Looking for a good light


July 15, 2010, 04:09 PM
Please post pictures of you're light. I am looking for a good BRIGHT LIGHT ( I heard there around $80-$150 for a good one) Also it has to be able to be mountable to a gun.

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July 15, 2010, 04:17 PM
What gun? How bright we talking here?

July 15, 2010, 04:23 PM
A pocket light. Yes Pretty bright.

What I am really trying to ask is anyone here have a bright light and if so please post a picture of how bright it is and add the light company name. I am trying to find a good light to buy. I saw two bright lights on a ar-15 once before (in a video, and no he didnt give the light brand) it was blinding when both came on.


July 15, 2010, 04:26 PM
Are you talking about something for a handgun to go on the rails? What gun do you have?

Friendly, Don't Fire!
July 15, 2010, 04:29 PM
Here's a bright light, the kind I would like:

This light is a little large for a handgun or AR.
It looks about right to mount on a TRAILER to also hold the necessary GENERATOR, WELDING MACHINE and FUEL SUPPLY.

You could make some serious money with this light!
Several hundred dollars for every 15 minutes of time lighting up the skies at new places of Grand Openings!

Tim the student
July 15, 2010, 04:36 PM
It will be pretty tough to get an idea of how bright the lights to compare to each other via photos. Basically, the more lumens, the brighter it is.

Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with a Surefire. The ones I have used have been quite durable. Even the low end ones are disorienting to a certain degree.

July 15, 2010, 04:50 PM
Not what the OP wants, but great info for all members. This is without question the best light I have ever owned. Waterproof, shock proof, burns forever, does not get hot, has a strap and will not roll away when you set it down. This little device can light up hogs at 100 yards in pitch black conditions.

Any dive shop will have it.



July 15, 2010, 05:02 PM
Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with a Surefire

That would be the best but that is out of his price range, right?

For a handgun look into Streamlight TLR-1s (http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=178)

Blue Line
July 15, 2010, 05:14 PM
you can't go wrong with either a surefire or streamlite. My preference is surefire, carried them for years without problems and currently own about 4.

July 15, 2010, 06:11 PM
The G2 nitrolon surefires are about $39.99 around here, rated at 65 lumens. I just bought a surefire G2Z combat light on clearance at Gander Mt. for $39.99, they are regularly $79.99, so I lucked out. It is also 65 lumens but can be upgraded to 120 lumens. So far a great light. Streamlight makes an excellent light as well.

Tim the student
July 15, 2010, 06:20 PM
That would be the best but that is out of his price range, right?

He didn't specify a price range. He did say "I heard there around $80-$150 for a good one".

Regardless, he can get a mount, a light, and a click on end cap for less than $150.

July 15, 2010, 06:38 PM
Yep, your right. I would spring for a Surefire Handgun Light. Assuming he wants it for a handgun. If it's going on a long gun the options are endless.

July 15, 2010, 07:01 PM
anyone got one of these? Fenix P3D vs SureFire E2D vs TL2 ?? I found a video and the P3D is bright!

July 15, 2010, 07:17 PM
I've gone from Surefire and Streamlight to Fenix: the most bang for the buck in my opinion.

My Surefires are now relegated to back-up lights. There's nothing wrong with them at all, I just like the performance of the Fenix lights that much more.

I do not have one that is a weapons light, but I have several others. They are my favorite flashlights, of which I have quite a few.

Of the three you've mentioned, though, I'm pretty sure you'd be happy with any. Remember that w/ flashlights, two is one and one is none, so you may be looking at a dual-mounting situation.

Have fun!

Tim the student
July 15, 2010, 08:33 PM
My Surefires are now relegated to back-up lights.

That is a pretty impressive testamonial. What can you say as to their (the Fenix) durability? I wasn't impressed with the Streamlights.

July 15, 2010, 11:34 PM
I converted to Fenix three years ago. I have three of their lights. The PD3 with the Q5 head is the best light in their line up, and is very inexpensive for what you get. I've used my PD3 daily for three years and it is as good today as when I purchased it.

I haven't visited the Fenix website in a long time, but the last time I was there Fenix did not offer a set up that permitted mounting their lights on weapons. Too bad because they would be perfect candidates. They do offer a gizmo on their "tac" lights that facilitates the use of the "cigar" hold when firing a handgun. I personally prefer that to a mount on the gun. Unfortunately, their tactical lights, while more expensive than the PD3, are not quite as bright and certainly not as versatile.

July 15, 2010, 11:43 PM
Surefire G2 is a solid, relatively inexpensive, name brand option that should suit most of your tac light needs.

As an aside, check your local wal-mart. If they sell the newer coleman branded tac lights, I will personally vouch for this model
( http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-3AAA-XR-C-LED-Flashlight/dp/B00261HIOM )

They're about $20, run 75 lumens with CREE LEDs on 3 AAA batteries as opposed to halogen lamps and 123a's. I've had three of these for about six months without any trouble at all, and I've put one through a bit of torture testing. I ran over it, beat the hell out of stuff on the strike face to the point that the fairly thick strike face bezels were starting to bend inward, submerged it in water, and it just keeps on shining. The battery life is actually quite a bit better than advertised, and the output is, in fact, brighter than the G2s I've used. I'm not sure I'd trust it for a weapon light just yet, but from what I've seen these are incredible little torches, especially for the money! I've got one in my bedside table, car, and gave the beat-up one to my dad, who loves it as well. There's a quoted 137 lumen model in the $30 price range that's a little smaller than the 2d mag-lite that I'll probably pick up next to try out, and I've also seen a model with adjustable focus that I don't think I'd trust really. It looks a lot flimsier.
YMMV, etc, but I think they're definitely worth a look.

