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the.Mtn.Man

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The XP-E 3700K is a gorgeous emitter. Beautiful tint, and some of the best color rendering you'll find in an LED, comparable to that of an incandescent source.
 

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I ordered my first HDS flashlight. I was torn between configurations and color temperatures, but decided on 4500k for ease of use in everyday life. Personally, I prefer a lower color temperature, but I'll think about that next time I order. The crazy exchange rate made it very expensive. The delivery time is supposed to be 5 weeks, but I am looking forward to receiving it.
 

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I ordered my first HDS flashlight. I was torn between configurations and color temperatures, but decided on 4500k for ease of use in everyday life. Personally, I prefer a lower color temperature, but I'll think about that next time I order. The crazy exchange rate made it very expensive. The delivery time is supposed to be 5 weeks, but I am looking forward to receiving it.
Any reason you decided 4500k if you prefer a lower color temperature? Seems if you prefer something, would make sense to go for that.
 

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I think the 4.5k is a great entry level, a nice neutral tint to start with and you won't have any trouble reselling if you ever do. You have your fireplace folks who like the warmer tints and the purists who prefer the daylight tints. There is no right answer, it's just a matter of preference. Many of us have a few lights with assorted tints, they're all good. Just depends on your mood at the time. Congrats on your purchase, one of the best flashlights available.
 

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Any reason you decided 4500k if you prefer a lower color temperature? Seems if you prefer something, would make sense to go for that.
I prefer bulb colors for hobby lights, but for everyday use I find it easier to use color temperatures that are not too low. 219B's 4000k is my favorite because I have two drop-in modules and they are very easy to see. But rather than choose the same 219B 4000k again, I wanted to try out what it would be like with 4500k. 3000k and 3500k are more pleasing to the eye and are fun light bulb colors, but I don't use them much for daily use. Also, the images that neco posted in the past were very helpful.
 

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I think the 4.5k is a great entry level, a nice neutral tint to start with and you won't have any trouble reselling if you ever do. You have your fireplace folks who like the warmer tints and the purists who prefer the daylight tints. There is no right answer, it's just a matter of preference. Many of us have a few lights with assorted tints, they're all good. Just depends on your mood at the time. Congrats on your purchase, one of the best flashlights available.
That is exactly right. Ideally, you should be able to enjoy a variety of things depending on your mood at the time. That's why I like drop-in modules. It's so much fun to be able to make your favorite flashlight into something else just by swapping out modules.
 

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I think the 4.5k is a great entry level, a nice neutral tint to start with and you won't have any trouble reselling if you ever do. You have your fireplace folks who like the warmer tints and the purists who prefer the daylight tints. There is no right answer, it's just a matter of preference. Many of us have a few lights with assorted tints, they're all good. Just depends on your mood at the time. Congrats on your purchase, one of the best flashlights available.
I find the designation of 4500k as "entry level" to be rather odd, as if there are some color temperatures that are only suitable for more experienced flashlight users with advanced skills.

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I find the designation of 4500k as "entry level" to be rather odd, as if there are some color temperatures that are only suitable for more experienced flashlight users with advanced skills.

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Novices might favour something like 4500K or 6000K, but a true pro, a true connoiseur, will like something more specialised like 4735.34, that’s a proper temperature for a discerning master of the light craft.
 

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Haha, 4735.34k is actually a decent temp for general all around use IMO. The HDS led selections for the first time buyers can be a little overwhelming, especially if one doesn't take a few months to comb through all the HDS system threads.

So my thought is for the first time HDS buyer, the 4500k is a great starting point or "entry level" into the LED spectrum until one gets more familiar with the choices available. Hard to go wrong with this one..

LED's have come a long way in a short period. It wasn't that long ago we were dealing with choices between the "Angry Blue" or "Goblin Green" tints for our EDC lights..

JMHO -Ron
 

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LED's have come a long way in a short period. It wasn't that long ago we were dealing with choices between the "Angry Blue" or "Goblin Green" tints for our EDC lights..

JMHO -Ron
HDS has those two flavors as well... we keep them fresh in a humidor so they never get stale or dried out.
 

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I came across a flashlight ~ 2013-14 with the same type of contact pin. Everything is working great so far. Perhaps there is solder, just a small amount. Contact Henry.
Or take a soldering iron, a little solder and poke 1 time into this pin, then there will definitely be solder. I did the second option with SF 6РХ, when I installed additional metal on the "+" contact in the head.
 

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Hogo-

I have a variety of HDS lights, several with different reflector styles.

Curious: What is your preferred reflector finish and why?
 

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Hogo-

I have a variety of HDS lights, several with different reflector styles.

Curious: What is your preferred reflector finish and why?
I prefer the current medium orange peel... though in use, I can't really tell a difference from previous styles of orange peel. I do use a white diffuse reflector around the house, but that is just the around the home light.
I don't actually have any of the GITD diffuse reflectors. We didn't make many and sold them all. I could make myself some... but they were a real PITA to make. I did like the way they diffused the light. Not a pure flood like the White Diffuse reflector does.
 
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I prefer the current medium orange peel... though in use, I can't really tell a difference from previous styles of orange peel. I do use a white diffuse reflector around the house, but that is just the around the home light.
I don't actually have any of the GITD diffuse reflectors. We didn't make many and sold them all. I could make myself some... but they were a real PITA to make. I did like the way they diffused the light. Not a pure flood like the White Diffuse reflector does.
Insightful, thank you.

@All: Someone with a GITD reflector just sitting on the shelf needs to gift it to this man as a thank you on behalf of the HDS community. Just sayin’…
 

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Two weeks completed out of a 5 week sentence on my first HDS order in two years… Rotary 18650 SDR50, all black as nature intended.

I have a longtime Clicky preference and haven’t held on to any of my past rotaries. But I’m hoping this one becomes a permanent member of the stable. It may even replace my 325 XPL 4000k Clicky.
 
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