I've looked at a ton of beamshots over the past month. The one time I noticed a shutter speed setting, it was for 1 second. Wouldn't this cause the light to appear brighter than it actually is? I guess when shining a light in the dark onto a surface it may be a good setting to show "true" brightness, but what about the beam of light through the air? Wouldn't this setting falsely intensify the "light saber" effect?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm in search of lights that can create a good "light saber" effect that can be used in place of flares and a flare gun for signaling. I feel that a light that is effective enough at this could be better than flares because:
A - batteries are smaller and easier to carry than flares
B - the light can be pointed directly towards the people you want to gather attention from
C - you can signal by flickering the light on and off
4 - Lights can be used in wooded areas without the risk of creating a forest fire
5 - A flashlight is generally more useful than a flaregun with flares
If I could find a light that makes a good substitute, I'd like to own one and also gift a few. I just purchased a Dereelight Night Master. I'm also considering the budget HID's available on Ebay although I would need to purchase one for testing. This is getting expensive. What are your thoughts? Thanks for the feedback!!