Greg Koziol
July 16, 2010, 02:08 PM
MG P-rocket and MG X-thrower SST-50 flashlight, google them the MG P-Rocket has 800 lumens and fits in your pocket. MG X-thrower is a spot light, same design and the p-rocket but has a turbo head for long distance throwing, while the p-rocket is more of a flood light. Both are compact and run on one rechargeable 18650 or 2 cr123's... guess you'd have to see if they can handle the recoil though. But otherwsie for night hunting or self defense at night those are good. I'm gonna get one soon, both cost $75

July 16, 2010, 02:09 PM
I am looking at the Fenix brand. Does anyone have anything bad to say? are they good? I am looking at $120 or less< and any above 200 lumens.

Does anyone have the FENIX TK40 EXPLORATION LIGHT MC-E LED its 630 lumens. It has major flood and can be seen over 300meters. I know its steep $130 but it might justbe worth it.< Oh its big I did not see that, the photos make it look small.

July 16, 2010, 03:57 PM
Be aware that the more lumen's you get, the shorter the battery life will be.
There is no sense buying more light then you need to do the job you need to do.
123A batteries are about $3 bucks a piece!

And LED's are good!
I have an old 60 lumen Surefire 6P incandescent. Batteries lasted about 30-45 minutes at most.
I replaced the bulb with a Malkoff M61L LED reflector assembly.

Lumen's went up to 175 and battery life went to about 5 hours.

It has way enough light output for any reasonable TAC light use, and batteries last forever.



July 16, 2010, 04:00 PM
I have a couple fenix l2d lights and they are bright and I like the fact they use AA Batteries instead of cr123 but I don't like the clicky rear tailcap for a defensive/investigative light (want to be able to flash and move with a pressure switch) and although they are rated at 160 lumens or something my surefire G2 seemed just as bright.

July 16, 2010, 04:23 PM
Manufactures Lumen ratings are right up there with the Tooth Fairy and Santa in truthfulness.

The problem is that there is no set industry standard on where or how to measure them.

I will say though that Malkoff's ratings of their bulbs seem very believable to me if the one I have is any indication.


July 16, 2010, 07:15 PM
My Surefires are now relegated to back-up lights.
That is a pretty impressive testamonial. What can you say as to their (the Fenix) durability? I wasn't impressed with the Streamlights.

I use one daily and have had no issues with it over the past 2 years, give or take. I habitually carry one next to my spare mag(s).

Two have been fly-fishing with me in Alaska and were exposed to all the elements of S/E: saltwater, rain, dirt, etc, and the conditions of the back country. Both performed exceptionally well.

I like the various "modes" of the lights as well. To that point, I had to use the slow strobe feature during a downpour in near-dark conditions to guide my two friends to shore on one of our Alaska trips. They were out in the Zodiak when then weather turned ugly - fast. It was dusk, then dark, and I noticed they were way off base on finding our camp.

I set the Fenix on a stump, turned it on slow strobe, and they made an immediate course correction. The rain was so intense that I left the light outside and went into the cabin to build a fire so we all could dry out and warm up.

Sure enough, when they came in they admitted that they were heading to the wrong island. "If it wasn't for this light, we would have been lost."

That's pretty powerful testimony. That specific light is one of my favorites to carry.

I hope this helps!


Greg Koziol
July 18, 2010, 01:51 PM
Fenix Tk30

Tim the student
July 18, 2010, 02:15 PM
DFW1911, how well do they stand up to a dunking in water, and short falls?

July 19, 2010, 01:29 PM

4sevens and his light series have quite a reputation and following at candlepowerforums.

Greg Koziol
July 20, 2010, 11:09 PM
i'll second that... 4sevens is good too. I would also look up Jetbeam, and Thrunite, and Olight. All good companies for tactical and torches. Check out candlepowerforum.com good site. good people. Also i'd recommend checking out the manufacture's corner, there are a lot of small business enterpreneurs designing their own lights and similar prices as the big companies but better features and innovative ideas and customer service of course.

July 20, 2010, 11:30 PM
DFW1911, how well do they stand up to a dunking in water, and short falls?

Very well. First they survived the super-wet conditions of S/E Alaska for 7 days in the back country.

The one had the downpour incident. Two days later my buddy dropped one in shallow salt water. It was on and kept running, but I knew we needed to wash it off. I took it to the creek, dunked it pretty good, and had no ill effects.

I accidentally bounced one down the stairs, dropped one when getting out of my truck, and have had other, less "serious" drops, like being knocked of the desk, etc. So far, so good. Then again, none of these was a major fall, so take it for what it's worth.

Tim the student
July 21, 2010, 07:50 AM
Thanks DFW.

July 21, 2010, 11:38 AM
You may also want to ask the guys and gals over @ CPF.. Candle Power Forum..Great group..Lots of Info...

July 21, 2010, 01:46 PM
It just dawned on me I've not mentioned the models I've been referring to: the P3D and the P2D.

P3D here: http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=73

P2D here: http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=37

Hope that helps!

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