Author: Stephanie Cox

Light Pollution Effects on Wildlife and Ecosystems

For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals. Humans have radically disrupted this cycle by lighting up the night.

Plants and animals depend on Earth’s daily cycle of light and dark rhythm to govern life-sustaining behaviors such as reproduction, nourishment, sleep, and protection from predators.

Scientific evidence suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects, and plants.Light Pollution Harms Life on Earth but the Solutions are Simple - SCARCE

Artificial Lights Disrupt the World’s Ecosystems

Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and are active at night. Light pollution radically alters their nighttime environment by turning night into day.

According to research scientist Christopher Kyba, for nocturnal animals, “the introduction of artificial light probably represents the most drastic change human beings have made to their environment.”

“Predators use light to hunt, and prey species use darkness as cover,” Kyba explains “Near cities, cloudy skies are now hundreds, or even thousands of times brighter than they were 200 years ago. We are only beginning to learn what a drastic effect this has had on nocturnal ecology.”

Glare from artificial lights can also impact wetland habitats that are home to amphibians such as frogs and toads, whose nighttime croaking is part of the breeding ritual. Artificial lights disrupt this nocturnal activity, interfering with reproduction and reducing populations.

Artificial Lights Can Lead Baby Sea turtles to their Demise

Sea turtles live in the ocean but hatch at night on the beach. Hatchlings find the sea by detecting the bright horizon over the ocean. Artificial lights draw them away from the ocean. In Florida alone, millions of hatchlings die this way every year.

Artificial Lights have Devastating Effects on Many Bird Species

Migrating Birds

Photo by Michael Menefee

Birds that migrate or hunt at night navigate by moonlight and starlight. Artificial light can cause them to wander off course and toward the dangerous nighttime landscapes of cities. Every year millions of birds die colliding with needlessly illuminated buildings and towers. Migratory birds depend on cues from properly timed seasonal schedules. Artificial lights can cause them to migrate too early or too late and miss ideal climate conditions for nesting, foraging, and other behaviors.

Ecosystems: Everything is Connected

Many insects are drawn to light, but artificial lights can create a fatal attraction. Declining insect populations negatively impact all species that rely on insects for food or pollination. Some predators exploit this attraction to their advantage, affecting food webs in unanticipated ways.

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The Advantages of LED Lights for the Environment

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Taking care of the environment is a responsibility that everyone should feel accountable for. Most of us are already aware of environmentally friendly processes such as recycling to minimize the amount of waste we produce and reduce our carbon footprint. However, a lot of people are unaware of new and upcoming technologies that we can use to help reduce carbon emissions. A good example of this is LED lighting, which provides many environmental advantages.

 

Energy Efficient

LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. This is compared to fluorescent lights which convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light! LED lights also draw much less power than traditional lighting; a typical 84-watt fluorescent can be replaced by a 36 watt LED to give the same level of light. Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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No Toxic Elements

LED lights contain no toxic elements. Most offices currently use fluorescent strip lights which contain noxious chemicals such as mercury. This will contaminate the environment when disposed of in landfill waste. Disposal has to be arranged through a registered waste carrier so switching to LED avoids the cost and time implications required for compliant disposal – and helps to protect the environment from further toxic waste.

 

Fewer Lights Needed

LEDs have a better quality of light distribution and focus light in one direction as opposed to other types of lighting which waste energy by emitting light in all directions, often illuminating areas where light isn’t required (such as the ceiling). This means that fewer LED lights are needed to achieve the same level of brightness given off by fluorescents and incandescent lights. Fewer lights will reduce energy consumption and will therefore be a benefit to the environment.

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Lifespan

A longer life span means lower carbon emissions. LED Lights last up to six times longer than other types of lights, reducing the requirement for frequent replacements. This results in using fewer lights and hence fewer resources are needed for manufacturing processes, packaging materials, and transportation.

 

About the Author:  Alex Connell, Public Relations Officer at LED LightSense. Alex builds a good reputation for the organization and manages its relationship with the public. He is also a writer promoting the environmental and performance benefits of LED lights.

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Are Tactical Flashlights Effective?

When it comes to lighting options that double as personal protection and self-defense, tactical flashlights are a great option.  If you’re a camper, rider, night jogger, or hiker, you know the importance of having a good flashlight. Now imagine if that light could also give you the peace of mind that if you absolutely had to, you could defend yourself against an attack.

A tactical flashlight is an effective tool for self-defense. It can produce light powerful enough to deter an attacker, optically disorient them, or be used as a blunt force self-defense weapon. They are commonly used as an everyday carry or mounted to a gun to light up a target. 

Originally designed as a permanent fixture on a gun, they are still extremely effective as a weapon-mounted light.

 


 

What Is a Tactical Flashlight?

