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    Help What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    Which Led would you drop into a generic (photon like) keychain, the Nichia NSPW500CS or a 35 K mcd Led? Or would you recommend another LED? Iím mostly looking for brightness and very white, some blue tint, if its not to blue is okay. Thanks
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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    If you don't need a lot of them, I'd suggest using the very best (I've seen yet):
    =from www.lsdiodes.com
    It'll cost you $2.54 US but it's worth it IMO. It can take a full 100mA of drive current without dimming over time, and is nice'n white too.
    Last edited by vcal; 10-19-2005 at 09:47 PM.
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    Is that the ISP 100-mA 5-mm LED?

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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    Quote Originally Posted by balazer
    Is that the ISP 100-mA 5-mm LED?
    Actually, it isn't the Korean ISP. I like this new 100mA one because of it superior whiteness.
    The ISP ones didn't seem as white......

    p.s.-LSDiodes sold me some really powerful color 5 mm LEDs too.
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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    The Sandwich Shoppe also has 100 mA white LEDs available for $3.25 each. I don't know if these are the same as the 100 mA LEDs mentioned in this thread. I do know that most of them have a low Vf and run well on a single 3-volt lithium cell (direct drive). They are also whiter than the typical Nichia LEDs.
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    The Sandwich Shoppe 100-mA LED is supposedly made by ISP.
    http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=93217

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    I have some Nichias running in a few of KevinL's keychain lights and I like them a lot. I also got a bunch of 35k mcds in the group buy. The 35k seem a bit more white, but the ones I have will be used for other projects. If I end up with some extra I might use them in a keychain light or two, but the Nichias make me quite happy for now.
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    Let us know what you end up with and maybe a quick review.
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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    lighthound still got the mjled if you need a wide flood. 3 volts preferred (1x2032 instead of 2x2016 batteries).
    http://www.lighthound.com/images/ml/mjled_1.jpg
    http://www.lighthound.com/sales/mag_...ccessories.php
    Last edited by LEDninja; 10-21-2005 at 06:49 AM.

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    Au Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    I'm going to try the Nichias, the 35k mcds and the LEDs from www.lsdiodes.com , all are now on order. I'll report back with the results.
    I may also order and try the mjled. Thanks again for your input.

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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    a LED that can handle 100ma isn't going to help much if you can't deliver that much current - I suspect that 2 2016's isn't going to be able to.

    I have compared the 35k and the Nichia CS B0 and C0 side by side and I prefer the Nichia CS C0.

    It has more blue than the 35k, but puts out more light overall.

    The 35Khas a brighter and more focused hot spot and is whiter. Sounds like you might like that more in a photon clone.
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    Two 2016s will deliver about 60 mA for the first couple of seconds, but it will stabalize at around 30 mA within 30 seconds or so.

    The MJLED casts a very wide beam, and would only be appropriate if you have a good reflector. For the kinds of reflectors you find in key chain lights, you'd be better off with an uncut LED. An uncut ISP LED is o.k.

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    Default Re: What LED should I use in a keychain light?

    I use my Inova X5. A little big, but I absolutly love that light
    I really don't like flashlights, I'm just afraid of the dark.

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