Epson nozzle pattern with RGB LED

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  • Mike Broomfield
    Mike Broomfield
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    Epson Printers
    on: April 7, 2021 at 8:01 am

    This maybe something that many people know.  If not I hope this is useful.

    When I had the head on my Epson P8000 replaced last year the tech showed me how a blue LED flashlight made it easy to see the yellow nozzle pattern.  It works under dim lighting (ie not too effective in full daylight) but made it really easy to see the otherwise rather washed out yellow stripes.  I planned to buy a blue LED flashlight but spinning the little colour wheel in my head it occurred to me that red and green leds might be able to enhance the light cyan and magentas.  So my initial thought was to find 3 LED flashlights, RGB, one for each colour, but looking around I found one on Amazon that has all 3 colours as well as white.  You just cycle through them by partially pressing the back button.

    It works pretty well and as I run my nozzle pattern early in the morning the house isn’t too bright and I’m always able to see the patterns enhanced by the colour LED.

    I think you get an idea from the attachment although it seems that the camera does a better job than my eyes.  The green is clearer (for VLM) than I see for example.  I’d say that the green has the weakest effect (on the VLM) but it’s still worth having.  Nothing helps with the LLK I’m afraid.

    When I started using this LED I had cataracts in both eyes, one being almost useless as the contrast was so low.  I’ve had both done now but I still find the LED very effective.

    Mike

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Epson nozzle pattern with RGB LED
    Reply #1 on: April 8, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    That’s pretty cool.  I always wonder why they didn’t also include some patches which would make seeing color fill as well as the nozzles were performing.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Mike Broomfield
    Mike Broomfield
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    Re: Epson nozzle pattern with RGB LED
    Reply #2 on: April 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    No doubt someone would have complained about the extra ink used.

    My 1st wide format printer was the Epson Pro-4000 which only printed large square blocks of colour.

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