A tactical flashlight is more than just the ordinary flashlight you keep in your kitchen and reach for during a blackout. Tactical flashlights are specifically designed and intended to be used by people of service like the military, police, search and rescue, and any other type of security or law enforcement agencies.

One of the major differences between a tactical flashlight and a regular flashlight is the high-durability, damage-resistant metal housing. They are more compact and made of sturdy, military-grade materials to ensure maximum durability. Tactical flashlights are not just meant for shining a light in the dark; they are also ultra-bright and have longer battery life.

Even if you’re not in the military or police, and don’t own a handgun or pocket knife, a tactical flashlight can be your first line of defense. They are perfectly legal and can be carried into places like theaters, offices, airplanes, and other places where guns are not allowed. Let’s get more into how you can use tactical flashlights, armed or unarmed.

 


 

What are Tactical Flashlights Used For?

As stated previously, the use of a tactical flashlight is way beyond just simple illumination. Tactical flashlights have a range of uses in all different kinds of situations.

When tactical flashlights were first designed, they were meant to be attached to rifles, pistols, and shotguns for easy identification of targets during low-lit shooting applications.

A tactical flashlight allows the shooter to aim the weapon and illuminate the pathway to target without using a separate flashlight.

With a tactical flashlight, marksmen, soldiers, and law enforcement officers were able to concentrate a powerful light beam to disorient almost blinding their enemies.

A tactical flashlight goes beyond military use and serves several other functions. Here are some of them:

Self-defense

Tactical flashlights are sometimes overlooked when it comes to self-defense, but they can be very effective depending on how they are used. Darkness aids in the advantage of attackers/enemies and increases their chances of successfully carrying out their acts.

With a flashlight, you can easily identify whoever is lurking in the shadows and eliminate that advantage. In most cases, simply shining a powerful light on the attacker will surprise them and cause them to flee, which is the main objective in self-defense.

However, if the sudden beam of light causes an attacker to lunge towards you, you can shine the powerful beam directly in their eyes, temporarily blinding and disorienting them. With your attacker struggling you have time to flee or defend yourself further.

Illumination

Tactical flashlights are compact, so they can easily fit in your pocket, handbag, or backpack.

If you find yourself walking alone at night and sense you could be in danger, you can easily reach for your flashlight and illuminate the path you’re walking on. When a potential assailant sees such a bright light, their advantage has been compromised, and they will think twice before attacking you.

Besides helping to protect you from a potential attacker, a bright tactical flashlight will give you the advantage of seeing your environment clearer, perhaps preventing you from hitting your foot against a rock or falling into an unforeseen hole.

For Emergencies

Usually, when the power goes out, the first thing we all reach for is a flashlight. Most times, it’s somewhere tucked away in the back of a kitchen cupboard, in a closet, or under the sink. If your car breaks down at night, or you’re involved in or witness a nighttime car accident, the first thing you would want to reach for is your flashlight.

While a regular flashlight is good in such situations, a tactical flashlight is even better. The powerful beam will help you navigate your way out of dangerous situations, signal for help, or enable you to escape safer.

For Signaling for Help

As mentioned earlier, a tactical flashlight can be very useful when signaling for help. If you find yourself in an emergency situation where you think you’re lost or need to ask for help from drivers on the road, the first thing that comes to your mind is to make sounds by yelling or movement by waving your hands.

A tactical flashlight can enhance or replace those functions when they become unusable at night. It used to be that if you wanted to signal someone over distances using a flashlight you would put your hand in front of the light and remove it to simulate an on/off for Morse code. These days that function is built right into a tactical flashlight by means of strobe and SOS functionality.

 


 

What Makes a Good Tactical Flashlight?

Ideally, your tactical flashlight should be compact, durable, have a better output, and run for longer periods. If it isn’t any of those things, it’s no different from an ordinary household flashlight.

Before considering a flashlight as tactical, here’s what you should look for:

  • Small and Compact. You want something small enough and convenient to carry with you just about anywhere. Your tactical flashlight should be able to fit in the palm of your hand. Your flashlight should be no bigger than the size of your palm.
  • Light output.  For a tactical flashlight to be effective, it should produce enough light to disorient an attacker. You should aim for a flashlight with at least 120 lumens.
  • Waterproof. A tactical flashlight should be able to work in all kinds of weather. It should be waterproof so it doesn’t become damaged when used in the rain or other wet conditions.
  • Ruggedly constructed. Your tactical flashlight should be made of strong, durable materials that won’t bend, break, or crack easily. Ideally, it should be made from aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s a tough yet light metal.
  • LED Bulb Type. LED bulbs are the absolute best option to use. Incandescent bulbs aren’t very energy efficient. LED bulbs last significantly longer than incandescent and cause less battery drain. Also, LEDs are stronger and built like a tank, unlike incandescent bulbs that break easily when dropped.
  • Light Modes. A good tactical flashlight should feature a strobe mode which allows you to flash the light very quickly at intervals. If the light is very bright, it can cause an irritating glare effect and disorient anyone in its path. You can also use it to signal for help by sending out codes.
  • Battery. The type of battery your flashlight uses can affect its runtime, light output, and overall performance. There are several types of batteries that are used with tactical flashlights, but Lithium-Ion is known to last longer than other batteries.

