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    Anyone know what flashlights they use in CSI (Las Vegas, NYC, Miami)?
    I've noticed that in some episodes for CSI:LV, they've used either SF M3s or M4s.

    As for movies, in the first parts of National Treasure, Nicholas Cage and crew seemed to be using SF M6s.

    Thoughts? Comments? Observations?

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    Welcome to CPF!

    Yes, we do notice flashlights used in TV shows and movies etc.
    There are threads on this very topic every once in a while.

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    Default Re: Flashlights in TV shows and movies

    CSI does use M4s. I believe they use the X5s often too.

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    Default Re: Flashlights in TV shows and movies

    In earlier seasons, CSI:Las Vegas used Streamlight Scorpions a lot. More recently they use Surefire M4s a lot, but still a few Scorpions.

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    Default Re: Flashlights in TV shows and movies

    The One with Jet Li, swat team used the Surefire Universal systems on their rifle.

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    Sign of being a flashaholic: You use the back and still button on TiVo and DVD player whenever a flashlight passes by, to identify it (even if other family members are present).

    At the beginning, CSI:LV was using Streamlights almost exclusively (Scorpion and UltraStinger). The UltraStinger was quickly replaced with SF M4s.

    The first LED they used was an Inova X5. They still mostly use Incans, they photograph nicer. LEDs are too blue, and produce a cold and harsh look on film. However, on CSI:Miami they used an L4 a bit. Also on CSI:Miami I saw a SL Strion.

    Law & Order uses mostly a Scorpion.

    Star Trek Enterprise featured a modified M4, I think. They mounted a collar with blue LEDs behind the head. On the trivia track on the DVDs they mentioned how happy the set and prop designers were about the development of blue LEDs, which they did not have during the early 90s on Star Trek:TNG, DS9 and Voyager.
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    Ah good point, I forgot to mention that Innovas were used on CSI.
    Another movie that just came to mind where a SF was used - A Sound of Thunder with Ed Burns. They used a modified looking M4. Good story, very badly-made movie.

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    There are many television shows and movies that use flashlights and like everyone else here tend to look more closely at them.

    In the movie Panic Room (with Jodie Foster) it's a SureFire 6P that the little girl used to Morse-Code for help. . .Had a clicking sound to it—hmmm. . .

    The one I kind of don't agree with is the Mag-Lights used by the Secret Service men in the movie Transporter2. I thought the U.S.S.S. were issued SF 6P/6Z if I remember reading that correctly in one of the gun magazines.
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    Tonights "Supernatural" used a SF M4
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHC
    In the movie Panic Room (with Jodie Foster) it's a SureFire 6P that the little girl used to Morse-Code for help. . .Had a clicking sound to it—hmmm. . .
    I came across that DVD in the 5 dollar bin at Wal-Mart recently and bought it. That was pretty cool. The camera appears to travel into the pipe up to the flashlight and does a macro shot of the filiment. Yes. Rewind/Slowmo/Pause.
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    Somebody beat me to the Surefire M4 on Supernatural.
    -Lost has at least one Surefire 6P and what may have been a 9N
    -Invasion has military guys using angle head lights and the ranger guy using a Streamlight.
    -Surface had a guy on the ocean research vessel with what I think was an Inova T3 or T4 (he was in the background fixing something).
    -NCIS has had too many different lights to count.
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    I really liked the hand diving HID lights they used in "The Cave"

    Till I looked them up....
    10W HIDs with 5 hour (huge) battery pack, $650 to $1200 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    In "The Hunted" with Benicio Del Toro, there's a scene in which a host of cops swarm a factory or something, all of them armed with 9P's with turboheads.

    In "Hide and Seek", the Sheriff check's out the house with is what I think a 12PM. Hey Al!
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    House of Haunted Hill (I think it's the last remake) had 12PM's
    They do get a lot of use, that is until the M4 came along.

    1st Episode of Stargate SG1 Season 9 had them using M4's.
    Strange how they needed a real illumination tool when they already had some cheap excuse attached to their P90's

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    In "Blood Work" Clint Eastwood uses a SF 6P and an M4 with Turbohead, if I remember correctly. In the end he chases the bad guy into a dark shipwreck at night, and leaves his nice lights behind. Jeez, this scene made me angry. The most tension came from the fact that he couldn't see, but just ten minutes ago he had an M4!
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    Anyone knows what light Keanu Reeves use in Constantine? It's mounted on his crossbow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgarak
    The most tension came from the fact that he couldn't see, but just ten minutes ago he had an M4!
    I guess he was out of lithium cells.

