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When it's Dark, Turn to an LED Flashlight

We are taught as children that there’s nothing to be afraid of in the dark. The truth however, is that before electric light, everyone feared what the darkness held. It can be scary to be in complete darkness. People seem to rely on their vision as much or more than any of their other senses. Being denied light can be a scary experience. That’s why the flashlight was invented.

Flashlights have been a useful tool for many years in many situations. For workers who have to go underground, or see into very tight spaces, a good flashlight is an absolute must. A flashlight kept in a bedside table can make all the difference during an unexpected power outage. Camping without a flashlight seems criminal.

Many people are now moving away from traditional flashlights for ones that are using LEDs to power their light instead. Is this a good thing? Keep reading for more information on LED flashlights.

The Difference Between a Normal Flashlight and LED Flashlight

For the most part, the concept is fairly similar. Each provides light by turning energy from a battery or battery pack into light. However, the difference is how they do it. Traditional flashlights made use of bulb. Traditional bulbs used filaments and glass casings which could be damaged. While they would work, traditional flashlights were temperamental and had to be very large to fit a lot of batteries into them.

LED flashlights instead make use of light emitting diodes. It seems that all lights are turning to LED as the energy efficient option of the future. LEDs appear as solid crystals to many people and are housed in a solid casing. There’s no moving parts in an LED, which makes them perfect for flashlights.

Benefits of LED Flashlights

There are many reasons to switch from traditional flashlights to the LED flashlight revolution. If you have been considering making the jump, but aren’t sure, think of these benefits:

  • Strong - The construction of an LED is such that it doesn’t have the potential to damage filaments or glass within the construct. This makes LED flashlights stronger and more resistant to damage. Their drop proof nature means they are good choices when people reach for a flashlight just coming up from sleeping, like at a bedside table.
  • Long Lasting - Many flashlights are battery dependant and a single drained battery can render them impotent. LED flashlights are very economical and often don’t need to be charged multiple times or with multiple batteries. A flashlight that lasts longer is just more useful.
  • Save Money - LED flashlights may still be a bit more expensive than their old school counterparts, but that’s just the initial cost. Using less batteries and power means that they are going to be a better value over the long run. Their durability also makes it less likely they will need to be replaced in the short term.
  • Convenient - LED flashlights aren’t the gigantic bulky constructs of the past. They are able to produce more light in a much smaller package. This makes them more convenient and easier to use. They can get into tight spaces, like car engines more efficiently.
  • Warning - While traditional flashlights will simply go out and stop working when the bulb does, an LED flashlight will start to lose strength. Just seeing the light slowly become dimmer is a warning sign that it will need to be recharged. They will never let you be caught in the dark in surprise.