In case you haven’t noticed the tactical lighting business is booming, evidenced by all of the new entries. Not only are we seeing more offerings entering the market but luminescence is increasing quite dramatically.
Just a few years ago having a 60 lumen xenon bulb qualified you as the Incredible Hulk. We then saw enterprising young companies (read working from their garage) introduce the light emitting diode that could be biased to generated 120 lumens – double the output! Tactical lighting has become such a lucrative business that companies with core competencies in other areas have begun to add lighting products to their lines. I’m not talking about household flashlights either! I am referring to 200+ lumens in an aluminum waterproof housing complete with striking bezels. So, just who is responsible for all this? A young company with tremendous vision, which recognized that a photon could become a weapon system, Surefire LLC in Fountain Valley, CA.
Companies come and go but few retain a conspicuous leadership position over the long run. Not the case with Surefire LLC who demonstrated, to all, at Shot Show 2012 that it was still king of the tactical lighting business with a slew of new product offerings in the 500 lumen output range. You’ve read it correctly, 500 whopping lumens of perfectly colimated kick-ass tactical light.
In the 500 lumen category two that I felt were particularly interesting is the M900L weapon mounted light and the Maximus headlamp.
In the headlamp category. I was pleased to see that all Minimus headlamps now ship with three filters – red, blue and green. LONG OVERDUE.
If you require a higher output headlamp be sure to checkout the Surefire Maximus, which is rechargeable and offers a maximum rated output of 500 lumens.