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What do you use your flashlights for?

Other than obvious EDC, do you use your flashlight in other situations?

I work as an optical fiber technician, so i often find myself in places people/light dont go.
For work i carry;

D4/D4S both with Nichia 219C mixed with 2× 4000K + 2× 5000K.
Skilhunt H03 219C 4000K for that right angle light.





High CRI is a god send, when trying to find a specific fiber among 4/6/8/12/16 different colors.

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Very cool job you have and the best way to demonstrate the importance of high cri!

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I work graveyard, mostly outside. On occasion I encounter weirdos, wildlife, and large buildings with no light. It’s why I purchase the high lumen lights, especially the ones that have multiple batteries and a good combo of flood&throw.

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Not sure if EDC includes cycling, but I use 4-5 of my flashlights almost daily when on a bike.

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I don’t actually EDC my flashlights, only grab them at home or when doing DIY work at home.
So the typical use cases are vacuuming, cleaning, searching for stuff, car repair jobs, and general projects in the garage or “workshop” (which is a room that contains tools, not more).

But I also use flashlights to illuminate projects that are “small”, like working with electronics, soldering and stuff like that.

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My flashlight collection is not just show, most of them are in use regularly.

- Although I work as a software developer, I also have to work with electronics and mechanics. That leads to situations where you work at places without light. Also a flashlight is handy when you drop something small and try to find it.

- I have dogs. Dogs don’t care about the illumination outside, but I tend to need some light when it is absolutely dark in the forest. Also it helps not to be shot by a hunter. One flashlight for near illumination (headlamp preferred, e.g. my H52Fw), one for the distance (e.g. C8+) and one for visibility (e.g. S2+ with custom firmware and diffuser).

- EDC: Something small like the BLF 348 or the Sofirn C01S. Use it almost every day for a few seconds to a few minutes for all kind of stuff. Dropped parts, looking inside small devices, trying to read part numbers on ICs or just the lost spinach between my teeth. During winter (in the northern hemisphere) I tend to carry an additional bigger light (e.g. SC63w) to find my way to the car or similar situations.

- Indoor illumination. I prefer to have just a slightly lit environment at the evening, so I ceiling bounce a flashlight at low level.

- Powerful flashlights can be used as a hand warmer. Not the greatest efficiency, but it works. Just make sure to stop before it burns a hole in your pocket.

- I’m not a fidget spinner or pen spinning person, so I play with flashlights.

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Nice posts everyone Beer

Regarding bike lights

I use this setup when biking in the dark.

Front: Convoy S2+ Red – XP-L U5 7A3 3000K with the “strip lens” optic. Creates a very wide beam. Stops it from blinding oncoming traffic.
Front: a mount that can take a D4S. for “high beam” situations. Mostly just SAG.
Back: UltraFire U-S2 Black – XP-E2 R2 Red 620nm. 60 degree optic. 4×7135 convoy driver. Usually runs at max 20%. That red led is redonkulous Big Smile



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I can see we figured out similar things.

This is my basic “biking set”. From left to right:
1. Convoy S2+ 3xLuxeon V2: 3000K, 4000K, 5000K, Carlco striped optics, with local 4,2A driver with unbelievable config possibilities
2. Convoy S2+ 1xLuxeon V 4000K, Carclo striped optics, the same driver
3. Convoy S2+ 1xXR-E red 620nm, Carclo round 60degree optics, the same driver (rear light)
4. Emisar D4S 4xXP-L HI 4000K
5. Armytek Wizard Warm [on head]
The driver I use in Convoys has a temp. control so in many cases I just set it to max and go. The rear light I set to just one mode: pulsing. During daytime rides I use no. 2 and 3.

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My usage:

Headlamps for night fishing (skilhunt h03, nitecore hc65, armytek wizard pro v3) etc
Headlamps for night trail run or hiking (Nitecore HC65 etc)
Camping: i use headlamps and handheld, i usually have a powerful light close to hand and a light headlamp for cooking and toilet.
Exploring buildings and day hikes: I have cheap 1000 lumen lights in backpack for caves etc (cheap thorfire, convoy s2 etc)
i have 3 lights in the car, and a few in each cupboard in the house for power cuts. also i have a few in the garage.

