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    Quote Originally Posted by Connor View Post
    I can't take you for a walk in the woods with me to simply show you the difference between a 70 CRI and 95 CRI light, but if you have already done this yourself and you don't see any difference something is wrong with your eyes.
    It is clearly visible.
    +1. I love the high CRI H600Fc IV for hikes. It makes all the subtle brown tones in a forest, pop. I used to use cool-white before better tints became available, but it's really awful when I compare side-by-side. Cool white is fine indoors or around a colorless concrete landscape, but in a forest it's really bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connor View Post
    I can't take you for a walk in the woods with me to simply show you the difference between a 70 CRI and 95 CRI light, but if you have already done this yourself and you don't see any difference something is wrong with your eyes.
    It is clearly visible.
    You misunderstood my point. Of course there are differences if you put them side my side. But, if you use 70 cri light by itself, it wouldn't cause you any trouble telling things apart in the field. Like I said, before this era of high-cri lights, people never complained about not being able to tell things apart. They just complain about the tint.

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    I would argue that a high CRI light would help about anyone to "tell things apart" more easily/quickly. Especially in the woods a low CRI light turns everything into blue-green-grey slurry because of the missing red spectrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktsl View Post
    Like I said, before this era of high-cri lights, people never complained about not being able to tell things apart.
    First, we didn't complain for the last 100 years because incandescent lights, with a typical color temperature of 2700, have a CRI of 100%, so everything looked great.

    Then, when LED lights first appeared, we didn't complain because we were simply happy to have an LED light that put out 100 lumens with 2 levels.

    But once LED light technology began to mature, and many lights were able to put out more light than needed by their users, with much greater efficiency, we began to focus not only on the quantity of light, but also on the quality of that light. It's simply the natural progression that we see with any new technology.

    To put it simply, we didn't complain about the low CRI of those early LED lights, because we were so enamored of the new technology that we were willing to put up with a beam that maybe didn't render as well as the old incandescent lights, but in return promised so much more, such as a light source that didn't burn out after 50-100 hours.

    Of course, we all have different priorities, and some folks simply don't see any real benefit to high CRI lights, and that's fine, it's not really a matter of right or wrong, it's just a personal preference.

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    Yes, what DD said. A 20 second search finds evidence that in 2005, people were certainly complaining about LED color http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...scent-over-LED. Its obvious from the snark in that thread that it was an old debate in 2005, back when Star Wars episode III was the third worst thing to have happened to Star Wars, Foo Fighters was relevant, and Bush Jr was adamant that global warming is fiction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keitho View Post
    Yes, what DD said. A 20 second search finds evidence that in 2005, people were certainly complaining about LED color http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...scent-over-LED. Its obvious from the snark in that thread that it was an old debate in 2005, back when Star Wars episode III was the third worst thing to have happened to Star Wars, Foo Fighters was relevant, and Bush Jr was adamant that global warming is fiction...
    This is exactly what I said, people complained about the tint (i.e. color).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Dean View Post
    But once LED light technology began to mature, and many lights were able to put out more light than needed by their users, with much greater efficiency, we began to focus not only on the quantity of light, but also on the quality of that light. It's simply the natural progression that we see with any new technology.

    To put it simply, we didn't complain about the low CRI of those early LED lights, because we were so enamored of the new technology that we were willing to put up with a beam that maybe didn't render as well as the old incandescent lights, but in return promised so much more, such as a light source that didn't burn out after 50-100 hours.

    Of course, we all have different priorities, and some folks simply don't see any real benefit to high CRI lights, and that's fine, it's not really a matter of right or wrong, it's just a personal preference.
    Well, people certainly complained about the color a lot. But no so much on not being able to tell things apart. If people were too happy to have LED to complain about the latter, why would they complain about the former? In my opinion it's because the latter not so much a problem.

    I myself hated early <70cri lights, mostly for the color. Nowadays, ~80 cri 4500k or 5000k works very well (e.g. sc600 Mk III HI). I am doubtful if >90 cri is really that necessary. I have several 219b, they look great. At the same time, sc5c can have a green tint with >90 cri . Anyone complain that sc600 III Hi have problems telling things apart?

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    There's no doubt, that for people with normal vision, high CRI is a huge benefit to seeing things, especially in a forest. If you don't believe me, just try it for yourself. I'm sure there are exceptions: people with color-blindness, etc.

