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Cheap flashlights to compare tints

Hi,

I’m looking for a flashlight that comes in many tints (CW, NW, WW, HiCRI, etc), just to compare.

I don’t care about size, battery, build quality, etc.
Just something cheap so I can finally figure out which tint I like most.

The light must be identical besides the LED. Reason being, I like lights with a long runtime.
I want to compare the runtime and output of the lights. I can’t really do that between different flashlights as different drivers likely have different efficiency levels, so I can’t know the shorter runtime is due to the driver or LED tint.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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Try the cheapo light usually at 99 cents, dollar tree, harbor freight, walmart, etc….

I have lights in NW, CW from those lights.

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Are those all the same lights, besides the tint?

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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What I did was buy two Convoy S2+ models (6500K and 4000K), and a BLF A6 (5000K).

This told me everything I needed to know.
Compare the two convoys, and it is obvious the 6500k washes out natural colours like green and brown and tints whites blueish, wheras the 4000K shows natural colours quite well but makes whites orange/yellow and neglects blue.

Now put the two together, and the combination is vastly superior to either.
The 5000K BLF A6 by itself looks as bright and as good in every way as the two convoys together. Instant winner in my book.

This is just my opinion though, there are many whose preferences veer to either side of mine. I think I am about at the middle of the bell curve though.
CRI is another factor, but my opinion is that CCT preference should be established first, then high CRI is a nice-to-have on top of that. Again, other opinions vary.

Age seems to be a factor as well, it seems the older you are the lower your CCT preference is likely to be.

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Yeah, I know about the color rendering. Well in theorie from pictures. I do have flashlights with different tints but somehow I think it’s not a good thing to compare different lights as differences in brightness also skew judgement.
I also want to measure efficiency differences.

Another things is that I want to verify the claim that some colors show more detail.
I like good color rendering but it’s no more than a welcome bonus.
I’m looking for a tint that gives me maximum detail at the same current measured at the tail.

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Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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Efficiency differences can be looked up in datasheets as output bins, at least relative to each other, output bins should get you the information you are looking for.

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While I’m not saying you are wrong; but it’s hard to look up specs if I don’t know what LED is in the light.
Mmm, that makes may search even more impossible because it means I have to buy 30 test lights.
Plus my guess is that the cheap ones don’t have any specs besides ‘very bright’

Fireflies E07 has this on their website:

7x Nichia 219B R9080 CRI98 3800 lumens Turbo brightness
7x SST20 4000K NW CRI95 3800 lumens Turbo
7x SST20 5000K NW 4800 lumens Turbo brightness
7x CREE XPL HI V3 CW 6500K 6900 lumens Turbo brightness
7x CREE XPL HI V3 3A NW 5000K 6900 lumens Turbo brightness
7x CREE XPL HI V2 5A NW 4000K 6200 lumens Turbo brightness

May I assume those lumens are with the current? If so this list would be a good start for me.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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It can be useful to buy a S2+ and a couple of emitters from kaidoman om a 16mm mcpcb in several tints.
Swap them yourself, nice to see and learn. You only need to solder 2 wires and a little dot of thermal paste.
When you are happy, you got a nice light as well instead of something crap you will throw away anyway.

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Yokiamy wrote:
It can be useful to buy a S2+ and a couple of emitters from kaidoman om a 16mm mcpcb in several tints. Swap them yourself, nice to see and learn. You only need to solder 2 wires and a little dot of thermal paste. When you are happy, you got a nice light as well instead of something crap you will throw away anyway.

I would buy at least 2 hosts, as otherwise you cannot compare directly.

The convoy photo series as per the above posts in my opinion does not show much difference between 4000/4500/5000K and makes it look like 5000k shows the white wall (assuming it is white) tinted yellow/orangish, which is not right. There is a huge difference between 5000K and 4000K. I doubt if you could even put those 3 photos in the right order if given them randomly they show so little difference. Also they only really show green and white background, the nicest way to appreciate good colour is to see the richness of various shades of wood grain.