 


Tactical Flashlights – Weapons hiding in plain sight

Why not have a tactical flashlight when you know you are going to be in the dark anyway.

Have the upper hand when you are in low light. It might initially seem unnecessary because every time you have your flashlight on you probably won’t go into stealth mode with your ninja skills ready to activate in a heartbeat. No one is usually ready to be attacked, but heaven knows it happens.

It happens when someone least expects it, especially when you are in less optimal conditions like the dark when you are more vulnerable. Why not help yourself have the upper hand in a situation where someone is already catching you off guard in the dark.

Protect yourself:

Event: Camping
Situation: Went to pee in the woods at night and stumble upon a wild animal
Uses:

  • Shine bright light at animals, stunning predator, being able to leave the situation
  • Animal tries biting and clawing you, you use the blunt of the light to defend yourself, you get away
  • You are hurt and can’t walk, but can light signal for help and someone can help get you medical attention

Event: Normal Bedtime Routine
Situation: You are starting to drift off to sleep and hear a window shatter and an intruder breaks in.
Uses:

  • You had your tactical flashlight in your bedside table, whip it out, turn it on, shine it their way, and deter a burglar. They flee with nothing missing.
  • You keep your light off, hide, and wait for your moment to physically defend yourself if necessary.
  • You go to your gun safe dial in your code and bust out your shot-gun with a tactical flashlight mounted and announce to them, “Get Out!”. Then, in the darkness you break the silence by cocking the shotgun, creating that even more ‘serious’ noise that should help deter a very large percentage of would-be robbers. If you still need to engage, you have the upper hand with an extremely bright light that can be set to certain ‘modes’ depending on the light you want. In this scenario where you have the upper hand as far as knowing your surroundings, you could set the tactical flashlight to strobe mode which could help you disorient the intruders enough for you to make your next move, whether it is lethal or not.

There are thousands of different situations that a tactical light can become a lifesaver, having one puts you in a much better scenario and hopefully, all you will have to use it for is lighting your way, but you never know.

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Flashlights: Tips to Pick a Top Torch

Flashlights run the gamut of price and quality. Here, we break down how to choose a good flashlight, including the best flashlight LEDs, batteries, designs, and more.

If you’ve purchased only cheap flashlights, you may not realize there’s a world of technology packed into these small, seemingly simple devices.

Flashlights have a devoted following. Some top models, like those manufactured by Okuma, cost hundreds of dollars and are meant to last a lifetime.

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How many flashlights do you need? What features set one flashlight apart from another? We spoke to Jeff Sapp — the founder, chief machinist, and business manager of the small but renowned brand Okluma — to break it down for you here.

Rechargeable Batteries

For the vast majority of users, a good-quality rechargeable battery is a must. Improvements in lithium-ion batteries are the reason modern flashlights can be so bright. Battery capacity and discharge rates are continuing to improve every day. And they last a long time, typically between 300 and 500 charges. After that, they can be recycled.

“No one should be throwing batteries away,” Sapp said. Look for a good-quality lithium-ion battery designed to power your specific flashlight. And watch out for fakes.

“There are tons of battery counterfeiters on eBay or Amazon,” Sapp said. “If there’s a good deal, it’s likely counterfeit. Buy it from the source or authorized dealers.”

Sapp noted that counterfeits — which are not much less expensive than the real deal — can actually be dangerous, as the poorly made knockoffs can even burn you or start fires.

Lumens: How Much Do You Really Need?

The lumen wars are real. Hop on Amazon and you’ll find many lights pumping out unrealistic numbers like 25,000 lumens or more. And while most of the lights on Amazon actually don’t make anywhere near the lumens they’re claiming, you almost certainly don’t need that many lumens for adequate brightness.

“There’s a point at which you are making lumens that aren’t useful and are just creating heat. And if you can’t hold it because it’s too hot, that’s not very useful,” Sapp said. “Because of the way your eyes work, 2,000 lumens is not twice as bright as 1,000 lumens.”

As a rule of thumb, Sapp said to look for a flashlight that can shine 800 to 1,200 lumens at its highest output. Obvious exceptions to this would be for people like search-and-rescue pros who need to light up objects far away. But for most users, it’s the lower power settings that matter the most. Lower modes are used more frequently than high, so it’s important to get those right.

