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Some Lights are Too Good to be True

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(Don't) Believe the Hype

We don't want to pop anyone's bubble but it's for your own good. There are some light companies out there that grossly exaggerate their specs. We recently had a customer ask our opinion about an 8,000+ lumen aluminum CREE LED flashlight that they found online that sells for $80.

While it is our policy to not speak badly about other companies, it would be doing a disservice to anyone in firefighting, law enforcement and other professional applications to not tell them the truth. Don't get us wrong, there are lots of very good lighting companies out there who have been around for a while and produce quality lights.

What we're speaking out against is brands that boost their specs far beyond what is even capable by basic physics. These companies mention top quality components with mind-blowing light output and a shockingly affordable price. An example is one particular company that offers a 3,800 lumen aluminum CREE LED flashlight selling for around $42. This light is an example of something that is too good to be true.



Shhhhh...don't tell anyone...
but the light beam in this advertisement is (heavily) Photoshopped.

Based on the price point alone, we can tell you that those are non Cree factory emitters. In addition, they use inexpensive regulating controls, lenses and reflectors in order to sell their lights for that price. These lights are made for airsoft players and casual users, not for professionals that require quality tools for their job. We're not saying it can't be a good light but we wouldn't trust our life with it.

As far as light output goes, there is no way that light could put out the brightness claimed, due to the power source and to the fact that the light would reach extreme temperatures in a very short period of time.

I'm sure such a light will be available in the future...but we're a good 10+ years away from that.

To FoxFury, your lighting tool is only secondary to your service weapon. To trust your life and your fellow first responders to a light built with sub-standard parts is something we could never justify.

Our recommendation would be to purchase a light from a more reputable light manufacturer. Companies like FoxFury, Surefire and Streamlight build quality lights that are designed for first responders.