Also during winter i carry smaller lights EDC for morning walks so cr123 size stuff as im up and out walking at half five and in winter where i am its dark and places with no street lights and fields at times.

So nothing exciting flashlights are just tools like a knife or a car jack, and i LOVE them.

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Lo-setting ceiling bounce lighting for dark conference room during PowerPoint presentations so folks can see well enough to take notes. Really.

Dogs at night.

Finding stuff in dark places.

Working under the sink, etc.

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I carry an 18350 light in the shirt at work just to have something. Almost always a SolarForce L2P or L2T on the duty belt. I go from well light to pitch black areas in minutes at work. Old eyes like massive lumens for alleys and empty buildings.

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1stein wrote:
I can see we figured out similar things.

Haha, true Big Smile Beer

That is a sweet setup you got there.

That “local” driver sounds interesting Grad

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I42DK wrote:
That “local” driver sounds interesting Grad

The local driver

I hope you can manage to use some auto-translator. If there’s interest, I can help to acquire.

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I use them to replace what I’m missing in my life. Kids are too busy for me, i buy a light. Job ticks me off i buy a light. Wife ignores me, i buy a light. Not taking my medication, i buy a light. Taking my medication…waaaaiiiittttt!!!! I’m seeing a pattern

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I carry a quad Samsung LH351D W6 in 5000K on my belt all the time, I made it from scratch out of Titanium with a Tellurium Copper head finned for heat displacement. It uses an 18500 cell. That said, I also have the Texas Poker around my neck, designed by me and made for me by Photon Fanatic over 6 years ago. Yes, except for bathing the little 10440 light is with me always.

My 230+ collection is used as needed, all are on standby with charged cells.

But my primary use for flashlights is to keep me busy. Big Smile Modifying them is my hobby and pastime and getting the absolute most out of a light is rewarding. A few of my friends think so too. lol I’ve been here what 6 years? And have built some 1000 lights. I learned how because I was a photographer and needed easy portable light for Macro images on location, rings, invitations, like that at weddings usually. Once I learned how, I quickly became addicted and the rest is history. Wink

Edit: By the way, while I DO talk too much I got the tremendously high post count by helping with multiple group buys here, testing prototypes and building/testing prototype drivers while also answering the tons of questions on the lights from the folks in the forum wanting to join in the group buy. I have had physical issues for a couple of decades, which means I tend to have more free time than some… or no life, however you want to look at it. lol

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I edc a single sw45k in a Ti Stepless Rotary
I also have triples in Rotaries, 3500k by the bed, 4500k on the desk…
all are High CRI

aginthelaw wrote:
I use them to replace what I’m missing in my life. Kids are too busy for me, i buy a light. Job ticks me off i buy a light. Wife ignores me, i buy a light. Not taking my medication, i buy a light. Taking my medication…waaaaiiiittttt!!!! I’m seeing a pattern

I resemble those remarks..

I also use my light to find stuff I drop, to see inside my other flashlights, to walk through a dark house, illuminate a keyhole, before bed to reset my brain to warm white w low blue stimulus, to read labels, scan the back yard and driveway for homeless people that want to spend the night

and a lot of beam color photo comparisons to post on flashlight forums.. lol

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I work in an auto plant and photos are a huge no-no so I don’t have any action shots (I have only ever snuck about 6 photos out and one video of the place to show close friends / family) but I mostly use my light to locate dropped nuts, bolts & clips in the engine bay / bodies. I also use it to shine into the back glass to check if the defrost coupler has broken off the glass (it looks like a shiny spec in the glass if it has). Also to get peoples attention.

At home, since I work 2nd shift (4p-1a) I use my lights for all sorts of stuff cause I’m up at night. Mainly sneaking around to not wake up my wife lol. I also walk the dogs when I get home at 2am and do my vehicle maintenance at 3 in the morning. My main doing stuff time is 2a-5a so I’m always using a light!

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Mostly I play with mine.  They're cheaper than guns and knives and you can use them almost anywhere.  I'm currently swapping different LEDs, reflectors and optics in and out of my platoon of S2+.  A SST-20 behind a 20deg optic hits that sweet spot between flood and throw.