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@ZoomieFan, for easy comparison:

Convoy S2+ 219C 4000k
Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k
Convoy S2+ XP-L HI 4000k
Convoy S2+ XM-L2 4000k

You will then see the difference in beam and tint.

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ZoomieFan wrote:
Cheap flashlights to compare tints

One of the best ways to learn about Tint and CRI is to compare the Sofirn C01 3200k High CRI, Sofirn C01 5600k High CRI, and the Fenix E01 6200k Low CRI

Hotspot overexposes part of the pic, and the Low CRI makes reds look brown:

Floody even beam, in a Daylight Color Temperature:

Gotta Love the Warm Yuji when its time to get mellow with a FireLight Color Temperature:

You cant really tell differences in brightness without a light meter.
And you cant really tell differences in CRI by looking at green plants, you need red things.

Here is a test of CRI for the layperson
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Low cri cool white is more efficient that High CRI warm white, but, efficiency is overrated. Spare batteries eliminate my concerns about efficiency, so I can enjoy the Color Temperature and CRI I prefer.

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Tint and cri is a totally different conversation . you may have 100% cri and a tint that  makes you want to puke .

 The trick is try lots of tints and figure out what offends your sensibilities and which ones you like ...tyhen buy up the ones you like before they disappear . Even tints from the same bin aren't exactly the same and if compared side by side you'll know which one you like better . I find that knowing what you hate is easier then knowing what you like or can tolerate ..//I hate green  and dislike dull beige / 

Cri gets better depending on how hard they are run. cri being lower on low and better with more current being run thru them .

  Emitters of different manufacturers will each have a different characteristic like more or less throw / more flood  and also be more efficient or less etc . 

 So being to anal about numbers or trying to be too specific about runtimes or efficiencies probably just won't work . better cri and warmer tints will always be a lower bin and less lumens per watt so there's always a trade off for higher cri.

 Lots of noobs who have no experience have only an output number as a basis of reference  so they grab onto brightest as being the best. that would be like buying a car just by horsepower numbers and nothing else .

I'd go try newer high cri emitters in multiple tints and see which ones you like and then buy a handful of those emitters till you find another one you like … truth is we generally like or dislike tints .. not low or hi cri //everyone likes hi cri / people just have a tendency to tie the two together .

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Boaz wrote:

Tint and cri is a totally different conversation

I agree

however, to the OP, Tint means CCT and CRI

ZoomieFan wrote:
I’m looking for a flashlight that comes in many tints (CW, NW, WW, HiCRI, etc), just to compare.

Maybe you can help educate him
with specific examples

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A few years ago, when I was trying to learn about tint; I did like Zulumoose did. I bought three Convoy S2+‘s.

  • S2+ color / LED / Bin / Tint / CCT (visual observation)

  • Red / XM-L2 / T4 / 7A / 3125K (very warm)
  • Green / XM-L2 / T6 / 3B / 5175K (fairly neutral)
  • Blue / XM-L2 / U2 / 1A / 6700K (very cool)

Then I bought some LED’s with different tints & swapped them around.

I came to the conclusion I like the tint from 2D (5700K) to 3A (5000K) the best in most instances. As far as High CRI goes, I can take it or leave it. Tint & beam quality are more important ‘to me’.

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Yeah, most likely I need a lot of education on Tint and CRI.
A lot!
I’m mostly looking for visibility.
Post #11 has some perfect examples to explain what I mean

The 3 flashlights:
The two flashlights on the left are best because I see structure in the wall. The one on the left has no such detail.
The light on the far right has a hot spot that washes out a lot.
In this situation the light on the left I certainly wouldn’t buy.
From the other lights I would pick the middle one purely based on the hotspot.
Winner Sofirn C01 5600 High CRI

On the colored sheet.
I would reject the Fenix E01 based on the hotspot regardless of the color rendering. The washed out hotspot, while very bright, hides all detail.

The other two are equally good for me. Good detail in both.

The skin is also equally good for me. Well perhaps the red is better because it might have more detail. But that depends on what the skin really looks like.

