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    Question Battlebelt light - is brighter, BETTER?

    What are the group's thoughts, on a battlebelt light?

    Reason I ask is, I'm rocking an 800 lumen InForce WML on my HD rifle, with with which I can x-ray the housecat. NONE of my other rifles are running less than 400 lumen lights. So should I hang another light sabre on my belt, or would my old 100 lumen PentagonLight make more sense, so as not to burn a hole in a map, burn up my NVS, give away my location clear into the next county, etc. If you're already running a torch on your weapon, would something a little less powerful make sense on the belt - or do I need a torch there, too?
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    There are lots of different opinions on this.

    More lumens, more spill etc can be mitigated with technique, ie umbrella lighting, baseboard lighting, cupping the light, etc.

    Conversely, you cant produce more lumen/candela if you need it.

    I really think the Lumen and Candela wars are stupid. I like that it drives product development but we are getting into an era where a white light setup on a carbine including tape switches is over five hundred dollars. That's bordering on crazy when realistically, for most purposes, a 600 lumen G2 in a simple mount will accomplish most goals.

    Its really down to what you want out of a light and what your use case is. Most name brand lights these days will be right enough for MOST applications.
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    If you needed an admin light, there are a bazillion out there that would be much better suited to the task than the PentagonLight. A Streamlight penlight runs like 10 USD to 20 USD, is way smaller, and can still be used for map reading or navigation. Having a powerful handheld separate from your WML has its own use, I would think that ideally you would want a dedicated handheld with some power behind it, and a separate admin light (though I would just use my phone for such a task).
    Last edited by Defaultmp3; 05-14-20 at 01:04.
    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defaultmp3 View Post
    If you needed an admin light, there are a bazillion out there that would be much better suited to the task than the PentagonLight. A Streamlight penlight runs like 10 USD to 20 USD, is way smaller, and can still be used for map reading or navigation. Having a powerful handheld separate from your WML has its own use, I would think that ideally you would want a dedicated handheld with some power behind it, and a separate admin light (though I would just use my phone for such a task).
    I used the PentagonLight as an example (old lights NEVER go away... they just KEEP piling up!). I note the Inforce TFx has 3 settings - full power, low light (40 lumens, I think), and strobe. I'm wondering if THAT might be a good choice, or is it too 'gimicky.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_War_Wagon View Post
    I used the PentagonLight as an example (old lights NEVER go away... they just KEEP piling up!). I note the Inforce TFx has 3 settings - full power, low light (40 lumens, I think), and strobe. I'm wondering if THAT might be a good choice, or is it too 'gimicky.'
    Sure, my point was more that a very small task light these days is very cheap, and IMO is worth buying a new one even though you already have an old light, simply due to the fact that the task light would be both small and light, and thus much easier to carry in conjunction with a powerful light that has more tactical/search capabilities, compared to lugging around an old light. As for the TFx, the 60 lumen low is probably a bit high for task lighting, but that's hardly insurmountable, and should be a viable multi-use light based off of the specs.
    Last edited by Defaultmp3; 05-14-20 at 11:25.
    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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    Why not both options in one light?

    https://www.surefire.com/e2t-mv-tact...lashlight.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue556 View Post
    Why not both options in one light?

    https://www.surefire.com/e2t-mv-tact...lashlight.html

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    Yea...2 lights would work great, most really bright lights can't also do very low settings - preferably <10 lumens and even a moonlight mode of 0.5 - 1 lumen. In very dark conditions, a moonlight mode surprisingly is bright enough for a lot of things.

    example:

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    I work an area that is fairly active after the sun goes down...500 lumen Fury on my batbelt for general use, 1200 lumen Fury DF on my PC for actively searching for people and a Petzl headlamp in my dump pouch for admin and overt navigation. Primary and secondary blasters both have at least 1000 lumen WMLs on them, an NVG and thermal on hand as well that get used a lot. I like to be able to see stuff when it’s dark...have options.
    Last edited by TCB; 05-25-20 at 02:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue556 View Post
    Why not both options in one light?

    https://www.surefire.com/e2t-mv-tact...lashlight.html

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    I have that light. It's great and versatile but I had to replace the tailcap with a Z68 tailcap due to the excessive amount of light NDs I'd get with the light in my pocket. It got to the point I wouldn't carry it because of how often it would ND with even slight movements.
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