Modding without overdriving

paulsl

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What if any drawbacks would not overdriving a bulb have in a mod? Say driving a Phillips 5761, Wa1111, etc with a 6 volt 4000mah 1/2 d cell stick. I'm planning some overdriven mods ofcourse (Mag60, ROP), but besides the standard output the bulb was made for what other negatives are there. I'm a newbie and trying to get it together. Thx.
 

mdocod

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the lower you drive the bulb, the less efficient it is. The really hardcore overdrives are pushing ~30 lumen/watt efficiency... when you drop down to more normal drive levels (where bulb life is back up to 500-2000 hours) the efficiency tends to drop below 20 lumen/watt, sometimes as low as 10 lumen/watt..

Point being, that since your power source is batteries, efficiency is somewhat important..

but if a reliable bulb is important.. driving at regular levels certainly has its advantages..
 

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