Best Hi-CRI LED suggestions please!

21 posts / 0 new
Last post
hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33
Best Hi-CRI LED suggestions please!

Hey there everyone!

I’m looking for suggestions on an LED with the absolute BEST color rendition.

Short background info:

I’m making a quick and dirty, low budget photography background light. The driver, optics, heatsink and everything else I can just throw together on my own, but I’ve been out of the loop on newer LEDs for a while (that’s why I need your help).

Here’s what I want:
· Best CRI I can reasonably get, hoping for 98+
· Available in nice 2700k to 3500k tints
· Consistent color output from most angles without optics
· Output up to 1000lm, I don’t care if I have to use a triple or quad to achieve this. Likewise, I don’t care if I use a big quad-die LED, but underdrive it either. Color is key.

I am thinking to use something like 3x Nichia 219C, 92 CRI, 3000k, which I have used in the past and produce quite pleasing light. I’m wondering if there’s anything newer that will be better.

I have used the Hi-CRI XP-G2 and XM-L2, but in all cases their tint varies when you go off axis. It’s hugely obvious and looks pretty bad if you use the LED bare mule without optics. I’m open to try again if there are any improved ones.

I have also used the Yuji VTC-series D50 5730 LEDs; they have excellent tint and CRI to my eyes. However their output is obviously lacking in this use case.

Opinions are WELCOME! Tint can be subjective and it’s hard to figure out the feeling of the light from datasheets alone! I’m really Hoping that someone like TexasAce, maukka, Djozz, or similar will step in with their vast pool of experience and tell me where to throw my money.

BlueSwordM
BlueSwordM's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 2 min ago
Joined: 11/29/2017 - 12:34
Posts: 5496
Location: Canada

If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

azhu
azhu's picture
Offline
Last seen: 54 min 19 sec ago
Joined: 09/24/2015 - 06:48
Posts: 222
Location: Los Angeles, CA

I sell the Nichia 219b r9080 emitters that are also very high in CRI. I have sw35, sw40, and sw45k available.
The warmer sw35 batch I have was tested at over 95 CRI and it’s currently my favorite emitter. PM me if interested.

Need Nichia 219b r9080 Emitters? (。◕‿◕。)

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5

hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

azhu wrote:
I sell the Nichia 219b r9080 emitters that are also very high in CRI. I have sw35, sw40, and sw45k available.
The warmer sw35 batch I have was tested at over 95 CRI and it’s currently my favorite emitter. PM me if interested.

I have 10 of those, and they are very good. They are my fallback option if I can’t find anything better.

BlueSwordM wrote:
If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1


Thanks for the quick reply! They look really promising, I will do some research.
Agro
Agro's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 8 min ago
Joined: 05/14/2017 - 11:16
Posts: 5579
Location: Ślōnsk

BlueSwordM wrote:
If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1


I second this advice. Optisolis LEDs are as good as you can get, 98-99 CRI. But they are weak and you need quite a few to reach 1000 lm.
If using many Optisolis is not an option for you, my second suggestion would be COB, there are quite a few CRI98 ones available. But it’s not easy to use if a flashlight so if many Optisolis are not an option, this is likely not an option either….
The third suggestion would be SST-20.
hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

Agro wrote:
BlueSwordM wrote:
If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1


I second this advice. Optisolis LEDs are as good as you can get, 98-99 CRI. But they are weak and you need quite a few to reach 1000 lm.
If using many Optisolis is not an option for you, my second suggestion would be COB, there are quite a few CRI98 ones available. But it’s not easy to use if a flashlight so if many Optisolis are not an option, this is likely not an option either….
The third suggestion would be SST-20.

I did mention that LED configuration is a non-issue, but with this magnitude it would actually be a lot of work that I don’t want to do Silly
So yeah let’s say minimum 25 lumens typical outout per LED.

Highly considering the SST-20 now.
Does anyone have experience on the tint shift about off angles?

Agro
Agro's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 8 min ago
Joined: 05/14/2017 - 11:16
Posts: 5579
Location: Ślōnsk

hellokittyhk wrote:
Agro wrote:
BlueSwordM wrote:
If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1


I second this advice. Optisolis LEDs are as good as you can get, 98-99 CRI. But they are weak and you need quite a few to reach 1000 lm.
If using many Optisolis is not an option for you, my second suggestion would be COB, there are quite a few CRI98 ones available. But it’s not easy to use if a flashlight so if many Optisolis are not an option, this is likely not an option either….
The third suggestion would be SST-20.

