need a light for hospital night duty work...

hi all! i posted a request for suggestions for a work light on CPF and the number of people who offered help was amazing. only thing was, in the questionaire answers i had mentioned a budget of about $25 (which i later upgraded to $50 to allow more suggestions) and the suggestions ranged from $10 to over $500! :open_mouth:

anyway, i’ll list the flashlights that weren’t WAY out of my price range, and see if any budget-conscious flashaholics can add to the list at all.

first, what i need it for (copied from my cpf post):

“i work night duty in hospitals as a patient sitter/safety attendant. i make sure confused patients (acquired brain injury, psychiatric and dementia) don’t climb & fall out of bed, rip out their IV needles or wander off into the night. sometimes there’s a lot of ambient light (corridor lights are left on just outside the open door of the patients’ room) and other nights i’m sitting in an almost-pitch black room trying to see what the hell the patient is doing, by the light of a few ultra-dim lights that show power is running to the wall electric socket.

the light will be used to sit on a table while i document the patients’ behaviours, used to illuminate the patient and their bed to see what they’re up to or to try and determine which bodily excretion the patient and/or their bed is covered with (blood, faeces, vomit, urine or saliva…) and used for ceiling/wall-bounce for a diffuse light during hands-on work (changing geriatric diapers, holding the patient’s hands away from their feed tube, IV needle or catheter.)

aside from that… i prefer incan light, but would be very happy with an LED with a warm to neutral tint… high CRI if it’ll help determine skin colour in dim light (ie: people turn blue when they’re hypoxic), low light only or a firefly/moonlight mode - would only need higher for ceiling-bounce, and maybe a diffuser lense to soften the light a little. oh, and working range is from ‘notes on the table’ to about the size of a 4-bed room (never anything more distant)

thanks in advance for any suggestions.”

and now the list of suggested flashlights:

Malkoff MDC 1AA AUD$145

mini-Maglite AUD$19

SureFire A2 AUD$190

HDS Rotary HiCRI AUD$560

Lumintop Tool Nichia 219b AUD$14

ReyLight Tool Ti Nichia 219B Titanium 110LM AAA Mini LED Flashlight AUD$83

Nitecore LA10 CRI AUD$42

lumintop worm AUD$43

GITD Grow in the dark Diffuser AUD$

Thrunite Ti3 AUD$22

Manker E01 AUD$22

Nitecore Tip high CRI version AUD$48

Jaxman E2 AUD$22

Zebralight SC5C II AUD$94

Eagletac D25A Nichia high CRI emitter AUD$71

Maratac AAA AUD$55

as you can see, a large list of amazing lights. are there any other budget lights that fit the bill? and come in under $50? and which of those on the list win your vote?

thanks in advance for any help or suggestions! :slight_smile:

Not a suggestion for a specific light, but if you want to be able to tell subtle shades of color, a high-CRI emitter is a must. And that usually means a Nichia 219B.

I was just playing around with some lights, and I end up looking jaundiced with regular neutral-white emitters, but a nice rosy pink with the 219 in my BLF348-219.

wow - so descriptive….!
seeing as you started it why not a UV light so as you can follow the blood stains on the carpet just in case one of the patients isn’t in the bed when you go and check :stuck_out_tongue:

What kind of battery you want in your flashlight? Are you OK with 18650, or do you need to stick to AA?

Lumintop Tool Nichia 219b AUD$14

I’d buy a skillhunt h03 << 30$ a few decent 18650’s <<10$ and a liito-kala 100 charger << 4$

Jaxman E3 Nichia may be a good low cost high CRI AA option. Also plenty of diffusers available if required.

At the end of the month I never have to choose if I put some money in a savings account, into stock or into bonds. More than 30 yr my dear wife frees me of those decisions. She focuses her energy into acquiring movable assets like Lowa, Meindl and Salomon (to name a few, I doubt you’ve ever heard of Greve or Van Bommel).
Following her strategy I suggest to buy the HDS. In that case you don’t have to worry about the rest of the money/month. Looking at my own personal budget I would prefer the Lumintop tool. Or better yet: the Lumintop IYP 365. That is a classy little penlight that makes you look like a bl…. ophthalmologist. It sets you back a whopping 25 USD. Or less, if you ask a fellow BLF member like M4D M4X if he has a coupon for it. Just my 2c (wish I had).