    Maybe we don't absolutely need high CRI. Sure, the 75 or 80 CRI of a standard neutral-white LED still looks pretty good (such as the SC600w or SC64w), especially compared to ugly 65 CRI cool white. And, yeah, if we had nothing better, cool white would still do the job. But that's a bit like saying we could live by just eating plain potatoes for the rest of our lives. We might be able to do it, but why would anyone want to when there's so many better options?

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    The value of high-CRI also depends on the use.

    I walk outside with my high-CRI light and want to see something 500 feet away, I see nothing. It's not bright enough and doesn't throw far enough.

    Do the same with a similar light with XPL HI and I can clearly see what I'm looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireclaw18 View Post
    The value of high-CRI also depends on the use.

    I walk outside with my high-CRI light and want to see something 500 feet away, I see nothing. It's not bright enough and doesn't throw far enough.

    Do the same with a similar light with XPL HI and I can clearly see what I'm looking at.
    That has nothing to do with CRI. I can see further with my SC600w IV HI than I can with my SC600w IV Plus, even though the Plus is brighter and has the same tint and CRI. The reason is obvious.

    We're talking about similar beam profiles and similar lux on the target when we're comparing high CRI and low CRI.

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    I have clearly seen the difference between a low and high CRI light. Low CRI in the woods washes out the colors so brown and green look almost the same. Also blue and purple look very similar. And in my experience it's not required to have high CRI like nichia 219 to make a big difference. Mostoften warm tint at all is superior to cool tint.

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    Does anybody have the LED specs for the XHP35 ZL used in the SC63W? Zeroair's review has it listed as a 4500k with unknown CRI but mine looks a bit warmer to my eyes. Hard to get a good read on CRI by eyeball but I'm thinking 80-85, can anybody confirm?

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    High CRI is important to me in some cases, in particular when I am at work and dealing with color coded wires. On some wires colors, due to manufacturing or due degrading of insulation ,would be hard to distinguish even with high CRI illumination, and close to impossible without hcri. For that purpose my zebra headlamp is hcri, with hcri HDS back up, and cool white malkoff e2xtd when I need to see things way out there, cri is not important for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck91 View Post
    Does anybody have the LED specs for the XHP35 ZL used in the SC63W? Zeroair's review has it listed as a 4500k with unknown CRI but mine looks a bit warmer to my eyes. Hard to get a good read on CRI by eyeball but I'm thinking 80-85, can anybody confirm?
    Zebralight rates it at 80+ CRI, so I think you’re spot on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkIntoTheLight View Post
    There's no doubt, that for people with normal vision, high CRI is a huge benefit to seeing things, especially in a forest. If you don't believe me, just try it for yourself. I'm sure there are exceptions: people with color-blindness, etc.

    Maybe we don't absolutely need high CRI. Sure, the 75 or 80 CRI of a standard neutral-white LED still looks pretty good (such as the SC600w or SC64w), especially compared to ugly 65 CRI cool white. And, yeah, if we had nothing better, cool white would still do the job. But that's a bit like saying we could live by just eating plain potatoes for the rest of our lives. We might be able to do it, but why would anyone want to when there's so many better options?
    It's hard to believe anyone can walk in a natural setting at night and not notice the difference between high CRI and low CRI lights. CRI 80 is more acceptable than CRI 70, but both make everything look dull and lifeless and blend together compared to R9050 or especially R9080 with the improved red rendering. Every light I carry is high CRI, but my car has low CRI LED headlights, and it's quite frustrating how dead everything looks and how much harder it is to distinguish some road markings compared to tungsten-halogen or daylight. And there's no upgrade path because they come as sealed units that cost a fortune.

    I understand many people just want to have a lot of lumens or a lot of throw and don't really care what it looks like, but I feel like most who claim CRI doesn't matter haven't really compared lights in a meaningful way. It's not the dark ages of LED flashlights where anything is acceptable as long as it has reasonable output. There are many high CRI offerings, and many more if you're willing to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedpat View Post
    I have clearly seen the difference between a low and high CRI light. Low CRI in the woods washes out the colors so brown and green look almost the same. Also blue and purple look very similar. And in my experience it's not required to have high CRI like nichia 219 to make a big difference. Mostoften warm tint at all is superior to cool tint.
    It's interesting to notice most people seems to be walking in the green woods? Most of my camping trips are into dry woods, I try to avoid camping in wet conditions. Now everything is brown anyways, and <4000k just make it worse for me. Maybe this is why our reference points are different. I'd pick 5000k 80cri over 4000k 90cri any day, but again this is just my personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktsl View Post
    I myself hated early <70cri lights, mostly for the color. Nowadays, ~80 cri 4500k or 5000k works very well (e.g. sc600 Mk III HI). I am doubtful if >90 cri is really that necessary. I have several 219b, they look great. At the same time, sc5c can have a green tint with >90 cri . Anyone complain that sc600 III Hi have problems telling things apart?

