I must admit I have been an led guy historically. That said, now that I'm rocking an ROP my opinion of incans has been radically revised.
I work as a golf cart driver at night on a sprawling college campus, and want a light capable of delivering the intensity of my ROP (with kaidomain SMO) at 150 yards, but with a beam covering much more at that distance. This is probably more for my entertainment at this point, but I do feel obliged to check out any dark areas. I would like this light to deliver 3k or greater lumens. Its run time would need to be 15 minutes to be useful, but a half hour would mean charging every other day.
My budget dictates that this stay around 100$, however I would like to have a suitable platform for future upgrading.
Current plan is:
-Maglite 6D or 5D. At this point size isn't an issue, so I'm inclined towards a 6D so I can still have a spring.
-5 x 26650 IMR
-MR16 35 or 50W IRC 10 degree
-Chopped switch hardwired to bulb. Head locked from accidental twisting by a dab of epoxy inside. Or a DIY bipin>pr adaptor.
The MR16 option is appealing because from what I have gathered, they are less likely to poof without soft start. In addition to the cost, it doesn't appear as if the no-modes switch is still available. My main qualm is that I haven't found any data such as that produced by Luxluther. Could I expect similar output from bulbs of comparable description such as these?
Those who have described this mod seem to be pleased with the results, but it almost seems too easy and inexpensive to be true. If anyone out there has personal experience from which to vouch (or beamshots ) for the worthiness of MR16s it would be excellent! Any other options fitting the bill that I have overlooked would also be appreciated.