Just looking around it seems the XM-L is being put into a lot of smaller lights that don't have the heatsinking ability to handle the emitter when driven hard. 1.5 and 1.75A drivers and so on. Small pocket lights with small reflectors.
Why not just run and XP-G and run it at a similar current? I know folks like to see "500 lumens" in ads for small pocket lights and no doubt that sucks a lot of folks in. As does the "XM-L" in the title. But most of us know that the XM-L isn't anywhere near its best in a small reflector or when run soft. There are also the heat issues in the very small lights.
From my own experience in P60 lights, the XM-L only really comes into its own when run near 3A, giving decent throw and tons of spill. And then you have some pretty rapid heat buildup if used constantly. The XP-G is also no slouch in the same format, either mind you and you get none of that heat.
So - is the XM-L being used for the sake of it in smaller lights, or what? Will the XP-G G2 get similar market exposure or will the XM-L continue to overshadow the smaller emitters?
Just a thought.