Back to the sheet.
I most certainly see a difference between the second and third picture.
What would I pick?
The answer to that leads me to the other part of my original post. Efficiency.
If efficiency was equal I would pick the light that looks most like daylight. But…I could be very wrong again, when reading specs it always CW with the highest lumen output. I’ve seen lights in with the high CRI version only outputs half the lumens compared to the 6500K version of the same light.
Why is that?
Is it because high CRI lights have half the efficiency of 6500K lights?
Is it because high CRI lights can handle less power.
To restate the same questions: Which led gives higest lumen/watt.

I prefer ‘real daylight color’, but not if it costs me half the runtime or half the brightness. But I might if it costs me 20%. But I haven’t really figured that number out for myself.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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Contrast is a word that should have been in the above post.
I want to be able to read the label on a paint can. The text on those metal tags on an old rusty boiler in a basement.
Those things are more important for me that exact color.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
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How about a p60 host and 3 or 4 p60 drop-ins? They got them cheap nowadays.

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@ZoomieFan

1. You will not easily notice a 40% difference in brightness.

You will usually get a 20-30% difference of brightness with same color temperature and 90CRI vs 70CRI, and that is hard to notice.

2. High levels of CRI is very important for color rendition and contrast.

So, for an inexpensive light, I would recommend the Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k for absolute best color rendition.

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BlueSwordM wrote:
So, for an inexpensive light, I would recommend the Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k for absolute best color rendition.
that is a great suggestion!

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ZoomieFan wrote:
I prefer ‘real daylight color’, but not if it costs me half the runtime or half the brightness. But I might if it costs me 20%. But I haven’t really figured that number out for myself.

The 5600k Yuji LED in the Sofirn C01 is more efficient (brighter) than the 3200k LED\
The 5600k has better CRI, and is closest to daylight.

I hope you enjoy it.

I think the 3200k is worth getting also, so you can form your own opinions about the differences.

I also think a set of convoys could be good,
for my taste, they would have to be High CRI, preferably 219b

I agree with your observations that High CRI is generally Less Lumens. You will want to form some opinions about what lumen levels you find practical for your needs. Indoors we use much lower levels, Im mostly indoors. The Sofirn C01 is an indoor, close range, light.

The Convoy is more capable at higher brightness levels, and outdoors where larger distance may be involved, its also bigger and heavier.

Always trade offs.. which is why I have more than one light.. each has something I like, none is perfect

I tend to group my lights by battery size..
AAA.. Sofirn fits here
16340… Olight fits here
18650… Convoy fits here, there is also a short body option for 16340 size

Im personally not inclined to use 18650.. its a great option, but a bit bigger than I choose to carry
I have a lot of AAA, I stopped using them when I dove into 16340 lights.. Its my happy place at the moment.

which brings up another suggestion

1. Klarus Mi1C Cool White Aspheric, cool white low cri option only
2. Klarus Mi1C Cool White Ti and Copper reflector beam cool white low cri option only
and
3. Klarus Mi1C High CRI reflector beam

the third one is the best pick of the litter for my High CRI bias
but its a 4000k 219c, and will look a bit warm, or yellow, during the day.. maybe not ideal.. but, lights are full of compromises.

the first 2 Klarus are not High CRI, so for me, would only be acceptable as modding projects

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regarding reading lettering on a plaque of label, an aspheric lens makes a more useful reading light than one with a hotspot

the Sofirn C01 produces a nice even beam, like an aspheric lens, its just not very bright.. you will be able to read the label, but you will need to be within a few inches..

lights with hotspots have other strengths.. you will probably discover that Get Both, is the Better answer Smile

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@ZoomieFan

1. You will not easily notice a 40% difference in brightness.


True not in visibility. But I guess I would notice it in the time a cell lasts.

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You will usually get a 20-30% difference of brightness with same color temperature and 90CRI vs 70CRI, and that is hard to notice.
That means the 90CRI is 20-30% less efficient. Right?
I think I can best explain this with an example. Set a flashlight with ramping at the exactly the minimum brightness needed to see. While perhaps only possible in theory and a totally useless test I think it means the 90 CRI uses 20-30% more power to reach that minimum visibility level. A 20-30% shorter runtime?
Is that correct?

