the best of my knowledge, this combination has not been invented. We have a number of chemicals that produce light when exposed to blue wavelengths (phosphorescents like Fluoroscein), but they all activate at the same time or nearly so.

    If you want a bright RGB blade that's visible in the daytime, you'll need a very densely packed string blade with proper light dispersion.
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    Thanks for all your input so far! Some great theories to ponder! Yeah, not a fan of string blades. Just asking for the impossible I guess. Or is it? There may still be another option to consider. I posted in another thread regarding the new Nth Light technology. Here's a video:

    Tim said he checked this out and wasn't impressed with the brightness. I wonder though if it could be made better/brighter and be able to change color? I have an idea, but have to draw it out. Be right back!

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    The nice thing about the pigments that react to blue light is they won't damage your eyes.

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    Okay, here's the drawing of the idea I had regarding the Nth Light Tech.



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