Color-Rite Technology®

Streamlight’s Family of Color-Rite® Flashlights: A Light for Every Situation


What is Color-Rite Technology®?

Color-Rite Technology is based on the Color Rendering Index (CRI) – a scale from 0-100 that indicates how a light source reflects color variations as they appear to the human eye. The higher the CRI, the more vibrant the colors appear. On the scale, lights that measure 90+ are considered “high” CRI lights and are critical for tasks requiring the most accurate color discrimination. A perfect 100 would enable us to see colors as they appear in natural sunlight.

Color temperature is also an important measurement when it comes to Color-Rite Technology. Color temperature is expressed in Kelvin (K) units, which measure the temperature and color produced by LEDs. The Kelvin scale goes from warm (yellow tone) to cool (blue tone). Most LEDs used in Streamlight’s Color-Rite products are rated 3,000K to 4,000K, which is considered a warm, white color.

Why Streamlight's Color-Rite Technology?

Flashlights equipped with Streamlight’s proprietary Color-Rite Technology  allow users to see the color spectrum as they would in natural light.  While a standard high-lumen LED light produces an ultra-bright white beam that is needed in many applications, it prevents seeing subtle color differences in, for example, auto body paint colors or electrical wiring. In contrast, a high CRI light provides a softer, warmer beam to prevent color “washout,” allowing the user to see specific colors or imperfections and subtle details, regardless of the task.

Streamlight Color-Rite Lights for Every Situation

Streamlight offers a family of Color-Rite lights for situations that require detailed inspections or color differentiation. For markets as diverse as automotive, industrial, law enforcement, military, and even outdoor recreation, we have developed high CRI lights with Color-Rite Technology for a wide variety of tasks that require exacting attention to detail. From repairing electrical wires to inspecting paint finishes or examining forensic evidence, count on Streamlight’s Color-Rite products to help get the job done efficiently and safely.

Our family of Color-Rite products include the following:

  • Dualie® 3AA Color-Rite®: Intrinsically safe, multi-function, dual beam flashlight with a cool white LED and a 90 CRI LED (4,000K) with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology
  • Stinger Switchblade®Five lights in one: a droplight, hands-free light, UV light, bright white light, and a warm white (4,000K) high CRI light with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology
  • Strion Switchblade®: A more compact version of the Stinger Switchblade with the same great features and a warm white (4,000K) high CRI light with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology
  • FlipMate®: Compact work light with cool white LEDs and 90 CRI LEDs (4,000K) with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology - each with high and low modes
  • Syclone®: Ultra-compact work light with a cool white LED and a 90 CRI LED (4,000K) with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology
  • Stinger® Color-Rite®: Rechargeable, warm white 90 CRI LED (3,000K) with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology

Color-Rite Applications by Market

Law Enforcement // Military

  • Improve tracking in low-light conditions. High CRI lights like the Stinger Color-Rite help border patrol and other law enforcement agencies reveal subtle details of tracks and other markings that white LEDs with their bright “hot spots” can miss.
  • Detect trace evidence. Forensic teams can more clearly spot fingerprints, fibers, and other trace evidence on glass and other slick surfaces with high CRI lights such as the Stinger Color-Rite.
  • Enhance visualization. High CRI lights can help cut through murky lake or ocean water, thick smoke or fog, and even heavy dust when pursuing vehicles in rough terrain.


  • Match and identify colors. The Dualie 3AA Color-Rite, FlipMate, Stinger Switchblade, Syclone, and Strion Switchblade are ideal for color matching and identifying body imperfections before and after paint repairs.
  • Identify defects. Paint defects such as swirl marks and color sanding scratches are easily identifiable with high CRI LEDs.
  • Distinguish colors. When troubleshooting electrical short circuits or other motor vehicle repairs, high CRI lights assist in differentiating colored wires in hard-to-see areas under a hood or carriage.
  • Reduce glare when working in tight spaces. Because high CRI LEDs reflect back less light than bright white LEDs, mechanics can see greater detail when working in dark, hard-to-reach places underneath a car or under the hood.


  • Differentiate wire colors in electrical panels. In plants and other facilities, high CRI lights like the Dualie 3AA Color-Rite, FlipMate, and Syclone provide better color contrast of intricate wires in electrical cabinets, helping technicians to work more efficiently.
  • Spot imperfections. High CRI lights allow for contrast of color to identify imperfections in finish inspections of products, including parts.
  • Reduce eye fatigue. The soft lighting of high CRI LEDs reduces eye strain and fatigue for many users.

Fire // Rescue // EMS

  • Differentiate colors during emergency response. When responding to fires, accidents or other events under low light conditions, high CRI area lights such as the Dualie 3AA Color-Rite, Stinger Switchblade, and Stinger Color-Rite can help first responders see the color spectrum as they would in natural daylight.
  • Spot subtle details when conducting investigations. High CRI lights also allow investigators to see specific colors, imperfections, and subtle details when examining fire or accident scenes and gathering evidence.

Outdoor Recreation

  • Identify blood trails. State-of-the-art blood trailing technology in high CRI lights, such as the Stinger Color-Rite, reduces certain colors in the spectrum to better amplify blood trails.
  • Visualize in low-light conditions. Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts use high CRI lights like the Dualie 3AA Color-Rite to better see obstacles when navigating trails at night and under other low-light conditions.