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12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
A low-cost flashlight upgradeJan 21, 2004
Have an old two-D-cell flashlight that's got to top 30 years old. When the lamp recently went, I decided to replace the PR6 bulb with a Maglight lamp. What a difference! The yellowish beam is now a brilliant white that illuminates even in a well-lighted room. You don't need to have a Maglight unit (though I've got several) to take advantage of this lamp. Note: Where other Maglight bulbs ship two to a blister pack, the two-cell LMSA201 ships one bulb per blister pack.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
The ONLY bulb to use in a 6 cell MagLiteNov 29, 2009
By Bob God
I bought my 6-D cell magLite in 1984 and stocked up on the Xenon bulbs at the time.
Somewhere around 1994 the last one burned out.
I couldn't find them anywhere and my requests to Mag Instrument Co. for more only yielded lists of local dealers that did not stock them.
The Xenon bulbs for the 2-D cell magLite are easy to find and are brighter than the common Krypton bulb is in the 6 cell light, so my 6-D remained in a drawer for fifteen years until I found these replacements on Amazon.
These are the ONLY bulbs to use in the 6D cell magLite and they're really hard to find, so STOCK UP!
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
No focusing lens: Design Is DegradedAug 25, 2010
I paid a premium price for 2 of these Maglite 6-D Cell MagnumStar bulbs and I'm severely disappointed. Looks as though Maglite has succumbed to the temptation to build cheaper to reap higher profits while performance severely suffers.
I've come to expect MagnumStar bulbs from Maglite to have a snub nosed front end shape comprised of a specially ground glass lens providing a sharp focus of the light beam. That's the characteristic that prompts me search for these special bulbs.
The two MagliteMagnum Star LMSA601 bulbs I've received today have just a plain glass teardrop shaped bulb so these bulbs offer no focusing improvements over regular bulbs. These bulbs are, of course, for my 6-D cell Maglite flashlight. I lug that heavy flashlight around because I want to be able to pierce the darkness to see at great distances. Sharpening the beam focus is extremely important for that task. A tighter beam illuminates a specific subject or region with more light at great distances. In the past a MagnumStar bulb's extra focusing ability helped provide a tighter beam. MagnumStar bulbs no longer provide that extra focus since they are now just plain glass.
Magnum Star bulbs are also supposed to be Xenon instead of Krpyton. These bulbs are marked "6 Cell XE" which I presume means "Xenon" but you surely couldn't tell that from the performance. Usually, I can swap out Krypton with Xenon and tell the difference. These MagnumStar's received today don't seem to provide any brighter light nor are they any whiter than plain Maglite Krypton bulbs.
I won't waste time searching for Maglite MagnumStar (Xenon) bulbs any more until I see someone post that Maglite has reverted to the former design. There's just no longer any performance enhancement offered by a MagnumStar bulb as far as I can tell.
I just want to warn you that the MagnumStar bulbs you've come to depend upon no longer exist. The price is the same. The package is the same. But, the product in the package has been swapped to something of inferior design.
I know that I am going to search for some other brand of bulb. Somewhere, I hope to find something with a focused glass lens and a high performance filament/gas design. That's not Maglite MagnumStar any more, though. Sad but true.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Mixed resultsOct 17, 2012
I actually bought a couple of these bulbs today to try in some old Maglites I have. I bought one for a 2C/D light, and a 6C/D light. The first light I tried upgrading was a 2C Maglite. Results with this light were actually quite underwhelming. The bulb seemed to be whiter than the original krypton bulb, but not noticeably brighter. Interestingly, trying this same bulb in a 2D Maglite seemed to produce better results than the 2C light. Maybe D cells are better able to provide the increased current that this bulb requires? I'll have to try the 2C light with NiMH batteries (which supply MUCH higher current than alkalines) to verify this. But overall, I don't consider this bulb to be a significant upgrade for a 2C/D Maglight. Overall, the xenon bulb seemed to be a MUCH better upgrade for a 6D light. The six cell light was both whiter and brighter with the xenon bulb by quite a significant margin. Of course, I still haven't tried the 3, 4, or 5 cell xenon bulbs. But I'm guessing that the degree to which the bulb will increase light output will probably increase with the number of cells.
In any case, because this is a very inexpensive upgrade for ANY Maglite, it's certainly worth doing. Even though the results seemed to be underwhelming for the two cell lights, they are worthwhile considering the low cost of the bulbs themselves.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Bright LightJul 09, 2007
By One Lone Man
I used to use Halogen bulbs in my Mag-Lite flashlights until Mag-Lite came out with their new Krypton bulbs. But these Xenon bulbs are even brighter than the improved Krypton bulbs. I recommend them for anyone who has a Mag-Lite or similar style of flashlight. Good job, Mag-lite.
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