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Complete Flood Lights

Anyone know of any complete flood lights? Meaning no reflectors. Was thinking about maybe getting one…

Not really any guidelines, any options would be great

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I can't think of any that come that way stock. You could get a 2100 which has almost no hotspot. 

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Not many factory “mules” out there. The only mule light I know of is the McClicky Sun Drop but that is a custom.

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JohnnyMac wrote:
The only mule light I know of is the McClicky Sun Drop but that is a custom.

And expensive! You could do what I did and take a solarforce low voltage p60 and install it in a mini-maglite. I have it running off of 2 Nimhs and it works great. 

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Any light where the pill is mounted in the body can easily go mule just by removing the head. I have lots of them that will do that.

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I think I remember see pics of the sundrop of youtube or video. Does it not have a hotspot? That’s really what I was going after in my previous flashlight recommendation today, but I realized I needed a hotspotted smaller light though.

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I know, I can do that to a few lights, especially the sipik. But, when you remove that mass, I worry that the led will get too hot when you use it for more than like 5 minutes.

I’m looking for something that comes stock total flood but still has mass to wick away heat.

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JohnnyMac wrote:
Any light where the pill is mounted in the body can easily go mule just by removing the head. I have lots of them that will do that.

That's actually a good point. Here a Marsfire STL-V2 is in "mule" mode. 

V/S with a reflector. 

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sintro wrote:
I know, I can do that to a few lights, especially the sipik. But, when you remove that mass, I worry that the led will get too hot when you use it for more than like 5 minutes.

If it's a aspheric then it will have no effect since the optic isn't touching the LED. 

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Would it harm a crelant to take off the head?

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sintro wrote:
Would it harm a crelant to take off the head?

Probably not but I can't say for sure. Right now I am running my Marsfire STL-V2 without a reflector on high to test whether it will harm it. Will post back with results later on. 

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Cool, thanks for doing that. And the crelant reflector is metal, but the led has plastic around it all the way to the edge of the body. And the metal head itself only touches metal at the threads it screws into, so it probably wouldn’t affect it that much. Never mind, I just realized the hottests part on the light gets to be the fins on the head, so it’d be a bad idea to do that.

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The new zebralight 502b is pure flood no reflector.

http://www.zebralight.com/H502-AA-Flood-Headlamp-Cool-White_p_91.html

Just got mine 2 weeks ago and absolutely love this little thing!

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5 minutes: everything is doing fine and the LED star is just barely warm. The heatsink is definitely doing well. 

10 minutes: both the heatsink and the star are warming up. I can hold my finger there for about 5 seconds before it gets painful. Heat transfer is definitely good. 

20 minutes: No change

30 minutes: Slightly hotter but nothing to be worried about.

I am ending the test as I am convinced there is no danger of running it without a reflector. 

Voltage at the beginning: 4.15

Voltage at the end: 4.01

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I remember seeing that a little bit ago, just couldn’t remember the name. But, I couldn’t do with the price. It’s just the fact that I really don’t actually have use. I go to my friends house at night and go outside maybe an hour or two once or twice a week…

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How about a light with a TIR Optic? I have two and they are pretty much flood with no hot spot at all.

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What two lights are those? I searched on blf for tir optics but only found two relevant ones and one of them was from 2011, so I guess not very relevant.

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Seems like there just isn’t alot for tir optic lights. Why does it seem like flashlight manufacturers are obsessed with throw? All I want is either a big hotspot with almost no spill. Or basically, just a really short reflector, like 1/4 or .5 inch. But, the ideal thing would be all flood.

I actually bought a Dorcy cyberlight last year with a promotional gift card I received after preordering BF3. But it got ran over by my mom’s minivan. I had no experience with flashlights really, but after a few months, I decided to try to see what I could salvage out of the light. So I got the led star out of it, the metal was a little bent, but the q5 was totally fine. So I did some redneck/mcgyver type thing with cardboard, ductape, a 9 volt, and some wire. The led star still had a positive wire leading to a button. So this little thing worked great, until I left it out one night and when I woke up, my mom had just thrown it in a junk drawer, even though I had showed her it and she was amazed by it. Being just the led, it was all flood, but it was super usefull. It was pretty much like just bringing a lightbulb with your around. That’s how it all started really.

And now that I’ve got some high powered lights, the hotspot is just annoying to me, because it’s too bright if you just want to look at something up close quick without changing modes. One solution for this would be a magnetic control ring, I saw this light http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1629 Don’t know anyone who has it actually, but it looked great

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Any of the zooming lights have no “hotspot” since the flood/spot is the entire beam.

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