Which Is The Better LED?

A96Honda

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Cree R2 WC bin HO

or

Cree Q5 HO



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And what I mean by better is, runtime, brightness, and reliability.
 

PhantomPhoton

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The brighter you drive the LED, the less runtime you get and vice versa, they're the same thing really. So a better term to be using is efficiency to describe both runtime and brightness potential.

In terms of durability, they're both Cree (company) XR-E (model) leds, essentially the same thing. The only difference is one is more efficient.

The R2 (flux bin) is one step more efficient than the Q5 (flux bin).
See here to see tint and flux bins of various LEDs.

The WC part refers to the tint... or apparent color of the white LED.

HO in both case means absolutely nothing that I can tell; where did you get the HO from? Generally I'd think it is a marketing (aka BS) term refering to high output, not a technical term about the LED.

To answer the question the R2 is the better LED (versus the Q5) given the criteria you provided.

:grin2:
 
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A96Honda

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The brighter you drive the LED, the less runtime you get and vice versa, they're the same thing really. So a better term to be using is efficiency to describe both runtime and brightness potential.

In terms of durability, they're both Cree (company) XR-E (model) leds, essentially the same thing. The only difference is one is more efficient.

The R2 (flux bin) is one step more efficient than the Q5 (flux bin).
See here to see tint and flux bins of various LEDs.

The WC part refers to the tint... or apparent color of the white LED.

HO in both case means absolutely nothing that I can tell; where did you get the HO from? Generally I'd think it is a marketing (aka BS) term refering to high output, not a technical term about the LED.

To answer the question the R2 is the better LED (versus the Q5) given the criteria you provided.

:grin2:

R2

Q5
 

PhantomPhoton

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Yup, the HO means absolutely nothing. It is not referring to the LED at all.
The R2 is a better LED, especially in this case because you know exactly which tint bin you're getting. With the Q5 the tint bin is unknown.
Now tint is a very subjective thing, but tint preference comes with experience. WC is a pretty decent tint imho.
 
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