LR40R – I was always afraid of the Dark, not anymore..
Do you believe in zombies? Do you worry about ax welding gnomes waiting in the woods for you in the dark? (My friend does), Do you have depression? If you answered yes to any of these questions. Then you should probably consider purchasing the LR40R.
Ok let’s get a bit more serious. I purchased this light primarily as a “what was that noise” outside light. I live in the middle of the woods in a very dark area. I wanted a floodlight that could light the entire 1 acre of land in front of my house. It does it with ease…..
The day this light showed up, I was in a pretty bad mood to be honest. I almost didn’t even take the light out of the box, but figured I may as well try to improve my mood. The minute I went outside in the dark and tried turbo for the first time, I honestly couldn’t contain myself. I started laughing hysterically (fyi I am a grown adult not a kid). I actually turned the light off to catch my breath. It really is that ridiculous. The entire yard, over 1 acre was lit like it was daylight out. The first thing that pops to mind is those lights they use at fairgrounds that have light towers with running engines. I had just purchased a PD36R about 3 months ago which is 1600 lumens, and thought to myself when I bought that, who in the world needs more light then this. Well…. I changed my mind.
Lets be clear unless you’re in search and rescue, or a flashoholic (is that a word). This light is overkill for probably the majority of people. Should you still purchase it? Yea I think so.
When I first got this, after reading the specs, I though I would only use floodlight part of the flashlight, as I initially felt the spot light lumen number was kind of low (this is what you get for just reading spec sheets). The spot light is an absolutely perfect companion. When going for walks I run in low on flood, and when I want to see if there is a deer, or one of those pesky ax welding gnomes hiding in the shadows, I flip on the spotlight (you can run both at the same time), check out the situation, realize it’s a candy wrapper and move on. It can actually reach farther then the PD36R, that’s how much tighter the beam is, (which made me realize how floody the PD36R actually is.)
The beam on this is super wide, like 2 lanes plus 10 feet on either side of the road wide. When I took this for my first walk, I was actually embarrassed to run it higher then low when passing by a house as people have come to the door in the past because of my lights. Put this thing on turbo and walk past a house, the cops are probably going to get called, as they figure there is a helicopter with a flood light overhead. I am really not exaggerating.
Light has a decent amount of weight to it, its short but it feels substantial, Has a battery meter, can use 18650’s as backup, charges via USB-C (quick charge supported), and provides power bank functions via USB-A including power delivery. Independent light controls for the flood and spot, and you’re not forced to cycle through strobe or SOS which I find is a plus.
Light can tail stand, and with flood on low, it lights a room perfectly.
There are very little cons. The buttons are sometimes hard to find with gloves on, and for the light purists there is a little halo at the edge of the light beam, which is totally irrelevant for most users. It comes with a holster that does not protect the lens, I would have liked to see it cover the lens.
So to summarize, if you need to light large area’s of light quickly such as search and rescue, construction, accident scenes, or to simply replace a lighthouse at some marina, this is the light for you.
Do not confuse this with the LR50R. If your goal is lighting up single points like deer, or boats, then the LR50R is the preferred light for this situation. The LR40R is predominantly a flood light, with a nice spotlight thrown in.