Maybe it’s something about human nature, but it seems universal that we all love really bright, powerful flashlights. Like a moth to a flame, there’s something so exciting and mesmerizing about seeing a beam light up an entire field with just the click of a button. But it’s also important to remember that while very bright flashlights are fun, they are not toys. With great power, comes great responsibility. It only takes 80 lumens to cause temporary blindness for someone at night time, and there are plenty of lights in Fenix’s line up of handheld flashlights that, far and away, exceed that count. Powerful flashlights can be great tools and assets at work or while out in the wilderness. We’re going to break down 5 scenarios where your bright light would come in handy.

1. Self-Defense

First on our list is using your super bright LED flashlight to protect yourself from an assailant. As previously mentioned, it doesn’t take a whole lot of lumens to temporarily stun someone with a flashlight. Tactical flashlights like the TK16 V2.0 can be great allies. The TK16 V2.0 offers a max of 3,100 lumens over a distance of 1,274 ft (380 m). Plus, it comes with a strobe feature and a stainless steel strike bezel and tungsten steel breaking tips. Should an attacker approach you, these two features could be a great help to ensure your safety in a tense encounter by disorienting or fighting off an attacker.

2. Signal for Help or Search & Rescue

Extremely bright flashlights are a must-have for search and rescue operations. When searching in the thick, dense forest or over rugged terrain, search and rescue operatives need a flashlight they can depend on when someone’s life could be depending on it.

One of our brightest flashlights, the LR40R packs an unbelievable amount of punch for a relatively small package. The LR40R has the ability to shine up to 12,000 lumens over a distance of 2,100 ft (640 m). Plus, with a max runtime of over 92 hours, rescue mission teams never have to worry about running out of light too quickly.

3. On the Job

Whether you are an engineer, an inspector, or a D-I-Y dad, there are not too many jobs out there that couldn’t do with some extra light now and then. Having a high lumen flashlight on hand while on the job is never a bad idea. If you work the graveyard shift, an high powered, mid-sized light with a high lumen output like the LR35R can be a great addition to your tool kit. This mid-sized flashlight stands only 5.5 in tall but still is capable of blasting 10,000 lumens over a distance of 1,640 ft (500 m). The LR35R is small enough to be carried comfortably on a utility belt but strong enough that you’ll practically never need to carry anything bigger.

4. Overnight Hikes & Hunts

It goes without saying that a flashlight can be a good thing to bring along with you if you’re going to hang out outside after dark. That being said, a super bright flashlight can be a great help for the stargazers and serious mountaineers, alike. If you’re needing a light to find your way to your hunting stand before dawn, the LD30 has you covered. This compact light can blast up to 1,600 lumens over a distance of 673 ft (205 m) and still comfortably fit in a jacket or shirt pocket. Made with durable high-strength and oxidation-resistance aluminum, the LD30 can withstand the rough and tumble of outdoor backpacking without compromising on performance.

5. Save Yourself From a Power Outage

Last, but not least, a very bright flashlight can save the day should your home lose power after being hit by a natural disaster. Leave the candles in the drawer. Having a high-performance, long lasting flashlight can be irreplaceable in the event of a storm. We suggest keeping an emergency kit in an easily accessible spot in your home. In your kit, you should have at minimum: enough non-perishable food and water for at least a few days, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. Flashlights like the E35 V3.0 make for a great companion when the lights go out. This pint-sized flashlight can shine a stunning 3,000 lumens over a distance of 787 ft (240 m). Not only that, on eco mode, this light can last up to 50 hours on a single charge, which can be very helpful in a situation where you might be unable to charge your devices for longer periods of time.

Fenix E35 V3 Flashlight

Lights for All Needs

Whatever you’re into, be it hunting, hiking, or just a love of lights, Fenix has a flashlight made with your lighting needs in mind. Take a look at our full line of quality tactical and every day use flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns and find which flashlight fits you and your lifestyle. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for, chat with our friendly representative via our LiveChat feature.