Is there a cure for this flashlight addiction thing?

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Is there a cure for this flashlight addiction thing?

I mean, my wife thinks I’m totally nuts (“why do you need more than one flashlight, aren’t they all the same?”), my cat has given up on me (up until 3 or 4 AM every morning lurking this forum, studying about every related topic I can), and the staff at work wonder if that’s a flashlight in my pocket or am I just happy to see them.

While this is a relatively inexpensive hobby to start, I can see how the quest for the perfect light (strongest, brightest, best CRI, best features, etc) could annoy one’s accountant after a while, and the initial thought of spending more than $5 for a flashlight, not to speak of $95, transforms from “ridiculous” to “makes sense to me”.

Oh that fated night I accidentally surfed to DealExtreme, looking for a replacement for my lost Streamlight 4AA Luxeon! Like a bite from the flashlight vampire I was hooked, panting, insatiable! No one but you who are reading this can possibly understand the agony and delight!

So does anyone know how to cure this thing, or maybe recommend a therapist (or better yet, a drug)? I have plenty of “better” things to do, and after all I don’t even go camping, need a flashlight for my job, or have any other good excuse.

Thanks for any help from all of you wise ones, I await your wisdom.

Robert

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The best cure is to buy another flashlight. That will always solve it for a few hours. Silly 

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darklion99 wrote:
Thanks for any help from all of you wise ones, I await your wisdom.

The Zebralight SC600w is pretty nice.

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Welcome to BLF!

There is no cure to be found (in this place anyway).

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Did he say something about AAs and $95? I suggest the TK41.

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Welcome darklion99,there is no cure for this,I hear ya about the friends and family thinking you are wierd but soon enough,it doesn't bother you anymore.Flashlight geek or flashlight dork comments will not even matter after awhile.There are many enablers here so you will have no problem draining your paypal,most of all have fun!

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you could always turn to alcohol, but you would just be substituting one addiction for another

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Death usually stops the addiction. :bigsmile:

Other than that, it will last as long as your attantion span, then something else will consume you. Just tell your wife it’s a “guy thing” and changing/stopping it would turn you into a girl. Wink

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Old-Lumens wrote:
Death usually stops the addiction. :bigsmile:

Other than that, it will last as long as your attantion span, then something else will consume you. Just tell your wife it’s a “guy thing” and changing/stopping it would turn you into a girl. Wink

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I never imagined someone could bring Don Henley into a flashlight discussion, thats a real accomplishment Silly

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"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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Maybe it has some relation to the stereotype that ‘women love shiny things’.

Do all men love luminous things?

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No and welcome to BLF.

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I would suggest that your wife and cat are pretty normal. There are one or two people here that can relate to everything you have said. If you find that cure please dont tell me as I would go looney without out my dailey dose of reality Sealed.

 

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darklion99 wrote:
I mean, my wife thinks I’m totally nuts (“why do you need more than one flashlight, aren’t they all the same?”)

Walk to wife’s closet and take pictures of shoes, handbags, dresses, etc.

After that, what you do with the answer is up to you! Smile

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darklion99 wrote:
I mean, my wife thinks I’m totally nuts (“why do you need more than one flashlight, aren’t they all the same?”)

Walk to wife’s closet and take pictures of shoes, handbags, dresses, etc.

After that, what you do with the answer is up to you! Smile


i surmise he will wake up with a smashed camera, flashlight, tv or all three

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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Asking that question here is like asking the bartender if there is a cure for alcoholism

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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scaru wrote:

The best cure is to buy another flashlight. That will always solve it for a few hours. Silly 


Whats this Kreisler gag that keeps coming up in various threads?

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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trooplewis wrote:
Asking that question here is like asking the bartender if there is a cure for alcoholism

Last time i ‘liked’ something was years ago, but we have a winner (if this could be liked)

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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Wow, what wonderful responses, all of you! I am humbled and you have made me feel quite warm and welcome (maybe i need to beef up my heat sink?). So the real cure, I’m gathering, is to hang out with those who share the experience. That appeases the guilt and provides shelter from the unen-Light-ened ones (blind leading the blind?). And can 4,000 BLFers really be wrong?

Thanks for letting me in the door, everyone, and let there be light!

(Now I just have to take care of my computer, iPad-iPod-Android tablet, laptop, bicycle, telescope, musician, and audio-video addictions and I’l be in good shape!)

Robert

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Bort wrote:
scaru wrote:

The best cure is to buy another flashlight. That will always solve it for a few hours. Silly 

Whats this Kreisler gag that keeps coming up in various threads?