Low-Light Modes

Okluma flashlights have a setting the brand calls Moonlight Mode. This creates just a few lumens and is great for use inside a tent or when looking at close objects. Low power modes also don’t ruin your night vision, so they are great when you want just a little light to clarify the scene.

For most, 100 to 200 lumens is fine for the vast majority of flashlight work. That’s plenty to light up a campsite or a trail while walking. And at this rate, most flashlights will have many hours of run time.

Higher settings are best reserved for fast activities like cycling on trails or spotting far-off objects.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Where high-end flashlights really shine is light color and quality.

Cheap lights often have a very blue hue, with a color temperature of 7,000 or 8,000 Kelvin. This bluish light is easy to make bright with cheap LEDs, which saves money in manufacturing.

But your eye won’t love them. High-Kelvin LEDs will barely allow you to distinguish one color from another. A lower color temp — between 3,000 and 5,000 Kelvin — will produce a more useful and appealing light. This also helps in the next category, CRI.

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The Color Rendering Index describes how closely the colors you see when using a flashlight compare to how they appear in natural sunlight. A good CRI of 80-90 is very close to sunlight. Lower numbers may not show color well.

Using high-quality LEDs that help your eye render color will result in a much better user experience. This is where Okluma thinks it’s got it right. The brand spent a lot of time trying to balance lumens and light quality.

LEDs

All modern, quality flashlights (and even most cheap ones) use light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Incandescent flashlights are now entirely obsolete.

Quality LEDs make all the difference in light quality, efficiency, and color. Most reputable brands use either CREE or Nichia LEDs in their products. (Okluma uses only Nichia LEDs.)

“That’s all we use unless the customer requests something else,” Sapp said. “They are super-efficient, and the color is fantastic.”

Like batteries, watch out for counterfeits. Buy from reputable dealers.

Water Resistance and Durability

“It’s important,” Sapp said. “It needs to work in wet conditions. You should be able to drop it and shouldn’t be a big deal.”

For most users who don’t need a dive light (as in, you aren’t a diver), look for an IPX4 rating. This means it’s splash-resistant from all angles, even after an impact test has been applied.

Interface

How many modes does the light have? How do you step through them? Is the interface predictable? Simple is likely better.

Does it have an electronic or mechanical switch? Okuma prefers mechanical because electronic switches slowly drain the battery even when the flashlight isn’t in use.

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Finally, a small detail that some find important in usability: Can it tail stand? If you want to set alight in the ground pointed up to light a space, it should tail stand with no rounded buttons on the tail.

Low-Voltage Protection

Lithium-ion batteries can be permanently damaged or even start a fire if they’re over-discharged. The flashlight should watch the voltage and take care of the battery for you.

Warranty

Okluma ships with a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty. Sapp said one of his goals is for people to buy his lights with a mindset that they will last a lifetime. These lights are meant to be repaired, rebuilt, and maintained to last for generations.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLASHLIGHT

How to Choose a Flashlight

Flashlights are often an underrated tool when it comes to camping and hiking and just general outdoor use. People think that anything that emits light will be good enough, that they’ll barely need it. In truth, a good flashlight is an investment. One that will save you money because you don’t have to continually buy cheap flashlights every couple months. A good flashlight will also show you its true value when you are in need.
While there are many different features to a flashlight, most good flashlights will have some similar characteristics. The three main features for a flashlight are Dimensions, Battery, and Light. Each of these characteristics are very important when it comes to selecting a flashlight.

 

CAMPING FLASHLIGHT DIMENSIONS

The dimensions of your flashlight is very important. Along with size, shape, materials, and weight, I also consider the application of its features in the dimensions. Like, where is the switch to turn it on and off? Does it have a clip? How easily can you change the focus of the light? One of the most important things when it comes to its features is how easily accessible they are. A goodCamping flashlightflashlight should have a sturdy switch or button for turning on and off and an easy way to change the focus of the beam, usually was twisting the plate around the lens. Something you can quickly use while wearing gloves, or have cold hands.
It should be made out of a sturdy but light material. A good flashlight will have some weight to it when you hold it, usually cheap flashlights feel like it’s not there at all (because it’s made out of weak plastics that are painted). These good materials should make sure your flashlight is water and impact resistant (if they don’t, pass on the product).

 

CAMPING FLASHLIGHT BATTERY

The right battery will make sure your flashlight has a good amount of time in which it can work, especially at its highest power. Some lesser flashlights have very strong light but not the battery output to back it up, making that feature useless. LED lighting is probably the best as it produces high energy for long periods of time which gives a chance for your batteries to hold up.
There are many different kinds of batteries your flashlight could have. AA, AAA, rechargeable, or not. Make sure the flashlight you’re interested in is something you can resupply when you want. Some flashlights use the CR123A, which is a good battery as long as you’re sure you can find them, as without the internet they can be hard to purchase.

