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. 902-0757
    Mfr. Part No.LEDPUCK
    £9.38
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    Inspection Torch No LED - - AAA No - - - - Flood 98 mm -
    RS Stock No. 787-8888
    Mfr. Part No.1600-0044
    BrandAnsmann
    £22.45
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    Head Torch No LED - 150 lm AAA No - - - 200 m Flood - -
    RS Stock No. 917-6632
    Mfr. Part No.TR-24B
    £32.67
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    Right Angle No Xenon - 230 lm D Yes ATEX, IECEx - Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21, Zone 22 5 m Spot 195 mm 60mm
    RS Stock No. 174-189
    Mfr. Part No.S2D016U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £26.85
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    Straight No Krypton - 19 lm D No - - - 229 m Spot to Flood 254 mm 57mm
    RS Stock No. 827-6463
    Mfr. Part No.500921
    BrandLed Lenser
    £39.07
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    Straight No LED - 200 lm AA No - - - 120 m Flood 163 mm 26mm
    RS Stock No. 899-8438
    Mfr. Part No.ST33016L
    BrandMag-Lite
    £77.92
    Each
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    Straight No LED - 625 lm D No - - - 406 m Spot to Flood 298 mm 57mm
    RS Stock No. 890-2954
    Mfr. Part No.5602
    BrandLed Lenser
    £25.21
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    Pocket No LED - 105 lm AAA No - - - 170 m Spot to Flood 101 mm 30mm
    RS Stock No. 869-7472
    Mfr. Part No.E78BHB 2 RS
    BrandPetzl
    £57.64
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    Head Torch No LED - 80 lm AA Yes ATEX - Zone 2/22 55 m Flood - -
    RS Stock No. 869-7488
    Mfr. Part No.E78CHR 2UK RS
    BrandPetzl
    £116.69
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    Head Torch Yes LED - 90 lm Battery Pack Yes ATEX - Zone 2/22 90 m Spot to Flood - -
    RS Stock No. 125-0315
    Mfr. Part No.NSRUNSMART
    £13.25
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    Head Torch No LED - 40 lm AAA No - - - 6 m Spot to Flood 164 mm -
    RS Stock No. 111-6701
    Mfr. Part No.5603 - iSE03
    BrandLed Lenser
    £29.42
    Each
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    Head Torch No LED - 100 lm AAA No - - - 100 m Spot to Flood - 38mm
    RS Stock No. 708-2655
    Mfr. Part No.5816483
    BrandAnsmann
    £5.00
    Each
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    Straight No LED - 25 lm AA No - - - 65 m Spot 150 mm 25mm
    RS Stock No. 890-2923
    Mfr. Part No.5606R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £42.05
    Each
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    Pocket Yes LED - 120 lm AAA No - - - 100 m Spot to Flood 170 mm 19mm
    RS Stock No. 625-9494
    Mfr. Part No.M-10
    £31.24
    Each
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    Pocket No LED - 0.7 lm Coin Cell Yes ATEX - Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2 2.5 m Spot 68 mm 22mm
    RS Stock No. 881-3942
    Mfr. Part No.ATEX-RA2
    BrandUnilite
    £62.95
    Each
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    Right Angle No LED - 350 lm AA Yes ATEX - Zone 0 250 m Spot 174 mm 47mm
    RS Stock No. 890-2939
    Mfr. Part No.5507DR
    BrandLed Lenser
    £58.88
    Each
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    Straight Yes LED - 220 lm AAA No - - - 180 m Spot to Flood 130 mm 37mm
    RS Stock No. 827-6441
    Mfr. Part No.9807
    BrandLed Lenser
    £56.48
    Each
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    Straight No LED - 320 lm AAA No - - - 260 m Flood 130 mm 37mm
    RS Stock No. 778-5193
    Mfr. Part No.SP32012
    BrandMag-Lite
    £22.35
    Each
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    Straight No LED - 84 lm AAA No - - - 31 m Spot to Flood 129 mm 19mm
    RS Stock No. 174-167
    Mfr. Part No.K3A012U
    BrandMag-Lite
    £7.81
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    Straight No Incandescent - 2 lm AAA No - - - - Spot to Flood 80 mm 13mm
    RS Stock No. 890-2941
    Mfr. Part No.5609R
    BrandLed Lenser
    £75.72
    Each
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    Straight Yes LED - 400 lm C No - - - 260 m Spot to Flood 187 mm 39mm
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