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 Hazardous Area Hazardous Area Certification IP Rating Range Beam Type Zone Colour Case Material
    RS Stock No. 901-4966
    BrandRS PRO
    £6.63
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 12 lm No - - - Spot - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 136-3601
    BrandRS PRO
    £26.41
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 410 nm No - - - Ultra-violet - Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 177-2740
    BrandRS PRO
    £30.00
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    - Straight No - AA - - - - - - - - -
    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 No - - 13 m Flood - Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 715-7709
    Mfr. Part No.500882
    BrandLed Lenser
    £8.73
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 25 lm No - - 31 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 792-4234
    Mfr. Part No.501046
    BrandLed Lenser
    £32.20
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 320 lm No - - 260 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 625-9523
    Mfr. Part No.M-60
    £39.52
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    LED Straight - - LR1 90 lm Yes ATEX - 2.5 m Spot Zone 0 Yellow Plastic
    RS Stock No. 853-1745
    Mfr. Part No.9804
    BrandLed Lenser
    £35.07
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 280 lm No - - 220 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 625-9517
    Mfr. Part No.M-20
    £20.57
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    Xenon Pocket No - AAA 15 lm Yes ATEX - 2.5 m Spot Zone 1, Zone 2 Yellow Plastic
    RS Stock No. 701-2842
    Mfr. Part No.H251ALED
    £219.01
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 60 lm Yes ATEX - 5 m Spot Zone 1, Zone 21 Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 715-7718
    Mfr. Part No.8404 - P4BM
    BrandLed Lenser
    £16.52
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    LED Pocket No - AAA 18 lm No - - 25 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 792-4228
    Mfr. Part No.7298 - H7R.2
    BrandLed Lenser
    £64.77
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Battery Pack 300 lm No - - 160 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 797-3403
    Mfr. Part No.500895
    BrandLed Lenser
    £38.32
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    LED Pocket No - AA 140 lm No - - 120 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 869-7463
    Mfr. Part No.E78AHB 2 RS
    BrandPetzl
    £40.66
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    LED Head Torch No - AA 60 lm Yes ATEX - 15 m Flood Zone 2/22 Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 111-6702
    Mfr. Part No.5605R - iSEO5R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £42.05
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    LED Head Torch Yes - AAA 180 lm No - - 120 m Spot to Flood - Yellow Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 701-2867
    Mfr. Part No.XT-70H
    £606.61
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 350 lm Yes ATEX - 5 m Spot to Flood Zone 1 Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 698-8849
    Mfr. Part No.5819083
    BrandAnsmann
    £8.29
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    LED Head Torch No - AAA 40 lm No - - 100 m Spot - Black Plastic
    RS Stock No. 104-496
    Mfr. Part No.SP2201H
    BrandMag-Lite
    £18.30
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    LED Straight No - AA 77 lm No - - 141 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
    RS Stock No. 701-2839
    Mfr. Part No.R-50H
    £288.24
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    LED Right Angle Yes - Battery Pack 80 lm Yes ATEX, IECEx - 5 m Spot Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21, Zone 22 Yellow Plastic
    RS Stock No. 890-2935
    Mfr. Part No.5507R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £50.46
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    LED Pocket Yes - AAA 220 lm No - - 180 m Spot to Flood - Black Aluminium
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