An industry which has seen tremendous change in the past few years is the flashlight industry. In just a couple of decades, technology has changed so much that a flashlight today can sometimes hardly resemble a flashlight of the past. The introduction of LED lights have made flashlights lighter, brighter and more dependable especially for professionals using them in the field.
I remember when I was growing up, we had a flashlight in the garage which I literally needed to hands to carry at the time. It was clunky, heavy and required batteries which I am sure are still sitting in landfills somewhere polluting the environment. Now obviously for a family who needed a flashlight for the odd time the power went out, it wasn’t much of a problem but for people who use flashlights everyday as tools, clunky flashlight just won’t do.
As LED technology became more efficient, flashlight producers began harnessing the potential of LED lights and actually began working to making the lights more and more efficient. For professions requiring a tactical flashlight, LED lights are the only choice as there is no bulb to break in the case that your tactical flashlight is thrown around or damaged in any ways. Plus, LED lights are alot brighter than traditional bulbs and more energy efficient. A high quality tactical flashlight can illuminate over 1000 lumens which can be classified as a spotlight in a lot of cases. The fact that you can temporarily blind someone from a pretty good distance away with a flashlight that fits in the palm of your hand is pretty darn cool.
One of the other awesome features of tactical flashlights in particular is their robustness in regards to being damaged. In the past, military professionals would have complaints about the durability of a tactical flashlight as the bulbs would often break while they were stored in a pack or the shell would crack if it was dropped. Being in the field without a light when the enemy is nearby is not where you want to be.
Tactical flashlights have also become a lot lighter as military professionals are already required to carry so much gear. Ammunitions, razor-sharp tactical knives among other things and a big clunky flashlight just won’t jive for today’s military professional. Today, tactical flashlights are made of aerospace aluminum which goes through a special anodization process to ensure it is both as lightweight and as strong as possible.
Obviously technology will continue to improve and flashlights will continue to get lighter, brighter and more efficient. I imagine we’ll all have the power of a spotlight built into our phones before we know it.