DIVING LIGHTS – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Choosing the right diving light for your scuba needs can be very confusing. We have compiled a simple guide of things to consider before buying your ideal dive lights.
Diving lights are a vital part of the tool belt any scuba diver needs when heading underwater whether for night dives or day dives, ocean dives, lakes, rivers, cave diving, or anywhere else you may want to explore the underwater world. Novices and professionals alike agree the right diving torch can turn an average scuba expedition into an amazing one.
There are a few things to consider before just buying the brightest dive light you can find. Water clarity, depth, other equipment you will be using such as cameras all play a factor in picking the perfect dive light for you!
This aricle covers the following topics, click any of the topics below to skip to that section.
- Primary versus Backup Diving Lights
- Dive Depth and IPX Ratings
- Output and Brightness
- Battery Life
- Ease of Use
- Lightsaver Diving Lights for Sale!
PRIMARY OR BACKUP DIVING FLASHLIGHT
As the name implies, a primary dive light is the main light source that a diver will use when underwater. Typically these lights have longer-lasting battery times (which allows for longer dives) and have a wide or broad beam, allowing you to maintain a wider field of lighted vision during dives.
Backup lights are an optional (but wise!) source of additional lighting that is used as and when needed but not used for the duration of the whole dive. Usually, the backup dive lights are smaller, allowing them to stay out of the divers way until needed, and typically carry a narrow beam, allowing you to hone in on corals, crevices, and cracks in walls, wrecks, and rocks.
DIVE DEPTH AND IPX RATING
It’s critical that you match your average dive depth with your chosen diving torch IPX rating. The deeper you dive the higher the rating needs to be to withstand the water pressure. Diving lights that are taken underwater to depths greater than their approval rating face serious malfunctions, leaks, and breakages which could leave you in a very dangerous situation underwater.
OUTPUT AND BRIGHTNESS
Despite what you might think when it comes to scuba diving, the brightest dive lights are not always the most ideal for the situation. Depth, water clarity, day/night dives will all play a factor in this. If you are in very murky water with a lot of particles suspended in the water, a brighter dive light will actually make it more difficult to see clearly around you due to overly-bright reflections from these particles.
This is obviously an important factor when picking the right underwater flashlight for you. There are basically two types available – rechargeable or disposable. Rechargeable, while clearly much better for the environment, will slowly diminish in longevity over time and use. Consider keeping a backup charged battery with your when using this option. Disposable batteries are always fresh when just opened up so it’s often easier to predict longevity, but carry an ecological downside.
EASE OF USE
How easy is it for you to operate your chosen diving flashlight while underwater? Can you easily access the switches and controls, emergency flash, etc? Do its weight and size suit your underwater needs?
Once you have considered all of the above, you will be ready to pick the best diving light for you! We currently have 3 diving lights available in our range, all tried and tested and highly popular among local divers.
LIGHTSAVER DIVING LIGHTS FOR SALE
LIGHTSAVER LS D03 PRO Diving Light
This incredible 2000-lumen rechargeable LED diving light carries a waterproof grade of IPX-8 and is suitable for underwater use to a depth of 200m.
It features a side magnetic switch for easy underwater operation and its toughened 5mm thick lens ensures good resistance to water pressure.
Its 8-degree narrow beam and reverse polarity protection make this the best choice for night diving or dark conditions.
LIGHTSAVER LS – D10 Diving Light
The ideal flashlight for all types of diving up to a depth of 100m.
This rechargeable 10watt 1200 lumen diving light weighs only 180g and comes with 3 spare “O” rings, thread grease, and a lanyard wrist strap for easy underwater control.
It has a constant burn time of 1.5hours and has 4 mode settings of 100%, 50%, 25%, and Strobing
LIGHTSAVER LS DX4S Diving Light
With an IPX-8 waterproof rating (waterproof to 200m/20 ATM depth) and a super bright 3 200 lumen beam, the rechargeable LS DX4S is the ideal primary scuba diving light.
Compact, lightweight, rugged, and extremely powerful, the aerospace-grade, high strength aluminum with a premium type III military, hard-anodized, slip-resistant body and 5mm thick toughened glass lens ensures maximum resistance to exposure to the extreme pressures and elements of deep diving.
Check out this 1-minute video of our diving lights, performing under pressure!
If you have anything to add that you feel divers should know about scuba lights, or even better, have used one of our lights and have anything to add, please leave us a comment below!