Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

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Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#1 Post by fossilexpress » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:51 am

I have a Leica Sli LED Illuminator with fiber optic cables. It no longer turns on. Any tips on troubleshooting/repairs? Leica says it will not repair, so I will have to spend $950 for a replacement. All my other illuminators have replaceable bulbs, so I am surprised there is not an obvious way to do this here. Any help appreciated. - Roy

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#2 Post by MichaelG. » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:12 am

Ouch !!

That is astonishing, and I would say unacceptable.

Treat it as a challenge ... the problem can only be LED, PSU, Switch, or connections.

MichaelG.

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Edit: Can you please clarify which model you have ?
... a quick search on Leica’s site revealed several; but they appear to have LED heads mounted on goosenecks, rather than fibre optics.
https://www.leica-microsystems.com/sear ... lluminator
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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#3 Post by fossilexpress » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:03 pm

Thanks. It is an LED5000. It does not turn on. Will first try to swap the cable. Roy

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#4 Post by MichaelG. » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:55 pm

Got it ... https://www.leica-microsystems.com/prod ... d5000-sli/

Best of luck

Please keep us informed of your progress [and hopefully your success]

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#5 Post by Scarodactyl » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:58 pm

I hope it ends up being fixable.

Is there a particular Leica-specofic feature that makes the led5000 particularly good for your usecase?

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#6 Post by fossilexpress » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:06 am

The unit attaches to the stand of the Leica microscope. Other than that, I am not married to the Leica. Meanwhile I am using a much older fiber optic illuminator that i used for my old Wild M5. - Roy

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#7 Post by Scarodactyl » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:13 am

Volpi made fiber goosenecks that clip on to at least some leica focus mounts, though this one is for the older style rack and pinion https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3986506082
I just clamped one onto the back of my Olympus stand with literal hardware store clamps which works just as well.
It's pretty lame they won't give you any service on it. The entire reason you'd shell out for a Leica accessory like this (which they likely don't even make themselves) is for the support, rather than buying 12 other illuminators for the same price (or 75 ikea clip on gooseneck lamps).

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#8 Post by Piter_ » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:22 am

Try an independent serviceman.
They may do it. In Czech Republic I know at least 5 of them.
Or give it to some one who fixes TVs :)

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#9 Post by mrsonchus » Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:30 am

Scarodactyl wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:13 am
Volpi made fiber goosenecks that clip on to at least some leica focus mounts, though this one is for the older style rack and pinion https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3986506082
I just clamped one onto the back of my Olympus stand with literal hardware store clamps which works just as well.
It's pretty lame they won't give you any service on it. The entire reason you'd shell out for a Leica accessory like this (which they likely don't even make themselves) is for the support, rather than buying 12 other illuminators for the same price (or 75 ikea clip on gooseneck lamps).
Hi, I have one of those, with the lamp-unit, working perfectly. The first 'arm' section is flexible, with the clamp, then two 'gooseneck' stay-where-you-put-them fiber-optic arms branch from a Y junction - allows the lamp to be far from the 'scope, and the Y piece to clamp to your 'scope.... I'd be happy to sell this one on as it's just languishing in one of my cabinets - I have a Schott that I use with my stereo 'scope.

It's a Volpi Intralux 400, here's an image,
volpi intralux 4000.jpg
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Let me know if you'd like to buy it - I'm not using it....
John B

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#10 Post by fossilexpress » Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:38 pm

John B.:
thanks. I have a Volpi Intralux 150 H, which I will use instead of the Leica. - Roy

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Re: Leica Sli LED Illuminator repairs

#11 Post by Scarodactyl » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:30 pm

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3940355625
One popped up on eBay, might be worth making an offer if you're still after one.

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