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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanny View Post
    Sorry to drag this back. I use the LFM NW7 with 11ah battery for around 4-5 years , to date it’s been excellent. Generally I only use the tight beam , the wide beam is super bright but unless conditions are stunning you get a lot of back scatter. If your inside a wreck both beams bring a day light sense to the surroundings. I have read of the customer service issues but have no personal experience. When I was last in under water explorers Portland , they believed that LFM were looking to switch to Delrin for the battery housings. That’s the only issue on mine , I have some corrosion on the battery caps , but my set up is partly to blame as this has been in contact with my stainless frame.
    Thanks for your input Vanny, it's seems that Light For Me are great lights, after listening to different people on this forum and also outside the general consensus is that there are 2 problems; 1) service if you have an issue with the light and 2) aluminium housings causing some corrosion. It looks like they are switching to Delrin so hopefully at the same time they improve the service when customers have a problem. If they do this, they could be one of the leading brands in the UK.

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    There's a couple (of course there's more!) of popular helmet-mounted torches. The Scurion's rather nice: scurion.ch as it works out of the water for normal caving.

    The reasons I didn't go for a focus were varied, but the main reason was the 'wide' setting means the moderately powerful light source is spread over a much wider area, so will be dim. The NW7 and Anchor 189 have one light for narrow which is circa 1000 lumen, but a separate 3000 to 5000 lumen light used for the wide setting. This means that these can also double as video lights. The Halcyon isn't bright enough for a video light. Other reasons against the Halcyon included the folding Goodman; the fiddly switch; the large size of the head; the small battery; the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    The reasons I didn't go for a focus were varied, but the main reason was the 'wide' setting means the moderately powerful light source is spread over a much wider area, so will be dim. The NW7 and Anchor 189 have one light for narrow which is circa 1000 lumen, but a separate 3000 to 5000 lumen light used for the wide setting. This means that these can also double as video lights.
    Thanks Wibs, if you've got the NW7 and the Anchor 189, with my Focus we could ultimately have 3 independent review of some of the available lights that have the switchable focus from narrow to wide beam on here which will be good for future readers making the decision. Based on the service and spec's I have to say that the Anchor would have been my choice if not going for the Halcyon.

    Good point about the different emitters in the head of the light, you're absolutely right the Halcyon has just one compared to multiple system the other 2 lights use, i'll make sure to reference this when I post a review of the Focus.

    Another interesting point is that when you focus the beam of the Focus 2.0 to completely narrow you end up with a cross shape (almost as if there's actually 4 LED's or there's a small cross shapes thing blocking the light). Apparently this is as a result of the new design LED system and how it is able to safely deal with the 'power' emitted form the light, if you just slightly turn the focus dial back this goes back to a circle. Not sure if this is important for diving it yet but interesting look into how it's made compared to other torches, i'll look into what causes this further and put in my review.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    There's a couple (of course there's more!) of popular helmet-mounted torches. The Scurion's rather nice: scurion.ch as it works out of the water for normal caving.
    I'll also look into this, as a light that also works out of the water would be good for caving.
    Last edited by Kier; 22-01-2020 at 10:18 AM.

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    Hi folks - not posted on here for a while, for me these torches cannot be beaten. https://www.barbolight.es/ (there is an English website as well)

    I have used these for 600+ dives, some of which have been in fairly rubbish places and they are still good.

    The manufacturer has started making them again, they never come up on eBay being sold second hand so I would take that as testament to their quality. They are machined well, and the electronics are VERY good.

    Whilst not cheap, it is money well spent. Work out the cost of your dive torch and then divide it by 600 (in my case) it's cost me pennies per dive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irnbru View Post
    Hi folks - not posted on here for a while, for me these torches cannot be beaten. https://www.barbolight.es/ (there is an English website as well)

    I have used these for 600+ dives, some of which have been in fairly rubbish places and they are still good.

    The manufacturer has started making them again, they never come up on eBay being sold second hand so I would take that as testament to their quality. They are machined well, and the electronics are VERY good.

    Whilst not cheap, it is money well spent. Work out the cost of your dive torch and then divide it by 600 (in my case) it's cost me pennies per dive.
    Make a nice change from black.


 
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