Dive lights’ beam anatomy

Please register or login

Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

Benefits of registering include

  • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
  • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
  • You can make this box go away

Joining is quick and easy. Log in or Register now!

XTAR

Contributor
Messages
263
Reaction score
61
Location
China
# of dives
I'm a Fish!
When you talk about dive lights’ beam, there are different parts of the beam pattern as shown below.

*Hotspot: It’s the brightest, most concentrated part of the beam at the centre, and enables the torch to throw the beam a long distance.
*Corona: Surrounding the hotspot is the corona. Though it’s less intense than the hospot, it creates a fuller beam enabling general use of the torch.
*Sidespill (or Spill): It’s the light coming directly from the light source, having missed the reflector. And it’s the very wide, dim circle of light between the rest of the beam and the surrounding darkness, offering users some peripheral vision.

Specifically, the anatomy of the beam can vary depending on how the light is gathered and focused. If all the light being emitted is captured and manipulated into an extremely tight beam, it’s possible to have little or no Corona and no Spill. And by altering the focus, some of the light can be distributed to the Corona, giving a wider and less intense beam of light. The more light in both the Corona and Spill would reduce the light in the Hotspot, therefore giving a wider beam but with less throw.

This may mean that a far lower lumen rated torch, which is efficiently focused, can appear brighter and throw further than a less efficiently focused higher lumen rated torch. And many divers also told they like dive lights with little or no Corona/Spill, which could be more efficient, and avoid backscatter issues underwater. How about your preference on dive lights’ beam?

light beam.png
 

Attachments

  • beam pattern.png
    beam pattern.png
    435 KB · Views: 22

XTAR

Contributor
Messages
263
Reaction score
61
Location
China
# of dives
I'm a Fish!
For example, there are pics about D26 2500 dive light beam from tom.st.george:

D26 2500-TOM 1.jpg


D26 2500-TOM 2.jpg
 
https://www.shearwater.com/products/swift/

Top Bottom