I ran a family (6) of trash bandits out of the yard the other night.  A pair of C8 lights made them uncomfortable I guess.

EDIT: Did you know that racoon eyes reflect blue green when illuminated by a flashlight?  Kinda surreal when there's a group of them.

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TrueRMS wrote:
I work in an auto plant and photos are a huge no-no…
I have a guess as to which plant you work in. Big Smile

Keep up the good work! Thumbs Up

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Headlamps
- Boruit EHL0628; Rovyvon E300s; Acebeam H20 – I use them while fixing some stuff at home, namely electric parts, windows, … Sometimes I use them when cleaning as well! Are not the most used lights I have, but they surely are handy when needed

Cleaning lights
- Wuben TO46R and others – used when I am cleaning the house, to check if the floor is well cleaned Big Smile

Bathroom light
- Convoy S2+ w/ XML2 T6-4C & diffuser on the lens – I figured I needed to have a flashlight there for the times I want to go to WC without needing the ceiling light of juts to inspect the tubes or walls, or whatever needed there Silly

Closet light
- Wuben TO10R – it sits in a closet in my kitchen above my sink and near the water cylinder. I use it often to check things in the kitchen and once it has magnetic tailcap and good runtime, I used to use it as a “sink light” while I was doing washing my dishes. Then I installed an LED strip and the TO10R got some rest Wink

UV Light
- Tool AA w/ Nichia UV 365nm: I use it when cleaning near the stove, to see the grease and to clean it! Also when making reviews and to distinguish some LEDs (CW from NW and WW) Wink

Keychain lights
- RovyVon A5R – almost everyday when I enter my home’s building, instead of lighting the stairs!
- Led Lensed K2 – in my “work” keychain, I normally like to play with it. Just use it for second to really light something!

Neck light
- RovyVon A8U – use it almost everyday when I don’t have another lights around. I put it on when I get dressed and take it out when I go to bed! So during that time, it gets used a few times!

Bedside light
- Sofirn SP32 (v1.0) – I have this light on my bedside with a Convoy cone diffuser and use it every night instead of the bedside lamp. Either on Moon or Low, just before going to sleep so that I don’t have to deal with a brighter light before bedtime. It have it inside a foam ring so that it tailstands well.
- Jetbeam RRT-01 (CRX version with tritium in the tail) – It is used when I got to my parents home and I need to use it during the night. Tritium vial helps locating it in the dark and the loooooow levels it has are very helpful so that I don’t wake up anybody Wink

Backpack light
- Olight M1T Raider – I have it outside the backpack that I carry when I got to work. It doesn’t get used so often but it is handy specially when I get out later. It is on the backpack strap easily accessible to pick when needed.

Indoor lights
- Convoy S2+ Desert Tan Triple; Sofirn SF10 w/ Luxeon V – these have lighted tailcaps, one sits in my living room and the other in my bedroom. These are used everyday before I go to bed. Having drivers with low moonlight levels, they are ideal for the eyes starting adapting to bedtime !
- Wuben T70 – with a homemade diffuser, it is useful when I don’t want to use my electrical lights Big Smile The lowest levels are quite good for ambient light.

Wallet light
- Olight i3T EOS – Used less time than the others, but I carry it in my Arc wallet along with a Sanremu knife and a Lamy Pico pen. Ideal for being small and thin, fits well in the pockets. I see it more as a backup light than as a principal light, so I only use it from time to time.

EDC lights
- Acebeam TK16 ALU Osram, Klarus XT1C, OTR M1 w/ Triple XP-G2, Convoy T2 w/ Luxeon V, Jaxman w/ Triple XP-G2 – there are my EDC lights. I pick one in the beginning of the day and that light will be used according to the needs. Lately the Acebeam is my chosen one, but the others get to be used as well.

