brightness of handheld light for the sound

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Gdog » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:24 pm

Thank you all for your input to our new member. Your thoughts and ideas are appreciated. However this thread has run its course. Locking.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

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spatman wrote:
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby spatman » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:14 pm

H20doctor wrote::stir:


I see things haven't changed much since I left. Except that they let you back in. :partydance: :stir: :spatman:
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby JJHACK » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:22 pm

As the Op of this I guess I started out with a bang..... new to the site and such a popular conversation!

Thanks for the feedback and the ideas. Plenty to consider. I dove Redondo Saturday and Sunday. Learned a lot about the visibility of the sound at least at this location.

Again thanks for the welcome and the thought provoking ideas!

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Gdog » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:36 pm

This thread is heading south. I think we have covered the OPs question to every extent. If you have comments related to the OP question, please add them now. If not, there is no further need to post in this thread.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby H20doctor » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:25 pm

Norris wrote:Didn't see any questions directed at him, is why I asked.

carry on
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Well if someone was talking about a light that I built and many divers are discussing it I would be involved to help and answer questions and there seems to be people here discussing his product that is locally made..
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Norris » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:23 pm

Didn't see any questions directed at him, is why I asked.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby H20doctor » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:21 pm

Norris wrote:
H20doctor wrote:This thread is funny ... Where is dusty , he isnt commenting.. ?

Why would he need to comment?


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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Norris » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:19 pm

H20doctor wrote:This thread is funny ... Where is dusty , he isnt commenting.. ?

Why would he need to comment?
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Norris » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:18 pm

GearHead wrote:Speaking from a product development perspective, there is a difference between a light made with low cost as the primary goal, vs a light which is designed and tested for performance and durability under more extreme conditions. Primary lights designed for technical diving need to be reliable 100m down and two plus hours into an overhead environment. They are more expensive for a good reason.


Regardless of what type of light you use, tech divers carry 2 extra backup lights for a reason, use what works for you and what has proven reliability. Just because something doesn't cost a butt load of money doesn't mean that it wont fit your needs or be reliable.
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Jeremy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:06 am

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JJHACK wrote:I'm looking at handheld a light for searching some tight spots for octopus and other entertaining life in the sound. What lights are you using and opinions on power?


Brighter the better bro. Never heard anyone come out of the water yet complaining their light was just too darn bright...lol

Bright tight beam and sweet long battery life is the bomb


... but I've known several people who have come out of the water complaining that someone else's light was just too darn bright ... and sometimes they're talking about their dive buddy ...

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Probably my buddies. I often try to shine my light into their eyeballs at least 2/3 times per dive. It's a fun game. But they are getting pretty good at quickly looking away these days

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Grateful Diver » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:51 am

Jeremy wrote:
JJHACK wrote:I'm looking at handheld a light for searching some tight spots for octopus and other entertaining life in the sound. What lights are you using and opinions on power?


Brighter the better bro. Never heard anyone come out of the water yet complaining their light was just too darn bright...lol

Bright tight beam and sweet long battery life is the bomb


... but I've known several people who have come out of the water complaining that someone else's light was just too darn bright ... and sometimes they're talking about their dive buddy ...

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby H20doctor » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:25 pm

This thread is funny ... Where is dusty , he isnt commenting.. ?
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brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby GearHead » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:47 pm

Speaking from a product development perspective, there is a difference between a light made with low cost as the primary goal, vs a light which is designed and tested for performance and durability under more extreme conditions. Primary lights designed for technical diving need to be reliable 100m down and two plus hours into an overhead environment. They are more expensive for a good reason.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:03 pm

mpspringer wrote:curious, besides several hundreds of dollars, how is a "tech" light diff from dusty's?
besides luminosity/focus..


Luminosity focus is the difference. And a good grand or more, not several hundreds. They are awesome, but stupid expensive.

But then so is a scooter. And a high end dry suit.

Ya got the bucks get the "best" you can afford!

If not, there are still other options.

Dusty's lights, as has been mentioned are more than adequate for 90% of the diving you will do in the sound and they are pretty bulletproof, and if something goes wrong he takes care of it. His new battery packs have close to 4 hours burn time and I haven't yet run one into spaz mode. I do have one of his older lights with an updated battery pack, and I like it a bit better than the new ones because it has a tighter beam. The diffuser is nice if I want to use it for photography.

Plus it attracts tarpon like nobody's business in Bonaire! :taco: :taco:

But yeah, the DRIS light that uses 3 C-Cells is a great, inexpensive light that will work in the sound if all you have to spend is a hundred bucks.

Lots of options - get the best you can afford!
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Desert Diver » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:48 pm

I have come up from a night dive in Coz with our Dris 1000's and other people were complaining that they might as well not have brought their lights.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Jeremy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:42 pm

JJHACK wrote:I'm looking at handheld a light for searching some tight spots for octopus and other entertaining life in the sound. What lights are you using and opinions on power?


Brighter the better bro. Never heard anyone come out of the water yet complaining their light was just too darn bright...lol

Bright tight beam and sweet long battery life is the bomb

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Jeremy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:40 pm

mpspringer wrote:curious, besides several hundreds of dollars, how is a "tech" light diff from dusty's?
besides luminosity/focus..


My Dusty light went into "SOS" mode towards the end of a long cave dive...battery got low.

Nothing like cave diving with your light spazzing out for everyone's enjoyment! So I bought a Focus. My Dusty light got destroyed in some blind exit drills in cave class...though he was able to get it all fixed up good as new when I got back. Put it up for sale for something like $250 and it sold in one day.

That said, I happily dove my Dusty light for 4+ years without issue. Great lights! And Dusty himself is a cool guy who is always happy to help you out if need anything tweeked on your light.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby mpspringer » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:16 pm

curious, besides several hundreds of dollars, how is a "tech" light diff from dusty's?
besides luminosity/focus..

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:59 pm

Norris wrote:Well I have had Dustys light to 220 and it did fabulous, so ymmv.

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Dusty's light also works fabulous at 1 ATM in the back yard spotting raccoons. :tomnic: :calvin: :norris:
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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Norris » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:47 am

Well I have had Dustys light to 220 and it did fabulous, so ymmv.

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Re: brightness of handheld light for the sound

Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:46 am

Dusty lights are a great investment for the recreational diver ... but they're really not designed for tech diving. Nor has Dusty ever suggested that they are. They're less expensive than tech diving can lights for a reason.

Right tool for the right job ... there's more to consider than just brightness. And brighter isn't always necessarily better. As with all equipment purchases, consider what you plan to use it for, and generally how you plan to use it. All gear comes with benefits and drawbacks that should be weighed against that criteria to reduce the likelihood that you'll end up wishing you'd gotten something else, or repurchasing a different product once you discover that the gear you bought doesn't fit your needs as well as you thought it would.

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