- Jul 16, 2012
I think the near future of flashlights will be mostly about better emitters. High CRI is starting to catch on, as flashlight users are saturated with "bright light" options. So many 2000+ lumen reasonably priced lights now, it's starting to be a yawnfest as mfg. #1,344 jumps on the sun-in-your-hands bandwagon. Light consumers are starting to look for something that sets these products apart - better UI, longer runtime, better tint, and better beam pattern. 3 of these 4 can be addressed by improved emitter technology.
In the next few years, tints and CRI will improve, along with battery life. Dedomed emitters for better throw and output will become more common, and offered as a standard ordering option from the factory. I would even dare to predict that fairly soon, tuneable output emitters with adjustable "warmth" and CRI will become available.
Other than that, I see slow but certain improvements in LiIon tech - higher capacity and improved safety/reliability.
Beyon that, it's anyone's guess!
YES to all this!
People eventually get bored of the techy, gimmicky junk. They move on to high-quality features or aspects of the product, realizing simpler is better.
Take a boring blender for example. The ones with "21 mixing modes". Really? They're junk, and you actually have maybe 3 different speeds. If you care and actually use them a lot, you'll eventually end up with a $200 blender with 2 or 3 speeds. Pricey, but you appreciate the quality.
Once you get past the flashlights with 4 colors modes, 3 switches, recharging port, 92 blinking modes, crazy UI, and wi-fi compatibility, you can focus on a few important things that really matter.