reconsider the LS in colors

Lux Luthor

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I recently got both an amber and a red LS. I almost didn't buy them, because I didn't think they would be of any use.

Field testing out in the woods, I found the amber to give reasonably good color rendition - grass looks sort of green, trees look brown, and rocks look brownish grey. It's also been very easy on my eyes.

But what impressed me the most was the red. This color really punches through complex details and renders the shapes and depths of objects extremely well. I wasn't expecting this at all. Red is always mentioned for night vision, but is rarely valued for anything else. It doesn't render objects in their true colors, but that doesn't mean you can't see well. In fact, I would say you can say really well. Add to that the fact that it's great for preserving your night vision, and I think you can see it's a very good color. I was stunned.

I would be interested if anyone else has any experiences with colored LEDs, and what you think about them for use in the field (strengths and weaknesses).
 

lambda

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Yes, the color Luxeons are very impressive. My personal goal is to build one of each color into a Brinkmann AA. So far I've got Blue, Royal Blue, Cyan, and Red/Orange in lights. The Red/Orn is simply painful to view when shined on a white wall. I've got the rest of the Luxeons colors sitting right here, but every time I get some flashlights and DC/DC converters built, somebody buys them out from under me.............
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lambda:
Yes, the color Luxeons are very impressive. My personal goal is to build one of each color into a Brinkmann AA. So far I've got Blue, Royal Blue, Cyan, and Red/Orange in lights. The Red/Orn is simply painful to view when shined on a white wall. I've got the rest of the Luxeons colors sitting right here, but every time I get some flashlights and DC/DC converters built, somebody buys them out from under me.............<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


If your personal goal is to build One light with All the colors In there (kinda like those four-color ballpoint pens, where you press a different button to get a different color), now THAT would be fabulous. A true multicolor lighting tool for any situation, perhaps even for scientific field use.
 

Andre

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lux Luthor:

I would be interested if anyone else has any experiences with colored LEDs, and what you think about them for use in the field (strengths and weaknesses).
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I put 12 10,000 mcd green 5mm LEDs in an old diving light (Underwater Kinetics something-or-other, originally 4-D cells and a halogen bulb) for a friend. Green was his idea - he thought it would work better underwater for some reason. We'd originally thought about using 72 of 'em but Hosfelt wanted $4 each. Do the math.
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I told him it would be monochromatic and probably not bright enough.

Of course when he tried it out, he complained it was monocrhomatic and not bright enough.
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And it was too buoyant since I used 9 AA batteries instead of 4 D cells.

About that time the Luxeon came out, so I made a quad-LS diving light out of it instead.
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But I used white ones. It was still too buoyant (11 AA batteries) but quite a bit brighter.
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So for diving lights at least, white seems better than green. Your mileage may vary.

Andre
 

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"If I didn't have to go to work, I could get more mods done... "


Well then Lamba.....QUIT!!
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You are selling your flashlights like hotcakes...maybe you should start a big business of it
 
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