Walking lights
- Olight M2R Warrior, Klarus XT1C – When I go for a night walk, alone or with my girlfriend, I normally pick one of these lights to go out. Both have immediate access to Turbo and Strobe, so they are useful to signaling my position on crosswalks of darker places. They’ve been useful as sometimes drivers are looking to the moon instead of the road…
- Odepro TM08 – also has instant strobe, so it is useful to be used as walking light with a Convoy M2 diffuser. It helps signaling my position in a very dark road. Normally I carry it + the Amutorch AM30 Big Smile

Countryside light
- Amutorch AM30 – My beast light used in my parents home. I use it on weekends when I go there, to check the yard, the back yard, the river, and everything around in a 200-300m ray! I also use it to check around my aunts’ home that is close. It is my little beast!!!

Special Lights
- FW3A and Emisar D4 (v1) – These are my specials. I carry them from time to time, but not everyday! I pick them in specific occasions mostly when I now I may need burst modes for some moments but not for continued use. These have a special place in my collection, though.

OTHERs
Well, many other lights are just sitting in the box, waiting for a new light to come to help on the comparison. I try to use them every month so they don’t get lonely, but it’s not always possible. I normally use them when I want to compare or show something.

And this is how I use my lights! Am I sick? Big Smile

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My throwers for the nightly perimeter check – we live on 20 acres – and don’t mind carrying 26650 lights for that. Plus the D4S for when more flood is needed or to show off to my wife.
The 18650 lights are for coming home late at night (and to support BLF group buys). I use whatever light has a battery that needs discharging, but like the FW3’s and BLF A6 most. In fact that A6 is my favorite even though it is said to be “an old design and there are better choices now,” but it is perfect for me, like an old friend. Maybe the FW3 titanium/copper will change that when it arrives.
The BLF LT1 lanterns will be for power outages and will get a lot of use.
Backpacking (true confession here), I just cannot leave without my cat v6. But use a headlight around camp.
Whatever provides good use and is fun!

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I use my lights to be able see things like I did when I was twenty-something… lithium-ion revenge upon the calendar… had to say it…

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photography
finding tiny things on floor [lay light down, shine across floor]
illuminating magnifiers
avoiding finding unfamiliar light switches in rooms i will not be in long
inspecting under a car in daylight [need lots of lumens]
reading close up things in the dark [need very few lumens]

also if the light is too bright, i will point it away from the actual subject
[like kids trying to sleep]
or tailstand it to light the room but not go bright in a face
or close my hand around it to block some of the light

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Basics, mainly. Lighting up things when dark, tailstanding as a small nightlight when leaving a room vs turning on a light, lighting up a room vs turning on a light (eg, haven’t turned on the basement lights in years).

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I work in telephony (among other hats I wear). While I’ve considered high/ultra CRI for working with 25- to 100-pair cable, I haven’t had issues yet with my 70CRI Luxeons. I’m carrying my D25C more and more these days, especially since swapping in a Luxeon V2.

Everything else seems to fall under EDC. I guess my L6 serves “MagLite” duty as a dual-purpose illuminator and club in my home. Haven’t had to use it as a club, and hope to never. Kind of a last resort thing there.

DB Custom wrote:
I carry a quad Samsung LH351D W6 in 5000K on my belt all the time, I made it from scratch out of Titanium with a Tellurium Copper head finned for heat displacement. It uses an 18500 cell. That said, I also have the Texas Poker around my neck, designed by me and made for me by Photon Fanatic over 6 years ago. Yes, except for bathing the little 10440 light is with me always.

My 230+ collection is used as needed, all are on standby with charged cells.

But my primary use for flashlights is to keep me busy. Big Smile Modifying them is my hobby and pastime and getting the absolute most out of a light is rewarding. A few of my friends think so too. lol I’ve been here what 6 years? And have built some 1000 lights. I learned how because I was a photographer and needed easy portable light for Macro images on location, rings, invitations, like that at weddings usually. Once I learned how, I quickly became addicted and the rest is history. Wink

Edit: By the way, while I DO talk too much I got the tremendously high post count by helping with multiple group buys here, testing prototypes and building/testing prototype drivers while also answering the tons of questions on the lights from the folks in the forum wanting to join in the group buy. I have had physical issues for a couple of decades, which means I tend to have more free time than some… or no life, however you want to look at it. lol

My EDC [snipped pic]


You have got to stop showing me that incredible purple knife! It’s well established by my post history that purple is my favorite color, and other than the steel type you chose (and that’s not far off) it ticks every mark on my folder wish list.