 

PROPER LIGHT FOR CAMPING

The light is one of the most important parts of a flashlight. Before, even just a few years ago, you’d want to make sure your flashlight filled the role that you wanted it to fill, and you would need a different flashlight for different roles. But now flashlights are more flexible and accommodating. A good flash should haveFlashlight Parts - choose a flashlightaround 4 different settings for the beam. This will make sure that your flashlight can be used for whatever task you have before you.
As already mentioned, LED lights are very good and mercury free. An 
LED flashlight ensures that you are getting powerful and effective lights without wasting a lot of battery. Each setting on the beam of your flashlight should be filling a role. Some lesser flashlights will simply change the spread of the beam by restricting light instead of refocusing it. This is bad. A good flashlight will have a very strong beam once focused all the way. This is great for doing very close up and detailed work. And when it is placed on the most wide setting, the light encompasses a very large area.
A flashlight is an important and effective tool to have. Buying a high quality flashlight will ensure that you needn’t buy another because it is made of good materials and fulfills its job well. This will save you money in the long run. And a well made flashlight will be a reliable tool for years to come.

NEED MORE THAN A FLASHLIGHT?

There are some instances when a flashlight just isn’t enough. Whether you need the convenience of a camping lantern or 360 degree coverage, there are times when a lantern can be advantageous over a flashlight. If you’re wanting a camping lantern in addition to your flashlight, check out our top-rated camping lantern.

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You and the Law: When buying a LED flashlight don’t be fooled by lumens

How Bright are LED Flashlights? And What the Heck is a Lumen? | WIRED

“Our church recently formed a disaster preparedness and safety panel. We assemble emergency kits for home, office and automobile.

“I was asked to look into emergency lighting — specifically flashlights — which next to a supply of drinkable water and a radio, is a must have.

“I came across a package of Three 200 Lumen LED Tactical Flashlights at one of the big box stores for under $20. As 200 lumens is very bright, I bought several for our members. Frankly, I was impressed by the word ‘Tactical,’ thinking that it meant very high quality. That proved to be an embarrassing mistake.

“They were real junk, cheaply made, drained the batteries in about a half an hour and a couple battery holders fell apart while we were trying to install the batteries. The light pattern was horrible — it had large dark, splotchy areas. To make matters worse, in order to get a refund, I had to talk with the store manager, because they thought we had abused the flashlights!

“Many of us read your column and know that you occasionally review products and make sound recommendations. You thoughts would really be appreciated. Thanks. Don from Porterville.”

“Consumers need to be aware that the term ‘tactical’ is often overused and frequently  misleading,” Kevin Corcoran, marketing communications manager of Portland, Ore.-based Coast Products, tells You and the Law.

“True, tactical use flashlights are designed for law enforcement and the military, can be attached to a weapon and often sell for well over $100. They are meant to be relied upon in potential life or death situations.

“Some will have selectable colors — to reduce night blindness — and others adjustable to become incredibly bright, intended to disorient a suspect. They will have extremely high quality optics.

“Tactical sounds impressive, suggesting high quality, but few consumer flashlights which use the term are near that level of quality-certainly not three for $20  — as your reader quickly discovered. Tactical is now applied to any flashlight with a switch in the rear and has nothing to do with the quality of the light,” Corcoran stressed.

Jason Hui, owner of Prometheus Lights, a very small, boutique flashlight maker in Mountain View, agrees with Corcoran, maintaining, that “A tactical flashlight for everyday use can be limited in its effectiveness for seeing in general, by potentially reducing your ability to see your general environment and not merely a specific object. A highly concentrated beam, characteristic of true tactical flashlights, is appropriate for brightly illuminating a single object at distance.

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“Just compare a flashlight to a camera,” Hui suggests. “Most photos are taken in wide angle, not with tight zoom, but lots of zoom is a strong selling point. For homeowners thinking of disaster preparedness or camping, the ability of brightly illuminating a very broad area — think wide angle — is often many times more useful,” Hui strongly maintains.

 “When you are using the flashlight you want objects to be evenly illuminated, and easily identified, and not getting light spots and dark spots, a characteristic of lesser quality optics,” he notes.

Corcoran and Hui agree that consumers need to be aware of today’s “lumen war” where  LED brightness is touted as the most critical selling point. It isn’t, they caution.

“At short range, too much brightness in a highly concentrated beam, can reflect back, and actually reduce your ability to see well in the dark,” Hui points out.

“For most uses,” Corcoran adds, “having a general purpose, emergency flashlight, ready in a drawer at home or in your car, 50 to 80 lumens is adequate. With a focusing flashlight — going from spot to floodlight — then more lumens will provide a much better beam, with what we call spill which allows you to see well around the periphery of the centrally illuminated area.”

There are more flashlight manufacturer today — both foreign and U.S. based — than ever before, making selection a bit complicated, because of newer LED’s and quantum leaps in light transmission optics.

