LED Duty Light

Larry1582

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Any Law Enforcement Officers out there using a LED flashlight as their primary duty light? What kind?
 

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You are a LEO? Don't think that there is any LED lights that have good throw. You mind telling us what you plan to use your lights for?
 

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KL1 on an E2e( or Scorpion) is a great secondary light. Can't think of any LED that can be used as a primary light. A year or so in the future maybe.

Then again the best flashlight, knife or gun is the one you have with you
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Originally posted by Larry1582:
Any Law Enforcement Officers out there using a LED flashlight as their primary duty light? What kind?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Larry,

I don't believe that any of the CPF LEO's has ever mentioned a LED as a primary or even secondary light. It's more common to see a Magcharger (note improved bulb since early 2002) with a 6P, or an UltraStinger backed up by a smaller Streamlight, etc.

If we take the MC or a roughly equivalant Streamlight as a typical, widely used duty light, then we're talking about 40,000cp approx. If you're looking for that level of illumination, or anywhere near it from a LED light then I'm afraid that you'll just have to forget about it.

However, if your work as a PI involves relatively close range detailed observation, then a good LED might be useful. Also, if spotting or tracking a blood trail is part of your work, certain colors of LED light could be very helpful to you.

It might be useful if you can repost with more explicit detail about your needs and expectations.

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I still stand by my post. The KL1 is a great secondary light. I don't leave home without it
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I did not think there was a LED light bright enough yet, but I did not know if there was something I missed. I have been mostly a day shift investigator for the last 5.5 years and usually just carry a Streamlight Scorpion. Doesn't get used too much.

I have a evening secondary employement job where we are allowed to wear our department uniforms and duty belts. I have a Pelican M9 and a Polystinger that I swap out on the duty belt. Our department only allows plastic or poly flashlights. The Scorpion is actually a violation of the department policy as it is currently written. No full-size metal Maglights or Streamlights allowed.
 

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One of the reasons I asked, I was in the local uniform shop last week. They are now selling the Inova X5T with a nice little belt holder. I think they wanted about $60 or $70 for it.

Thanks
 

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Originally posted by Larry1582:
One of the reasons I asked, I was in the local uniform shop last week. They are now selling the Inova X5T with a nice little belt holder. I think they wanted about $60 or $70 for it.

Thanks
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">If you do what this light it can be had much cheaper than that at TTS.
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$39.99
 

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Originally posted by Larry1582:
One of the reasons I asked, I was in the local uniform shop last week. They are now selling the Inova X5T with a nice little belt holder. I think they wanted about $60 or $70 for it.

Thanks
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">wholly crap batman! does that include dinner? they can be found many places for far less.

what the heck is with the "no metal flashlights"?? PC BS i suppose? that's been a leo staple, whacking somebody on the head with their aluminum maglight/streamlight. what a crock.
 

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Originally posted by Larry1582:
....The Scorpion is actually a violation of the department policy as it is currently written. No full-size metal Maglights
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">How many bad guys were ever assaulted with a Scorpion?

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Actually, there are some current LEO's in one of the larger PD's (in AZ I think) that per Mr. Bulk is using his LGI light as a general illumination light.

The LGI is a Luxeon Star-based flashlight, in a mod'd Brinkmann Legend 3AA, direct-overdrive, on a beefy heatsink--and is BRIGHT. Perfect for a lightweight, belt-friendly carry light, that will run for a pretty good length of time.
 

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Originally posted by guncollector:
Actually, there are some current LEO's in one of the larger PD's (in AZ I think) that per Mr. Bulk is using his LGI light as a general illumination light.

The LGI is a Luxeon Star-based flashlight, in a mod'd Brinkmann Legend 3AA, direct-overdrive, on a beefy heatsink--and is BRIGHT. Perfect for a lightweight, belt-friendly carry light, that will run for a pretty good length of time.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Well said. I was going to post but saw this at the end. And for distance the Streamlight line works well for me.

I have a KL1 and -3 on order (for my Scorpion and P6) and will see how they work out when I get'em...
 

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I know a guy who uses an Inova (old style) as a secondary light.

Personally, I just switched things around a bit, now using a Polystinger that has a new stipled reflector which is giving me a terrific round hot spot (akin to a beam between an E2 and a 6P in terms of output) and a Surefire Guardian is the back-up light. The US is in the gear bag, right now.

--dan

EDITED because I can't spell...
 

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The new reflctor came with the Poly. Streamlight told me that all new STinger models will have it, as it's being incorporated into the product line. Give SL a call, and they can track one down as a retro-fit for existing STingers...

--dan
 

brightnorm

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Originally posted by dano:
I know a guy who uses an Inova (old style) as a secondary light.

Personally, I just switched things around a bit, now using a Polystinger that has a new stipled reflector which is giving me a terrific round hot spot (akin to a beam between an E2 and a 6P in terms of output) and a Surefire Guardian is the back-up light. The US is in the gear bag, right now.

--dan

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<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Dan,

Can you please tell me the runtime and length of that Poly?

I know that KT used to carry a Taclite and X5. I'm pretty sure he still carries the Taclite.

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"...KT used to carry a Taclite and X5"

I haven't changed my Level II. Although I don't use them nearly as often, except for that...ahem, flight back from Hong Kong
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,This combo is still with me always.
 
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