I like that and I’m interested. I would like to know the tint bin of the used leds.
*Stainless steel bezel
*Tripod mount (although I know it does not easily fit in the current design).
*orange or red switch leds instead of green
*and of course a removable driver, i.e. screwed down like the Q8
While I love my SP36 and use it all the time around the house and property, I wouldn’t mind a warmer tint. 5000K sounds great and it’s what I have and enjoy on a bunch of my lights. Warmer wouldn’t be bad either but as you go to extremes, I’d imagine sales would suffer. I love Narsil ramping and basically only use it without going into any of the special modes or features. If Anduril can help a bit with the heat when using turbo, it might be worthwhile.
I can’t say that I will buy another since my own SP36 is so often used and I don’t know if I’d upgrade.
This sounds like a really nice upgrade to the SP36. The SP36 is a good light and the LH351D makes a really nice-looking beam.
As Lux-Perpetua mentioned, it may be interesting to use the 5000K version with the most lumens, and also make a 4000K version optimized for high CRI. In both cases though, try to get a tint bin on the pink side of the BBL instead of the green side.
It would also be nice for people around here if the driver was held in by screws or a retaining ring instead of glue.
If Sofirn is interested, it may also be worthwhile to sell a diffuser cap which fits onto the SP36 to turn it into a candle or a lantern. That would allow it to serve more purposes, and it’s a nice thing to have when using Anduril’s candle mode.
Perhaps you would be more interested in the original version of the SP36? It already has a cool white emitter, fairly close to what you described. The main difference is that it uses XP-L2 instead of LH351D. However, the beam looks a lot nicer than I expected, and it’s already available today.
The main points of doing this new SP36 are:
Neutral white instead of cool white.
Improve beam consistency.
The original version is still surprisngly nice though. It’s basically a Q8, only smaller and with built-in charging. I didn’t expect to like it because of the cool white emitters, but it actually works really well.
I’ve mostly found that the SP36 handles heat pretty well. From a cold start, I find it usually takes 2 to 3 minutes before it starts ramping down from turbo. Anduril does still regulate the brightness down eventually though, and here’s how that looks. The blue line in these graphs shows how it behaves.
There are no immediate step-downs. Brightness is gradually adjusted as smoothly as the hardware allows, which makes it difficult to actually notice during use. If the light later gets cold, it adjusts smoothly back up. This tends to happen when the battery voltage drops, because it gets more efficient and produces less heat as the battery voltage drops closer to the emitter voltage. The overall pattern is shown in the graphs below:
I’d recommend using a high-capacity cell like the 35E, if possible. It increases runtime at most levels, and also increases the length of time the light can spend on turbo before ramping down. The only downside is that turbo won’t be quite as bright. The difference isn’t very perceptible by eye, but it does make a noticeable difference in terms of how long it takes to get hot.