Warm White Headlamps

MinasIthil

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Based on what I have heard from most people, warm white headlamps allows a person to see greater details in the dark than blue-white/cool-white headlamps.

Warm-white lights is what I will ultimately choose for my bicycle, but before I waste any money I would like to just be sure: are warm-white lights more inefficient than cool-white? Would warm-white require a greater input of power?
 

jcw122

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Warm white lights are less efficient than cool white because they require extra phosphorous on the LED to get the desired tint. This leads to a reduction in output that is noticeable on paper but might not be significant in real world use.
 

jcw122

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That being said there are benefits to warm white lights that I believe outweigh the efficiency losses. The biggest issue I run into is that lots of light makers don't have warm white versions, especially for high output lights.
 

MinasIthil

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That being said there are benefits to warm white lights that I believe outweigh the efficiency losses. The biggest issue I run into is that lots of light makers don't have warm white versions, especially for high output lights.

Thank you.
 

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other option:
I hate all the warm whites I have used till now, they make nothing better and - technically determined - are visibly less bright at the same current consumption.

neutral white ... thats what is the king atm.
Best of both worlds
 

jcw122

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Sorry forgot to mention when I say warm white I meant any non-cool white light.
 
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