View Full Version : flashlight/taclight

January 8, 2009, 06:04 PM
do you have quick access to a light when you are in bed? what about in other rooms?

how often do you check/change the batteries?

ive got rechargeable lights plugged in to the wall in the living room, and bathroom. these are more for power loss than anything else.
in my bedroom i have a taclite on my cx4 storm, and a surefire on my nightstand.

i check all the batteries around once a month, and change them every 90 days or so.

what is your tactical illumination situation?

Superhouse 15
January 8, 2009, 06:36 PM
I overdo it maybe. I have a semi-disabled relative and a toddler in my split plan home in addition to my wife and I. I can't afford a mistaken identity or a miss.

First I have a friend wiring a switch into the house so I can control most of the lights from my bedroom door. Firemen always have second jobs and work for beer. Find one who knows electric and it's simple. Second I have Tactical Balls (seriously):
I can put light into a couple areas of the house where I need them, quick.
I have a Procyon from Insight on my dedicated HD pistol and a M3 or a Pentagon light on the two long guns I could potentially grab. I keep my Surefire L1 EDC light around the nightstand with the rest of my pocket stuff. It's great for baby duty at night on low power, but has more Lumens available if I need it. Great "Bump-in-the-Night" light. I have a G2 surefire with a 120 Lumen bulb in it in the pistol safe, and the wife has one near her HD guns. Grandma has a P22 Walther, all she can handle right now, and it has a Insight X light on it. I wouldn't move too quick towards the baby when she has it, either. I check batteries at least monthly, the EDC gets used a lot more obviously, and I keep spares in stock. For routine use I have my old rechargeable Stinger and Poly stinger in the house and garage, and I keep a Surefire SL20 charging around the workbench, too.

I think I've got it covered.

January 8, 2009, 08:37 PM
Superhouse 15: I can recommend X10 switches. My wife is disabled, and we've put at least one light in every room of the house. It's great for getting attention at the front of the house from the back. It's also great for bedtime. She can't walk in the dark, but with the X10 she can go to bed and then turn the lights off from bed.

January 8, 2009, 08:45 PM
i keep a mag-lite next to my bed
im cheap :D

and one day ill probably regret it :D

Bill DeShivs
January 8, 2009, 08:50 PM
X 10 is inexpensive and it works. I have it, and we even use it for the Christmas lights!
I also keep a Delight (225 Lumens) on the headboard.

January 8, 2009, 09:14 PM
i keep a mag-lite next to my bed
im cheap
+1, that made me laugh. Glad I'm not the only one.
Tactical? no... But it's really cool because you can adjust the beam :o.

January 8, 2009, 09:28 PM
I have a light mounted on my pistol

January 8, 2009, 11:00 PM
I definitely over do it with lights, never too far from a high performance flashlight in my house.

January 9, 2009, 02:49 AM
I'm thinking about a light/laser on my pistol, but I'll also have a sure fire in my gun vault safe with the two pistols. I don't want to have to point the gun at something just to find out what it is. I'd rather have my "light hand" do that.

Bill DeShivs
January 9, 2009, 03:30 AM
Look at DeLight on my site: http://billdeshivs.com/bd1/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=18
Much cheaper than a Surefire, and brighter-runs on common AAA batteries, too.

January 10, 2009, 12:59 PM
I have lights every where:D

January 10, 2009, 01:25 PM
I gave up on the plug in rechargeable wall flashlights; rarely last long, and have marginal illumination, though the concept is good. I think rechargeables are best used for routinely used light, and if you can also replace them with standard batteries, that makes them nearly ideal. Example would be a Fenix TK10 or 11 that can use either and has a selectable 60 or 225 lumen output.

I'm a big fan of contemporary LED lights, Fenix for the price, Surefire for the quality, though for the value, Streamlight for guns with rails.

Always have a pocket one, each vehicle, BOB, every room in the house. Purchasing lithium batteries (1$per CR123a)in bulk makes having reserve with a good shelf life practical.

I carry an Surefire E1B or L1 (2nd gen.), use them routinely, and get >6months run time. I prefer a tactical light with a momentary tail cap switch.

January 12, 2009, 07:28 AM
If you want a tacticlal flashlight without all the money try out the Husky Tactical at home depot . 4 watts and 200 lumen = ouch to the pupils.
Best 25 bucks I ever spent and you could hammer nails with it.

