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Anyone know the colour temp of the Cree emitter? I'm a Nichia man by nature, but I'm wondering if the cooler colours are a better match for this icy blue beauty...
I have one of the Nichias from a past drop and love it. I will never go Cree ever again if given the choice.
I'm not knowledgeable about this stuff . what are the reasons behind your preferance in LED ? TIA .
The Nichia Looks way more natural. I think the Cree makes everything look like hell and super washed out. If you want bright the Cree is great but I will give up some brightness for natural color.
Any differance in battery life between the two ?
No idea, I honestly haven't changed the battery since I got it and it works fine. So I guess it lasts a long time.
On some weekend odyssey when someone else is driving and you're in the passenger seat on an unlit highway, study the cars going the opposite direction. You'll notice that some of their headlights are bright and bluish while others are slightly gold.
That's the basic difference between Cree and Nichia for me (though cars employ a brighter gilded light). Sometimes I prefer the slight intimacy of the gold tint; sometimes I prefer the chilly blue brilliance of the Cree.
In a car situation I would agree somewhat on the value of a light like the Cree.
Colour accuracy. Nichia emitters commonly render colours more accurately than the Cree emitters. Skin tones are one example. Skin that has a healthy pink hue by the light of a Nichia may look hypoxic with the blue-tinged tint of the Cree.
Wire insulation colours are another example. Darker colours especially can be impossible to distinguish one from another in heavily-coloured or dim light.
For the majority of people though, it probably comes down to aesthetic versus function. Nichia-lovers prefer the 'warm' golden or neutral whites of the beam, where the Cree-lovers prefer the brilliance of the extra lumens.
There are times when I feel that a "warm" LED merely cosmeticizes its own coldness; that it really is nothing like a warm electric light. But in light fixtures at home, I do find that gold-tinged LEDs create more comfortable lighting than bluish white, and I use both (blue in the kitchen and bathroom, gold in the entrance and living room). Anemic LEDs can make you feel you're in an interrogation cell.
Thematically, either LED echoes one of the Massdrop Ti's two colors. Blue = the body; gold = the clip and brass ring.
brighter headlights for the most part make driving less safe, as todays headlamps dazzle oncoming drivers far more than ever before
That is also related to idiots not turning off the brights when cars are coming towards them.