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Color/temp reference chart?

I keep seeing the color/temp indicators 1A,1B,1C,1D,2A,2B,2C,2D,etc on this website. I know they refer to the color of the light. How do you decode them?

PS – I know 2700K is warm, and 8000K is cool. And I only like warm. Call me bias, but I have 5,000,000 years of ancestors that evolved under warm light. I don’t care how “pure” or “true” advertisements say cool light, my eyes don’t like it. Give me another 5,000,000 years and I can change my opinion. In the mean time, screw cool light.

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just google image xml tint and you’ll see it

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Neat, thanks. I didn’t know that was a thing. I found more info on Wikipedia, reading that now Smile

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Just save this link and you will always have it.

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For the record, I don’t know of anyone that likes 8000k. Even the people that like cool white normally go for more like 6000k.

I’d say that the vast majority of members here prefer the 4000k-5500k range.

I’m a 4500k person myself.

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Yea I’m not very experienced in converting what I see to black-body temp, especially on the cool end of things. I may have went a little far saying 8000K. But I am pretty sure somewhere around 3500K is the light I like most.

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3500k is definitely more reasonable than 2700k.

To my eyes, 4500k is pure white. 3500k looks orangish to me, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

Tint preference is very subjective . I recommend trying different tints to get a full sample, but in the end, use what you like

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4.5 to 5 K is my comfort spot

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This is a useful one that I sometimes find myself searching for as well. Sticky’d.

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pilotdog68 wrote:
For the record, I don’t know of anyone that likes 8000k. Even the people that like cool white normally go for more like 6000k.

I’d say that the vast majority of members here prefer the 4000k-5500k range.

I’m a 4500k person myself.

Buys 8000k tint and dedome em

results may vary but some of my stock bluish white XML (or latticebright? idk) after a dedome they produce some tasty 5500k range whites that I just can’t find in stock Cree LEDs

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I discovered a thing called CRI that maxes out over on the warm side. This probably has a lot to do with why I enjoy that end better.

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I’d say that the vast majority of members here prefer the 4000k-5500k range.

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I agree that color temperature is important, but since we’re not dealing with black body emissions, it’s important to consider how far a tint is from the Planckian locus (BBL). The ANSI chart has an X and Y axis, but it’s probably best to ignore them. The 2 axes that are important are running diagonally on the chart. The first axis, the BBL (the very faint dotted line running lower left to upper right) indicates the color temperature as represented by black body emissions. The second axis, which is really imaginary, runs top left to bottom right and represents how green or magenta the light is compared to a black body emission. To me, the second axis is more important than the color temperature axis. I like cool white if it’s a good cool white, I love neutral white again if it’s a good neutral white. I would rather have a good cool white than a bad, green tinted neutral white.
My preference is A/D. All of the A and D tints are on the magenta side of the BBL line. The B and Cs are on the green side until you get into warm white (I’m a green hater).
I have cool white, neutral white and a few warm white lights but they’re (almost) all A/D tints.

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For Some reason the cooler the better for me. Not so cool the beam looks blue. But a nice white beam looks awesome. I used a plug-in incan spotlight in the car in the weekend, I cringed at the orange beam Silly

As I appreciate the lighting technology of late, incan and the associated beam colour looks somewhat dated. Like a coal miners 5 lumen headlamp in the 1930s lol.

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That’s what I find also HereAgainAgain. Maybe it’s because all of the lights in our home are “daylight” spectrum.

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I feel the vast majority of members here prefer the 4000k-5500k range. over 5500K are too bright So Buys 8000k tint and dedome em.
and I like 4500k

While be notice about many retail themselves even donot understand the meanning of K .

so be sure about what you want and buy on amazon (amazon can offer free exchange and return item )

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I’m torn on which temperature I like.

For more brightness, the lights I have around 5000k feel about right without being blue.

However, I also know that more blue light exposure at night will make it harder to sleep, so I’m debating moving some of my light closer to the 3000-4000k range where less blue light is emitted.

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I might try 4000k for a change.

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Funny thing about perception and descriptions. To me, 5000k is daylight. 4000k is warm/yellow. 3000k is plain annoying.

For the wife boss, 4000k is daylight. 300k is a “tiny bit yellow”

I’m not sure if it’s “preference” or she is seeing a different color then me.

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Might as well be able to see the chart in this thread.
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http://toykeeper.net/torches/cree-tints.jpg
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Nice chart man.

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I like the colder tints. I have a BLF A6 in 1A and I love it. It renders white objects white
and not some shade of yellow or orange. I am in the minority as most prefer far warmer tints. Warm tints remind me of incans. Bad memories of weak lights that got warmer and warmer as the
battery died. I am delighted at how modern LEDs perform in comparison!

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/\ .. I hear you cistercian. Thumbs Up 4D is about as warm as I would ever go, & that would be rare.
2A – 3D is my preferred range. Wink

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