That pair of lights is pretty cool. I think it’s awesome that you’re also carrying something unique – a sentimentality that’s sometimes lost on lumen-chasers. And it ties right in with modding, and what I love about it too: Taking a light and making it yours. If I could build a light from scratch, I absolutely would, and I’d never carry anything else (well, I would, but in addition to rather than instead of). My wife and I are both clear on that about light modding: I’m not doing it to save money vs. buying a different light, I’m doing it to make something I want (kind of like art) and for the enjoyment of the process.

P.S. You don’t talk too much Dale, this place is better for your blabbering Silly

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I’m legally blind, so streetlights aren’t enough for me when I’m walking around at night. My 5000K Convoy L4 does nicely in medium mode, though, with high in reserve.

I wear impact gloves because I’m always bashing my hands on things, so I use the L4 in 2-cell configuration to make it bigger and harder to fumble. I’m not complaining about the extra runtime, either!

I also like the L4’s forward-clicky tail switch and the very prominent side switch for mode selection, which makes the light easy to operate by touch in the dark with the gloves on.

I carry a Convoy S2+ with a 4000K 95CRI SST20 LED on my belt for general purpose EDC. High CRI helps me get the most from my remaining eyesight, and the tight beam works well with my tunnel vision.

I always have a BLF-348 with me when I’m awake, even when I’m just wearing pyjamas. That’s the light I use when I’m trying to find things I’ve dropped on the floor. I’ve also placed the clip for head-up carry, which lets me use the light as a headlamp on my baseball cap. Conventional headlamp straps foul my hearing aids, so the BLF-348 sees a lot of headlamp duty.

Finally, I have a Nitecore MT06MD on my desk for general use in the house. I use that one for wandering about at night with the lights off (to avoid disturbing people who are sleeping), finding things I’ve dropped (again) and examining things like electronic components close up. That last is a combination of extra light to read tiny print and high CRI to read colour codes, depending on the part.

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MyRants wrote:

I ran a family (6) of trash bandits out of the yard the other night.  A pair of C8 lights made them uncomfortable I guess.

EDIT: Did you know that racoon eyes reflect blue green when illuminated by a flashlight?  Kinda surreal when there's a group of them.

That's pretty cool!  :THUMBS-UP:

Luckily, I've never run into raccoons in real life.

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Phlogiston wrote:
examining things like electronic components close up. … to read tiny print and high CRI to read colour…

found a new use for my Sofirn C01, modding:

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raccoon city wrote:
Luckily, I’ve never run into raccoons in real life.

Oh, the irony… Facepalm

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Lightbringer wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

Luckily, I've never run into raccoons in real life.

Oh, the irony… Facepalm

Yep, Raccoon City is a bit of a misnomer.

I've never seen raccoons in the Resident Evil movies or video games.

I haven't played every one of the games, however.

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I have a few Zebralights, a few D4’s, a Olight M18, a armytek partner C1, and a DQG tiny 18650 in my normal EDC rotation. I don’t have a favorite or anything. They all serve the purpose I carry them for. Light when I need it. It’s a tool to me, nothing more, nothing less.

I have a bunch more lights but they are mostly a bunch of S2+‘s, they are simple for the wife and kids. They are in camping boxes, near every door, and just laying about. Got 3 with extra cells in a small bag for electricity outages. Have a few soda can lights that get zero use. Just had to have them, you know how that goes. I use a few Jetbeam RRT-01 and the Sunwayman V11R around the house, all with proper emitters in them. Got a gaggle of C8’s in all kinds of emitter varieties. Nice for searching the property at night. I make rounds everytime I grab a smoke at night.

The wife use to look at me funny when I would wear a headlamp around when I was doing something. I told her it frees up a hand and puts light right where I am looking. She asked to use it in the garden at night since it was cooler. Now she’s hooked and only gardens at night now. Now I have to buy a new H03 for me again. Friend gave me a Acebeam AA/14500 headlamp, forget the model number. I use it now that she stole the H03.

EDC lights if ya care to see em. They surely aren’t shelf queens.

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