Coast packages their flashlights in a way that permits testing, right in the store — a definite advantage. We like their PX-45, which goes for around $45. It is very bright, has a twist focus, and runs for seven hours on three AAA batteries.

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Finally, as with so many other products and services, time spent online in research will pay off.  Contact us for more information.

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4 Things To Look For When Buying A New Flashlight Flashlights – Things To Consider Before You Bu

4 Things to think about:

1. Battery Type:

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The two main categories you can put flashlight batteries into are: rechargeable and non-rechargeable. There are many types of flashlights that take one kind or the other. A non-rechargeable battery is perfect for those of you who are just on the go and will pick up a spare pack of batteries whenever it is needed. However, disposal batteries are cheaper and can be found almost anywhere.

On the other hand for those of you who are always on the go or tend to use your flashlights more often – flashlights with rechargeable batteries might be for you. Do you need your light for work or frequently go venturing into the outdoors? Then a flashlight that uses rechargeable batteries could help save you money over time.

2. Lumens and Light Output:

A Lumen is the unit we use to measure light output. The more Lumens a flashlight puts out the brighter your flashlight’s beam will be. For example a flashlight that has an output of 1000 Lumens is going to be brighter and have a further beam distance than a flashlight with say 180 Lumens. As a buyer you need to pick the Lumen output that is most suitable for your needs.

Flashlights with higher Lumen Outputs are:Nitecore Battery

  • Nite Ize INOVA T4R Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight
  • Underwater Kinetics C8 Xenon
  • SureFire R1 Lawman Rechargeable Variable-Output LED Flashlight

 

Flashlights with lower Lumen Outputs are:

  • Nite Ize XPB-01-R7 INOVA XP Professional Grade LED Pen Light
  • Nite Ize XSC-01-R7 INOVA XS Professional Grade LED Flashlight
  • Ultimate Survival Technologies 15-Day Aluminum LED Flashlight

 

3. Durability:

Durability doesn’t matter to everyone but it is one factor that shouldn’t be overlooked when buying a new flashlight. In this day and age there are so many quality certifications and durability tests that it seems some flashlights are almost indestructible. There’s flashlights that are waterproof, impact resistant, they can be thrown off a cliff and still work – well maybe.

As a police officer, construction worker, firefighter, or some other hands on profession, you will want to look into a flashlight that can keep up and last through tough conditions. You want a flashlight that can be dropped from higher distances and can resist water penetration to a greater extent.

Some brands you can look at are:Nitecore Battery

  • Nitecore R25 Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight with Charging Dock
  • JETBeam SF-R28 USB Rechargeable Flashlight
  • Sunwayman P25C Pocket-Sized Thrower Flashlight
  • Nitecore Explorer EC4S Searchlight

 

Moreover, if you only need an everyday carry then maybe those things are not as important. You can get something with a normal impact resistant that is perfect for finding monsters in your child’s closet – or if you want to take a stroll into the woods.

Flashlights to have on you at anytime:

  • SOG Dark Energy DE-05 Tactical Flashlight
  • Olight S1A Baton (Limited Edition) Copper Flashlight
  • Pelican MityLite 1900 Flashlight

 

4. Budget:

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This is the one factor that many Flashaholics don’t want to think about – the dreaded budget. When you are looking for an everyday carry there are many frugal options available. What most people don’t realize that you can get an extremely durable and long-lasting flashlight on a decent budget.

Frugal Everyday Flashlights:

  • Olight S2A Baton EDC Flashlight
  • Sunwayman C13R USB Rechargeable Side Switch Flashlight
  • Nitecore Precise P10 Flashlight

 

HOWEVER, if you are interested in high-performance flashlights and you do have a little bit more money to toy around with, there are some really great flashlights available to you! Sometimes “more is more” and if you can afford to get a flashlight with a few more features than we are happy to help!

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Flashlights: Tips to Pick a Top Torch

Flashlights run the gamut of price and quality. Here, we break down how to choose a good flashlight, including the best flashlight LEDs, batteries, designs, and more.

If you’ve purchased only cheap flashlights, you may not realize there’s a world of technology packed into these small, seemingly simple devices.

Flashlights have a devoted following. Some top models, like those manufactured by Okuma, cost hundreds of dollars and are meant to last a lifetime.

Okluma just released a big batch of flashlights today. These handmade flashlights sell out fast, so grab one quickly if they’re on your radar for the holidays. Get one here from $299.

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How much flashlight do you need? What features set one flashlight apart from another? We spoke to Jeff Sapp — the founder, chief machinist, and business manager of the small but renowned brand Okluma — to break it down for you here.

Rechargeable Batteries

For the vast majority of users, a good-quality rechargeable battery is a must. Improvements in lithium-ion batteries are the reason modern flashlights can be so bright. Battery capacity and discharge rates are continuing to improve every day. And they last a long time, typically between 300 and 500 charges. After that, they can be recycled.

