Planning another light build
So I have been on my last light build for a couple of seasons and I am very happy, but I cannot leave well enough alone. What I am running is a 2xXML T6 in square tubing, warm tint, with modded Laura optics. Driven by an Lflex and a homemade 18650 2s2p batt pack...4400mah or so I suppose. I have it set to the 2.5A drive mode on high IIRC.
It has a very, very rideable beam...no artifacts, very even with decent throw and great spread. The warm tint is da bomb for my eyes, even though it gives up some perceived 'brightness' in the process.
But a recent test of a Lezyne Mega Drive showed me that I am a bit short on downrange punch. I am running a 200L helmet light as well but I would prefer most of my light to come from the bars and the helmet light is just to fill in the gaps. corners, drops, etc.
Some of that disparity is from the white tint of the Mega Drive and is also reminded me why I love the warmer tints, but it got me thinking of another build, partially just for fun and partially just for the tweak factor.
What if I wanted to run a triple light using two XPG with a suitable optic for distance and one XML that just is all about beam spread? Or, two XPGs for spread and one XML for distance? Thinking that if I ran the XPGs in parallel (XML in series) and drove it all at 2-2.5A I would keep the XPG drive current within reason and still be able to keep the batt pack in the 7.4V range. Not sure about drivers...I think the LFlex might be out of the question here.
Am I gaining anything except hobby bench time and a great deal of self satisfaction? I suppose I could just run two different optics in the light I have now, but taking it apart would be almost as difficult as building a new light.
If I could add a center spot effect to my existing light I would be in hog heaven. Some config like that Mickey Mouse ears magic shine makes me wonder if that is the deal.