    You're right, of course it's not necessary. For years, I've carried an sc32w daily and thought it had a great tint. To me, it was perfect. I couldn't care less about high cri. My most recent zebralight purchase was an h600fc. I bought it because I thought a 4000k high cri headlamp would help me distinguish colors and contrasts while out fishing at night. It definitely does, but no it's not necessary. However, I liked it so much that I find myself carrying it as my daily light. To me, high cri seems like one of those things that you miss when you no longer have it.

    I may be in the minority here because I know people praise high cri while out in the woods or the field or specifically in my case, night fishing (which is why I bought one in the first place).....but that is where I feel I can get by with any light to be honest. Where I found I missed having high cri was in the light that I carried and used for daily tasks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robot Mania FU View Post
    You're right, of course it's not necessary. For years, I've carried an sc32w daily and thought it had a great tint. To me, it was perfect. I couldn't care less about high cri. My most recent zebralight purchase was an h600fc. I bought it because I thought a 4000k high cri headlamp would help me distinguish colors and contrasts while out fishing at night. It definitely does, but no it's not necessary. However, I liked it so much that I find myself carrying it as my daily light. To me, high cri seems like one of those things that you miss when you no longer have it.
    Yeah, the H600Fc has really nice tint. I was very happy with the SC64w HI and SC600w HI tints, until I tried the H600Fc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_McBob View Post
    It's hard to believe anyone can walk in a natural setting at night and not notice the difference between high CRI and low CRI lights. CRI 80 is more acceptable than CRI 70, but both make everything look dull and lifeless and blend together compared to R9050 or especially R9080 with the improved red rendering. Every light I carry is high CRI, but my car has low CRI LED headlights, and it's quite frustrating how dead everything looks and how much harder it is to distinguish some road markings compared to tungsten-halogen or daylight. And there's no upgrade path because they come as sealed units that cost a fortune.

    I understand many people just want to have a lot of lumens or a lot of throw and don't really care what it looks like, but I feel like most who claim CRI doesn't matter haven't really compared lights in a meaningful way. It's not the dark ages of LED flashlights where anything is acceptable as long as it has reasonable output. There are many high CRI offerings, and many more if you're willing to learn.
    I agree 100%. 80cri is better than 70, but the main missing element in 70 and 80 CRI LEDs is the non existent R9 Red value. That's why 9050 and 9080 make a significant difference in color rendering, because you get an R9 value closer to 50 or higher. If you had an LED that rendered to 100cri, but had an R9 value of zero, it would still be crap. I too find that distinguishing anything is easier with 90cri light vs a marginally brighter 70cri equivalent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robot Mania FU View Post
    You're right, of course it's not necessary. For years, I've carried an sc32w daily and thought it had a great tint. To me, it was perfect. I couldn't care less about high cri. My most recent zebralight purchase was an h600fc. I bought it because I thought a 4000k high cri headlamp would help me distinguish colors and contrasts while out fishing at night. It definitely does, but no it's not necessary. However, I liked it so much that I find myself carrying it as my daily light. To me, high cri seems like one of those things that you miss when you no longer have it.

    I may be in the minority here because I know people praise high cri while out in the woods or the field or specifically in my case, night fishing (which is why I bought one in the first place).....but that is where I feel I can get by with any light to be honest. Where I found I missed having high cri was in the light that I carried and used for daily tasks.
    I have sc32w as well. Such a great tool. Mine has a tint that's a bit too yellow, other than that it's perfect.

    Enthusiasts will create scenarios that are so convincing to themselves. But try explaining high-cri to your non-flashlight hiking buddy. Even better, imagine explaining that to Alex Honnold, or Bill Gates, or Justin Beiber. Imagine the look on their faces.

