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Where to buy LED flashlights in New York City?

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by wylbur37, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. wylbur37

    wylbur37 Guest

    LED flashlights seem to be getting more popular these days. There are
    numerous websites that sell them, of different types and sizes.

    But here in New York City, I have yet to find a retail store that
    sells them. Radio Shack, for example, sells actual LEDs if you want to
    make your own, but they don't seem to sell ready-made LED flashlights.

    Does anyone know of some retail stores in the New York City area that
    sell LED flashlights?
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    I have seen them in some of the serious type camping stores. Here in
    Montreal, I have seen a few types in the Radio Shack stores. Apparently, I
    am told that they are not yet selling as well as the conventional type. I am
    told that one of the disadvantages are, is that they are still not as bright
    as the light bulb type.

    I bought a few keychain holders with one of these. It is good in the dark to
    find the key-hole, or look for something that does not require a powerful
    illumination.

    --

    Greetings,

    Jerry Greenberg GLG Technologies GLG
    =========================================
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    Electronics http://www.zoom-one.com/electron.htm
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    LED flashlights seem to be getting more popular these days. There are
    numerous websites that sell them, of different types and sizes.

    But here in New York City, I have yet to find a retail store that
    sells them. Radio Shack, for example, sells actual LEDs if you want to
    make your own, but they don't seem to sell ready-made LED flashlights.

    Does anyone know of some retail stores in the New York City area that
    sell LED flashlights?
     
  3. But here in New York City, I have yet to find a retail store that
    How big do you want them?? 99c stores sell keychain units in a variety
    of colors (not white, though). Pathmark sells small white-LED keychain
    units.
     
  4. Dave VanHorn

    Dave VanHorn Guest

    Wal-Mart, Target, any camping store should carry them.
    They're easy to find here in nowhere indiana..

    The one I like, is usually at knife stores, the Inova X-5
    White, Red, Green, Blue, or UV wavelengths available.
     
  5. Michael

    Michael Guest


    Another drawback is the painfully high price. And if you want the
    ability to focus the beam, as can be done with a MagLite, you will be
    disappointed with an LED light. No, although LED flashlights are OK for
    some close-in work (e.g. finding a keyhole), they don't replace a
    standard flashlight.

    But as for finding in NYC, what's wrong with ordering from the web?
     
  6. Jeff Wiseman

    Jeff Wiseman Guest


    Yes, but in many applications it can be more than justified.


    Not true. For example, have a look at the following review on the EverLED--a regulated high intensity LED that is a direct drop in replacement for a normal "PR" type flashbulb and will work with anything from 1 to 6 cells. With a standard 2 cell flashlight it has nearly 3 times the throw and 3 times the total light output (these are different) of a standard bulb (not to mention that the batteries will last 4-7 times longer with it! Don't forget the cost of batteries). Notice that it also has a diffuse type dispersion pattern so it WILL focus with a Mag's adjustable lens.

    http://flashlightreviews3.home.att.net/reviews/everled.htm

    The problem it that even though there are many different types of LED based flashlites on the market, most of them at present are marketing gimmicks and just plain garbage. There are some that are truely innovative--a little expensive but comparable to the many other LED models out there and many of them aren't evwen sold in retail stores yet. There are some really good ones. ARC's most recent model (the ARC4+) is only about 3 inches long, fits in your pocket, and on its highest setting (it has 16), it is as bright as a tactical flashlight (much brighter than, say, a 6 D cell Maglight--it uses the new Luxeon star LED I believe).

    I have an ARC AAA myself. It is almost as bright, more white, more evenly lit than a mini-Mag with 2 AA batteries in it. Furthermore, the ARC AAA uses only 1 AAA battery and will go for nearly 7 hours before starting to dim--the AA Mag will only last about 1.5 to 2 hours before dropping to that level. Furthermore, the LED is rated to last for 30,0000 hours or more. How many Mag-light bulbs at $4 apiece would you replace in that period of time?