“No one should be throwing batteries away,” Sapp said. Look for a good-quality lithium-ion battery designed to power your specific flashlight. And watch out for fakes.

“There are tons of battery counterfeiters on eBay or Amazon,” Sapp said. “If there’s a good deal, it’s likely counterfeit. Buy it from the source or authorized dealers.”

Sapp noted that counterfeits — which are not much less expensive than the real deal — can actually be dangerous, as the poorly made knockoffs can even burn you or start fires.

Lumens: How Much Do You Really Need?

The lumen wars are real. Hop on Amazon and you’ll find many lights pumping out unrealistic numbers like 25,000 lumens or more. And while most of the lights on Amazon actually don’t make anywhere near the lumens they’re claiming, you almost certainly don’t need that many lumens for adequate brightness.

“There’s a point at which you are making lumens that aren’t useful and are just creating heat. And if you can’t hold it because it’s too hot, that’s not very useful,” Sapp said. “Because of the way your eyes work, 2,000 lumens is not twice as bright as 1,000 lumens.”

As a rule of thumb, Sapp said to look for a flashlight that can shine 800 to 1,200 lumens at its highest output. Obvious exceptions to this would be for people like search-and-rescue pros who need to light up objects far away. But for most users, it’s the lower power settings that matter the most. Lower modes are used more frequently than high, so it’s important to get those right.

Low-Light Modes

Okluma flashlights have a setting the brand calls Moonlight Mode. This creates just a few lumens and is great for use inside a tent or when looking at close objects. Low power modes also don’t ruin your night vision, so they are great when you want just a little light to clarify the scene.

For most, 100 to 200 lumens is fine for the vast majority of flashlight work. That’s plenty to light up a campsite or a trail while walking. And at this rate, most flashlights will have many hours of run time.

Higher settings are best reserved for fast activities like cycling on trails or spotting far-off objects.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Where high-end flashlights really shine is light color and quality.

Cheap lights often have a very blue hue, with a color temperature of 7,000 or 8,000 Kelvin. This bluish light is easy to make bright with cheap LEDs, which saves money in manufacturing.

But your eye won’t love them. High-Kelvin LEDs will barely allow you to distinguish one color from another. A lower color temp — between 3,000 and 5,000 Kelvin — will produce a more useful and appealing light. This also helps in the next category, CRI.

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The Color Rendering Index describes how closely the colors you see when using a flashlight compare to how they appear in natural sunlight. A good CRI of 80-90 is very close to sunlight. Lower numbers may not show color well.

Using high-quality LEDs that help your eye render color will result in a much better user experience. This is where Okluma thinks it’s got it right. The brand spent a lot of time trying to balance lumens and light quality.

LEDs

All modern, quality flashlights (and even most cheap ones) use light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Incandescent flashlights are now entirely obsolete.

Quality LEDs make all the difference in light quality, efficiency, and color. Most reputable brands use either CREE or Nichia LEDs in their products. (Okluma uses only Nichia LEDs.)

“That’s all we use unless the customer requests something else,” Sapp said. “They are super efficient, and the color is fantastic.”

Like batteries, watch out for counterfeits. Buy from reputable dealers.

Water Resistance and Durability

“It’s important,” Sapp said. “It needs to work in wet conditions. You should be able to drop it and shouldn’t be a big deal.”

For most users who don’t need a dive light (as in, you aren’t a diver), look for an IPX4 rating. This means it’s splash-resistant from all angles, even after an impact test has been applied.

Interface

How many modes does the light have? How do you step through them? Is the interface predictable? Simple is likely better.

Does it have an electronic or mechanical switch? Okluma prefers mechanical because electronic switches slowly drain the battery even when the flashlight isn’t in use.

Finally, a small detail that some find important in usability: Can it tail stand? If you want to set a light in the ground pointed up to light a space, it should tail stand with no rounded buttons on the tail.

Low-Voltage Protection

Lithium-ion batteries can be permanently damaged or even start a fire if they’re over discharged. The flashlight should watch the voltage and take care of the battery for you.

Warranty

Okluma ships with a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty. Sapp said one of his goals is for people to buy his lights with a mindset that they will last a lifetime. These lights are meant to be repaired, rebuilt, and maintained to last for generations.

Contact us for more information.

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How to choose a LED flashlight? By Linky Johnson 2018-12-03
LED flashlight is a new type of flashlight with LED (light emitting diode) as its light source. Because of its high brightness, low power consumption, long life and small size, LED is an ideal choice for portable lighting. Although the popularity of mobile phones is getting higher and higher nowadays, if you want to illuminate them, you can just turn on them directly, but the lighting function of mobile phones consumes electricity quickly, and it is not convenient to use them in some special environments. Therefore, the flashlight is still one of the necessary outdoor activities. However, how to choose a flashlight? I will introduce you to the selection tips of LED flashlights and the advantages of LED flashlights.

