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Old 09-03-2018, 11:38 AM
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Uniquetek Dillon 550 light or Inline Fabrication "Skylight"/

After owning my Dillon 550b for over 25 yrs. & loading about 25K .45 auto rounds through it I've decided to "Light it up". Anybody have any pics of the Uniquetek topmount single light set-up? So far I am leaning towards the Inline Fabrication due to it's simple design & single cord running to the top of the press.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:22 PM
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I got a Skylight for my 550 when I first purchased the press. It works well. However, I have since purchased and use a KMS Squared UFO light, it gives more light in my opinion.
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:54 PM
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+1 on the KMS, really bathes the whole shell plate in light. I had one of the thru holes lights no where near as good as the KMS.
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Old 09-03-2018, 02:20 PM
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Many thanks for the info, gentlemen.
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Old 09-03-2018, 02:48 PM
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I bought a flexible shaft type desk lamp, removed the base, and then mounted the shaft to a shelf above the press, and use a "daylight" LED bulb. Works great.
I have the Inline Fab light mounted on a 650. I don't wish to criticize the light, as it does what it is supposed to do, which is light up the shell plate. But I find myself wanting more light, so I installed the desk lamp. I still use the Inline Fab light, since I have it, and more light is a good thing.
On the other hand, I do not have the Inline Fab on my 550, as the desk lamp does the job nicely for me.
Bottom line for me, is that the press mounted lights don't do enough, and when I use the desk lamp, then the press mounted lights don't provide enough extra light to make them worth the cost. Of course, this is all just my very subjective opinion, and if I had better ambient light over the press in the first place, that could change. But, as it stands, this is what works best for me.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:17 PM
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Skylight for me

Snow's point about ambient/room light is big. If your room is well lit the skylight is a great supplement on the shellplate. If it's not well lit, few press lights will ever make it seem right.

I have the Skylight on my 550... works great and is plenty of light for me. I did however, replace the lightbulbs in the fixture in my reloading room with 100w equivalent leds. (before I bought the skylight) That made the skylight icing on the cake.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:22 PM
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Main thing is to properly light up the press. Nothing wrong with Powder Cop dies but I'm old fashioned and like to take a peak in each case before I seat the bullet. I am truly susceptible to human error but over the years mechanical/electrical failure has done me the most damage.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:36 PM
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Many thanks everybody for all of the great info. I'm going to go with the KSM Squared UFO light set-up. Also I'm thinking that the bearing set-up for the "fingered" deal looks good to me too.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:39 PM
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The UFO is awesome, works like a charm!!!!

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Old 09-03-2018, 08:57 PM
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That's pretty lit up. I am not looking forward to the part of the installation that does the lighting strip portion that goes under the top of the press by the bottom of the tool head.
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Old 09-03-2018, 09:39 PM
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That's pretty lit up. I am not looking forward to the part of the installation that does the lighting strip portion that goes under the top of the press by the bottom of the tool head.
It takes all of 5 minutes
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:47 PM
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Indeed, install is quite simple. You'll be amazed at how easy it goes.
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:42 AM
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And then again you could use just a small gooseneck flashlight sitting on the bench to light the stage three step to view the powder. Ha!
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:27 PM
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I went low tech. I took a wire coat hanger and cut a long section out of it. I then wrapped one end around the top of the seating die and formed the other end to hold a rechargeable Cree flashlight.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:39 PM
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I went low tech. I took a wire coat hanger and cut a long section out of it. I then wrapped one end around the top of the seating die and formed the other end to hold a rechargeable Cree flashlight.
Clever, I like it!

I took a slightly different path that works very well at a fraction of the cost of the commercial options...

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Old 09-05-2018, 08:14 AM
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I use quite a few sewing machine magnetic lights.. LED and easy to place where you need it.

I use them on my 550s and on my mill and lathe or just around the shop where needed



you can get them with up to 30 leds
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:47 AM
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I'm a big fan of the Inline Fabrication Sky Light. If I recall, it comes with a life-time guarantee. Best of luck with your decision.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:38 AM
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Sure like my Inline fab light. Quick, easy, clean. More light, good thing.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:37 AM
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KMS^2 user here 550 and 650. I have a well lit room, small office with 8 overhead lights in it and they still make a big difference.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:00 AM
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I got a Skylight for my 550 when I first purchased the press. It works well. However, I have since purchased and use a KMS Squared UFO light, it gives more light in my opinion.
How do you change tool heads on a Dillon 550 with this light?
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:34 AM
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How do you change tool heads on a Dillon 550 with this light?
It mounts to the underside of the press, just about an 1/8" outside the toolhead so the toolheads slide in and out as normal. Your process to change toolheads is not altered.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:23 PM
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KMS Squared UFO Light

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KMS^2 user here 550 and 650. I have a well lit room, small office with 8 overhead lights in it and they still make a big difference.
Don't have time to do my own pic but the above ones will more than suffice! The first light system that I have found to be brighter and better than natural sunlight. I never thought that would be possible!
Also I just found out they have a sale that ends 12.02.2018. Sorry for the short notice. 25% off and I believe no charge for shipping. Just enter the code urblkfri25 at check out.
I now have 1 for both of my XL650's.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:39 PM
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Inline fabrication sky light user here....for many years. Great light for my 550.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:32 AM
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I just installed the UFO's on my 550 & 650 amazing amount of light compared to Inline skylights. That being said I still have the Inline sky light installed on both presses along with the UFO's . I also have Inline on my SDB. The inline lights I bought for the 650 came with a led strip for the frame, I removed it in-order to install the UFO lights and plan on using the Inline Led strip on my SDB some how when I figure out where to mount it. Both are great products IMHO.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:42 AM
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I use both the UFO and Skylight on my 550 too and have an LED desklight that swivels to add even more light. Desklight comes in handy too when doing other things on my bench that dont involve the press.
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