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Good to know I’m not the only one who sticks a flashlight out the side of my truck every now and then.

Signs that I might be a flashaholic and fun things I’ve discovered along the way:
-My mother tells me I was born with a flashlight in my mouth. She’s only seen maybe 5% of what I have…
-I reprogram my drivers, and get made fun of for it (thanks Dr. Jones!)
-My girlfriend only carries a small keychain light since “you’ll have one anyways”
-Ceiling bounce is cheaper than replacing the last set of incandescent bulbs in the bathroom
-A C8 mounted to a .22 rifle is more fun than it should be
-I built my own drop in for the light on my shotgun because I don’t trust the premade ones
-I’ve replaced about half of the lights in my house with LED bulbs, not for the energy savings, but for the better tint
-I have an entire drawer full of various chargers, but my i4 never makes it off my desk. I’m considering buying a second one to keep in the truck
-I’m building an entire line of light bars instead of upgrading the dim 18 year old halogen bulbs in my truck because I can’t bring myself to spend so much on incans
-My edc is brighter than the headlight on my girlfriend’s motorcycle
-I don’t keep a flashlight in search and rescue pack, I can’t dedicate one like that, and it’s always too hard deciding what to bring
-I made an 18650 adapter for my radio
-I have to bite my tongue around surefire people. Lumens say more anyways and are much more polite.
-I buy all the clearance camcorder batteries at walmart just to find out what sort of cells are in them. A 14430 and a magnet is close enough to a 14500
-1300 lumens will stop a dog running at you at full speed faster than the asphalt will allow for. “click click click click click click click click screech”
-my tr-3t6 on high will warm my hands faster and cheaper than a chemical hand warmer
-an SRK is a very effective way of reminding people to keep their headlamps pointed down when facing other people on night hikes
-Low isn’t low enough and high still needs work
-I’ve spent more on rechargeable batteries than the primaries they where supposed to replace
-I’ve spent more time designing new lights this year than actually doing paying work
-“But I could totally use it for search and rescue!”
-You forget that not everyone knows what forward and reverse clicky are

And many more I can’t remember right now

Remember, it’s not a problem, it’s a “hobby”

Socorro Search and RescueI wear my sunglasses at night

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CyrusAM wrote:
Good to know I’m not the only one who sticks a flashlight out the side of my truck every now and then.

Signs that I might be a flashaholic and fun things I’ve discovered along the way:
-My mother tells me I was born with a flashlight in my mouth. She’s only seen maybe 5% of what I have…
-I reprogram my drivers, and get made fun of for it (thanks Dr. Jones!)
-My girlfriend only carries a small keychain light since “you’ll have one anyways”
-Ceiling bounce is cheaper than replacing the last set of incandescent bulbs in the bathroom
-A C8 mounted to a .22 rifle is more fun than it should be
-I built my own drop in for the light on my shotgun because I don’t trust the premade ones
-I’ve replaced about half of the lights in my house with LED bulbs, not for the energy savings, but for the better tint
-I have an entire drawer full of various chargers, but my i4 never makes it off my desk. I’m considering buying a second one to keep in the truck
-I’m building an entire line of light bars instead of upgrading the dim 18 year old halogen bulbs in my truck because I can’t bring myself to spend so much on incans
-My edc is brighter than the headlight on my girlfriend’s motorcycle
-I don’t keep a flashlight in search and rescue pack, I can’t dedicate one like that, and it’s always too hard deciding what to bring
-I made an 18650 adapter for my radio
-I have to bite my tongue around surefire people. Lumens say more anyways and are much more polite.
-I buy all the clearance camcorder batteries at walmart just to find out what sort of cells are in them. A 14430 and a magnet is close enough to a 14500
-1300 lumens will stop a dog running at you at full speed faster than the asphalt will allow for. “click click click click click click click click screech”
-my tr-3t6 on high will warm my hands faster and cheaper than a chemical hand warmer
-an SRK is a very effective way of reminding people to keep their headlamps pointed down when facing other people on night hikes
-Low isn’t low enough and high still needs work
-I’ve spent more on rechargeable batteries than the primaries they where supposed to replace
-I’ve spent more time designing new lights this year than actually doing paying work
-“But I could totally use it for search and rescue!”
-You forget that not everyone knows what forward and reverse clicky are

And many more I can’t remember right now

Remember, it’s not a problem, it’s a “hobby”

I can relate to so many of those too. Silly

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..when you have to reset the wireless box, and, looking around for a paperclip, you settle for a disused led wire lying around (just did that).

