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LED flashlights are a cruel joke

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by RobVG, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt Charter Member

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    Agreed with the above.

    With the addition that they seem to like to put the light tower lights aimed right into oncoming traffic as well to really blind 'em.
     
  2. RobVG

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    I'm not color blind but I think incandescents give better contast because they are true color.
     
  3. John C.

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    That probably works for you until the fluid in your eyes starts to change color when you get older. That yellow cast the incandescents give out isn't real bright and it makes it hard to see much of anything somewhere between 55 and 60.
     
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  4. willie59

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    John C, I really didn't need you to remind me of that, but oh well, like the tune by the Rolling Stones, Mothers Little Helper, "what a drag it is getting old". LMAO
     
  5. John C.

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    I apologize for that post. But the extra white light from the LED lets me find stuff I dropped on the ground and hides between the gravel. You young guys need to work with some yellow tinted safety glasses to get the affect of old and tired eyes.
     
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  6. willie59

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    Oh, no need to apologize, I'm right there with you with old eyes that have suffered too many years of all manner of building trades dust, mud, concrete, grease, oil, antifreeze, various aerosol sprays that went sideways, oh, grinding torching and welding. Now days when I'm in the shop one of the first things I grab is the work light, because I'm going to need it.
     
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  7. sandy

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    the big problem with these led flashlights is the powerful magnets
    left another one attached to a transmission this week.
    wasn't until the next day when i was looking for it, not worth a 2 hour drive to see if its still there b
    too much of a hurry packing up and off to the next job
     
  8. Tinkerer

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    I didn't realize how yellow the world had turned ---- until I had cataract surgery. I was absolutely stunned the next day after I had the first eye done. After the second eye was done, it was another amazing thing to see everything like it really is.
     
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  9. DMiller

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    I have a Streamlight Polytac, not rechargeable uses the expensive 3v lithium batteries but last for literally months under hard use. Can see fine with it and has a absolutely harsh directed beam I can see out to around fifty yards clear. Fits a pant or jacket pocket great and is bright yellow so hard not to see it laying around.
     
  10. thepumpguysc

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    I have 2 "pocket style" lites I use.. 1 off the snap-on truck & it says "Coast G20" on it.. VERY brite w/ a push button on the end w/ a pocket clip.. non adjustable beam BUT its the "go-to lite".. The stream of lite it puts out ISNT SO BTITE you cant see what your looking at, like a lot of lites the "kids" carry these days & it takes
    2 AAA batteries that seem to last along time.
    The other is from the Kimble-Midwest vender.. it about the size of a pack of cigs but 1/2 as slim..
    Has 2 setting & a powerful magnet on the base.. GREAT for extended periods of adjusting things..
    just stick it about anywhere & go to work.. no model stamped on it.. just sayd Kimble-Midwest.
     
  11. PJ The Kid

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    I actually wear yellow tinted glasses in low light conditions quite often. I like them for nights on the motorscooters as well.
     
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  12. still learn'n

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    I have the Streamlight Stinger that I use around the farm and I love it rechargeable and have an extra battery so just pop the dead one out and put it on charger and pop the new one in good to go. I also have the holster for it and would recommend that to go with it for a very nice accessory.

    https://www.tooltopia.com/streamlight-75612.aspx Flashlight kit
    https://www.tooltopia.com/streamlight-75927.aspx Holster

    For working on equipment at work I have how many of the Ecco work lights that work very well for me except when as already been said they get left on equipment.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/281893404804?chn=ps

    I get the camo one cause I don't need a red light like the all black one has.
     
  13. thepumpguysc

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    100.00 + $.. ??
    I pay less than 25.00 or its not coming home w/ me.. Unless I was working in a mine shaft w/ ABSOLUTLY NO LIGHT.. & even THEN, I'd have to think about it..
     
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  14. still learn'n

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    How much does the home Depot check out counter ones cost?
     
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    i have a milsuckee 18 volt that i put the led light in what a difference, i dont mind incandecants but i dont like all the shadows it makes when triing to find and fix things up in the belly of a dozer or other machine pluss i only have to charge battery once a week if i use it alot
     
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    I have Streamlight Protac 2L. Uses 2 CR123 batteries. I've had it 3-4 years and it's been flawless other than it getting clipped to an electric fence for a few days. That was probably my fault anyway. Also had to program it to low/high so I couldn't engage rave/seizure mode.
     
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  17. check

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    Most flashlites nowadays you have to carry the owners manual with you, they're as complicated as a cell phone. All I want a flashlite to do is shine light when I turn it on and turn off when I switch it off. They should have a hexagonal head so they don't roll off whatever surface you set them on and the switch should be easy to find with one hand in the dark.
    If someone is shooting at me at night when I'm using my flashlite, my options are to drop it and run, hoping it doesn't fall pointing in the direction I'm escaping, or I can turn it off. Most of these new lights are damn frustrating to turn off. You can't find the switch, and when you do, you press it and it goes to dim mode or blinkety blink mode.
    Once I finally memorize how to operate the damn thing, it breaks and the replacement operates differently.
    A very popular bad idea is a lite switch in back of the lite. Sure, it's easy to find, but my thumbs are mounted on the front of my hands so unless I'm holding the light way up high over my head, the light is pointing in back of me.
    The people who design the dadgum things must be related to the idiots who design cars these days.
     
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