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If you put two lights of similar brightness on your handlebars, one LED and one Halogen, would one flood out the other, or would they help to compliement each other?

I see that niteflux has a light on their site that is a combo led/halogen, and I always thought one would flood out the other. So, I got to thinking, is this something that would have advantages or disadvantages?
 

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if they are `similar` brightness then the total output would be the sum of both lights
if one was 3 times brighter than the other then the light output would be the sum of both lights
................ it wouldn`t matter
 

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You need to match the colours too because its really annoying riding with one white and one yellowish light.
 

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any reccos?

Any reccomendations? Is this a good idea? Is it better to just get two of the same type of headlight?
 

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znomit said:
You need to match the colours too because its really annoying riding with one white and one yellowish light.
Mixing light colors produces a different color at the intersection, its not distracting. I was in an Oldsmobile once before white LEDs and for the map/reading light they used three different color LED aimed at the same place to make white light, it worked fine and it wasn't distracting. You didn't notice it unless you looked up at the light source or were focusing on the shadows

Displays also work this way, magnified view of LCD:

 

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Is it the NiteFLUX Halogen/Photon 19 that you are referring to? I saw a beamshot at their site and it looks like it is a spot on the LED and a flood for the halogen (makes sense). It did not look bad, but their beamshot leaves a lot to be desired. If I were making such a light I would probably use a yellow tinted LED to reduce any weird blue tint in the center.
 

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I've been riding a bit with some fairly bright halogens on the bars and a Minewt x.2 on the helmet...like others have said the color difference is a bit weird. My halogens are quite a bit brighter though...
 

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I agree that combining halogen and LED lights is hard on the eyes as they adjust to the different colours. Syadasti's comments only relate to when the beams are constantly focussed. But when you have a combination of helmet and bar lights, and the helmet light is moving around a lot, as they always do, then as your eyes sweep from the LED to the halogen they have to adjust to the very different colours. I found this very tiring on the eyes.

Tim
 
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