LED flashlights are as common as fireworks on the fourth of July, but why are they so popular?
Quality LED flashlights have three distinct advantages over conventional flashlights:
1. The bulbs can last up to 100,000 hours. That's over 11 years of continuous use. Suffice to say that you can leave your LED flashlight to your loved ones as a family heirloom and it will still not need a bulb replacement.
2. You will replace batteries less often. LED bulbs require much less electricity to light, saving your the need to replace batteries as often. Different flashlights vary in terms of energy needs: but even the relatively power-hungry ones will require battery replacement less frequently than conventional flashlights. In any event, battery life is frequently measured in days, not hours. This is a big advantage this time of year when daylight is at a premium and cold weather sucks life our of our batteries.
3. When batteries do start to run down, the LED doesn't go out as a conventional flashlight does; it just gradually gets dimmer. In many cases the amount of light provided may still be useful for an extended period of time.
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Adapted from The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund published in 2006 by Sagamore Publishing