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Advise on first Dive Light

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Tiago Machado, May 6, 2021.

  1. RVBldr

    RVBldr PADI Pro

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  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This is NOT good! OK for a light you'll have on 100% of the time, but not for daytime use occasionally looking under ledges.
    Are you sure it says to turn it on to avoid leakage?
    Old training is to turn a light on before entering the water at night to (1) help you find it if you drop it, and because (2) old-style (not LED) lights would often fail when turned on, from the power surge.
    If this light's switch can't be used underwater, don't buy that light.
     
  3. Mouth Breather

    Mouth Breather Solo Diver

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  4. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. Tiago Machado

    Tiago Machado Registered

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    Unfortunately yes, see step 2 below

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  6. Scuba Client

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    As the others have posted, use a dive light with at least 600 lumens. Choose one with a small diameter head, and tie it off on a small bolt snap. Silicone grease on the O-rings every now and then.
     
  7. Scuba Client

    Scuba Client Banned

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    Don't waste your time on 300 lumens when for the same price you can get higher output.
     
  8. Scuba Client

    Scuba Client Banned

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    The Orca is a good light. They ask you to turn it on to prevent you from unscrewing it while underwater. At depth some screw on lights jam under pressure.
     
  9. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    sorry but i disagree. i use the dgx 600 lumen lights. they have a pretty tight beam. they are great for caverns or night dives etc. but are over kill for day use. you can certainly use them. i have. but it is over kill.

    you do not need that bright of a light when looking in cracks of the reef for little critters. in fact i would say it is counter productive. i have a UK 300 lumen lamp and it is more than enough. sometimes i actually wish i had a 150 or 200 lumen lamp.
     
  10. Scuba Client

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    It might be overkill, but I like the idea of having lights that can be used in all environments. And in the end, I'm really talking price. Divers seem to buy so much redundant gear. I'm thinking they may have a shopping addiction.
     
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