This is a good LED light, and because of it, the light is very bright. Most LED lights these days are bright too. If you look at the light, you will see a number called "Lumens" on it. This one has a 226 on it. Basically, the higher the number, the brighter it is. to give you a comparison, if you know old flashlights, an old incandescent (one with a bulb) maglite flashlight, the single AAA ones, are 2 lumens, the 2 AA ones are 14, and the 2D ones are 19. I am sure you can see the comparison there, and imagine just how bright a 226 lumen one is by now. So yes, it is very bright. One bad thing about brightness is, the brighter the light is, usually, the faster it will go though the batteries. If you do not need the extra brightness, or are thinking about battery life, you may want to consider the regular version of this. They have multiple versions out, the most common, would be the regular LED version, and the PRO version. The biggest difference between the two of them is the PRO version is over twice as bright, and goes though batteries much faster. The pro version has a 2 1/2 hour battery life, at 226 lumens, where the regular version comes in brightness of anywhere from the upper 60's to something like the 80's in lumens, but has a life span of about 18 hours on a set of batteries, vs 2 1/2 hours. Also, the regular version also has a setting, that is about half brightness on it, and that has a life span of about 31 hours on a set of batteries. the regular LED version is pretty decent in brightness too, so it might be worth considering. In case you dont know much about maglites, maglite flashlights are made here, in the USA, out in california, if I remember right. They are made out of aluminum, and are very well made. I am not sure if the LED's they use are made here, or in china, or somewhere else, but the rest of it is made here. The LED's that maglite uses in their flashlights are Phillips brand LED's too. If you dont know anything about them, you probably have heard of CREE LED's. That is another brand of LED. The Phillips brand ones are better, and more efficient, with an average life span of about 100,000 hours before they burn out. Also, I have found that Phillips brand LED's are brighter then CREE brand LED's too. For example, my maglite 100 lumen flashlight is just as bright as another brand one I have, that has a CREE LED in it, and the CREE one is rated to 160 lumens. So either Phillips greatly under rates theirs, or CREE over rates theirs. CREE is Chinese, so it would not surprise me if they exaggerate their specs. Also, The phillips brand ones are much more efficient too, then the CREE brand ones, so yes, maglite picks the better LED's when they put them in their lights, to make a better product. also, in case you are wondering, unlike fluorescent type of lights that have more of a yellow/orange glow, LED types are more of a bright white light too. and in case you have not figured it out yet, which I am sure most of you have, these are LED flashlights. that means, they have a LED in them to produce light, not a bulb. If you look in the end of the light, you will see a little tiny box on the circuit board. That is the LED. So there is no need for bulbs, or even spare bulbs, as the LED's in these last 100,000 hours, so you pretty much do not have to worry about them burning out. I am just pointing this out as I saw one person bought one of these and then complained that it did not have a bulb. It is LED, not incandescent, so there is no bulb. FYI, I think the average life span of a bulb in the old type was about 15 hours, or somewhere around there. So you will get your money back plus some just not having to buy tons of bulbs over the life span of the flashlight,. vs the extra that you are paying for an LED light vs the cheaper incandescent, bulb type of light. Overall, I love maglite flashlights, and have many different versions and types of theirs, from AAA ones to D sized battery ones, (I have something like 6 different types and models) and can say with confidence, that they are all made very well, and are also, all LED (I got rid of my old non-LED ones, but those were made well too). if you want to save even more money, i suggest you look into rechargeable batteries too. They cost pennies to recharge. If you are using the light constantly, any rechargeable will work, but if you dont use the light very often, i would recommend the eneloop ones. the only reason I say this is standard MiMh rechargeable ones loose about 1% of their power per day, or are almost dead in about 3 months. Some brands say that they will hold power about 3 times longer then standard NiMh rechargeable ones. that leaves them to be dead in 9-10 months. The eneloop ones say they will hold most of their charge for years. This is great if you want it for emergencies and not have to recharge them constantly to know that there is a charge for them to work. While this is a good flashlight, I prefer the lower, regular LED version because it is still very bright for what I need it for, but also because the batteries last many times longer in them too. and I stick with my 3D LED ones for any need I have for a brighter light, which is not too often. My 3D one is 168 lumens bright, and I can see it partly brighten up the side of the wall of the building a block and a half down the road. this pro version is even brighter, which is why i say you may not need anything this bright. But yes, I do recommend and love this brand of flashlights.
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