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    I need an extra red LED flashlight. I bought one years ago that still works and am happy with, however I've bought two others over the past couple of years that I had to return. They both had a very pronounced "halo" effect when shining the light at any surface, and the dimmer control was not smooth and linear.

    The latest one I bought (that had the bad halo effect and clunky dimmer control) is this one:
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    I guess I got lucky with the first one I bought years ago, which is the same as the others I've tried. Identical but with a different brand stamped on the side.

    Any suggestions on a good red LED flashlight?

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    I have one of those red led headbands that seems to work really well. Think it came from the Shack. It will last several nights on one AA battery. Also has a white light function that comes in handy for setting up in the dark.

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    I have a red LED headband light, but it's not really practical during the observing session. I find it a little too bright, and much prefer a hand held small flashlight with variable brightness. I use the headband light for tear-down at the end of the session. Thanks for the advice though.

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    I came across this a while ago while looking to get a flashlight. It also seems to have a variable brightness control.

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    I've tried red nail polish on a regular flashlight bulb. It seems to work well enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBalu View Post
    I came across this a while ago while looking to get a flashlight. It also seems to have a variable brightness control.

    Celestron Night Vision Red Flashlight - OPT Telescopes
    I ordered two of these same flashlights a couple weeks ago from another vendor. Absolute garbage! I have one just like it I bought over ten years ago with a different brand stamped on the side and it's great. But the two I recently purchased both have a serious "halo" effect in the lighting, plus one had loose LEDs causing it to flicker on and off, and the other had a rotary dimmer control that was very stiff.

    Fortunately the vendor credited by account and didn't even require I send them back.

    I have another of the same light, a different "brand name" I bought a year ago. It has some of the same problems.

    These days, these same lights are marketed under several brand names but they are all the same. They even have the same brand of battery in them, so I'm sure they're all made at the same Chinese factory.

    Anyone have experience with the Rigel lights?
    Rigel Skylite Mini 2-Color (Red & White) LED Flashlight - OPT Telescopes
    ... or ...
    Rigel Starlite - Red Beam


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    Hi Ken ..What i did was take a cheap LED flashlight from home depot and make my own red led ...I cut out a circle of red plastic tail light lens off a car and used it as a red cover on the cheapo light ..When i bought them they came in a 5 pack with batterys for 12 dollars but you cant find them that cheap anymore ...The cheapest i have found them was 2-3 packs for 10 which isent bad ... I used rtv silicone to hold the cut lens on the end of the flash lights ...
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    Hi i think roverich idea was great. .....if you have some time try creating your own red led flashlight......

    I think this article will help you a lot.
    And if you wana buy a good one ...some links are given on the link below....


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    I recommend 240 Lumens CREE Q5 LED Light Flashlight Torch SOS mode Xeccon L12
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    I bought an $3.00 el cheapo, and put a red piece of plastic in it for the lens. Works for me.
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