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Strobe Light Comparison
Looking to add strobe lights to your display? Here's a comparison of ones used in the hobby.
I did three minor tests using my news camera in the garage and outside.
The results are not bad but the xenon strobes played havoc on my iris inside. Test B is in an open area where the light can disperse evenly.
Test 1: comparison of CDI's xenon all flashing at the same time like the LED's.
Test 2: comparison of CDI's xenon vs LED. Xenon on the left, LED on the right.
Test 3: comparison of CLS vs CDI xenon's. CLS on the left and CDI on the right.
CLS Xenon strobe
Pro's: bright, flashes very fast, and nice lens design, light disperses evenly.
Con's: expensive, not weather proof, failure rate high, condensation is a problem, and socket not glued good.
CDI Xenon strobe
Pro's: very rugged, smaller, cheaper, and seems to be weather proof.
Con's: slower flash, and more direct oriented.
Overall, both are a good choice depending on your application.
A test by John Bullard was performed using a kill-a-watt to find the amperage.
10 CLS .72 amps
10 CDI .06 amps
10 CDI LED .42 amps