So, you’ve just purchased all of your scuba gear, and you bought a great pair of goggles, you’ve taken the necessary classes, and even know which location you want to visit to go diving, and where it is located. You even have one of the dive watches that we recommended for you on our Best Dive Watches of 2017 review article. So, it looks like you’re ready to get started, right?
Not to put a damper on your experience. Actually, rather quite the opposite. We want to ensure that you have the most awesome scuba diving experience that one could possibly have. Which is why we’ve decided to create this article to explain why it’s necessary, that for your own enjoyment and safety, you need to purchase a dive light! Which one you buy is up for debate, so we thought we’d help you make your decision, by explaining which ones, we feel, are the best buys on the market.
What is a Diving Flashlight?
In short, a dive light is pretty much a flash light that you use to see while you’re diving underwater.
So, I can just bring my flashlight from home, right?
Not quite. First off, your flashlight probably isn’t dive proof. Secondly, the purpose of a flashlight is merely to guide you in a dark room. However, a dive light is specifically designed to illuminate through the density of the ocean. Think about it this way: If the sun’s light can’t penetrate certain parts of the ocean, what makes you think a garden-variety flashlight will be able to do so?
This is where the diving flash light comes in. Diving flash lights have the capability to not only illuminate your path under the water, they also allow you to see the full spectrum of colors under the water. This is important because the properties of the ocean are composed in a way that it not only blocks sunlight, it blocks color as well. If you were to shine a regular flashlight under water, it would be the equivalent of shining a flashlight in dirty water.
The image displayed above shows the range of colors that can be seen at different depths. As you can see, it doesn’t take long before all light will become completely obstructed under the ocean. If you’re having trouble reading the graph, here is a quick synopsis below of how light works under water:
- Within just 10 feet of entering the water, the colors red, orange, and yellow are absorbed to a great extent.
- At the point that one reaches 25 feet, a significant portion of the orange that was in the spectrum goes missing.
- At 35 feet, all of the yellow disappears.
- By the time you hit 50 feet, green disappears out of the spectrum as well. At this point, the only colors that will even be recognized will be blue, dingo, and violent.
- At 100 feet, blue is most likely the only color that you will be able to recognize.
- Once you get to 200 feet, you’ll only be seeing flashes of violet.
Now that you’ve been sufficiently informed about the properties of dive lights, we’ll go ahead and present to you our list of the best dive lights out there on the market.
#5 – Tovatec Fusion Video LED Dive Light
This dive light is perfect for those who are just getting into the hobby of diving. It is very small and compact, and it doesn’t require much adjusting. For those who are relatively new to the hobby of diving and are looking for the perfect dive light to accompany them out there in the water, this may be the prime choice for you!
#4 – Orcatorch D520 Diving Flashlight
There are several reasons why the Orcatorch D520 made our list of the best dive lights available on the market today. We like a lot of the basic features that this dive light comes with, such as two batteries, and the charger that is associated with them. It also comes with a rotary switch, and allows the diver to go up to 150 meters underwater. In addition, the light has about 1000 Lumens of capability, which allows it to ‘cut’ through the water, so to speak.
#3 – Princeton Tec Sector 5 Maxbright
We really liked this dive light because it has a ‘pistol grip’ feature, so that you can point it at the area you want to see while you’re on your dives. It is so compact and maneuverable, it won’t seem obtrusive at all. One of the coolest things about this light is the on-off trigger…so easy to press ‘on or off ‘ at will, to illuminate whatever you want to see. There is a 550 lumen beam that allows it to cut through the water.
#2 – ScubaPro Scuba Underwater Diving Light
What we really like about this model, is the fact that it is very sleek and small, yet it packs a huge punch! It also has an 18 hour operation time, so there is plenty of time for your dive. See the detailed review!
#1 – ThorFire Scuba Diving Flashlight 2000 Lumen
It wouldn’t be inaccurate to consider this little gem to be the godfather of diving lights on the market right now. For anyone looking to get some serious diving done, this is the perfect dive light for you. There is such a wide range of features that we’ve decided to cover them more in-depth in our specifically tailored ThorFire Scuba Diving Light section. Voted #1 by a longshot!!