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. 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 -
    RS Stock No. 111-6703
    Mfr. Part No.5619R - iXEO19R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £193.56
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    LED Head Torch Yes - Battery Pack 2000 lm 478g No - - - 300 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 679-6029
    Mfr. Part No.1-95-154
    £40.02
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 139 lm 404g No - - - - Spot -
    RS Stock No. 111-6700
    Mfr. Part No.5610R - iH6R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £50.46
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    LED Head Torch Yes - AAA 200 lm 132g No - - - 120 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 182-098
    Mfr. Part No.TESTBOY LIGHT 500
    BrandTestboy
    £47.79
    Each
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    LED Inspection Torch Yes - Battery Pack - 320g No - - - - Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 827-6482
    Mfr. Part No.9421R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £365.39
    Each
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 5000 lm - No - - - 700 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 298-3799
    Mfr. Part No.M3A012U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £13.35
    Each
    Units
    Incandescent Pocket No - AAA 9 lm 49g No - - - 31 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 869-7475
    Mfr. Part No.E78CHB 2 RS
    BrandPetzl
    £81.32
    Each
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    LED Head Torch No - AA 100 lm 160g Yes ATEX - - 90 m Spot to Flood Zone 2/22
    RS Stock No. 797-3407
    Mfr. Part No.500897
    BrandLed Lenser
    £92.06
    Each
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 420 lm 75g No - - - 240 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 792-4225
    Mfr. Part No.7299R - H14R.2
    BrandLed Lenser
    £134.29
    Each
    Units
    LED Head Torch Yes - AA 850 lm 340g No - - - 300 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 782-3960
    Mfr. Part No.NS UV395
    £32.99
    Each
    Units
    LED Straight No - CR123A - 144g No - - - - Ultra-violet -
    RS Stock No. 174-145
    Mfr. Part No.M2A10L
    BrandMag-Lite
    £15.53
    Each
    Units
    Krypton Straight No - AA 14 lm 107g No - - - 96 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 872-4870
    Mfr. Part No.RL4019 U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £198.12
    Each
    Units
    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 680 lm - No - - - - Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 890-2926
    Mfr. Part No.5606
    BrandLed Lenser
    £25.21
    Each
    Units
    LED Pen No - AAA 140 lm - No - - - 120 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 805-2251
    Mfr. Part No.8407R - M7R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £115.10
    Each
    Units
    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 400 lm 208g No - - - 280 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 775-8119
    Mfr. Part No.8317R - M17R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £190.92
    Each
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    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 850 lm 740g No - - - 450 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 792-4219
    Mfr. Part No.7297 - H7.2
    BrandLed Lenser
    £53.68
    Each
    Units
    LED Head Torch No - AAA 250 lm 164g No - - - 160 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 178-279
    Mfr. Part No.5102143
    BrandAnsmann
    £91.62
    Each
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    Halogen, LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack 550 lm 1380g No - - 1 1500 m Spot to Flood -
    RS Stock No. 826-8627
    Mfr. Part No.NSUV365
    £162.50
    Each
    Units
    LED Straight Yes - Battery Pack - 185g No - - - 35 m Ultra-violet -
    RS Stock No. 701-2833
    Mfr. Part No.R-55H
    £316.29
    Each
    Units
    LED Right Angle Yes - Battery Pack 80 lm 375g Yes ATEX, IECEx - - 5 m Spot Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2
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