Kreisler constantly deletes his posts and denies doing so. Hence the fact that I call him a troll. Silly 

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scaru wrote:

Bort wrote:
scaru wrote:

The best cure is to buy another flashlight. That will always solve it for a few hours. Silly 

Whats this Kreisler gag that keeps coming up in various threads?

Kreisler constantly deletes his posts and denies doing so. Hence the fact that I call him a troll. Silly 


I have never heard of anything so strange (i’m sure i have, but can’t think of an example at the moment)

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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scaru wrote:

Bort wrote:
scaru wrote:

The best cure is to buy another flashlight. That will always solve it for a few hours. Silly 

Whats this Kreisler gag that keeps coming up in various threads?

Kreisler constantly deletes his posts and denies doing so. Hence the fact that I call him a troll. Silly 


I’m so tired it took me this long to realize why the troll doll is in the pic Shocked

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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Welcome to the cool kids' club, darklion99!

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darklion99 wrote:
So does anyone know how to cure this thing,

I hope not LOL

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Simple …..Get another hobby stop cold turkey.

Rifles…..Of all kinds..That i will never quite…Cars also never.

Gotta have a watch. How would i find it in the dark?

 


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i’ve stopped buying flashlight.. i am back to my old interest… which is WACTHES…….

Wrist watches are more expensive than flashlights, however they are more valuable. CMIIW

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Its a beautiful hobby…Expect a nice whack to the bank account every 3 or 4months..

 


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I reckon after you’ve bought your 40th flashlight or so the impulse to but the next greatest one is diminished somewhat Smile .
Of course this figure will vary from one person to another. I know it’s true for me Wink

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But who wants one?

This is one hobby that is useful above many others.

Compare it to miniature train collections, stamps, Micro machines, spoons, cards- the list goes on.

We are usually surfing the cutting edge of new technology for our hobby, using a useful medium (light at night) and stretching the boundaries of performance and function.

There are few hobbies where you can participate at the leading edge and still afford it.

Don’t fight, give in, and enjoy.

All we addicts can’t be wrong!

That said, helps to know of a good Divorce Lawyer in town…..

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I sure dont want 1. I have 18 on my hit list. But im no buyer until the gold market goes south.

To each he’s …Never knock a man’s hobby as long as its in good fun.

And Watches can be one heck of an investment if you approach it with the correct mindset and a little luck..

warmurf wrote:
But who wants one?

This is one hobby that is useful above many others.

Compare it to miniature train collections, stamps, Micro machines, spoons, cards- the list goes on.

We are usually surfing the cutting edge of new technology for our hobby, using a useful medium (light at night) and stretching the boundaries of performance and function.

There are few hobbies where you can participate at the leading edge and still afford it.

Don’t fight, give in, and enjoy.

All we addicts can’t be wrong!

That said, helps to know of a good Divorce Lawyer in town…..

 


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I have wayyy more than I need to use, and there are a LARGE proportion that do not even get used anymore. With all that in mind, especially after working out how much I’ve spent so far !!!, I can say that the result is one of a change of perspective. I don’t end up with the feeling of needing to stop buying torches, or anything along the lines of that, but the feeling of – How can I make BETTER purchases in the future.

I end up looking at what torches I do have, which ones I really like, and then looking for new torches that fit these refined criteria. I won’t be buying every new thing that looks somewhat cool, its more a case of quality over quantity. I must warn you however, that although frequency does go down significantly, Total expenditure keeps going up!

For example, for the purpose of hands free lighting, headlamps, The zebra light/ spark headlamps are the top tier models, and at $90-120 each, way out of budget! So I used normal torches on a headstrap (so that it could still be used as a normal torch (double use from 1 torch!), starting with with existing AA torches, from the $3 Police light, up to the more recent sunwayman C10A (awesome for headlight use with the soft button), but then I looked to dedicated headlights because they are lighter and more floody (better for headlamps). The ultra fire headlamp was a budget headlamp, but it just wasn’t perfect with PWM and a difficult to use ramping mode system. By now, total expenditure was WAY beyond a zebra light anyway, but I never actually bought one.

Last week (6-12ths later) I got my H600w Zebralight headlamp and this thing is significantly nicer on all criteria! But what happens in the end? Ive bought the out-of budget light in the end, but Ive also bought all the other torches along the way in an effort to save money for this “hobby”.

What is the take home message? – Expect to be buying everything and spending more than you expect to. And I don’t think of my self as an impulse buyer, It still takes me months of reading/comparing/searching before I actually commit to buy.

So how do you cure it? – As suggested above, death works pretty well… alternatively, just buy the perfect torch… Wink Party

"like everyone else - I’m looking for my next “last” flashlight" -  ohnonothimagain

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