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    Smile Help pick my next light

    I need a light for work. I'm an electrical engineer and most of my day is spent at the desk, but every now and then I'm out in the mill and need a powerful light.

    I'd like a minimum of 500 lumens and at least 2 modes, with 1 being 10 lumens or less. Sometimes I have to look at things up close in electrical cabinets and don't like being blinded by overpowered lights.

    I need a throw/flood mix. I have a smaller light i EDC that's always on me, and it works well for things up close and is mostly flood, so the new light can be more of a thower.

    Runtime isn't important. I rarely have to use lights for extended periods of time.

    I'm flexible on batteries. I have a PILA IBC charger and also this one http://www.batteryjunction.com/md-3000-charger.html I currently use AAA, AA, D, 10440, 14500, 18650, D, and D NiMh batteries. I'd consider another battery as long as my chargers would work.

    I need a light that will fit in my pocket. It doesn't have to be comfortable enough for EDC, but i need something i can carry in my pocket when i have to go look at something. I could go a little bigger than my t20c2 if needed.

    I need neutral or warm tint. High cri would be nice but it's not a must have.

    Here's my current list of lights with some of my thoughts about them and their uses. One option might be to move one of these to work and get a light to replace their current role.

    Peak Eiger with Nichia high CRI - I carry this all the time with a 10440.

    Eagletac t20c2 mkII with XML T5 HO, XML T6 HO, XPG-R5 Cool, XRE-R2 cool, and XPE-Q4 NW modules. - This is my nightstand light. It's great but I wish it would turn on in low. This light would work well as a work light, but I'd like something a little less expensive if possible. My last light was stolen.

    Eagletac P20A2 mkII with NW XPG - I keep this in my truck. It would be nice for work but it lacks in output. I also get free AA batteries at work, so that would be another plus. I'm waiting for a NW XML for this light.

    Xeno E03 NW XML - Keep this light at home and use it for a little of everything including loaning it to my friend for a helmet light while mountain biking. This would be perfect for work if the beam was a little more focused and it had a few more lumens. This is one of my favorite lights but wish it had a lower low.

    Fenix tk70 - I don't really have a use for this light but i had to have it

    LED 3D maglite - got it free from work and keep it in my truck.


    This light is my current top choice. Seems to be everything i'm looking for and the price is right. I thought i'd ask here though before I ordered http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-126/**NEW**-P-dsh-Rocket-XM-dsh-L-Neutral/Detail

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    hanks for the help

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    Default Re: Help pick my next light

    I have no idea why you need 500 lumens,I know of no UK workshop that i call on as part of my day job that use that sort of power for auto work.Plenty of decent lights for you out there.

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    Default Re: Help pick my next light

    I have both those EagleTacs and the T20C2 would seem ideal; I find it to be a really versatile light

    However, if you are looking for something powered by AA's then you may be interested in one of the holiday specials put out by Olight such as their S35 pack

    http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/sho...er-amp-M20S-S3

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    Default Re: Help pick my next light

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair55 View Post
    I have no idea why you need 500 lumens,I know of no UK workshop that i call on as part of my day job that use that sort of power for auto work.Plenty of decent lights for you out there.
    We have lots of large buildings. Some buildings are several hundred feet long with most ceiling heights over 20'. Some ceilings are around 60' if i remember correctly. My Xeno on 14500s isn't enough for some areas.

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    Default Re: Help pick my next light

    Quote Originally Posted by 85coke View Post
    This light is my current top choice. Seems to be everything i'm looking for and the price is right. I thought i'd ask here though before I ordered [URL="http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-126/**NEW**-P-dsh-Rocket-XM-dsh-L-Neutral/Detail"]http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-126/**NEW**-P-dsh-Rocket-XM-dsh-L-Neutral/Detail
    Wow, you REALLY need your (few) flashlights for professional purposes. i dont, and i have the Xeno (ordered!) and the 720 lumens EagleTac too. Yesterday i found out that my 13dollars-Romisen is a way better thrower than the T20 because of its collimating lens. you already have a Fenix; okay, it's a big large. since your T20 got stolen, you need a cheaper replacement? (Try EagleTac Lifetime Warranty first. Call them, cancel your serial number, and ask if they can help in any way.)

    the Shiningbeam looks as powerful as the T20 and is cheaper, true. nice finding, congrats. (I assume that the Zebralight SC600 is too expensive or not throwy enough?..)

    and if runtime/efficiency isnt very important, than what about Solarforce? Actually, all you need is a T20 body (everything except for the dropin module)

    good luck. (and i wish myself good luck with receving my ordered flashlights. i am waiting for ~30 days already. Hongkong, arggh!!!!)

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    I like streamlight if you can find one with enough lumens for you!

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