Help on choice for gift

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Help on choice for gift

I am getting my boss a new light for Christmas. I was going to get him a D4V2. He is absolutely stricken with the bug after seeing my two other lights.

However he really likes the idea of being able to start a fire with a small light. We both know its gimmicky and not the best choice for fire-starting, but all the same, it is fun.

What emitter option is the best for starting a fire with the light? Is there another option that I can ask Hank to make that isn’t listed that would be better?


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It’s possible but needs lots of lumens:

Smile, you cannot kill them all.

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For something like that, you’d want as many lumens as possible – so go with the XP-L HI options. (They tend to be less greenish than SST-20 anyway, and CRI doesn’t sound like a big concern here.)
A cool white tint will give you a bit more lumens on top of that, but first ask your boss about their preferences on warm/cool light. No sense getting a light with a displeasing colour temperature.

Remember that the colour of what you’re heating matters a lot – white reflects light, black absorbs it. The more light that is absorbed, the hotter it’ll get.
So something like a dark newspaper or receipt (which darkens with heat) would be ideal for that.