6 Reasons to Use an LED Flashlight
Since their development in 1999, LED bulbs are in more products than ever, including flashlights, and they continue to gain market share over incandescent bulbs. Still, many people do not know why LEDs have a competitive edge, especially when the bulbs are used in compact electronics like flashlights. Buyers should understand the many reasons why LEDs are a better investment than other lighting options.
- Longer Bulb Life
LED lights themselves offer greater efficiency than incandescent bulbs found in other flashlights. Where an incandescent bulb offers an average of six hours of continual use, an LED flashlight bulb offers as many as 50,000 average hours of continual use. For those who regularly use flashlights for nighttime activities, such as fishing or hunting, an LED flashlight offers a much longer bulb life with lower power consumption. For example, white LEDs produce about 100 lumens per watt compared to 9 lumens per watt for an equally sized incandescent bulb.
- Longer Battery Life
LED flashlights also use battery power more efficiently than incandescent bulb flashlights. The average continuous-use battery life for a flashlight using incandescent bulbs is in the two-hour range, while the batteries in flashlights with halogen bulbs tend to last around nine hours with continuous use. LED flashlight batteries blow the competition away, lasting an average of 90 hours with continuous use.
- Better Investment over Time
LED flashlights cost more than their incandescent counterparts and most do not come with replaceable bulbs, which means that when the LED fades, the whole flashlight needs replacing. A mini LED flashlight costs nearly as much as a full-featured tactical flashlight with an incandescent bulb. Many consumers shy away from the high price tag associated with the initial investment. In reality, LED flashlights cost less over time. A seldom-used LED household flashlight can last for decades and never require a new battery. Even though the bulb is not replaceable, chances are good that it outlasts the housing.
- Variety of Types and Purposes
LED lights are versatile, which means they can be used for many different purposes. They also come in a variety of form factors, from bulky and durable to slim and small.
|Handheld||For general use in homes, offices, job sites, watercraft||Often come with adjustable beams
Typically takes C or D batteries; small/mini size takes AA, AAA, or specialty batteries
|LED Headlamp||For hands-free operation
Useful for outdoor activities (hiking, biking, caving, hunting) and work-related applications (line work, mining, first responders, construction)
|Battery-powered, rechargeable, and power corded models available|
|Emergency/Survival||Useful in home shelters, cars, boats, watercraft, recreational vehicles||Typically require no external power source; powered by wind-up or shaking
Often part of a multi-use emergency device (radio, weather, communication)
|Tactical||For governmental or official use (police, fire, ambulance/rescue)||Some models designed for mounting on other equipment|
|Regulated LED||For users who need low- and high-beam options||User-selected levels of bulb output|
Additional types of LED flashlights include disposable lights, often used on keychains; diving lights, which work well under pressure; and non-incendive lights, for use in chemical plants and mines where there are explosion hazards. LED flashlights of each type come in various sizes and construction. For example, LED emergency flashlights or survival lights are often sturdier than everyday handheld flashlights.
LED flashlight bulbs have sturdier construction than other types of delicate flashlight bulbs. They have a plastic housing that can withstand the impact of drops, vibrations, and even wide temperature variations. An incandescent bulb is made of glass and requires fine filaments. An LED bulb is a solid state device with a chip placed securely inside the plastic housing, which makes it the ideal bulb for a portable utility tool like a flashlight.
- Various Lumen Levels
Each type of LED flashlight offers a specific light output, measured in lumens. The intensity of the light emitted from the highest brightness setting is how lumens are measured. For example, the average LED keychain flashlight emits from 1 to 20 lumens, while a high-powered outdoor LED tactical flashlight or one used for cave exploration emits 1,000 lumens or more. Buyers must consider how and where they intend use their LED flashlights before choosing the lumen levels they need. Thankfully, there are plenty of options.
How to Buy an LED Flashlight at Brown Outdoor Gear
Buying an LED flashlight on Brownoutdoorgear is easy. The search box, available on any BOG page, returns all the listings tagged with the search terms you input. To narrow those listings, search for a specific type of flashlight by adding keywords to the search or by using filters. You can filter lights by price, seller location, brand, and more. Be sure to read item descriptions carefully and ask questions to ensure you are selecting the right LED flashlight for your needs.