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
    RS Stock No. 182-098
    Mfr. Part No.TESTBOY LIGHT 500
    BrandTestboy
    £47.79
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    Inspection Torch Yes LED - - Battery Pack No - - - - Spot to Flood - -
    RS Stock No. 827-6482
    Mfr. Part No.9421R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £365.39
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    Straight Yes LED - 5000 lm Battery Pack No - - - 700 m Spot to Flood 407 mm 95mm
    RS Stock No. 298-3799
    Mfr. Part No.M3A012U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £13.35
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    Pocket No Incandescent - 9 lm AAA No - - - 31 m Spot to Flood 127 mm 19mm
    RS Stock No. 869-7475
    Mfr. Part No.E78CHB 2 RS
    BrandPetzl
    £79.64
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    Head Torch No LED - 100 lm AA Yes ATEX - Zone 2/22 90 m Spot to Flood - -
    RS Stock No. 797-3407
    Mfr. Part No.500897
    BrandLed Lenser
    £92.06
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    Straight Yes LED - 420 lm Battery Pack No - - - 240 m Spot to Flood 117 mm 26mm
    RS Stock No. 792-4225
    Mfr. Part No.7299R - H14R.2
    BrandLed Lenser
    £134.29
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    Head Torch Yes LED - 850 lm AA No - - - 300 m Spot to Flood - 32mm
    RS Stock No. 782-3960
    Mfr. Part No.NS UV395
    £32.99
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    Straight No LED - - CR123A No - - - - Ultra-violet 132 mm 34mm
    RS Stock No. 174-145
    Mfr. Part No.M2A10L
    BrandMag-Lite
    £15.53
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    Straight No Krypton - 14 lm AA No - - - 96 m Spot to Flood 146 mm 25.4mm
    RS Stock No. 872-4870
    Mfr. Part No.RL4019 U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £198.12
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    Straight Yes LED - 680 lm Battery Pack No - - - - Spot to Flood 325 mm 58mm
    RS Stock No. 890-2926
    Mfr. Part No.5606
    BrandLed Lenser
    £25.21
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    Pen No LED - 140 lm AAA No - - - 120 m Spot to Flood 167 mm 19mm
    RS Stock No. 805-2251
    Mfr. Part No.8407R - M7R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £115.10
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    Straight Yes LED - 400 lm Battery Pack No - - - 280 m Spot to Flood 153 mm 37mm
    RS Stock No. 775-8119
    Mfr. Part No.8317R - M17R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £190.92
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    Straight Yes LED - 850 lm Battery Pack No - - - 450 m Spot to Flood 300 mm 47mm
    RS Stock No. 792-4219
    Mfr. Part No.7297 - H7.2
    BrandLed Lenser
    £53.68
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    Head Torch No LED - 250 lm AAA No - - - 160 m Spot to Flood - 26mm
    RS Stock No. 178-279
    Mfr. Part No.5102143
    BrandAnsmann
    £91.62
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    Straight Yes Halogen, LED - 550 lm Battery Pack No - - - 1500 m Spot to Flood - 113mm
    RS Stock No. 826-8627
    Mfr. Part No.NSUV365
    £162.50
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    Straight Yes LED - - Battery Pack No - - - 35 m Ultra-violet 153 mm 40mm
    RS Stock No. 701-2833
    Mfr. Part No.R-55H
    £316.29
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    Right Angle Yes LED - 80 lm Battery Pack Yes ATEX, IECEx - Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2 5 m Spot 195 mm 64mm
    RS Stock No. 742-8414
    Mfr. Part No.779.PEN
    BrandFacom
    £27.22
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    Pen No LED - 36 lm AAA No - - - 1 m Flood 156 mm -
    RS Stock No. 865-9815
    Mfr. Part No.9802
    BrandLed Lenser
    £38.20
    Each
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    Pocket No LED - 240 lm AAA No - - - 180 m Flood 115 mm 25mm
    RS Stock No. 489-131
    Mfr. Part No.GLI PocketLED
    BrandBosch
    £45.86
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    Pocket Yes LED - 80 lm Battery Pack No - - - - Flood 160 mm -
    RS Stock No. 479-623
    Mfr. Part No.560355
    BrandMTI
    £43.96
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    Inspection Torch Yes LED - - Battery Pack No - - - - Spot to Flood 400 mm 50mm
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