I'm somewhat new to neutral tinted lights. I bought a Zebralight H51w (neutral white) a couple of months ago for running, and the tint seems to make this light appear dark for the amount of lumens it produces. Both the spot & especially the spill seem darker than my cool white lights with similar lumens, and I'm running it on a fresh eneloop each time. Is this a common impression by many others? It is dissapointing as I like the way the tint looks & the color rendering, but for running it seems too dim. I'm now considering getting the H51 cool white version to see if I can see better with it. I had one briefly last year, but gave it away as a gift, so I can't compare....dang.
I go running before sun up. Half of my run is around a lake out in the open, and I only need 25-50 lumens. The other half is on trails in the woods where I need a lot more lumens with a good balance of flood & throw. I got tired of running with the H51w, so two weeks ago I switched back to my Zebralight SC60 cool white on a Nitecore headband (light sits on top of my head.) On the 140 lumens setting the sc60 seems brighter than the H51w on max (rated at 172 lumens.) The H51w is more comfortable to wear though, which is why I want to stick with this type of headlamp (small, lightweight, & rides on forehead.) I use a Nite Ize headband with the H51w which is very comfortable & keeps the light from bouncing.
So again, does anyone else have the impression that neutral white lights seem dim compared to cool white lights that have the same amount of lumens & a similar beam profile?