Interested in a flashlight... how many lumens and such? Recommendations?
The Surefire E2e is good, and the Surefire L4 Luma Max is 'blinding'.:yup:Minimum is 80, 120 is better. I prefer Surefire and Streamlight.
Mostly the name but quality does have an impact. I have a number of Ultrafire and Cree brand chinese E-Bay lights (supposed 200+ lumens) that were all under $30. They are better than their price but maybe not the quality of Surefire or Streamlight. I have no complaints with them, they've held up very well and are stingy on battery use. They are much brighter than need be for indoor use but they are excellent outdoors with narrower intense beams. I also have a G2 and a 6P Surefires that I haven't converted yet. I like the wider beam and the 65 lumens for indoor use. I don't get any flash from walls and such. I usually carry my G2 for those reasons.What makes these lights so expensive?
Agreed. Keep in mind that flashlights are bullet magnets. The best way to employ them in most cases is going to be to briefly illuminate the target to ID it, then turn the light off, move, and shoot the threat using ambient light. If your light is powerful enough that the reflection off a white-painted wall messes up your night vision, those extra lumens may end up hurting more than they help.I go against the grain here. I say that they can be to bright, especially if its intended use is in doors. Remember that the light out put can and will affect your vision too. I'd rather have a 80 or even 65 lum light that has a properly focused beam than a 120 nuke pocket torch when indoors or close quarters.