Quote:
2. High levels of CRI is very important for color rendition and contrast.
Contrast. That’s a very important thing for me.

Quote:
So, for an inexpensive light, I would recommend the Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k for absolute best color rendition.
I have a S2+, somewhere….
Not sure it’s exactly that one, but I usually buy NW.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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@ZoomieFan, yes the 90CRI one will usually be 20-30% less efficient.

So، at low power levels, you will need to boost power by 20-30% to get 20-30% more brightness.

You won’t really need to though, since you won’t notice the difference.

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Yeah, get them all! Smile
Are you a flashlight salesman? lol.
Seriously I’m fully aware a lot of things are a matter of taste.
Likely also ‘medical conditions’ should be figured in. Good or bad eyesight. It seems that hardly anyone has perfect color vision.
So yeah, I have to buy several to test, but I want at least avoid buying what I very likely dislike….

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Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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BlueSwordM wrote:
@ZoomieFan, yes the 90CRI one will usually be 20-30% less efficient.

So، at low power levels, you will need to boost power by 20-30% to get 20-30% more brightness.

You won’t really need to though, since you won’t notice the difference.


Understood, but there comes a point I see the diffrence because that 30% makes the difference between seeing nothing and barely seeing something.

I’m very well aware that walking trough the woods is way different than measuring something in a lab with calibrated equipment.
Some on this forum call themselves tint snobs.
Others are brightness snobs.
I guess I’m a runtime and contrast snob.
When I read ’20-30% less bright’ I’m not thinking about dim lights but reduced runtime.

It’s all about finding a balance between things. You cant have a 10,000 lumen light that runs 5 hours on a AAA cell.
I just keep asking all those seemingly useless details to make a less uninformed decision on my next flashlight buy.
Will it be perfect? Likely not. But hopefully it will be closer to perfect…

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Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, DQG Tiny III 18650 5/5
FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Skillhunt H04FRC 4/5, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
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Makes me think about another aproach. A general purpose light that’s fine for most tasks. A 18650, 21700 or 216650.
But as an extra a AA or AAA that’s really great for reading labels. Just close range. No high lumens. I’ve once read that blue is best for high contrast (map reading) so for that light I would even consider a blue light. Even if it only has 30% efficiency of white.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
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Efficiency is only part of the equation for me

I agree that Low CRI is going to be more efficient, but, for me, Low CRI is not acceptable

so my math says
a 90 CRI light has 29% more CRI than a 70 CRI light
and yes
the 90 CRI light will be 29% less bright, for the same runtime.

I wont accept 29% more runtime from Low CRI
since Low CRI is simply not acceptable, for my snobby self

what I see is essentially a direct tradeoff between CRI and runtime.. I will take the CRI over the runtime, every time. Thats just my personal preference… Low CRI need not apply Smile

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I wish I had such a strong view as you have Jon. Then I could sleep tonite Smile
Seriously, I have preference and more strongly dislikes. I can indeed buy a dozen lights and just check them out.
But I don’t want a dozen S2+‘s one is enough.
Besides of that I want to learn. Even if it’s mostly useless theory, I want to learn.
And I did learn from the answers.
Done learning? Far from. But at least I know in which direction to look.

So I keep asking…..
If my only use for a light would be reading tags like below. Both new and old. What tint or color would be ideal? When I write color I also include for example blue and red.

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I would recommend the 5600k Sofirn C01 for those label reading tasks, because the Tint is not too green, not too blue, not too yellow, its just daylight white.

The most important factor is beam distribution, so I would want a beam with no hotspot

imo the Aspheric beam of the Yuji LED in the Sofirn is ideal for label reading, I like it even better than a Mule. I dislike beams with a hotspot for reading labels, because of the need to avoid glare, it tends to force me to move the light around more, to find a balance between the hotspot and spill, in order not to be blinded by the glare, caused by the difference in brightness between hotspot and spill

otoh, outdoors, looking down a path, trail, sidewalk, a beam with a hotspot is much better, it projects into the distance in a way that an Aspheric or a Mule simply do not.

