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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Ha, that's EXACTLY the light I carry on a lanyard around my neck. We got a dozen of them free ones lying around here, since you can pick up one , each time, @ Harbor freight for free.

    Then it only goes on if needed to see a date on a coin or whatever. Rest of the time: Let your eyes adjust to the natural light of moon and stars.
    I'm blind as a bat at night. I waste too much time searching for my targets. Need some kind of light ONLY when searching the plug or hole for the signal....I have an older headlamp I forgot I even had. Will have to give that a go.

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    TPmetal has it right. I love the headlamp with red light setting; it doesn't hurt your night vision as badly and attracts less attention. Its what I use on the beach and in the field. If you need to really get in there it has the regular light too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommybuckets View Post
    TPmetal has it right. I love the headlamp with red light setting; it doesn't hurt your night vision as badly and attracts less attention. Its what I use on the beach and in the field. If you need to really get in there it has the regular light too.
    That does sound like the ticket. The one I got actually has the red too.
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    I bought Fenix hl60r headlamp flashlight 6 months ago. Great light. Work for the long hour without any problem.
    Last edited by kimkoki; Feb 07, 2018 at 09:39 AM.
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    I have a 1700 lumin flashlight that also has a red and blue option, I use the red and can see fine with it then when I find something,I click on the white light. It lights up the world.

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    HighVDI it sounds like you've already got the light you need. Drag that out of the mothballs and use it. Out of curiosity what is it that you have that has the red light too?

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    I always have my trusty...GHOST VAPOR flashlight in my pocket small and powerful and uses one aaa battery .I never leave home without it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaveab View Post
    HighVDI it sounds like you've already got the light you need. Drag that out of the mothballs and use it. Out of curiosity what is it that you have that has the red light too?
    I had an old headlamp like mentioned on here but it disappeared somewhere.

    They still make them and I'm sure they're leaps and bounds better than the old one I had. Actually picking one up today at lowes. $25.00. Worth it for me since I do alot of night digging.

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    Here’s one that I use will go from spotlight to small beam.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    $11.99
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGold View Post
    Here’s one that I use will go from spotlight to small beam.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    $11.99
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    You've probably been doing your night digs in a t-shirt lately Rusty Gold. You west coast diggers make me sick!
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    this past Christmas my daughter gave me a really good flashlight for a present it is called Phixton it game with a 12 volt cigarette charger a 120 volt wall charger one 5000 Mah battery and an attachment for bicycle handlebars that attachment just so happened to fit on the shaft of my GM 1000 and also my X TERRA 705 once attached to the shaft it allows you to attach the flashlight and it is vary bright 1200 lumens

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    I prefer stumbling around in the dark, tripping over old logs and getting poked in the eyes by tree limbs. But, on that rare occasion when i am with someone that may be concerned about my welfare, I stay at home in the evenings.
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    Over the past 12 months I've had roughly 100 flashlights come into my possession. Some were purchased; most were sent by the manufacturers for evaluation purposes. Most of them were then gifted to someone else (once I've tested and reviewed them).

    For the purpose of metal detecting, I would think that a high power flashlight is not needed (too much for the task at hand it would blow out up close objects).

    One common means of measuring light output is lumens basically it is a mathematical equation that divides output over a specified distance to get a number that equates to a multiplication of the amount of light available on a night with a full moon. Roughly speaking, a 1,000 lumen flashlight is 1,000 times brighter than the light (in a specific area, at a specific distance) from a full moon.

    Our eyes don't see light on a linear scale though, so a 1,000 lumen flashlight does not appear to be twice as bright (to our eyes) as a 500 lumen flashlight. We can see the difference, but it does not appear to be twice as bright.

    Human eyes see red, white, and green light quite well. The advantage of red light is that it doesn't tend to hamper our night vision nearly as much as white light does. We also see better with diffused light.

    There are a number of brands that offer flashlights with multiple colors [of light] typically these models are geared toward hunters and those who fish. These types of flashlights are usually a bit larger than most would find comfortable for everyday pocket carry, but they're still smaller than the old C and D models we all used to have. Most of these types of flashlights will run on rechargeable cells usually a single 18650 battery. They're also geared more toward throwing ability (as opposed to flood ability).

    The smaller EDC types of flashlights tend to be single color (white) only [color of light put out]. They're very easy to carry in a pocket and they often have very impressive outputs. Battery choices range from AAA batteries to 18650 rechargeable batteries depending upon the brand/model chosen. A number of companies offer models (in this size) that can double as headlights (they come with comfortable headbands that securely hold the flashlight).

    Key-chain flashlights are smaller still typically the size of a tube of lip balm or smaller. They tend to use a single AAA battery (or a smaller rechargeable battery) and most feature a means of attachment to a key ring. Outputs vary some feature incredible outputs for their size but the highest mode is typically somewhere around 150 lumens (roughly 7-8 times the light put out by the old C and D models).

    For metal detecting purposes, if I wanted a flashlight that attached to the stem of my detector I'd look at an edc sized flashlight and get a bicycle mount to go along with it.

    One of the models that doubles as a headlamp is also a good choice. I have several and they work remarkably well. I also like the idea of being able to use the flashlight separately when needed.

    My choice would be a small key-chain flashlight something that I can easily attach to a ring or belt loop for ease of access and security. I'd want something with multiple modes; preferably one of the modes being a moonlight mode (1 lumen or thereabouts) so I'm not blinding myself, or attracting attention I don't want. I'd either get a model that comes with colored diffusers, or make a red diffuser myself, for use in a higher mode. I'd want a model that was more of a flood light than a throw light.


    Prices would range from a bit less than $10 to more than $100 all depending upon which brand/model chosen. Nearly all models would be waterproof (IPX 8 two meters submerged) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters or more.

    I seldom metal detect at night, but I always have at least two flashlights on my person (2 on my key-chain and usually another edc model). Most people would be surprised at how often a flashlight is needed on a daily basis.
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    A word of Caution if you hunt the beaches at night in Georgia or South Carolina. Due to the Sea Turtle Nests it is illegal to use flashlights on the beach after dark.
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    I haven't hunted at night, but I have a Fenix FD-30. It will be able to go as low as 8 lumens and with a red filter on it it would do quite well I would assume. It has many settings on up to 960 lumens so you can flood with as much light as you want. This light is a variable focus type, but it's not strong on a good narrow beam nor is it a totally even flood in it's adjustments. It uses an 18650 battery so the proper charger would also be needed. I would imagine you could get another flashlight with a smaller lumen output and put a difuser and red filter and even with the aa capability. Be careful about getting cheap lights as they may not last or live up to the hype they advertise. One piece of advice would be stay away fom coast flashlights a home depot as I had an HP-7 and it did fine until a slight bump of the light created discontinuity on the led.
    Last edited by Swaveab; Feb 07, 2018 at 07:05 PM.
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