    For more information that is likely better than hearsay, check out the LED discussion groups at:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com

    You'll be surprised at what is happening in flashlight land these days :)

    - Jeff
     
  7. Bob Myers

    Bob Myers Guest

    I'm not so sure about that in the latest versions; I just got
    one of these (as a freebie at a trade show, so I have no idea
    what they'd cost) using a single LumiLeds white LED and
    a 3V lithium battery. About the size of an "AA"-battery
    Maglite, although stubbier and bit fatter - and this sucker is
    BRIGHT. I haven't measured the light output, but the folks
    from LumiLeds said that they're pushing into the 100-1000
    lumens range with their LEDs. I can easily see a flashlight
    using several of these LEDs as being more than
    bright enough to replace my trusty 3-cell Maglite.

    Bob M.
     
  8. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I totally agree (and have--previously--in this forum). I used mini-mags at
    work for years. In the last five years, my flashlight of choice is my
    three-AA C. Crane flashlight. There's just no comparison. If you want a
    focused beam, a mini-mag is just not the ticket, anyway. It doesn't have
    enough oomph to get farther than ten feet or so, and only emits a really
    powerful beam for a matter of minutes before starting to dim--and that's
    only with a new bulb--as the bulb itself starts to 'silver up' like an old
    radio tube before you know it. Drop it while illuminated, and you're
    fumbling around in the dark for the spare bulb (unless you've already used
    it, then you're SOL). I can juggle, drop, kick or use my flashlight for a
    hammer, if I'm so inclined. "Takes a lickin' and...."

    My flashlight provides sustained high output for 100 hours on a set of AA's
    (and will remain useful for 50 hours past that point). I *never* have to
    replace the 'bulbs.' They're as bright as the day it was delivered, five
    years ago.

    I think that eventually, LED's are going to almost completely overtake the
    market in just a few years.

    jak
     
  9. R.Lewis

    R.Lewis Guest

    I would have thought that the CRI of white leds is so poor that they would
    be of little use in photography - or do the cameras do something clever when
    using these light sources?
     
  10. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    UH,could you please set your news agent to 80 character line length,the
    standard for UseNet?
     
  11. the Wiz

    the Wiz Guest

    There are some VERY bright LED flashlights available, at appreciably higher
    prices than the "keyhole" lights. Technology Associates http://www.techass.com
    has a broad selection of lights, including a drop-in replacement for the bulb in
    the MiniMag lights.
    Can't report on how bright they really are (yet), the one I ordered will be
    delivered next week ;-)

    The primary value of LED flashlights is their long battery life and (almost)
    eternal LED life.

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  12. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Some, or perhaps now most, of the top of the line scanners
    use them for a light source in place of those short lived
    cold cathode flourescents...

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  13. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    WalMart, at least here in Canada, even offers them as
    replacement auto bulbs - plug in replacements for
    brake lights, back up, turn signals, etc. A little
    pricey, but probably reasonable pay back when you
    toss in the safety factor of no burnt out brake lights,
    etc.

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  14. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Hi Bob,

    I am going to shop around again, if this is the case. A few months back, I
    was not as impressed as with a conventional lamp.

    I was reading an article about a year ago, that was explaining that in a few
    more years, we will be able to have our homes lit on LED technology.

    I am now seeing more and more new models of automobiles using LEDs for the
    rear lights.

    --

    Greetings,

    Jerry Greenberg GLG Technologies GLG
    =========================================
    WebPage http://www.zoom-one.com
    Electronics http://www.zoom-one.com/electron.htm
    =========================================



    I'm not so sure about that in the latest versions; I just got
    one of these (as a freebie at a trade show, so I have no idea
    what they'd cost) using a single LumiLeds white LED and
    a 3V lithium battery. About the size of an "AA"-battery
    Maglite, although stubbier and bit fatter - and this sucker is
    BRIGHT. I haven't measured the light output, but the folks
    from LumiLeds said that they're pushing into the 100-1000
    lumens range with their LEDs. I can easily see a flashlight
    using several of these LEDs as being more than
    bright enough to replace my trusty 3-cell Maglite.

