In the past we have talked about, fun, interesting uses for LED lights, from turtle watching, to how they are revolutionizing the entertainment industry. But what about when the power of an LED light can literally be the difference between life and death.
I’m talking of course, about Firefighters. These brave servicemen must work quickly, and accurately to save as many lives as possible, sometimes even their own. By the time they arrive the smoke from the fire can be thick, and hard to see through. So what do they rely on to help them get through? LED flashlights of course. To pierce through the dense smoke, firefighters need a light with a strong beam. Something too “floody” would only serve in illuminating the smoke itself. Think of it like driving in a snow storm. Using the high beams only illuminates the snow, making it hard to see, but the low beams cut through, lighting your way.
So what kind of lights are our firefighters using? I looked around the web to see what real servicemen prefer. Here is what I found.
This forum, over at Firefighternation.com has real firefighters answering the question “What kind of flashlights do you use?”
The first person to reply had this to say:
It’s great to see that these great servicemen and women trust so much in LED lights that they are willing to risk their life on them.
A similar question was also posed on candlepowerforums.com
The names streamlight, and surefire come up again and again. You don’t need to be on these forums long to see that these brands are found to be highly trusted in the heat of a fire. Many of these men and women praise their ability to cut through the smoke.
You can take it from me, or you can take it from the firefighters themselves. Check out the forums above to get a fantastic look into the world of firefighting and the LED’s they choose to carry.