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  • Only expensive white LEDs are bright?

    posted by machiya on 09/26/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    It's cheap, it works, it goes through its proper progression of states, and AAA batteries fit reasonably well (after you crush the spring contacts sufficiently).

    Cons:

    You know how LEDs were once only available in red? There's a reason for that - other colors apparently don't come naturally to them. Previous reviewers have reported this light as intensely blue; I found it to be dimly white. It is substantially dimmer, with freshly charged batteries, than its brother red-LED light is with batteries that were used all week.

    OtherThoughts:

    I'm using this as a bike helmet light - sort of a head-taillight - and red would probably have been more appropriate. I was seduced by the novelty of a blue tail light, but I was foolish.

    Bottomline:

    Bottom line - unless you NEED a light in a color other than red, stick with the red. Even behind a dark lens, the red is brighter.

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