I did mention that LED configuration is a non-issue, but with this magnitude it would actually be a lot of work that I don’t want to do Silly
So yeah let’s say minimum 25 lumens typical outout per LED.

Highly considering the SST-20 now.


They can do much more than that. maukka has tested them up to 200 mA and they kept high CRI. They do well over 50 lm at that current.
They can be pushed much harder, even to 1A but whether they maintain CRI at that current is unknown.
Geuzzz
Geuzzz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 months 1 week ago
Joined: 10/25/2015 - 10:27
Posts: 1114
Location: Netherlands

hellokittyhk wrote:
Agro wrote:
BlueSwordM wrote:
If you want the absolute best color reproduction, you want to look at the SST-20 95CRI, which is available in 2700-3000-3500-4000k CCT options.

If you want to push even farther, get yourself this MCPCB:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/vs35sp36

And put these for sunlight like color reproduction:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/copy-of-nf2w757gt-f1

And for 2700k-4000k, get these instead:
https://www.virence.com/product-page/nf2w757gt-f1


I second this advice. Optisolis LEDs are as good as you can get, 98-99 CRI. But they are weak and you need quite a few to reach 1000 lm.
If using many Optisolis is not an option for you, my second suggestion would be COB, there are quite a few CRI98 ones available. But it’s not easy to use if a flashlight so if many Optisolis are not an option, this is likely not an option either….
The third suggestion would be SST-20.

I did mention that LED configuration is a non-issue, but with this magnitude it would actually be a lot of work that I don’t want to do Silly
So yeah let’s say minimum 25 lumens typical outout per LED.

Highly considering the SST-20 now.
Does anyone have experience on the tint shift about off angles?

The 3000k sst20s are known to have great uniform tint, no tint shift and extremely high cri. You won’t be disppointed with those.

And easy to source, f.i at kaidomain.

djozz
djozz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 20 min ago
Joined: 09/07/2012 - 17:04
Posts: 16549
Location: Amsterdam

The SST-20 does show a tint shift at an angle, more rosy straight above, clearly less red at 60 degrees. It is just a lot better than Cree leds but certainly not absent. Plus they show heavy tint shift with current changes, but that may not be a problem in this application

Optisolis leds hardly have tint shift at an angle and have pretty good output, can safely be driven at 700mA and make over 100 lumen per led.

hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

Alright you convinced me. They’re just $2ea at mouser so I’ll buy 3x 3000k 95cri J3 302, A solder pads.

Anyone have a favorite 3x series copper mcpcb? I’m probably just going to get the noctigon+carlco triple optics for now.

Geuzzz
Geuzzz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 months 1 week ago
Joined: 10/25/2015 - 10:27
Posts: 1114
Location: Netherlands

Noctigon+triple carclo 10507 is my favourite. But I use the kaidomain triple also, 3 leds, the mcpcb and the optic for 7 bucks.

SKV89
Offline
Last seen: 44 min 12 sec ago
Joined: 12/10/2017 - 12:46
Posts: 3575
Location: US

My favorite is the E21A much more so than the Optisolis because the tint on the E21A is better. Optisolis is generally slightly above the BBL but if you want to mimic sunlight, it’s as good as it gets.

For higher power emitters, the SST-20 is great and I also really like the Oslon Square 92 and 96 CRI emitters.

hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

After doing some research, I’ve decided to go with the Nichia E21A, and Virence 4x MCPCB.
I’m going to put 4 different tints from 2700k to 4500k, and address each one individually so I can set a light output, and then modulate the tint as needed.

How am I going to do that? Good question, I think I will have to design a custom 4 channel driver, unless anyone has something that would be able to do this.