January 12, 2009, 07:52 AM
I'm a bit of a flashlight junkie.

My bedside handgun has a Streamlight TLR-1 installed. (225 lumens, IIRC). I function check the light when the gun comes out of the safe each night. I replace batteries as needed.

Beside the bedside handgun there is a separate light. Surefire 6PD with CREE R2 drop in (290 lumens of retina scorching light). Also has a strike bezel, but let's hope it never gets to that point shall we?

The 870 that typically stays outside the safe at night has a Surefire 6P with CREE R2.

Other assorted long arms in the safe also have mounted lights.

There are nightlights scattered in the foyer, living room, and kitchen to backlight anyone coming into the house from either door. Just because you have a light mounted to your weapon doesn't mean you have to use it.......

Outside the bedroom door there's a 4D LED Maglight mounted (old school :D). That's the one that I know is always there, mounted to the wall. In case of fire and we need a quick exit that will help light the way. Also a fire extinguisher mounted right below it. I check both every month and replace the fire extinguisher annually.

Without thinking too hard about it there's also a Coleman LED light with strike bezel hanging on a key rack by the front door (16.88 at Walmart, 75 lumen CREE Q5 LED, takes AAA batteries), There are two flourescent camping lanterns in the closet (useful for power outages, will completely light up a room). There are others scattered here and there.

January 12, 2009, 08:27 AM
I live in Florida and that necessitates a flashlight(s) in every room. I also have wireless remote lamps in every room that are controlled by a hand held remote in the master bedroom. If the BG should cut the incoming power my 15KW generator kicks on automatically. Living in a hurricane prone area makes one a pro survivalist.

January 12, 2009, 04:02 PM
I live in Florida and that necessitates a flashlight(s) in every room. I also have wireless remote lamps in every room that are controlled by a hand held remote in the master bedroom. If the BG should cut the incoming power my 15KW generator kicks on automatically. Living in a hurricane prone area makes one a pro survivalist.

Do they have enough wattage and lumens to blind the bg if it comes to that?

Yankee Traveler
January 26, 2009, 05:55 PM
4 D cell mag next to the bed
4 D cell mag in the front hall closet
2 D cell mag in the laundry room next to the 2AA Minimag
2 D cell mag in the Explorer
4 D cell mag in the truck
some other 4 D cell, big reflector, rubber coated, whatever in the truck (incase I need to hand a light to somebody else at work.)
my DeWalt rechargeable.
Some other LED rechargeable work light.

I need couple of rail guns, one for the wife, one for the self. But I am pretty much set on the "readily available" flashlight scene.

But I don't like light, and never turn them on unless absolutly needed.

January 26, 2009, 07:06 PM
I too am a bit of a flashlight addict.

I like Fenix lights currently, but like the idea of the X10 system in the house.

January 26, 2009, 09:49 PM
If I'm out and about, I have a light with me; usually a Surefire E2E. If I am in the house, I have several alternatives nearby. I change batteries as necessary, or once a year, which ever comes first.

January 28, 2009, 05:04 PM
It's the same as with firearms. You don't have enough flashlights and they aren't bright enough. I carry 3 flashlights and 4 spare batteries there are way more all over the house. The Fenix E01 with a lithium battery in it is a great cheap flashlight to stash in every cubby you can find.


'Nuff said

October 6, 2009, 08:48 AM
Have a CX4 with an X400 and/or TLR-2 - tried both - with the front grip the light is only a few inches from the grip and the standard corded pressure switches are too long. Surefire makes a DG-24 pistol switch that may reach but they have different ones for different pistols and so I assume different lengths - their help site has been no help. I am hoping one of these will work.
the TLR-2 came with the "straight" switch and I think they have others (shorter?). The TLR-2 is actually easier to engage without a pressure switch but am hoping to be able to keep all fingers on the handle.


October 6, 2009, 07:22 PM
What is this, the Night of the Living Thread. :rolleyes:

October 8, 2009, 05:57 PM
Ok, Ok, so this is an old thread - but did not want to start a new one - solved the issue with a call to Surefire - turns out they make remote pressure switches in a number of lengths, starting at 3 " - model ST3, ST4

October 12, 2009, 09:04 PM
Yep, Surefire has parts for darn near anything you can imagine. It's part of why so many people are fans of them.