For your application you want a flashlight that dependably starts in a low mode, so a flashlight without memory with low-to-high mode order. And the flashlight must be high CRI to see the natural colour tones. There’s very few flashlights that combine that.

One is the Reylight pineapple (link) but it is not the cheapest (there may be a code somewhere?).

Another great one is the Astrolux S41 (choose the Nichia 219B version) (link) that has some very good low modes but also has an extreme high output as a bonus ( :wink: ).

There’s also a new version, the Astrolux S42 (link), but it is so new that is not checked yet if it is any good, if the Nichia 219C leds are high CRI, and if the user interface is done well.

haha! you have no idea how often patients pull their IV drip out!
as you say, it’s like a murder investigation scene sometimes. :person_facepalming:

Would the Nitecore MT06MD fit the bill? It is specifically designed for medical use with high CRI. It supposedly starts on low mode, but it probably won’t tailstand for ceiling bounce.

i’ve no experience with 18650 (unless they’re used in back-up battery packs?)
but we don’t use primaries at home… excepting button cells for small toys and such… we only use NiMH rechargeables - previously Varta and Duracell… just started stocking up on Eneloops (2000mAh, 2100 cycles).

i’m open to using 18650s though, so long as i don’t need to pull out my cheapie multimeter too often. :wink:

(who am i kidding… i look for excuses to play with the multimeter! i would like to upgrade from my budget uni-t to the Fluke 101 some day, or the 106 if current measurement is critical)…


You chose the wrong hobby then, I’m afraid your Uni-T will be way sufficient for any flashlight hobby use. :stuck_out_tongue:

A friend of mine had similar needs and we came up with a neck light. Anyone suggested that yet?
Here is one example. They make rechargeable models as well.
MyLight HL000001 HUGlight - LED Hands-Free Flexible Light, ,

The Jaxman E2 uses 90 cri nichia emitters. Personally I’d go with the 5700k since that mimic’s broad daylight. 4000k mimics the light of late afternoon sunlight. Can also be ordered without the strobe and sos modes. Low, med, high.

Maybe you should consider two lights:
• A medical light
Nitecore MT06MD Penlight
This one is a bit brighter as the IYP365 (120 vs. 180 Lumen) and made for medics.
The Nitecore MT06MD is an upgrade to the popular MT06 with several new features to set it apart from the crowd. Nitecore swapped out the cool white LED of the MT06 with a Nichia 219B emitter for a warmer beam at a lower peak intensity (860cd).

• A UV Lamp
to detect stains.
Nitecore TUBE UV
I don’t know if this one is bright enough to detect stuff at day, but its cheap enough to test if a UV lamp is useful at all.
500nm USB Rechargeable UltraViolet Keychain Light
Battery: built-in rechargeable battery and USB charger
UV: 500mW power
Price: $12.95

i was just reading the wikipedia article on the antimicrobial properties of copper and wondered if any copper lights may fit the bill?

Clip on headlight like the zebralight H53 with a choice of tints.
Clips onto your clothes when you use the pocket clip, with choices of beam profiles and awesomely low moonlight modes.
Floody hands free light might be a good thing when your trying to restrain/assist them.
$60 bucks USD or something.
I have an earlier model that I use sometimes at work as a train conductor on night trains and it’s good.


Yep, be sure to check out the Nitecore MT06MD :+1:
They have many features designed specifically directed toward the Medical Field.

I bought two in fact a couple of weeks ago. I run them off AAA Eneloops.

This makes for a very nice & usefull combination.

Get the meteor with hi cri. Yes its expensove but hecl, u get to fool around with it too

yeah fits fine in scrubs, just watch out for turbo when checking pupil dilation.