10 Best Spotlights | April 2017

10 Best Spotlights | April 2017
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We spent 30 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you need to illuminate a worksite or your back yard, one of these spotlights will be perfect for your needs. We've even included some powerful enough to let that pickup game run into the night. Skip to the best spotlight on Amazon.
The Cyclops Flare Sport handheld spotlight outputs a generous 193 lumens and has an ergonomically designed exterior including rubber grips and a comfortable trigger. It is a low cost but powerful light.
  • 3.5 hour run-time
  • powered by 6 aa batteries (included)
  • integrated power meter display
Brand Cyclops
Model CYC-3WS
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
The Mr. Beams MB371 motion-sensing LED spotlight allows for remote control activation or, of course, will power up when critters or prowlers pass by. It is a perfect addition both for home security or general outdoor lighting.
  • easy cord-free installation
  • three brightness settings
  • detection range of 30 feet and 180°
Brand Mr. Beams
Model MB371
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
The Peak 5-Million Candle multipurpose LED work light is only suitable for smaller, shorter jobs, as it provides only around 30 minutes of run-time per charge. But it has a built-in rechargeable battery, which saves cash over time.
  • integrated ac charger
  • features adjustable stand
  • small reflector area
Brand Peak
Model PKC05MB
Weight 3.7 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
The SP2 Solar spotlight is perfect for eco-conscious consumers who want some added outdoor lighting for their property. The system is comprised of a 2-watt solar panel and a long-life lithium battery powering a decent spotlight.
  • charging can be impacted by weather
  • automatic switch-on at dusk
  • optional 16.4" extension cable
Brand MicroSolar
Model SP2
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
The Rayovac Sportsman LED spotlight claims to be virtually indestructible, with an over-mold rubber head, a shatterproof lens, and overall impact resistance measured up to a 15-foot drop. It is also waterproof.
  • low, medium, and high output modes
  • perfect for use on a boat, at marina
  • limited lifetime warranty
Brand Rayovac
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
The Stanley HID0109 boasts a 35 minutes constant run-time at full power and a fast-charging battery if you need longer. It has a polycarbonate lens that is highly durable and a convenient carrying lanyard for when it's not in use.
  • 35-watt high-intensity discharge bulb
  • 3 leds on its top for area lighting
  • durable metal roll bar
Brand Stanley
Model HID0109
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
The Streamlight Waypoint high performance spotlight has an ergonomic pistol-grip and is made with the latest C4 LED technology, such as solid state power regulation for consistent output. Use the integrated stand for stable lighting.
  • available in yellow or black
  • fill and spotlight settings
  • impact resistant up to 1 meter
Brand Streamlight
Model 44904
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
The Wagan 18M Brite-Nite is a mega spotlight offering ultimate illumination. Powered by H4 halogen globes, it offers high and low intensity settings. This is a great choice for the worksite that needs to stay busy through the night.
  • convenient battery status indicator
  • detachable shoulder strap
  • optional flashing emergency led beacon
Brand Wagan
Model EL2741
Weight 12.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0
The Pandamoto Klarheit HID is a powerhouse 9-inch, 100-watt spotlight capable of sending light an astonishing 1.5 miles. It is suitable for rescue missions or job sites and of course will provide plenty of light for recreational use.
  • top quality option
  • massive 8000 lumens output
  • strengthened glass lens
Brand Pandamoto Klarheit HID
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
The Golight Stryker offers wireless remote control functions and exerts a massive 2,500 lumens at a 6000K color temperature. It can send light 900 feet out, across a swath up to 70 feet wide, and offers 370° of motorized rotation.
  • fast or slow tilt speeds
  • runs on 12 volt dc power
  • compact design fits on a car dashboard
Brand Larson Electronics
Model GL-30494
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

On Lighting Up The Night

Our ancient ancestors first harnessed fire as long as a million years ago. Evidence found in South African caves points to the controlled use of fire by populations of Homo Erectus hominids, who evidently used fire to cook meats and vegetables. This early fire control was not only an important step in the ever more rapid physical evolution of early man (foods can be digested much more rapidly when cooked, allotting more time for the development of language, tools, and culture in general), but it also, for the first time, would have enabled these ancient beings to conquer the darkness of the night.

