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"Dress For Success" by Dan MacKay - Update on lights?

Discussion in 'Technical Diving' started by seb13, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. seb13

    seb13 Registered

    I just finished the book "Dress For Success" by Dan MacKay. A lot of useful and comprehensive information.
    The book was written in 2011 and I think the chapter on lights may be outdated as it mentioned only HID and Halogen lights with canisters.
    With the recent developments of LED lights and LiPo Batteries, does a Light & Motion LED light with a hand strap is considered DIR? It has the same luminosity and burn time as those canister style lights...
  2. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: St Petersburg, Fl
    Soft Goodman handles are no good.
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  3. LakeCountyDiver

    LakeCountyDiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    No L&M or cordless light has the same burn time as a canisters light at the same brightness. Even the smaller Slimline diverite batteries are getting 6+hr on high. I have a L&M and a big blue and neither are even close to that on high. Maybe an hour on my L&M.

    I can't speak for anything DIR acceptable because I went a much different route but I love a soft Goodman. Beats the hard handle IMO.
  4. BoltSnap

    BoltSnap Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad

  5. kensuf

    kensuf ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    Ability to remove it quickly and efficiently from your hand. Ability to continue using your hand that is holding the light. Soft handles impair both of these.
    rjack321, PfcAJ, Doby45 and 1 other person like this.
  6. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

    Could not be more accurate. I had the soft goodman that came with my HP50 and dealt with it for a few dives. I then swapped it out for a LM hard goodman with the Dive Rite QRM mount and it is awesome..
  7. AJ

    AJ Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Netherlands
    Put a thumb loop on it and it will even be better :)
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  8. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    Twist on head backups remain the most reliable too. I have some pretty nice rechargeable li-ion LED backups which I have started carrying for caves personally - in part because they are way brighter and I can exit faster with them. I still have at least one twist on backup with good old alkalines on my harness.
  9. nadwidny

    nadwidny Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cranbrook, BC
    2004. By 2011 Dan was long out of the diving game.

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