Whether they’re in the middle of a car chase or responding to a domestic disturbance, a police officer’s job is difficult.
From body armor to bulletproof glass on their squad car, these are all tools necessary for them to keep our streets safe. While they serve and protect, they shouldn’t have to worry about faulty equipment.
This is no different for the gear they carry around on their belt. Police need to be outfitted with HID flashlights that provide them with a quality beam of light for hours on end. Read on to learn more.
What is a HID Flashlight?
A HID flashlight features a “high-intensity discharge” light bulb. The main difference between a HID flashlight and your regular flashlight you buy for camping in an RV park is the power of the flashlight.
HID flashlights have the ability to produce a lot more light than a regular flashlight. It’s a class of gas-discharge arc lamps that make light by transmitting different electrical currents between electrodes and an ionized gas.
Why HID Over LED?
First off, they can operate at negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while LED flashlights can only operate in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Second, they cost significantly less than LED flashlights. This makes purchasing bulk quantities of flashlights for an entire precinct a lot easier on a budget.
If you’re involved with law enforcement, reduced pricing is frequently offered.
What to Look For
There are many things to consider when looking for the right law enforcement flashlight – illumination range, charging capabilities, and ruggedness to name a few. Look for a flashlight that can withstand hostile, rugged environments and perform at high efficiency.
Here’s a helpful checklist when searching for HID flashlights:
- Light output
- Beam distance
- Run time
- Impact resistance
- Water resistance
- Bulb type
- Beam type
- Battery type
- Size and weight
- Materials and shape
Also, find a supplier that has a wide variety of inventory with flashlights that meet the standards for operation in an explosive environment.
Do Police Need Them?
The simple answer is yes.
Over 240 million calls are made to 911 each year in the United States. While some of them are for medical incidents, many are directed towards police officers.
Law enforcement prepares for many different scenarios. This means having the necessary gear works in all environments, night and day. A reliable, high-power tactical spotlight ensures both safety and performance.
Tactical versions of these flashlights can help save lives of not only police officers, but the individuals they have sworn to protect. These flashlights have specific settings that can be set to produce a blinding light. This is effective for disarming or even scaring away assailants.
There are plenty of options that can be used for other emergencies. They range from car glass window breaking to just a simple blunt object to defend yourself.
Also, search and rescue operations benefit from down-range lighting with a focused, far-reaching beam from a HID flashlight.
Don’t Leave Home Without It
From their cost-effectiveness to their tactical usage on the streets, HID flashlights are an all-around useful tool for police officers.
At AE Light, we make high-quality flashlights that can not only be used by police officers effectively but also in other industries and for personal uses.
Our flashlights include a light-body design, black hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, a push button on/off power switch and 90+ minutes of run time.
Contact us for special pricing and more detailed information on the right flashlight for your situation.
AE Light is your one stop for a wide range of LED flashlights, searchlights, solar lights, HID electronic ballasts, hazardous location lighting and portable energy-saving lighting solutions.