    Once in an emergency situation another person needed a flashlight and all I had to give was an M3 with HOLA. Every 15 minutes the person came to me with a dim beam and I had to change the batteries. An hour later I was out of spare cells. The person had no idea of the cost of the cells or the light and was even complaining about the light getting very hot and not illuminating the other side of the river well enough because of the "broad" beam. No light covers all situations... (Still like the M3 very much, it's just not a light for S&R.)
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    Also seen a few SF M6's in this week's INVASION.
    SureFire A2 .:. SureFire G2Z .:. SureFire M6 .:. NITECORE TM11 .:. Power on Board 35W HID

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    I'm pretty sure Chief Wiggum on The Simpsons uses a Mag 3-D cell.

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    in Las Vegas (Not CSI Las Vegas) I saw them use a Streamlight TL-2 or TL-3
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    This past Monday...CSI Miami...the blonde was getting on another CSI about not having fresh batteries in the "MagLite" in the "kit". I don't know if the actors know they are using hi-tech lights or not...I don't know if the show's producers want them to make it know that they are knowledgable about the fact that they are using a hi-tech light. They usually use SureFire's from what I can remember...maybe that was just a slip of the tongue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetThereBeLight
    This past Monday...CSI Miami...the blonde was getting on another CSI about not having fresh batteries in the "MagLite" in the "kit". I don't know if the actors know they are using hi-tech lights or not...I don't know if the show's producers want them to make it know that they are knowledgable about the fact that they are using a hi-tech light. They usually use SureFire's from what I can remember...maybe that was just a slip of the tongue?

    John
    I saw that episode too, I think they just used "maglite" because it's probably the most widely recognized name in flashlights...

    Firebladz.

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    P.S. the movie "Darkness falls" is a flashaholics wetdream LoL

    uh oh, this is my 100th post does this officially make me a flashaholic???

    Firebladz.

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    I rarely watch TV "show's" much, when i do tune in it's history ch, TLC, discovery, etc. (really have gotten sick of all the forensic death, blood, autopsy crap) But I do watch movies and, (give me a break here ) "Crossing Jordan". It's funny and still has a little substance, and a strange cast.
    They use streamlight's pretty much exclusively from what I can see.

    It seems that the most visable Company on media seem's to be Streamlight. VDG
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    In a movie about an earthquake a girl uses an old Eveready All American lantern

    In an episode of MythBusters they had some incans and a blue X5.

    Also notice in alot of shows how they mess up an incan's color and usually make it a bluish-white color?
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    On "The X-Files", they frequently use MaxaBeams, even in situations where such a large or bright light is unwarranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_LED_Museum
    On "The X-Files", they frequently use MaxaBeams, even in situations where such a large or bright light is unwarranted.

    Yeah, so does dog the bounty hunter, pointing it in perp's eyes a foot or two away for a good while. I ain't smartest tool in the box but aren't those HID thing's a bit strong for even iced out G's to handle? VDG
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    I was trying to determine what Jennifer Love Hewitt was using
    in that new show she's in "The Ghost Whisperer" or something like
    that. Dont' know why I was watching that (and probably never again )
    Anyway she went in the basement with the flashlight and at first it looked like
    an SF but then looked like it might have been an SL. Never really got a
    good look at it though.

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    In the first episode of Ginger Snaps (that cool werewolf flick) the girls use what appears to be a Streamlight Strion, which was plugged to its charger on the wall of their little backyard house.

    Anyone have seen this movie??


    Oh, the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters frequently use an Inova X5 with blue LEDs, they also have a boring 3D mag.
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    Just saw Doom last Friday and it looked like they had some sort of SF hooked up to those rifles of theirs. There was also a part where one of the guys used a red LED to check the eyes of the "rookie". Kind of surprising that one of the "Marines" had his light go out...and he didn't even have a back-up light.

    Also saw The Day After Tomorrow on cable for the first time, and noticed that they seemed to be using SF M6s.

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