Do you remember your first?

fulee9999

Enlightened
Joined
Mar 3, 2021
Messages
717
Because of a thread on a different forum I decided to measure the CRI on my phone, because someone said that "phone lights are high CRI" and I was like there is no way that's true. Well it's not, mine has a R8525 4500K LED, but that's not my current point.

So while I had the spectrometer out, I remembered I still have my first ever "serious" flashlight, an Olight S30R, which was - at the time at least - like magic to me, the power, the compactness, the machining, the different modes, I loved it. It was my bike light for a year, it has been through hell and back with me ( think scorching hot summer and snow storms ), and surprisingly enough, it only started to fail when it was back to house duty. So following the "well it's broken, can't break it anymore" logic I decided to do my first emitter swap on it. The LED I chose was an SST20 95CRI emitter, and much to my surprise now that I measured it, it's pretty freakin great in terms of color rendering. Sadly it's now more of a "it's there if someone wants to use it" light, but it still (kinda) works.

Here are a few pictures of the body, with the dents and bruises from use

1661431002937.png


1661431030356.png


1661431049794.png


And the user inflicted scrapes when I had the remove the driver

1661431099570.png


aaaand the completely busted bezel, because on every single forum people mentioned that this lights predecessor the S2 had a press fitted bezel, so I figured this one has one too. well no, this would've been a threaded one, but yeah.. it popped out eventually ( after which I noticed the threads )

1661431241837.png


The new LED sits nicely inside, but totally not centered, the beam is absolutely messed up ( think old Maglite beam pattern )

1661431335097.png


HOWEVER the color rendering now is stunning, this is the highest I ever measured!

1661431413455.png


I mean just look at those Ra,Rf,Rg,R9 values, it's gorgeous, and with an almost perfect 0 Duv, I'm just really lost for words.

( Also this little experiment showed me that TIR optics can and will in fact mess with CRI, the same exact LED behind the FocusWorks F2 frosted TIR optics only did R9080 )
 

holygeez03

Enlightened
Joined
Sep 30, 2010
Messages
778
My first "real light" after getting burned by junk was a Fenix 2xAA... then I got into Four Sevens AA/14500 lights when they were doing neutral emitters... then (and still) Zebralights.
 

zespectre

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
May 21, 2005
Messages
2,197
Location
Lost in NY
I've been here a long time. The CMG Reactor was a 2xAA underpowered Luxeon emitter that ranged from cat pee green to almost whitish. Their single AA 5mm LED was eventually bought by Gerber.

View attachment 31288
I still have the 2AA and 3AA versions of that light and one of them still works. The one that failed was a "nice" emerald green but I never replaced it.
 

zespectre

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
May 21, 2005
Messages
2,197
Location
Lost in NY
My first "Serious" light was a c.1990 Mag-Lite Mag-Charger. What a monster at the time, nothing compared. It saw several years of Law-enforcement use and then got retired to home use. Upgraded eventually to a better pack and an LED module setup, it's still in regular use as the "light on the wall by the back door of the house". Link to the old review I did.
 

bykfixer

Flashaholic
Joined
Aug 9, 2015
Messages
20,587
Location
Dust in the Wind
After buying lights at Lowes and Home Depot and wondering what's the big deal with SureFire products I opted for a G2x Pro. It had a nice slight golden tint. The combination of throw and spill was an amazing thing to behold and only $55.

I wouldn't say it was my first "real" light since I grew up when a Kel-Lite changed the game from wack-a-palm lights to something pretty freaking reliable. Then along came the tiny little (by then standards) minimag.
 

brachypelma44

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Nov 16, 2019
Messages
58
Location
Maryland
My first "real" flashlight was a 4 D-cell maglite in the mid-late 1980s. I don't know where it ended up, but it sure was nice to have at the time. Before that, I had some junky Radio Shack yellow and black plastic flashlight with a magnet on the side.
 

Monocrom

Flashaholic
Joined
Aug 27, 2006
Messages
20,478
Location
NYC
My first "Real" light is one I still have. Black SureFire C2 incandescent. (And yes, I did EDC it back in the day.)
 

Stefano

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Sep 29, 2012
Messages
1,073
Location
Italy
My first serious flashlight was the Fenix PD32 XP-G, 315 lumens looked impressive.
 

:)>

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Jan 5, 2006
Messages
2,792
Location
Tampa, Florida
When I found Surefire's website and read their excellent marketing material, I found a law enforcement supply store that sold Surefire and I bought the 3P, 6P, and 9P all at the same time… 15 lumens, 65 lumens and 125 lumens respectively.

I couldn't wait for dark and when I hit the tail cap on the 6P I was blown away! Perfectly focused and super bright!

It was a good night!
 

kerneldrop

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
2,333
Location
South
Mine was a Fenix pd36r.
It quit working after a week.
It rolled off a night stand 27" high.
I do use the battery in other lights though, so not all is lost.

That event did two things for me: 1) made me buy USA made lights, and 2) made me realize tail switches are the right way
 

Flynn's Arcade

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Jan 17, 2020
Messages
51
My first truly great light was a Tekna Lite 1. Single AA and used a 112 bulb, IIRC.
It was replaced years later by the larger and more powerful 2AA Mini-Mag and then that by SF 3P.
 

Jean-Luc Descarte

Enlightened
Joined
Jul 29, 2020
Messages
836
Location
Where the sun sets fast
My first non-cheapo light was a Fenix E01. Angry purple tint, unbreakable, compact, all good things we remember it by.

First primary light was a Fenix E11, bought immediately after the E01. It worked but I hated the tight beam and the ultra-hard switch.

First primary light that I actually enjoyed was the Thrunite TN12, 2014 revision. I swear the "neutral white" XM-L2 I got in it was such a fluke in goodness that only a 3500K Nichia 519A could match; unfortunately almost exactly 1 year later it fell and something broke in the head – it would only turn on in moonlight mode.
 

Stress_Test

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 18, 2008
Messages
1,334
My first attempt at a serious LED light was a AA MiniMag, 1st generation, Lux III equipped. It had the infamous "sudden death" shutoff without any prior dimming (well maybe 2 seconds).

Frustration with that light led me to CPF, and resulted in my first good / serious LED flashlight, a Fenix L1D. This was the XR-E in a P4 bin if I'm remembering right. Sometime around 2008 I think.

Still have it, and it still works! (y)

fGX7gMh.jpg
 

bykfixer

Flashaholic
Joined
Aug 9, 2015
Messages
20,587
Location
Dust in the Wind
I remember when I had my first 2D Maglite LED light in the home depot parking lot lighting up reflective license plates from 50 yards... in the daytime.😱
I spent the rest of that afternoon seeing how far away I could light up road signs in daylight. If I recall correct it was 130 some blu-mens but my gosh that thing could light up objects way farther away then any flashlight I'd ever seen. The current version is a mere 213 lumens but has over 53,000 candela. So it's still one of my favorite flashlights for searching with.
 
Top