Thanks all for your suggestions.

clemence
clemence's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 3 min ago
Joined: 07/12/2015 - 02:58
Posts: 2423
Location: Bali - Indonesia

Hi Kitty, check this out: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1522199#comment-1522199
We are all still waiting for Maukka’s test result Smile

For photography light panel I only recommends you 5700K Optisolis for below reasons:
- As you can see from above link, it’s the closest possible to natural sunlight (5000K, 5700K, and 6500K Optisolis only) as per this post is written. For anything below 4000K, although Optisolis still produce extremely high CRI its only edging those other high CRI LEDs.
- High power LEDs are naturally have large tint shifting due to their wide operating current, unless you use PWM
- So far Optisolis is the only extreme high CRI LED I know with minimal tint shift even without PWM. There is, but barely noticeable
- For wide flood/diffused lighting required in your application, big panel with low luminance is to be preferred than a single point source. Shadowing is a big problem in photo shooting
- Optisolis is far cheaper and very easy to solder

VS35SP36 + Optisolis will give you about 2300lm with (2700K – 4000K) or close to 2500lm (5000K – 6500K) reliably at only 200mA/LED.

[Clemence]

Tally-ho
Tally-ho's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 1 day ago
Joined: 07/23/2011 - 04:15
Posts: 1310
Location: France

Yes, I don’t understand why people are recommending their preference (luminus SST-20, Nichia E21A) while the “Nichia Optisolis™ provides a natural light source with a spectrum that achieves the industry’s closest match to that of the standard illuminant, including both the sun and incandescent” which is more important in photography than the preference for the Duv of the E21A, or SST-20 output that has a lower CRI.

Pavlo
Offline
Last seen: 50 min 49 sec ago
Joined: 12/13/2015 - 10:37
Posts: 632
Location: Canada

The e21a is my favourite LED for tint, but as tally-ho has mentioned above, as a photography light, optisolis is a better option, especially if using the virence new board that will use a very large array and reach 2500 lumens at low current per LED. I would personally get it in 5700 so you can use it during the day, and then gel it with CTO filter for use in warmer sunset light.

clemence
clemence's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 3 min ago
Joined: 07/12/2015 - 02:58
Posts: 2423
Location: Bali - Indonesia
Pavlo wrote:
The e21a is my favourite LED for tint, but as tally-ho has mentioned above, as a photography light, optisolis is a better option, especially if using the virence new board that will use a very large array and reach 2500 lumens at low current per LED. I would personally get it in 5700 so you can use it during the day, and then gel it with CTO filter for use in warmer sunset light.

Or edit the RAW white balance later… Wink . Shooting in RAW is very convenient, you can adjust the WB, tint, etc…to whatever you like. Butt….you can NOT edit what’s NOT there. A complete widest spectrum coverage in the first place is a start. This is why editing sun lit picture is totally different from editing incandescent lit pictures.

[Clemence]

Lexel
Lexel's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 5 min ago
Joined: 11/01/2016 - 08:00
Posts: 5657
Location: Germany

CRI95 or 98 are pretty close in photography light source
but 98 usually fills the cyan gap better, the more consistent the spectrum is the better

there are also CRI95 LEDs that say typical CRI is 98

https://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Cree-Inc/CXB1304-0000-000C0ZB2L5A?qs....

may be an option

hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

Okay thank you for the comments.

I understand why you’d typically want a neutral tint light, but in this case my friend asked me specifically for something that is very much on the warm side.

I think it would also be easier to easier to meet the goal if I can adjust the tint a little.

Regarding the tint shift, I don’t care too much about tint shift with current as I will fix the current. I do care about tint shift across the beam.
Think of the side of and xpg or XML, IMO it looks terrible and is a totally different color than the center.

The optisolis looks really almost perfect according to mauka’s tests, but I didn’t see any tests for the E21A?
After seeing the output graphs, I’m leaning toward the optisolis LEDs, but I’d like an MCPCB that allows controlling some LED banks independently (this is so I can put 2 or 3 tints and power them with separate channels).

Tally-ho
Tally-ho's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 1 day ago
Joined: 07/23/2011 - 04:15
Posts: 1310
Location: France

hellokittyhk wrote:
The optisolis looks really almost perfect according to mauka’s tests, but I didn’t see any tests for the E21A?

Maukka’s E21A tests are here (see also following messages on the same page) : http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1490747#comment-1490747
hellokittyhk
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/27/2012 - 06:07
Posts: 33

Ahhh I see, thank you.
Looks like the Optisolis is just superior… I wish there was an MCPCB with 2 or 3 addressable channels though.