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Looking for an underwater torch light

Discussion in 'Lights' started by Bookmon, May 6, 2019.

  1. Bookmon

    Bookmon Angel Fish

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    Back in the mid 80s to mid 90s, I had this foot long+, 4 D cell, big, blue incandescent dive light. That thing was a torch. It wasn't a scoop or flood light style. You could light up a path far off. My dive buddies always Stayed behind me. It was blinding!
    Alas, the reflective backing has flecked away and it is virtually useless.
    In today's LED world, what do I want as a replacement? I have little LED pocket backups. I have a recent purchase incandescent scoop. But, I miss my torch. I want to see 20-30 yards away.
    Thanks for replies
     
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    most of the LED backups are much more powerful than that incandescent.
    20-30 yards underwater is not going to happen, and I can guarantee you did not happen with your old dive light. If visibility was that good, that light did not have enough power to effectively light anything up from that distance, 0% chance. 20-30yds underwater is only achievable with some of the most powerful LED canister lights from companies like UWLD, Light Monkey, Halcyon, etc, and only possible if the visibility allows for it and 100ft viz is hard to come by....

    Which LED backups do you have now that you aren't happy with?
     
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  3. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

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    Oooo, another fantasy dashed. :popcorn: But you're right.
     
  4. Bookmon

    Bookmon Angel Fish

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    The Underwater Kinetics SL4 eLED is the only LED for now. It's OK for a pocket light. For night diving, no. It is not even close to a being a primary. Recently got a Princeton Tec Sector 5 incandescent. Decent little scoop/flood. But again, no real distance.
    I want to see far off. Light up the path so bright there os no question as to what's ahead.
     
  5. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

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    Get yourself a Light Monkey 50 watt HID.
     
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Does your old light still work if you feed it the 4 batteries? I mean, does it still light up and your onky concern is the mirror finish has flaked off?
     
  7. Scuba Cobra

    Scuba Cobra Barracuda

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    UWLD can be picked up fairly cheap. Edd Sorenson is selling a bunch of his demo models.

    I am very happy with Mine.
     
  8. Bookmon

    Bookmon Angel Fish

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    Yes. It will still light up. Despite its age.
     
  9. scrane

    scrane Manta Ray

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  10. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why not spray faint the chrome back on it?
     
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