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Windows 7: Handheld Spotlight

11 Mar 2012   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Handheld Spotlight

After some problems with my vehicle being broken into and vandalized, I moved it to a location where I could see it from my apartment, but recently, the street light above it has become intermittent, being off as much or more than on. I spoke with the apt. management about it, and was left with the feeling that what I got was lip service about replacing it.

Since I have not had any luck with getting a night vision serveilance camera working, I'm considering buying a handheld spotlight, so I can at least take a look if I hear anything suspicious. I have found a few that are affordable, but was surprised at how expensive some are.

Not having any experience with these, I get somewhat confused comparing them, because some only specify a wattage output, and some in candle power, like this one:

1-Million-CP Spotlight - Hand-Held, Cordless - Rechargeable w/ 6-Volt DC Charger - Yellow Optronics Lights GR-100Y

That sounds like a lot, but the price would seem to indicate less that it appears. I want a light that will brightly illuminate an area of ~ 20ft or more at a distance of 100-125ft away.

Most lights do not specify this in a fashion that I understand. Is there a way to evaluate this for my purposes?
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11 Mar 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

there are more powerful lights at a similar price,

Amazon.com: Peak PKC0TN 2.5 Million Candle Power Spotlight: Automotive

apparently cyclops are a recommended brand, but are more expensive at around $40
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11 Mar 2012   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, all of those are in my price range. When I spoke of those too expensive, I found some on eBay going up to $375. I noticed a link at the bottom of your linked page for a 5 million candle power light of the same brand, for only a bit more. When I Googled Cyclops, I found some going up to 18 million cp. Is that why they were recommended, or for some other reason?
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11 Mar 2012   #4

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I thought it funny that those ads for the Peak lights said "This item is not for sale in Catalina Island". It makes you wonder what the rich and famous doesn't want anyone to see on their beach or in their bushes?
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11 Mar 2012   #5

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I was on the verge of ordering this one:

Amazon.com: Cyclops C18MIL Thor X Colossus 18 Million Candle Power Rechargable Halogen Spotlight: Home Improvement

but after reading the consumer reviews, I had second thoughts. As would be expected, some liked it and some not, but the ones that didn't seemed to have a stronger case. Some in relationship to it's brightness, and other due to it short use time on a charge, and how long it takes to recharge. Some spoke about the lack of manufacturer's support, and the lack of proper packing. I'll have to give it more thought.
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11 Mar 2012   #6

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11 Mar 2012   #7

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That looks like a pretty good light, but two things bother me...first, the reviews complain that it uses a Ni-Cad battery, thus requires depleting the battery before recharging. Secondly, it is a LED light, which may be okay, but my only experience with LED lights is with some cheap little ones that I bought at AutoZone. I asked whether they were as bright as a regular flashlight light of their type, and was assured that they were...but they are not. This tends to make me doubt that light would produce a sufficiently bright beam at the 200ft distance it claims. I want a light would "blind" the person that I flashed it at.
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11 Mar 2012   #8

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I have two Dorcy's this rechargeable one and a smaller non-rechargeable. I'm a flashlight nut and I can assure you this is one of my best lanterns and man is it bright. It will hold a charge well and if need run for a long time on it's charge. Plus is small but all aluminum so if you needed to swing it it will make quite an impression, short of my D cell Maglight with it's custom lanyard I carry this.
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11 Mar 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i had a look at this forum about spotlights and the chap endorses cyclops, thet have a few on amazon.

Cyclops CYC-S6X Thor X Scout 6.5 Million Candle Power Rechargeable Halogen Spotlight Reviewed | Million Candle Power
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11 Mar 2012   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I have two Dorcy's this rechargeable one and a smaller non-rechargeable. I'm a flashlight nut and I can assure you this is one of my best lanterns and man is it bright. It will hold a charge well and if need run for a long time on it's charge. Plus is small but all aluminum so if you needed to swing it it will make quite an impression, short of my D cell Maglight with it's custom lanyard I carry this.
I'm sure that it is a good light, but at only 200 lumens, it is not in the class I'm thinking about. Even the Peak light that I linked previously, has something like 1400 lumens, and one person claimed that he replaced the bulb with some kind of automotive bulb, and got up to ~4500 lumens.
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