    I was one of those who felt my eyes just opened when I came across the high-cri leds. After several camping and hiking trips, honestly, it doesn't matter...

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    So I've been out of the flashlight game for about a year and a half. Currently, I've got an HDS, Malkoff, BOSS, tain, and a few others including an older AA Zebralight which I love.

    I'm looking to get an 18650 Zebralight, but it looks like there are so many options. I wouldn't mind the headlamp design.

    Which is the best High-Cri variant?

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    In my experience, the sc64c LE With Samsung LED has the best tint and High CRI. I previously owned the h600fc mk iv with high CRI xhp50.2 and sold it because I found the tint too green for my liking. The 80 CRI xhp35 versions should have a good tint, but color rendering especially in reds will be weak compared to 90cri options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NPL View Post
    In my experience, the sc64c LE With Samsung LED has the best tint and High CRI. I previously owned the h600fc mk iv with high CRI xhp50.2 and sold it because I found the tint too green for my liking. The 80 CRI xhp35 versions should have a good tint, but color rendering especially in reds will be weak compared to 90cri options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojansteel View Post
    So I've been out of the flashlight game for about a year and a half. Currently, I've got an HDS, Malkoff, BOSS, tain, and a few others including an older AA Zebralight which I love.

    I'm looking to get an 18650 Zebralight, but it looks like there are so many options. I wouldn't mind the headlamp design.

    Which is the best High-Cri variant?

    Thanks

    The sc64c LE definitely has the best tint/cri out of the bunch with the LH351d from samsung. I carry an h600fc because I'm finding that I actually prefer the headlamp design even for an edc light, but there is no denying the LH351d if tint/cri is your main concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robot Mania FU View Post
    The sc64c LE definitely has the best tint/cri out of the bunch with the LH351d from samsung. I carry an h600fc because I'm finding that I actually prefer the headlamp design even for an edc light, but there is no denying the LH351d if tint/cri is your main concern.
    How does this Hi-Cri variant of the H600Fc compare to the Samsung? http://www.zebralight.com/H600Fc-Mk-...amp_p_218.html

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    I like the Samsung high CRI, at least in my copy. Similar to Nichia 219c, if not better. The xhp50.2 high CRI led in the h600fc was significantly more green, there's no comparison.

    If Zebralight made a high CRI headlamp with Samsung lh351d LED, I would get one.

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    H503c AA LH351D 4000K Neutral White High CRI Flood Headlamp

    QUOTE=NPL;5380412]I like the Samsung high CRI, at least in my copy. Similar to Nichia 219c, if not better. The xhp50.2 high CRI led in the h600fc was significantly more green, there's no comparison.

    If Zebralight made a high CRI headlamp with Samsung lh351d LED, I would get one.

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    Yes, forgot about that, but I don't find mules very useful. It would need to be in an optic or reflector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojansteel View Post
    How does this Hi-Cri variant of the H600Fc compare to the Samsung? http://www.zebralight.com/H600Fc-Mk-...amp_p_218.html

    That's the exact light I carry daily and I love it. I used to only use it as a head lamp, but I started to find myself missing it when I went back to my other lights. The frosted lens negates the tint shift that some have complained about with the xhp50.2, but I still wouldn't put it as high up as the sc64c LE. If you want the best CRI zebralight has to offer, that's your winner.

    Now with that being said, the h600fc 4000k is no slouch. The tint on mine is very clean (mostly due to the frosted lens. The xhp50.2 definitely has some tint shift without it). If I had to compare, I would say it leans a tad more yellow than a 4000k nichia 219. I would still take the LH351D over both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post
    H503c AA LH351D 4000K Neutral White High CRI Flood Headlamp

    QUOTE=NPL;5380412]I like the Samsung high CRI, at least in my copy. Similar to Nichia 219c, if not better. The xhp50.2 high CRI led in the h600fc was significantly more green, there's no comparison.

    If Zebralight made a high CRI headlamp with Samsung lh351d LED, I would get one.

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    Personally i love mules for many purposes. I've been using mules since i got my H602w a few years ago. A even consistant flood is great for all closeup tasks, but sometimes you need some throw. My current H604c and H600Fc are almost as good as my SC64c tintwise, at least for me. I got the H600Fc used and if i had my choice, i would prefer a H600c. I use all three consistently and personally find the Headlamps the best light to take when you go take a pee

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