Use of Flashlights

DragonFlame

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Hi!
I am preparing my university graduation-paper, and the subject I have chosen regards marketing research. You've probably guessed by now, it's about flashlights. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
It would help me a lot to have a list of the activities where flashlights are used.

So here comes the request to all you CPF-ers:
Could you please mention the 3 most important activities you use your flashlights for?
(If you feel it would be unjust to mention only 3, please feel free to mention any activity that you consider worth mentioning)
Thanks
 

diggdug13

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Night hikes/walks
Camping
walking around house without waking up the kids.
 

AuroraLite

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I am in the urban setting most of the time, so here are some of my usage:

1) light source when going into unlit area
2) additional light source when looking into shadowy places(ex small object dropped under a car in full day light)
3) Absolutely-last-ditch self defense weapon(besides resorting...)
 

Flying Turtle

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Prowling about the house
Finding stuff (specifically, contact lenses)
Spotting the cat and other wild critters

Geoff
 

beezaur

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In order of most important to least:

1) light to walk by: to the car, avoiding dog poo in the yard, going in back of the house, etc. Maybe 15 lumens, white.

2) light to read by: maps, panel boxes, notebooks, and books. 1-2 lm, white, or red sometimes better.

3) Checking things at a distance: which dog is in the yard, what's that on the roof, etc. 60-100 lm white.

Scott
 

greenLED

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La Tiquicia
Urban setting:
walking around the house at night
making sure the baby's OK at night
reading
general repairs in dark corners (or at night)
done only once: blind the punks with the loud party next door /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Outdoors:
While camping
An occasional night-time walk
 

McGizmo

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Target illumination for identification as well as condition or "activity" purposes.

Typical targets:

Part being machined where spot light or "highlighting" relative to ambient is required.

Terrain for successful movement; ingress and egress (ambient or impaired night vision require additional artificial lighting)

Lost or dropped item.

Dog "mines" to be removed.

Critters and other sources of noise.

Areas of interest in relative shaddow or absolute darkness.
 

MaxaBaker

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1) Walking outside at night (walking dog, or just for activity)

2) Fishing

3) Comparing lights with other lights, just for funh (both are the same thing /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif )


Good luck with your paper /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

nethiker

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Well...the most frequent activity is seeing in the dark /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif. The most important activity is for Fire/EMS calls. My light gets the most work on traffic control.

Greg
 

Cornkid

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1) Camping, hiking, traveling, etc.
2) As a tool in case of an emergency. ( sight and signal )
3) Outside/indoors late night activities (games/ search)

-tom
 

leukos

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1. entertainment /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
2. navigation around the house/repairs
3. navigation outdoors after dark
 

twentysixtwo

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1) Going into bedrooms without waking kids or spouse
2) Looking under (e.g. couch) / in (e.g. drain, fireplace) / and behind things (e.g. computer)
3) Going into basement when power is out
 

SilverFox

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Hello DragonFlame,

Good luck on your paper...

I use my lights mostly at work. I inspect things and use the light to illuminate items in the shadows.

I also use lights working on cars, camping, working around the house, going for walks, and checking what went bump in the middle of the night.

The most fun I have is when I show several lights to people and get them thinking of the different beam patterns and style of lights available. Most people have a pre-conceived idea of a flashlight, and it always brings a smile to my face when I am able to shatter that notion.

Tom
 

MrBenchmark

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1. Working on the insides of computers
2. Night hikes
3. Walking around the house at night without awakening my spouse.
 

ACMarina

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1. Looking for stuff inside, dropped under desks or tables. Generally, places where ambient lighting isn't bright enough to use.

2. Looking in the dark outside.

3. Search & Rescue, training and administration. .
 

nirad

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1. Electrical cabinets and component inspection at work.
2. Emergencies, blackouts, general security
3. Finding baby's pacifier /toys and illuminating dark places.
 

cheapo

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The best uses for flashlights in my opinion are

(1)search for something in the dark.

(2)safety, so you are aware of where you are during nighttime hours, and aware of your surroundings.

(3)basically-INCREASE VISIBILITY.

-David /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
 
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