Aspherics an Mules are better for reading, beause the beam is excellent when illuminating a flat surface at an equal distance from the observer, such as when reading a plaque or label.

beam examples:
imo the Yuji LED lens is Aspheric, and I personally find that more useful than a mule.

l-r Aspheric lens, 47s Mule, Sofirn C01

l-r Aspheric, Sofirn, Mule

imo the Yuji LED is fantastic indoors, and at close range
I do not consider it an outdoor walking light, but it does work great for seeing food while sitting at a picnic table Smile

Besides the little AAA Sofirn C01, I like the aspheric lens in the Aluminum version of the Klarus Mi1c.

I also like the McGizmo Sundrop with High CRI LED, but, thats not in my budget.

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I would use a beam with a hotspot to see down a tunnel, but when looking at cave paintings, I would want an Aspheric.

was watching Netflix the other night, like most nights, and noticed these beams:

can you see why I like the Aspheric, top, better than the little hotspot, on right?:-)

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Probably you’d be better of with a TIR.
Recently, i have replaced the reflector of an S2+ with a 60 degree TIR, which gives a nice widely spread uniform beam. (The 4C tint looks great now)
If you want to read tagplates, you do not want a very bright hotspot which makes them unreadable, it will reflect too heavy. (Believe me)
Besides that, only the side will be readable with a bright hotspot.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/30957

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peabody wrote:
How about a p60 host and 3 or 4 p60 drop-ins? They got them cheap nowadays.

Agree. And if you want it cheap get them even in parts, you cannhave them probably below $10 per dropin. Less space and waste.

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about CRI, the benefit and advantages are mostly about reds

However, I will add that it is also about CONTRAST!
which light makes the orange leaf POP?

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compare 325 lumens w 70 cri, to 170 lumens w 90+ CRI
thats almost double the lumens and almost 30% less cri

if you were looking for orange leaves, which one would you want?:

some people dont care what color the leaf is, as long as they can see its there.. but for times where showing reds matters, such as cooking, intimacy (Sex is more fun in High CRI), seeing colors other than green and yellow.. why settle for low CRI?

note both lights show the leaf.. even though the low cri light is brighter, hence “more efficient”, is it really more efficient at finding orange and red leaves.. nope

see what I mean?:

here is a typical Low CRI LED, focus on the red bar

here is a Yuji High CRI LED, and a typical 4000k Nichia 219b

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oh, and before anyone tells you that Neutral White has better color rendering, it does not.. Low CRI is Low CRI

Friends dont let friends buy Low CRI.. LOL!

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Which one? Not an easy question, because it’s hard for me to make that choice without seeing the same in daylight. The leave looks unnaturally red to me, but then I know some leaves can have a very bright color.
The pole in the background on the 170N looks brighter. Why is that? Has it reflective material on it. The 170N leaves look far more blurred than the 325 leaves. Is that because the camera has trouble with almost half the brightness?

For me, Nichia was a synonym for high CRI. Yuji scores even better. If blue could be ‘fixed’ it will be very close to daylight. Is the difference really visible in real life? I guess the answer is something like “depends on which color you are looking at”.

I must admit I don’t fully understand the graphs. It would be my guess that if all colors bars are equally high the light would be CRI-100.
If so I would expect that all lights have at least one bar being exactly 100. For the Olight that would be R14/green. In other words I would expect relative values in the graphs, but they seem to be absolute values.

Back to reading tags again. If the tag would be the leaves and the letters that red leave then then high CRI would make the tage more readable because the red jumps out more.
I wonder if low cri in some situations (colors) increases contrast. For example I’ve read that blue lights, really blue not just blueish, are best for map reading. Likely because black lines pop out?
Or hunters following a blood trail best use blue or ultraviolet. That while from looking at the picture with the leaves more red would highlight red/blood.

Let’s say for whatever weird reason I want to read a book (just text no pictures) in pitch dark. I only have a small flashlight. Would high cree best for this situation?
Now assume the book has white paper and R14/green letters. Would the Olight give the best readability because it peaks at R14/green? Or would it just turn the whole book green?

I’ll stop (for) now, because I might have started over-analyzing again Smile

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