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When you get depressed that you only got 3 packages that day!

When you open the package, and you say “Oh crap, I already got one of these!!”

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i think you have a bad addiction when you shining on child & woman eyes on strobe with one TN32 >)

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freeme wrote:
Identify the location of your flashlight before lights off. So you know where to reach for it when you go for your late night pee break.

Or when you simply sleep with the light still attached to you somehow… as a necklace, in a pajama pocket, or simply held in one’s hand (which has been trained not to drop it while unconscious).
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… when you can glance at a light source and tell the approximate PWM speed, and everyone around you insists it’s not strobing at all.

… when you see a complete stranger showing off the “flashlight app” on their phone, and it takes all the willpower you can muster not to interrupt their conversation with the fiery blaze of your EDC — followed by a lengthy discourse on all the finer points of lighting that they’re missing out on.

… when you always have to visit the lighting section of any store you enter, for the sheer entertainment value of laughing at their selection.

… when you get grumpy after prolonged exposure to daylight.

… when you maintain a sense of freshness and novelty by frequently switching between different lights, thus allowing you to gorge yourself beyond any normal capacity… much like switching between different types of junk food.

… when you can trick yourself into doing unpleasant tasks by only doing them at night, in the dark, because the task becomes kind of fun when it involves your favorite light. … and when your significant other figures this out and starts asking you to do all sorts of chores at night.

… when you replace all the bulbs in your house with high-CRI neutral LED bulbs on fancy dimmers, and then almost never actually turn them on because you’d rather use a torch.

… when you insist on having a darkroom even though you’re not into photography or film.

… when you put up blackout curtains and then use a torch during the day.

… when your significant other rewards you for not bringing up anything related to lighting during social events.

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bushwhacked wrote:
1. You scoff at all the lights in every store you visit. 2. You can’t have just one. 3. You wonder how far the sun could throw with a deep reflector. 4. You know the exact distance to trees in your area. 5. You’re always waiting, ordering, and waiting some more.

You wonder how far a BLUE SUN could throw with a large/deep enough reflector! :ghost:

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Who else other than a flashlight addict would know the approximate surface temperature of the sun (5800K), same as the color of a “daylight” bulb (5000K – 6500K)
If you didn’t know that, you know it now, and won’t forget it.

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When you have destroyed two Smart-phones trying to attach a 3 inch reflector for better throw! HB

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Post pics when it’s finished Silly

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When your family is inside the restaurant eating and you’re outside because there is a huge field to test the throw of the three lights that came in the mail today.

The sun. Definitely needs a reflector, but more importantly, dedomed. Silly

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:8) Thought my hot rod Cu C8 light could put light on the point where the guy was welding on our truck this morning.

Need to bump power levels. Wink

Wonder why semi-colon 8 right parenthesis is supposed to make an embarassed smiley but it comes out the sunglasses wearing cool guy instead? Hmmmm….

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When you keep reading this thread and you do mental check boxes on what else you have missed out in this journey…

How bright is bright enough...

Runtime VS Lumens...

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...When you begin to see PWM in natural sunlight? Sealed


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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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when you search for 20mm cooler fan on ebay because you figured a way how to put it in C8 with 3.8A modded qlite … J) just waterproof will be issue :Sp

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… when you own a torch whose lumen output is a bigger number than its color temperature.

Or, in a few more years… when your light has more kilo-candelas than Kelvin.

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When you have been banned from “The Other Place”. Like a right of passage. Customize a light, get banned from CPF or have one of your posts deleted or thread closed. All some the steps toward adiction. (When I got banned there, I received invites for here. Thanks guys.)

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ToyKeeper wrote:
… when your significant other rewards you for not bringing up anything related to lighting during social events.

depends on what kind of reward 8)

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- You have an addiction when you need more cases for your lights after filling up 5 of them..

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DenBarrettSAR wrote:
- You have an addiction when you need more cases for your lights after filling up 5 of them..

!{height:675px; width:794px}http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i187/Denbarrett/LightsCases1_zps988184...!


When you ask another member where he got those cases

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When your personal collection has a larger inventory than even some quite large stores!

When you have more batteries than The Battery Warehouse.

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Bort wrote:
DenBarrettSAR wrote:
- You have an addiction when you need more cases for your lights after filling up 5 of them..

!{height:675px; width:794px}http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i187/Denbarrett/LightsCases1_zps988184...!


When you ask another member where he got those cases

the 4 bigger ones came from Costco and HomeHardware, and the smaller one to the left is the case that came with the Olight SR90, ( i use it for batteries & Chargers atm. )

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