I was geeking out on LED data sheets as I do quite often. I have a new torch also (a big hid one ) and got into a short chat about colour temps on candlepower forums). The HID is a warmer colour than the seouls.
Looking at the colour plot in the data sheet show that White LEDs lack red...they are predominatly blue/yellow/green.
So I asked the question on CPF if a RED LED would help colour recognition...and answr seemed to be yes. The chap that answerd is making a torch with the same idea.
You may be thinking that red on the front of a bike is a bad idea.....this is for offroad only....I don't want to get run over hehe.
So I have ordered some Lux 3 reds to try. First I will test the llight untouched and rig up a reflector and red separately to see if colours are easier to see. If they are....I might try the cateye triple with 2 whites and a red...I say might.
If it seems to help...I am thinking that the red needs to be switchable independent of the whites so taht it can be used on road......and I might want 3 whites still....so I might actyually go the whole hog and actually build a DIY light instead of modding like I have so far.
If the extra red doesn't make things easier.....just a bit nicer it might not be worth worrying about....but it may take the strain off your eyes with better colour, and this may be as important as loads of lumens.
What do ya think?
I'll post up what I think when I've had a play.
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