What are your favorite emitters?

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What are your favorite emitters?

Interested to hear what other people work with

What are your favorite emitters, and why?

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Cree XHP35 : throwy, powerful, consistent tint, CCT options
Nichia E21A/E17A: CRI, consistent tint
Luminus SST20: CRI, 3V, CCT options
Samsung LH351D: CRI, high output, 3V

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I like emitters that output a lot of light, and don't heat up quickly.

That's pretty much recent Cree emitters.

They don't have high CRI, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

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Nearly the only domed emitter that I really like is Luxeon V (&V2). I like a lot of domeless, like XHP35HI, XPL-Hi, CULNM

EDC Rotation: ZL SC62 | Jaxman E2L XP-G2 5A | Purple S2+ XPL-HI U6-3A | D4 w/ Luxeon V | RRT-01 
EagTac D25C Ti | DQG Slim AA Ti | UF-T1 by CRX | Olight S1 | Klarus Mini One Ti
L6 XHP70.2 P2 4000K FET+7135 | Jaxman M8 | MF02 | Jaxman Z1 CULNM1.TG | Blue S2+ w/ ML Special
In-progress: Supfire M6 3xXHP50.2 
Others: Nitecore EC23 | Nebo Twyst | Streamlight ProTac 1AA | TerraLux LightStar 100

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LH351D, nice tint and good CRI.
MT-G2, creamy white goodness.
Cree L/L2 in 4C but only behind a TIR lens, nice “warm sunlight” color on the cheap.

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Xhp70.2 and xhp50.2 (3v version) 5000k bins are my favorite. You won’t get higher output from a 5050 size emitter than the xhp50.2. Really like the sst40 though too… crazy lumens out of a single die and low vf. I like crazy output more then CRI I suppose.

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The Cree XHP 50.2 4000k High CRI in my Zebralight H604C is the best emitter I own. It covers all the bases…. high output, great tint (no green), 95 CRI.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able find this emitter anywhere else.

For readily accessible aftermarket emitters I prefer Cree XPL HI 4000K 5D. It has excellent output, tint and throw. I can live without the high CRI.

I also like the SST20 4000K high CRI, but for practical use I always grab XPL HI first. The drastically lower output and higher heat of SST-20 detracts from my use more than the high CRI adds to it.

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Sw45K for a nice tint on my edc aaa light
70.2 for the output and XHP35 for throw

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How’s the E21A tint and efficiency vs. SW45K?

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Lightbringer wrote:
LH351D, nice tint and good CRI. MT-G2, creamy white goodness. Cree L/L2 in 4C but only behind a TIR lens, nice “warm sunlight” color on the cheap.

I could not agree more, right down to the 4C. In the 3535 package, I still really like the Nichia 219b, yes B. The output is not high, but the light is a super high quality. If we get down and dirty the the SW45k and the 3500k variants are my favorites.

The MT-G2 is a wonderful led, so smooth and as stated above very creamy output. The SST-20 FD2’s are also pretty good, but they really want to be a thrower led and need the right reflector or good optics to perform well. I do love the LH351D in 3500k also.

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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The 4Cs are an interesting bunch. My first S2+ with a 4C in a reflector was kinda horrible. On first sight I was like, “No way that’s a 4C, as that’s way too yellow”, but when doing ceiling-bounce, it was quite nice.

Awful angular tint-shift made the hotspot overly yellow and the spill overly blue, the classic fried-egg beam.

But behind a TIR lens, mixing those colors pretty nicely, it’s a great beam.

Pretty sure they were all XM-L2s, as XM-Ls would’ve been pretty old by then.

And I suspect anything warmer would be the same, more phosphor implying more tint-shift.

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Best overall LED in my experience would be Nichia 219C CRI90 3500K and higher CCT, especially 4000K because it’s such a neutral CCT i.m.o, but 3500 is actually nicer. The 5000K is very nice too.
I’m not sure why i prefer them over 219B V1 though, but i do, somehow..