Best high CRI "thrower" leds with max lumens

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Best high CRI "thrower" leds with max lumens

Hi all,
I have 2 diving lights which I want to upgrade, one with 5mm reflector,the other 7mm.

I’m trying to find the best led for my setup – high cri thrower with 2000lm+ @ 3000k-3500k

I’ve already tested the following:
xp-l hi – good throw, not enough lumens
Lh351d – not enough of both
Xhp50.3 hi + xhp70.3 hi – very bright, but not enough throw.

Unfortunately sft-40 comes in cold white only.

I’ve ordered a GT-FC40 for the test.

Is there any other led that might fit my needs?

Thanks!

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I’ve ordered a GT-FC40 for the test.
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Is this a Convoy light? If so M21E has noticeably longer throw than M21F and M21B.

Some favorite LED's: Nichia 219b, Getian GT-FC40, Luminus SBT90.2, Chinese LEDs in $100 20000+lm Lights SFH/SFN

Helpful & extremely fun accessories: Texas Ace Lumen Tube - Opple Meter 

4 lights I'd buy were I to start again: Here (IMHO)

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Not a convoy light.
A generic diving light with 30mm reflector

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FC-40 has lower output and larger die than XHP70.3 HI, it’ll throw a lot less.

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I mean, for any given reflector throw is directly related to the size of the die and the actual size of the emitting area. For example the SST-20 throws quite well while the LH351D is a bit floodier and the XHP50 will be very floody in the same reflector.

Do you know what your lumen goals are?

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Probably as many as possible. High CRI is the though. I think Convoy L6 with GT-FC40 packs a punch, shines both bright and far.

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phantom23 wrote:
I think Convoy L6 with GT-FC40 packs a punch, shines both bright and far.

Got one a few weeks ago. It’s similar to a car headlight in my opinion. It doesn’t have the super bright hotspot like SFT40, CSLNM1.TG, or SBT90.2 flashlights, so it’s not going to compete with those in a throwing contest. Nicer color, tint, and CRI, though.

I have ordered a smooth L6 reflector to swap out for the stock OP reflector to see if there’s a big difference in throw or beam artifacts. I’ll probably get it in a couple of weeks, if the Convoy shipping is consistent.

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nicodimus22 wrote:
It doesn’t have the super bright hotspot like SFT40, CSLNM1.TG, or SBT90.2 flashlights, so it’s not going to compete with those in a throwing contest.

It does compete with them with CRI and it’s one of the priorities here.
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phantom23 wrote:
nicodimus22 wrote:
It doesn’t have the super bright hotspot like SFT40, CSLNM1.TG, or SBT90.2 flashlights, so it’s not going to compete with those in a throwing contest.
It does compete with them with CRI and it’s one of the priorities here.

It mops the floor with them in that area. Ultimately, there is no perfect light, only a series of tradeoffs that you need to match with your use case and your personal preferences.

Most of the time, I’m perfectly willing to trade away some lumens for better tint and higher CRI. The lights have been more than bright enough for most applications for a long time now.

Do I own any SBT90.2 and SFT40 lights or LEPs? Sure I do. They’re still fun, even though the tint and CRI are lousy.

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The Luminus CFT-90 ist coming out in a high-cri variant. It will be very, very expensive, but will probably out perform all other high-cri LEDs. The older Luminus high-cri LEDs like the SBT-70 had almost perfect light quality (5600K, >95 CRI, R9>90, subjectively negative Duv, same tint in all emission angles), but terrible efficency. The new CFT-90 high-cri will have a much higher efficiency, but will be 6000K though, so a little cooler.