The world was lit only by sunshine, star and moonlight, and by the flickering flames of fire from those prehistoric times right up until the 19th Century, when brilliant, inventive minds finally managed to harness yet another awesome power: electricity. With control of electricity established, it was not long before the electric light afforded mankind yet another way to illuminate the world after dark. Yet even the inventor of the first electric light, British scientist Humphrey David, and the creator of the modern incandescent bulb, Thomas Edison, would be awestruck to see the array of lights available to the common consumer today. So too would these and many other brilliant minds be amazed at the affordable price, efficient batteries, and multiple functions of the lights we take for granted.

For years, the incandescent bulb perfected by Edison was at the apex of illumination technology. Today, there are two light sources that vie for the claim to brightest and most efficient light generation source. LED -- or light emitting diode -- bulbs work by releasing photons, AKA light, when an electrical current is passed between the leads of two semiconductors. First developed in the 1960s but limited to use as indicator lights in instrument panels, today LEDs are ubiquitous, seen in everything from flashlights to clocks to traffic signals and more.

The halogen lamp is in fact an advanced take on the incandescent lightbulb: it consists of a durable globe with a tungsten filament housed in an environment containing both inert gasses and a percentage of halogen gas. The chemical reaction between the heated filament and the halogen environment helps to maintain and preserve the tungsten even while producing an exceptionally bright light with a notably pale color temperature.

If you are looking for a spotlight, your first considerations should not be the actual light source, however, but should depend on why you need the light in the first place.

Choosing A Handheld Spotlight

There are myriad reasons you might want to own a handheld spotlight. The most basic uses for such a light would be to illuminate the sidewalk or path as you went for an evening stroll or walked your dog. However these powerful lights can also be invaluable in the hands of first responders tasked with first aid and rescue operations, or for law enforcement officials who need to survey a crime seen or seek out a suspect. A handheld spotlight is also a good idea for the caver or for the hikers or mountaineers headed out over rough terrain at night.

Most handheld spotlights have pistol grip style handles, which allow for an extended period of comfortable use and for easy, precise direction of their beam. As to the type of beam directed, make sure you check the various concentration settings available with any spotlight you consider. Some units offer wider light patterns good for illuminating rooms or swaths of an outdoor area, while others throw long beams good for scanning the darkness at a distance. Still other handheld spotlights can be adjusted to accomplish both tasks.

Make sure to factor in battery life before you commit to buying a handheld spotlight; while some units can run at their brightest setting for several hours, others only offer around a half hour of full powered light before their batteries grow exhausted. If you anticipate that you will need access to an extremely bright light for a shorter period of time, that shorter battery life may be no issue; on the other hand, a spotlight that has drained its battery is no better than an old tin can when it comes to lighting up the night

Choosing A Static Spotlight

Spotlights come in all shapes and sizes, and boast myriad functions as well. Some spotlights are the size of a backpack and have both shoulder straps and carry handles, and are perfect for when you need to illuminate objects as much as several thousand feet away; these mighty lights are great for nighttime boating, for search and rescue, and for filling nighttime worksites with light. They also tend to drain batteries quickly and are simply too bright for some users, and are too large for any protracted handheld, thus the included stands.

On the other hand, there are also much smaller, more demure spotlights that store up solar power by day and then add a bit of extra illumination to your landscaping, entryway, or outdoor areas once the sun has set. These can serve as both accent lights and can add a bit of extra security to your property.

If security is your concern, consider a spotlight that is either motion activated, remotely controlled, or both. And some remote control spotlights can not only be switched on and off, but can have their beam maneuvered about from afar. This can keep you safe within your home or business even as your light surveys the night for unwanted animals or prowlers.

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