Streamlight makes serious lighting tools. We make them for a wide variety of applications, but typically, there is no one light that works well in all situations. Flashlight choice depends on intended use. You need to consider your applications and how you will be using the light to select the light that's best for your specific needs.
To help you determine the right light for you, Streamlight created an interactive, online beam demonstration. You can check it out by clicking here. More information on our different beam patterns can also be found here.
Use the beam information, as well as the information we provide below, to choose a light that will serve you well for a long, long time.
Can the budget pay for disposable batteries or does frequent use demand rechargeables?
|Typical Costs of a Rechargeable vs. Disposable|
|Year||Rechargeable Flashlight Costs||D-Cell Flashlight Costs|
|* Average suggested cost of a rechargeable flashlight
** Includes $25 flashlight purchase and a year’s worth of replacement batteries
"Lumens" of a bulb is a measurement of the entire output of the bulb. (Focus is not considered.)
"Lumens" of LEDs is a measurement of all the light inside the "beam angle".
"Candela" or "Peak beam intensity” is a measure of the brightest spot in a focused beam.
Flashlights come with several kinds of bulbs. The biggest differences are the amount of brightness, longevity of the bulb, and the cost. Here’s a rundown of bulb choices:
blackenless as they age and may have longer life than xenon. Both require periodic replacement and can fail on extreme impact. They are easily focused — most powerful, highest performance, top choice for long distances.