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Yep, DC Fix Milky or Sand (same thing) is still the preferred choice. On a tightly-focused light, it can cut throw roughly in half and is 98% efficient.
Amazon is the best source if you're in the US. That's roughly a lifetime supply for $10, so if you're NOT in the US, you might be able to find someone willing to mail you a scrap of theirs for less money.
This stuff is the ticket you can make any beam nice even and smooth. You can get enough for like 1000 lights for under $8 on Amazon.
I use the beam you're talking about for video so I don't have blown out highlights. TIR or aspherical is either expensive like Noctigon, Olight or Emisar or junk like zoomable lights. The D-C-FIX can make any lights beam smooth.
dc fix milky
Given your use case I’d definitely recommend the c version. I have the H53c with 3 layers of dc fix and it’s great for close up and the film is very easy to remove. I use it almost exclusively inside, mostly for reading. I think the fc would probably be too floody for outdoor use. Experiment with dc fix and decide what you prefer!
I would get DC fix (also available in smaller amounts) instead of messing with the reflector or lens in case you want to revert back to stock. Some translucent scotch tape would also work but absorb a bit more light.
DC Fix on Amazon
d-c-fix Static Cling Window... [link]
I see. Then I agree with the Q8 recommendation but I know you want it floody so what I'm thinking, what if you added a DC Fix (Sand) window film to the glass? It's self adhesive and should give a nice floody beam to the Q8. You could always purchase an additional lens so you can swap out between the two in case you'd ever need the light for other purposes.
Yeah! Maybe something like this? Here’s what it looks like installed - I usually pull up my blinds to the halfway point and I get privacy and decent light
It looks like you're in Canada. If you can't or don't want to PM people on forums to try to buy DC Fix, Amazon has it in larger quantities.
d-c-fix Static Cling Window... [link]
I went with two layers and now it has a really smooth, floody beam
I'll take a crack at it, since it wasn't answered and I don't like questions getting downvoted when the person isn't being mean about it.
D-C Fix is a cheap film sold in stores that adheres to the transparent glass on the flashlight and makes it semi-opaque.
Mule is a flashlight with no reflector or optic (also called TIR). It's basically just an LED on a sheet. This makes the light not throw as far, but spreads out wide.
10624 is a type of TIR (optic). It focuses 4 LEDs, but has a pre-frosted finish to it, like the D-C Fix is doing. They make optics similar to it but are transparent to throw light further.
Inset emitters - I think this just refers to the LEDs being set back in the light with no optic installed.
And finally, the ellipse is how multi-LED lights look, their beam pattern. (Picture from this post.) Some LED / optics combinations can look a little weird.
Yep, right here. It's an adhesive window film that is frequently used to smooth and blur the beams of flashlights. It generally cuts the throw in half.
Yes, the "milky" type. I actually bought mine from a guy on BLF as he sells it in smaller quantities and different types. The #1 is what you want. Check out his beam comparisons.
Here it is on Amazon:
d-c-fix 3460211 Milky Window Film, 17" x 78" Roll [link]
Typically this is used to either diffuse a hotspot or even out tint shifting. I'm planning to use it on my headlamps for more even light.
I use this. It's for sticking on windows but it works well for me. It has a slightly adhesive back so you just cut it to shape and slap it on.
This. I can buy a lifetime supply of it for 5 euros from a local store. Even Amazon has it for, albeit for a premium.