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Using a flashlight as colour enhancer?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Corallium, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Corallium

    Corallium Garibaldi

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    I forget where I read this, but some dive website suggested using a flashlight during day dives to enhance the reds that get filtered out.

    Is this a thing that will work, or will I just look like a complete tool? My next diving destination is Hurghada, and I assume the visibility and brightness is already pretty amazing (just what I've heard). Would a flashlight actually do anything for the colours?
     
  2. Perryed

    Perryed Barracuda

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    Oh hell yes. I use one all the time. Nooks and crannies a light brings out tons of colors. Just a small one so you are not lugging a big drag along, but yes, they do help bring out the color. Plus you can spot critters in their hidey holes too. There are always shadowed spots than can use a little more illumination.
     
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  3. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Completely agree. Crevices may be covered with bright colors you'll never know are there without a light.
     
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  4. Corallium

    Corallium Garibaldi

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    Awesome, well I'll be buying one for sure then. Do you have any affordable recommendations?
     
  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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  6. davehicks

    davehicks ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Heck yes. Always dive with a light!
     
  7. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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    On every dive and they're not even there until you want them

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    How do you like my stainless key rings for attaching clips instead of that silly string
     
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  8. stepfen

    stepfen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Be careful. Using torch for day dives is addictive. After few dives with it, diving without it feels much much more dull...
     
  9. UFOrb

    UFOrb Manta Ray

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    I have one of these:
    Sea Dragon Mini 900 Torch

    Very compact, only needs one rechargeable 18650 battery (or 2x CR123 batteries), and has various settings; full, half & quarter power, flashing, sos. I just clip it off on my shoulder D ring and tuck it into a rubber band on the webbing so it’s not dangling when not in use.
    Plenty bright to light up nooks and crannies etc during the day.
    I haven't used it on a night dive yet but I'm sure it's more than adequate.
     
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  10. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I like the Xtar D26 1100. Its a chinese / ebay knockoff, bit well made. You can get it (without a battery) on ebay for ~ $60. There's a few in depth reviews on here. I like that it takes the larger 26650 or smaller 18650.

    I too take it on every dive.
     
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