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October 04, 2015

Tactical LED Flashlight

What is a tactical LED flashlight

A tactical light is a flashlight used in conjunction with a firearm to aid low light target identification, allowing the marksman to simultaneously aim and illuminate the target.Tactical lights can be handheld or mounted to the weapon with the light beam parallel to the bore.

Some people want a tactical light that has multiple colors like red or blue. Red light is the best at helping preserve night vision and blue light is best at seeing blood trails. In my experience I have never needed or used either of the light filters. There are a few attributes that I find to be more important than any other feature. The first and most important is having high lumens. If you have an intruder in your house and you have a handheld tactical led flashlight high lumens will blind your assailant thus making attack against you significantly less accurate. The second attribute I find important is how is the beam focused. Various circumstances need a wide girth and others need a narrow girth focus. Having a light that can change the width of the beam is a very important feature. The final option that I find important is being able to change the brightness level. Using your tactical led flashlight at full brightness usually means the batteries will die within a few hours. 1000 lumens requires a lot of energy. Toning down the light until the bright lumens are needed will make the night excursion less chaotic as your flashlight won’t die in the middle of use. Also having the flashlight use LED lights as apposed to halogen or other types helps preserve electricity as light emitting diodes need considerably less electricity.

Two types of tactical LED flashlights

HANDHELD LIGHTS

WEAPON MOUNTED LIGHTS