Car torches are an invaluable addition to any motorist’s toolkit. They provide visibility in low-light conditions, making it easy for you to work in the garage, and ensuring that you can easily be seen if you are by the roadside at night.
Breaking down on a busy road or a dark country road can be a scary experience. High visibility vests, warning triangles and warning lights will help to alleviate a lot of the danger, and give you some peace of mind. Cyclists should investigate in some strong lamps and torches too, so that motorists don’t miss them when they’re on the road in low visibility conditions – such as when it is dark or foggy.
Choosing a Torch
One of the first things that you should look at is the wattage of car torches. The wattage of a torch is how much power it draws to produce light. The actual brightness of a light is measured in lumens. Traditionally, a torch that draws more wattage will produce a brighter light, however thanks to the introduction of new energy-efficient bulb technologies, this is no longer the case. An LED lamp will use very little power to produce a strong light.
For this reason, it is better to look at the lumens rating of a torch as a measure of brightness – more lumens means a brighter light. LED lights tend to be very long-lasting. They do not burn a lot of energy, they do not get hot, and they produce a very clean light. Most car torches these days use LED lights, but there are some that are based on the Cree bulb, which is another low-energy, very bright bulb.
Torches, Worklights and Inspection Lamps
There are a number of different designs of torch and light. Hand-held torches are good for general-purpose use, when you simply want to look in a dark corner, but don’t need both hands free. Inspection lamps and work lights tend to have the light on the bottom of the unit, rather than on the end, and often have hands-free attachments, so you can rest them on top of something or hook them onto something and still see what you are doing. Spotlights are bigger and bulkier, but tend to have very rugged casings, so they can withstand being accidentally dropped, or getting wet when used outside in bad weather.