Who besides me also likes warm white lights (3000k)?

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I bought a foursevens quark 123-2 just to have the led swapped to a XM-L2 and really like it. Also have 3 other lights with a warm tint along with a 4000k, 4500k, 5000k and really like the 4000k also. Anyone here prefer the warm white lights besideds me?
 
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Tried to like warm and NW tints, but at the end of the day I'm a fan of white and cool white tints.
 
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prefer 4000-4750K. But i got 3 warmer tinted that i like. 5000K is still fine. Anything over 5500K is not my thing. Have swapped the led in most of my lights.
 
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I dont mind 4000k, especially in EDC type lights for close up uses. My preferences go from 4000k to 5000k(like the 219B in 4000/4500k flavour and the 219c/xpl HI 5000k).

5000-6000k is fine as long as more towards the yellow side than blue, 6500k depends really, throwers fine , close up or smaller lights not keen these days if any angry blue in there.

5000k is a safe temp for me, you know , not too warm or too cool type of safe. Still get accurate colour rendition to my eyes without the lighter colours looking tainted(where a warmer makes a white look cream kind of thing if makes sense). So not over fussy, just dont want any off tints thrown in there, greens, blues etc basically. I tend to go for a specific colour temp for a specific application.........
 
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I do!!

Its just so much more pleasing to me. I guess I am stuck on the incan look of yesteryear.

I hate cold blue beams . I know most want the brightest possible output but for me as I get older I love a nice warm soft beam
 
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Yes i find the warmer side a lot easier on night time tired eyes:) Less strain to see stuff...............always welcomed.
 
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i'm in for the 3000k "vintage maglite's depleted battery glow" :wave:
 
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Yep. Unrepentant, count me in. :)
 
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Anyone got some beamshots of LEDs in the 3000-4000k range? Can you still get High CRI as you approach 3000k?
 
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I've found I like warm tints as well, even real warm tints into the 3000k range, still, practically the 4000k are a better neutral choice for brighter illumination but don't have that "warm" feeling :).
 
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I like 3000k in full darkness, 4500k when there is ambient light indoors, and if I need to use a light in sunlight 6000k looks brighter and whiter than the other two

here is an auto white balance iPhone photo. Note how orange the 3000k looks, because the phone has set its white balance to the highest color temp in the photo
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now look at this pic
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note how the Nichia now looks white, instead of Rosy, because the auto white balance was set to it

our brain does the same thing
if we are in a place where ambient light is 6000k, then a 4000k looks orange
but if we are in a place where ambient is 4000k, then 6000k looks too blue

when people say things like, my 6000k light is Pure White, what I hear is that they are using the light at a time when their brain is adapted to 6000k ambient light

since my house lighting is 3000k, I dont like 6000k LEDs in that setting
but if Im in the sun, looking under the car, then I Want 6000k, cause 3000k looks really orange (when my brain auto white balance is set to 6000)

so, in the middle of the night, when I wake to pee, my 3000k does not look orange.. instead my 4500k looks too blue

Color temperature preferences depend on the ambient light and the white balance of the users brain at the time

now look at the tint variation that happens even within a single color temperature (tint lottery)
two different model LEDs
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and two XPG LEDs of the same model and batch
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and yes, all the 3000-4500k LEDs pictured in this post are rated 90+CRI… the 6000k is 70CRI
 
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3000k is my favourite CCT. It is shame that since the rise of NW emitters, notably the Nichias, that stock lights with 3000k emitters are now very rare. Lights with 3000k emitters are now pretty much restricted to P60 drop ins and Convoy. I have a 3000k Convoy S2+ in the mail.

The below photo has a 5000k headlamp light (Thrunite TH20), and 3000k light illuminating the tree branch (Lumens Factory Seraph SP-6 with high-CRI module).

"The Thing" on a Bridge by stephenk1977, on Flickr
 
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One of the warmest Nichia lights currently offered seems to be the Nitecore TIP CRI. Im very tempted.. originally it was supposed to be a 3500k, then a more recent release was 3800k iirc

here is the 3500 beam and the cool white version
Koam said:


Low CRI:
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high CRI:
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@jon_slider ... great post(s)

@stephenk ... amazing photo reminds me of John Carpenter's The Thing (EDIT - and now I just noticed your photo caption, lol)



And 4000 - 4500K for me ... but I'd rather have 3000K than 5500K :D
 
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Here, here!

I prefer 2900-3000K myself but like up to 4000K.

@stephenk ... amazing photo reminds me of John Carpenter's The Thing (EDIT - and now I just noticed your photo caption, lol)
First Thing I thought of too! One of my favorite movies as well!

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:D
 
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Cool white for a thrower,and warm tint for a smaller EDC light. Honestly I am not that fussy,most of my lights are cool white tint.
 
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Neutral to warm for me. 4000K and below.
 
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Cree XPG Tint Beamshots 71C

I think 71C (or 7C1?) is 3000K. It's the warmest I'd like, but I really love it. Not so much the really big Solarforce L2P (vs, say, my new ZL MkIII HI), but yes, it reminds me of the incandescent lamp color I like so much. I also make my own candles. Great CRI, and really warm tints. Lumen level is a bit sub-par for reading, especially after I passed 40, but great ambience. I am so sad I'll never get another 4Sevens warm tint, but consoled myself with a 4500k L10 nichia, and am waiting for a Jaxman E3 4000k.

I'm happy enough with 4500k ZLs, they look "white", but I enjoy orange.
 

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