    Bob M.
     
  15. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    I have seen some UV LED flashlights. To me, these are a sort of novelty.
    But, what would be the practical use for a UV LED type flashlight? I found
    the power level to also be very low.

    --

    Greetings,

    Jerry Greenberg GLG Technologies GLG
    =========================================
    WebPage http://www.zoom-one.com
    Electronics http://www.zoom-one.com/electron.htm
    =========================================



    Wal-Mart, Target, any camping store should carry them.
    They're easy to find here in nowhere indiana..

    The one I like, is usually at knife stores, the Inova X-5
    White, Red, Green, Blue, or UV wavelengths available.
     
  16. R.Lewis

    R.Lewis Guest

    I can appreciate that, within certain limits, the CRI of the lightsource
    doesn't matter in a scanner since it is always the same lightsource and can
    be compensated for.
    In a camera how does it know that the lightsource is a led, what type of
    led, and how does it compensate for what is a very poor CRI.
    Or are (most of) the cameras users just not bothered?
     
  17. Jeff Wiseman

    Jeff Wiseman Guest

    I screwed up my line wrap in my original post--here it is again
    with correction. Sorry all.
     
  18. EverLED--a regulated high intensity LED that is a direct drop in
    replacement for a normal "PR" type flashbulb and will work with anything
    from 1 to 6 cells. With a standard 2 cell flashlight it has nearly 3
    times the throw and 3 times the total light output (these are different)
    of a standard bulb (not to mention that the batteries will last 4-7
    times longer with it! Don't forget the cost of batteries). Notice that
    it also has a diffuse type dispersion pattern so it WILL focus with a
    Mag's adjustable lens. I agree on some points, disagree on others. The lifetime of the LED is
    much greater, saving bulb replacement. But the Luxeon Star takes 350
    mA, and it will eat up batteries just as fast as a regular bulb. You
    say 4 to 7 times longer, but it may be a lot less than that. And it's
    $40, which is much more than a good maglite costs.
    based flashlites on the market, most of them at present are marketing
    gimmicks and just plain garbage. There are some that are truely
    innovative--a little expensive but comparable to the many other LED
    models out there and many of them aren't evwen sold in retail stores
    yet. There are some really good ones. ARC's most recent model (the
    ARC4+) is only about 3 inches long, fits in your pocket, and on its
    highest setting (it has 16), it is as bright as a tactical flashlight
    (much brighter than, say, a 6 D cell Maglight--it uses the new Luxeon
    star LED I believe).

    The sacrifice many small flashlights make is they use lithium batteris,
    which are smaller and lighter than alkalines, but cost more per wat of
    power. So if you're a heavy user, you will pay much more. The cheapest
    is to get rechargeable C or D cells, and carry a spare charged set. I
    haven't yet seen a drop-in rechargeable replacement for a lithium cell
    such as the CR-123.
    evenly lit than a mini-Mag with 2 AA batteries in it. Furthermore, the
    ARC AAA uses

    I have both, right in my hand, and I don't believe what you're saying.
    The Arc AAA is only a single LED, the AA cell mini maglite has much more
    light output.

    only 1 AAA battery and will go for nearly 7 hours before starting to
    dim--the AA Mag will only last about 1.5 to 2 hours before dropping to
    that level.

    That's because the maglite's regular bulb puts out more light and uses
    more power.
    That's the main advantage of LEDs, they last longer. And they don't
    change to yellowish amber light when the batteries get weak.
    LED discussion groups at:

    Yeah, hearsay, that's what I call much of your information. :-O
     
  19. DOrcy has some good LED flashlight buys in OSH, and other retail stores.
    Check out their website. http://www.dorcy.com/led new.htm
     
  20. The problem with Inova is they use a much more expensive lithium
    battery.
    See URL http://www.inovalight.com/site.html?X5-ov
     
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