I was hoping to ask the respected, experienced members if they would recommend 5000k or 6500k for self defence (momentarily scaring off/blinding an attacker at night), and would you use the strobe or just the turbo?
I also wanted to ask if you would recommend 5000k or 6500k to see through fog?
Finally would you say one's vision in the bush at night is clearer with 5000k or 6500k?
I tried to google the answers, but got conflicting answers.
None of the above, If you want to momentarily scare off a human/animal what you want is a light with a ton of lux to point in their specific direction. Color temp really isnt all that important compared to lux
Up at the top left of this page, or any page on BLF, type in “self defense light” in the search bar. Tons of good and entertaining answers. None of which will point you to a specific light or color temp. They will help you realize that a flashlight is a horrible defensive tool. It may help you see but, it’s not very good at scaring off the determined among us.
Good luck with your search if you decide to take it in that direction.
Doesn’t matter what the temperature (tint) is. It’s about lumens. And note that whatever “distraction” it creates, it’s momentary. Someone with low confidence may be a little put off, but if someone is adamant about attacking, the flashlight alone won’t do it. I know a guy who carries a “gun cock” noise maker and a very bright flashlight when he expects to go to places at night that are risky. He says the “gun cock” worked 2 times out of 3. With a bright light pointed at you so you can’t see who it is, then you hear what sounds like a gun being loaded… yeah, who is going to risk checking for “fraud”? One guy didn’t buy it. But I think it’s because he had a gun.
I wonder what Charlton Heston would tell us about the proper means for self-defense. :-D
(...and no, I don‘t mean to encourage anyone to using firearms for self-defense)
Strobe light is IMHO absolutely ineffective against attackers of any kind (human beings, wild nasty animals and possibly also any intelligent species from outer space). Strobe will not even drive away furious wives or make your neighbor‘s kids say „wow“ unless they have never seen a flashlight before.
Xenon starts at 4000K, halogen at 2700K. You clearly see a difference in backscatter, and that’s imo the only disadvantage of xenon lights.
Strobe is useless, because attackers will not position in front of you, giving you time to prepare. They attack you from behind. Even if you have the time to activate strobe and point it to someone, you risk to make him mad.
Have not tested fog. But tried two identical lights in a heavy snow last winter. Could see about 30 or 40 feet with the 5000. The 6500 was blindingly bright and could not see the same trees. Surprising result. Maybe I will try during the next fog and post the subjective result somewhere.
Good luck with your endeavors.