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Tips for buying LED flashlights:

Following are some tips for buying a good LED flashlight:

1. Pay attention to the bulb

● Pay attention to the number of bulbs.

 

The number should be moderate. The number of household LED flashlights had better not exceed 12. The batteries used are better in 2 to 3 sections. It would be a little wasteful if it was bigger. Used for other special needs can be determined according to needs. Of course, the number of high-power LED flashlights cannot generally reach 12.

● Pay attention to the brightness

 

Good LED flashlight has high brightness and slow attenuation speed.

● Pay attention to the bulbs.

 

When the LED flashlight is extinguished, it is difficult for the naked eye to distinguish the good from the bad. The consistency of the bulb can be seen when the LED flashlight is lit.

● Pay attention to the iris aperture.

 

Good LED flashlight aperture is a uniform circle. The light spot of poor LED flashlight is divided into yellow and blue uneven distribution. The bead concentrating surface should be concentrated as far as possible. Unlike ordinary torches, this kind of torches can adjust the focal length, so we should pay attention not to astigmatism when selecting and purchasing them.

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2. Pay attention to the internal structure

●  Pay attention the welding.

 

The welding is good. Each bipolar body is connected to the circuit board by welding. If the virtual welding contact is not good, it may cause the beads not bright or affect the overall use. Each bipolar body is connected to the circuit board by welding. If the virtual welding contact is not good, it may cause the beads not bright or affect the overall use.

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● Pay attention to the battery.

 

There are two kinds of led flashlight: ordinary battery and lithium battery. Although lithium is a rechargeable battery, its life is low, about 2 years, and led is about 10 years, which can be selected according to the actual situation.

3. Pay attention to the external structure

● Pay attention to the waterproof.

 

Good LED flashlight has waterproof function, good seismic performance, that is, fall resistances. Because it belongs to electronic products, there is a circuit board in front of the LED flashlight. Once the water enters, it is easy to short circuit and cause damage.

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● Pay attention to the appearance.

 

You can choose an aluminum alloy case LED flashlight.

 

● Pay attention to the shape.

 

You can choose the appropriate size and shape of LED flashlight according to the specific use occasion and purpose.

 

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What are the advantages of the LED flashlight?

1. The service life of LED flashlight is over 5-100,000 hours, which is 5-10 times longer than that of traditional tungsten filament lamp.

2. LED flashlight has low heat, no damage to lamp holder and high safety.

3. LED flashlight has fast response speed, impact resistance, good weather resistance, small size and lightweight.

4. LED flashlight saves electricity, and has low power consumption and green environmental protection material.

5. The reaction speed of LED flashlight is only 1us (microsecond), and the safety can be improved without warming up the lamp.

6. Low-voltage drive of LED flashlight (voltage 1.8-4.0V) is safe.

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The 3 Benefits of Being Equipped with the Right Torch for Camping

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When campers start packing their bags, most of them make sure to pack the big stuff first and then pass to the smaller essentials. Nevertheless, many tend to forget the importance of one accessory that has a great role in making their camping trip safer and more convenient – a quality torch. But how do you find a good torch for camping that will suit your needs and budget? With a bit of research on the matter, and of course, with our help.

First of all, start by figuring out what the best brands in that industry are and take a look at their models. Although some of them may offer torches that are a bit more expensive, with a quality torch in your hands you’ll have a peace of mind knowing that you have a reliable source of light that won’t let you down in the darkness. That’s just one benefit of a good torch for camping, now let’s take a look at the rest of them.

Powerful source of light

There is no doubt that LED lights far outweigh the advantages of regular lights. Not just that they have a longer lifespan but they are more efficient as well and that’s just one of the things that make them the perfect choice for camping and other outdoor activities. Camping in the middle of nowhere can be very fun and exciting but also a bit scary once the sun sets. Having the right flashlight will make your experience much more pleasant and safer.

Long lasting

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A regular flashlight can go out of power in a very short time, which can be a huge deal breaker when you are out there in the forest on your own. With LED camping flashlights, however, you can have a peace of mind as they can last 60 to 80% more than regular flashlights. The bulbs in LED torches last longer and all you need to do before leaving your home is to ensure that the battery is fully charged (if you use a rechargeable flashlight) or to pack an extra set of batteries.

 

An emergency tool

No matter how comfy and equipped your campsite may be, there can still be some problems, like the electricity going out. This is where your high-quality camping torch will come to the rescue. You can use it to instantly illuminate your space or as a tool to signal other people that you are there and in need of help. Some models of torches come with some very special features like SOS for exactly those kinds of situations.

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