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#38026 - 05/14/04 04:38 AM Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,217
SI,New Zealand
Hey Guys,
I work as a Faultsman way out in the country, where there are no Street-lights.
I'm after a really good flood-light that I can use from my Truck.
I've tried all them 1,000,000 candle-power things, but they are just not bright enough to cut through fog and rain.
I have to check Drop-Out fuses from the truck, that are 7 metres up in the air.
Can anyone give me some advice?.
This device would be Hand-held, and 24V is no problem, as I can add a 12-24V converter if need be.
What I need is a decent white beam of light!. [Linked Image]

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#38027 - 05/14/04 01:53 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
rlrct  Offline
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 26
South Windsor, CT
What about a marine spotlight? They even have remote controlled ones that you could mount on your truck and tilt up to check the fuse while you keep your curls dry inside your truck cab. A lot of marine power systems are 12v.

Another option, if you want a flashlight, would be the ones the navy/coast guard use. My brother is a CG officer and has a discarded military flashlight. While the battery was good, it threw a highly-focused beam that was still tight a 1/4 mile away. The base is a 7"W x 5"D block (OK, OK - 18cm x 12 cm), top carry handle, rubberized weather-proof, that sort of thing. I'd imagine they were used for spotting shore stuff from a boat 1/4 mile out through fog. Maybe you can find a NZ navy or cg station that could help you out.

Just a coupla ideas.

#38028 - 05/14/04 10:40 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
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Looks like xenon-arc HID may be cutting-edge..

[Replacement lamps seem to be priced ~ΒΌ of the complete light.]

[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 05-14-2004).]

#38029 - 05/14/04 11:26 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
Trumpy  Offline

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SI,New Zealand
Thanks a bunch, Bjarney!. [Linked Image]

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#38030 - 05/16/04 12:26 AM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
frenchelectrican  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 939
Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
trumpy let me add one more link in here this is a really bad a** light it have 10 million candlepower hid floodlight and it is portable that one i think it top it all beside short of using aircraft landing light bulb btw

this one is a killer btw lol

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#38031 - 05/16/04 02:44 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
jb  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 27

I've had great experiences with the Sho-Me lanterns from Able 2 Products.

We have used them at work, in an industrial environment, for over 10 years and they have proven themselves to be durable, reliable, and effective. I was impressed enough to buy one for my own personal use. One of the best things is that they look so ordinary that people don't 'borrow' them as much [Linked Image]

Their specs aren't as impressive (when compared to other lights) as I thought they would be but I believe they would do a good job for what you described along with being lighter and less expensive than some of the others.


#38032 - 05/16/04 03:00 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
FWL_Engineer  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 50
Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK
Trumpy, there must be some decent ones about in the US surely. The UK is normally terrible for this sort of thing, but I recently picked up a rachargeable Battery Lantern that has 15 Million Candle Power. It uses a hybrid Xenon discharge lamp and a variable Fresnel lens so you can get a tight beam.

I'll see if I can find some info on the web about it, I'm sure it is American in manufacture. I found out about it doing some work for the RNLI, they use them on their Rescue Boats.

I have shone the beam across the fields behind my cottage, and the beam is visible all the way to the next house..about 2.5 miles away..with the naked eye. Even High level clouds...10,000ft plus glow if it is shone skyward at night.

#38033 - 05/16/04 03:38 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
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Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK
Trumpy, this is the same light, but only in 10 Million candle power!!


#38034 - 05/18/04 11:10 PM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
If you're looking at hand-held flashlights...

Look at the king pelican / laser series. We use them on the FD


Check out the litebox series.

I'll see what I can pull up on highwer power rigs.

#38035 - 05/19/04 12:51 AM Re: Best 12 Volt Floodlight?  
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Riverside, CA
check out Siren Net , they have alot of good halogen area/flood/spot lights commonly used on emergency vehicles.

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