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Thread: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

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    Default (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    What type of reflector would you like to use in your Maglite C/D and why?

    1) SMO (smooth)
    2) OP (orange peel)
    3) SMO/OP hybird (orange peel near the bulb, and rest of it is smooth)


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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Mag C/D are great general purpose lights, so a hybrid makes sense. However, the only Mags I keep around are for showing off - too bright or throwers. For that, a smooth reflector is best.
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I am actually a little confused about the advantage of SMO/OP hybird. What does it actually do the beam?

    I know OP gives smoother hot spot, more spill; SMO gives strong throw, less spill; hybird gives smoother hot spot, less spill?



    When using CREE drop-in, I would assume OP would be the most popular. What is the best reflector type for WA1185 or similar?

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Smooth without cam, or one variety with cam and one without, that way the one without would be usable for led modded Mäglites with a heatsink insert. Smooth for throw, Mägs have plenty of spill even with smooth reflectors.
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    It really depends entirely on the light source, the quality of the beam you need, how much throw, shape and size of the reflector, etc.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    smo for throw and with a smaller bulb opening 9mm.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Hybrid, like the one in the 3" wide head on the WE M100x
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I really like the ones you are carrying now, big hole and cammed makes for a nice variety of bulbs to be used! A OP would be nice to smooth out some artifacts though.
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaidomain View Post
    I am actually a little confused about the advantage of SMO/OP hybird. What does it actually do the beam?

    I know OP gives smoother hot spot, more spill; SMO gives strong throw, less spill; hybird gives smoother hot spot, less spill?



    When using CREE drop-in, I would assume OP would be the most popular. What is the best reflector type for WA1185 or similar?
    If I had to guess, I say the hybrid tries to be the best of both worlds. It's OP at critical regions to smooth out the rings, and smooth in regions that are pretty even for better throw.
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    Popcorn Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Hi Kai,

    I wish you will sale this reflectors, so I am in for 3xHybrid. (I have also ordered SMO's from you, waiting for the parcel service today)

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Hi Kai,

    I voted for OP as my preference is for beam quality over throw. On my Mag85 I like to decrease the focus and not have rings a lot of the time.

    However I would certainly purchase a hybrid SMO/OP to try it out. I have not much experience with hybrid designs except for a light with a luxeon side emitter and the hybrid really makes a nice beam.

    Please Please Please source a range of reflectors for both LED and incan in a range of sizes. I have far more need for LED reflectors than optics.

    Thanks for starting this thread

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I really prefer OP reflector becouse of the beam quality...but this is just IMO...

    I think that you have to choose the reflector that you need...if you need throw use a SMO if not use an OP

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I'd prefer OP over smooth for beam quality, sure you lose throw and a generally more expensive reflector...but hey, you lose some you gain some

    I don't see the point of a hybrid unless it can be created to have excellent throw and peripheral flood from one light.....

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I have a hybrid in one of my Cybalite (Nuwai) C-cell Lux III. It seems to be a perfect fusion of smooth beam, yet with excellent throw. It has amazed me that others have not adopted this.

    Having said that, my FiveMega Medium Orange Peel reflector is fantastic.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    OP, for me. I like a nice, smooth, wide beam.


    Are we all going to see the $5 dollar (shipped!) aluminum reflectors we've been waiting for? lol

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    New to luxery flashlights, the only OP I have is an L0D and I like it. The only SMOs I have are all Mags, and I dislike them all. So OP if it fixes the beam quality and hybrid if it fixes the beam quality.

    Answer: whichever throws the most light while ALSO smoothing the beam. And thank you for checking with us, I'm ready to buy 6!
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    OP because I want a smooth beam which has abit of spill as well, I find smooth reflectors in the mags with the WA1111 and 1185 leave the beam with a nasty filament smuge!
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I've got a light OP and a medium OP for my Mags. Of course, I've got a stock reflector or two lying around as well. I prefer the MOP in nearly every situation.
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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    I would like to see what most people need, a new LED reflector for the Maglite. One that will wrap around the 1W, 3W, and 5W LEDs, and also fit a drop-in module. (This would not be a design for P7 and larger LEDs).

    Last edited by redlaw55; 09-17-2008 at 12:14 PM.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Voted SMO/OP hybrid.
    Just enough orange peel to remove the doughnut hole whilst maximising throw with multi-emitter LED's. (Edit: Oops, just realised this is in the Incan forum, oh well )
    I've used both cutdown Mag SMO reflectors and KD OP reflectors. Something in between would be ideal IMO.
    Last edited by mitch79; 09-19-2008 at 01:24 AM.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaidomain View Post
    What type of reflector would you like to use in your Maglite C/D and why?

    1) SMO (smooth)
    2) OP (orange peel)
    3) SMO/OP hybird (orange peel near the bulb, and rest of it is smooth)

    TOTALLY NUMBER 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why make something that I can already buy from 4 other guys on here right now?
    Make something different!
    And give it the option for the cam to be removable while you are at it.
    Get yourself some money from the LED crowd that way! Kill those ugly cree rings while still giving us some throw!

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Generally I prefer op but depending on the set up I would prefer smo. Considering both styles are widely available I voted hybrid.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    This thread is a month away from a year old, so I'm not sure if KD is still doing this.

    But I'd also pick the hybrid.

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    Default Re: (Vote) What aluminum reflector for Maglite? SMO, OP, or SMO/OP hybird?

    Where can one purchase a aluminum hybrid reflector the Maglite D?

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