Torches

Torches, or flashlights, are small lamps that are generally powered by batteries. They provide lighting for small areas where the light beam reaches and are ideal for maintenance, outdoor activities, emergency services and general-purpose illumination.

How does a torch work?

A traditional flashlight is battery powered and is operated by an 'on/off' switch to turn the light on or off. You can also use rechargeable batteries in them to help them last longer and save on the cost of batteries.

Torches have two main ways of illumination:

  • An incandescent bulb with a tungsten filament - the older, more traditional torch or flashlight with a softer amber glow
  • A solid-state bulb that is normally a light-emitting diode (LED) - the newer bulb that is used in torches that emits a bright light and can come in varying colours
  • What are the key features of a torch?

  • LED torches are more common now because the technology in the LED bulb allows for a very compact size and bright light output and the bulbs last much longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Torches have different beam distances, run time and light output so it is important to select a torch based on the application it is required for
  • The light output of a torch is measured in lumens (lm); the higher the lumen rating, the brighter the light is that the torch emits
  • Some torches are impact-resistant and water resistance to ensure they are suitable for using outdoors in extreme elements
  • Size, weight and functionality is also important to ensure that it meets the requirements of the user
  • What different types of torches are available?

    There are many different types of torches available, each of them useful and beneficial depending on the application they are required for:

  • Handheld torches - the most common type of torch because it is versatile enough to be used across most applications. They can range from being used as a general-purpose household torch or a rugged torch for use in harsh environments
  • Head torches - these types of torches feature a headband or strap style attachment as a hands-free solution when the user requires both hands to be free at all times, for example, surgeons, search and rescue operations, or extreme sports like caving or mountain biking
  • Hat torches - these are very similar to head torches, but the torch is built into a hat instead. They are ideal for outdoor working that requires both hands to be free as they keep your head and ears warm too
  • Penlights or pen torches - these pocket torches are a compact device that can be easily carried around in the user's pocket or toolbox. They are sometimes limited in their brightness in comparison to handheld torches, but they are ideal for when only a small area needs illumination for closer inspection. They are commonly used in the medical industry by nurses and GP's

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    Description Price Lamp Type Torch Style Rechargeable Plug Type Batteries Luminosity Weight with Batteries Hazardous Area Hazardous Area Certification IP Rating Number of Batteries Range Beam Type Zone
    RS Stock No. 122-3118
    Mfr. Part No.BE-02
    BrandUnilite
    £22.67
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Li-Polymer 150 lm 98g No - - - 13 m Flood -
    RS Stock No. 881-3942
    Mfr. Part No.ATEX-RA2
    BrandUnilite
    £62.95
    Each
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    LED Right Angle No - AA 350 lm - Yes ATEX - - 250 m Spot Zone 0
    RS Stock No. 881-3946
    Mfr. Part No.ATEX-H2
    BrandUnilite
    £64.95
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    LED Head Torch No - AAA 225 lm 143g Yes ATEX - - 115 m Flood Zone 0
    RS Stock No. 801-1339
    Mfr. Part No.HV-RT1
    BrandUnilite
    £29.95
    Each
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    LED Straight No - AA 300 lm 393g No - - - 200 m Spot -
    RS Stock No. 801-1345
    Mfr. Part No.ATEX-FL4
    BrandUnilite
    £44.95
    Each
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    LED Straight No - AA 150 lm 207g Yes ATEX - - 235 m Spot Zone 0
    RS Stock No. 801-1358
    Mfr. Part No.HV-FL4
    BrandUnilite
    £38.00
    Each
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    LED Tactical No - AA 220 lm 214g No - - - 128 m Flood -
    New
    RS Stock No. 193-8292
    Mfr. Part No.PL-3
    BrandUnilite
    £11.99
    Each
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    LED Pen - - 3 x AAA 275 lm - - - IPX4 - - - -
    New
    RS Stock No. 193-8295
    Mfr. Part No.HL-5R
    BrandUnilite
    £46.99
    Each
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    LED Head Light Yes - Li-Polymer - 110g - - IK07, IP65 - - - -
    RS Stock No. 177-4447
    Mfr. Part No.HL-4R
    BrandUnilite
    £41.99
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Li-Polymer 275 lm 78g - - - - - Flashing -
    New
    RS Stock No. 193-8296
    Mfr. Part No.HL-7R
    BrandUnilite
    £57.99
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    LED Head Light Yes - Li-Polymer - 94g - - IPX5 - - Flood -
    RS Stock No. 146-4740
    Mfr. Part No.PS-CL1
    BrandUnilite
    £13.98
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    LED Clip Yes - Li-ion 50 lm 13.5g No - - - 15 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 146-4748
    Mfr. Part No.BE-02+O
    BrandUnilite
    £27.95
    Each
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Li-Polymer 150 lm 125g No - - - 13 m Flood -
    RS Stock No. 177-4450
    Mfr. Part No.BE-02TH
    BrandUnilite
    £29.98
    Each
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    LED Head Torch Yes - - 150 lm 125g - - - - - - -
    RS Stock No. 172-1182
    Mfr. Part No.SPORT-H1
    BrandUnilite
    £27.50
    Each
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    LED Head Torch No - AA 175 lm 73g - - - - 70 m Flood -
    RS Stock No. 187-3771
    Mfr. Part No.PT-2
    BrandUnilite
    £29.99
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    LED Pen No - AAA Alkaline 275 lm 65g - - IP66 - 90 m - -
    RS Stock No. 146-4743
    Mfr. Part No.PS-HDL1
    BrandUnilite
    £25.00
    Each
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    LED Head Torch No - AAA 200 lm 69g No - - - 90 m Flood -
    RS Stock No. 146-4751
    Mfr. Part No.UK-P2R
    BrandUnilite
    £41.95
    Each
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    LED Pen Yes - Li-ion 210 lm 52g No - - - 35 m Spot to Flood -
    New
    RS Stock No. 192-8767
    Mfr. Part No.CT-2
    BrandUnilite
    £17.99
    Each
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    LED - - - AAA Alkaline 250 lm - - - IK07, IP20 - 12 m - -
    RS Stock No. 177-4446
    Mfr. Part No.HL-1R
    BrandUnilite
    £29.99
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Li-Polymer 125 lm 28g - - - - - Flashing -
    RS Stock No. 172-1187
    Mfr. Part No.PS-PL4R
    BrandUnilite
    £24.00
    Each
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    LED Pen Yes - - 125 lm - - - - - - - -