I remember being deep in a Florida attic with a 2AA Maglite....and the damn bulb blew. Pitch black in there. I felt so fortunate to have the spare bulb that day and I handled it with absolute care...in the dark...changing the entire thing in the dark, hoping I wouldn't drop anything into the insulation below. I never went in an attic again without 2 lights on my person.I remember having to inspect dozens upon dozens of homes, and plugging in dozens of electronic component cables on dimly lit rock band stages with an incan 20 something lumen Maglite for years, so I certainly appreciate the variety of choices available today.
Further proves my point.I see your headlamp and raise you one lightbar,
Bright, nasty 6500K LEDs exist in all forms of lighting, even 120v/240v bulbs. I had some idiot shining a bright thrower flashlight at me one night while I was flying. Fortunately not as bad as someone shining a laser at you, but it was still unpleasant.One reason spending the night in campgrounds is disagreeable (aside from the generators powering a big screen tv watching a wrestling drama/comedy) is having one’s eyes night adapted then someone activates a blazing multi LED lantern spitting out cold, low color rendering light in every direction.
AM radio, incandescent bulbs, land line telephones... All of these inventions are over 100 years old. Are they obsolete? Most people would say there are better options available today. BUT the enthusiasts will argue that the devices which use these technologies (designs) today are much better and more advanced than in the infancies of their technologies (designs)! They're still useful and used every day! and new devices are being made every day which use these technologies (designs)! Amplitude Modulation is still how all aviation radios work because of better range especially at fringe reception, incandescent bulbs are still used in radiology suites, MRI in particular and put out the best light quality and hardwired connections still are considered to be more reliable than wireless! BUT...technology has progressed...and it's time to move forward. It's not to say there aren't edge-use cases...but that's the problem... they've become edge-use cases.Seriously, @TPA ? If this isn't clickbait trolling, I don't know what is. I get your point(s), and understand that handheld lights do tend to be the proverbial 'hammer' that makes everything seem a 'nail', especially in the hands of enthusiasts such as you will find here; but the inverse is absolutely true. Your very useful lights have many, many scenarios where they are utterly useless.
I think you assume far too much here and the popularity of lanterns proves that many are already using them. Your seemingly closed minded posts here also seem to ignore the reality that most of us citing the lowly flashlight as anything but "useless" are totally unlikely to ever be carrying much in the way of lanterns on our person or in our pockets....they think portable battery operated light = flashlight; lanterns don't even cross their mind.
Yeah, they need to wait for the dawn to come and bring daylight....what people really need is not lighting up a small defined spot, rather they need to light a larger area.
Like alpg88 said, lanterns are often distracting, and offer a good amount of glare.cuz you caN't avoid looking at a bright lantern.
Accepting that, you now find said invited debate to be unacceptable, in favor of the OP who made such invitation??…I didn't see any malice or "trolling" in the opening post of this thread. I did however see an opening statement that invited debate…
Not at all. I think homie just chose some adjectives that to some seemed to be inflamitory. And those who responded by name calling in my view need to ease back on the throttle some and just enjoy a dialog where viewpoints differ. Sticks & stones and all that.Accepting that, you now find said invited debate to be unacceptable, in favor of the OP who made such invitation??
Open debate would seem to be debate on the subject and not the attempt to squelch what it brings in return.
My statements stand and were in fact invited by the person responded to by his posting of overly generalized and condescending statements regarding how other people think and what they do.
Which then would also allow viewpoints that differ from the OP as well. Instead of simply responding to the post I made, go look at what points I responded to and that one of my central reasons for making that post was his generalizing and condescending view of what others think and do....just enjoy a dialog where viewpoints differ.