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 Torch Style Rechargeable Lamp Type Plug Type Luminosity Batteries Hazardous Area Hazardous Area Certification IP Rating Zone Range Beam Type Length Head Diameter
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    RS Stock No. 192-3681
    BrandRS PRO
    £30.17
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    Flash Light No LED - 105 lm 3 x 1.5V AAA - - - - - - 135 mm -
    RS Stock No. 176-6034
    BrandRS PRO
    £24.05
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    Flash Light No LED - 1400 lm - No - - - 200 m Spot to Flood 174 mm -
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    RS Stock No. 186-4621
    BrandRS PRO
    £42.74
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    Head Torch Yes LED - 250 lm Li-Polymer - - IPX6 - 66 m - 62 mm -
    RS Stock No. 136-3577
    BrandRS PRO
    £15.13
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    Straight No LED - 150 lm AAA No - - - - Flood 197 mm -
    RS Stock No. 901-4960
    BrandRS PRO
    £9.34
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    Pocket No LED - 15 lm AAA No - - - - Spot 147 mm 16mm
    RS Stock No. 176-6035
    BrandRS PRO
    £22.75
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    Pocket Yes LED - 300 lm - No - - - 100 m Spot to Flood 93 mm -
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    RS Stock No. 186-4622
    BrandRS PRO
    £46.43
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    - Yes LED - 450 lm Li-Ion - - IPX5 - 100 m - 64 mm -
    RS Stock No. 186-4627
    BrandRS PRO
    £40.36
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    Inspection Torch Yes LED - 300 lm Li-Ion - - IP54 - - - 160 mm -
    RS Stock No. 176-6031
    BrandRS PRO
    £14.00
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    Head Torch No LED - 300 lm - No - - - - Focused 60 mm -
    RS Stock No. 136-3601
    BrandRS PRO
    £21.19
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    Pocket No LED - 410 nm AAA No - - - - Ultra-violet 95 mm -
    RS Stock No. 901-4966
    BrandRS PRO
    £7.96
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    Pocket No LED - 12 lm AAA No - - - - Spot 103 mm 16mm
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    RS Stock No. 192-3680
    BrandRS PRO
    £26.61
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    Flash Light No LED - 100 lm 2 x 1.5V AAA - - - - - - 145 mm -
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    RS Stock No. 186-4624
    BrandRS PRO
    £46.94
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    - - LED - 2600 lm 9 x Alkaline - - IP67 - 400 m - 2.405 m -
    RS Stock No. 901-4979
    BrandRS PRO
    £19.91
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    Straight No LED - 400 lm AAA No - - - 100 m Spot 144 mm 40mm
    RS Stock No. 186-4626
    BrandRS PRO
    £41.67
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    Inspection Torch Yes LED - 400 lm Li-Polymer - - IP54 - - - 130 mm -
    RS Stock No. 123-4514
    BrandRS PRO
    £16.18
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    Head Torch No LED - 250 lm AA No - - - - Flood 76 mm -
    RS Stock No. 133-6301
    BrandRS PRO
    £146.40
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    Straight Yes LED - 157 lm Li-Ion Yes ATEX, IECEx - Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21, Zone 22 200 m Spot to Flood 156 mm 35mm
    RS Stock No. 176-6030
    BrandRS PRO
    £33.49
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    Flash Light Yes LED - 250 lm, 440 lm - No - - - 100 m Spot to Flood 174 → 227 mm 44mm
    RS Stock No. 901-4963
    BrandRS PRO
    £7.26
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    Pocket No LED - 9 lm AAA No - - - - Spot 142 mm 13mm
    RS Stock No. 186-4623
    BrandRS PRO
    £23.79
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    Pocket Yes LED - 600 lm Li-Polymer - - IPX4 - 120 m - 94.5 mm -
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