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    TadPole
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    Suggestions for first light

    I'm in the process of looking for my first dive light. Don't know much about them. I will be diving in murky water with low viz. I would like to keep it under $100. Does anyone have any good suggestions?

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    Look for Hollis LED lights. They tend to be an excellent value and the new ones are really bright.

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    At that budget both the Dorcy and the Intova Ultra are the two that would top my list.

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    Look at the new Sea Pearls lights, got a pretty indestructible LED.
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    Try this $78.83 - Diving Cree SSC-P7-C-SXO 3-Mode 900-Lumen LED Flashlight Kit (2*18650/4*CR123A/4*16340) - Cree LightsVery bright and strong (wife dropped it five metres down a cave). A bit bigger than the Dorcy or Intovas (still fits in an Oxycheq holder) but I was used to the old pistol grips and a Niterider canister. Just noticed they have a new one $130.80 - MJ-850 HA-III SST-50 4-Mode 1200-Lumen LED Diving Flashlight Set (2*32650) - Specialty Flashlights brighter but dearer, these things seem to be improving at such speed who knows what we will end up with.
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    I dive similar waters to the OP and really like the Dorcy lights. Another thing that is nice about them is they aren't too bulky. I'd also consider the UK backup (forget the model but it's $50-$75ish and led).

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    Our LDS just offered Hollis 3Led for 45.00 to club members but they are on order and I have not seem one yet.
    Specs look good...
    Single 3W “backup” Light
    Concentrated 8 degree beam
    Output 230 Lumen
    Burntime - 6 hours total
    Bulb life 50,000 hours
    T6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum
    3 “AA” alkaline batteries
    Depth rated to 650ft/200meters
    Dimensions 1.97 inches/50mm diameter and 5.78 inches/147mm length
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    That's a nice little light!! (the hollis) for 45 bux, that's a hard one to beat.
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    I know this one is a little higher than your budget, but I'd still give it some consideration.

    I am a big fan of the Princeton TEC Miniwave LED Light. Throws out tons of light and has a good battery life. It has a good center spot that cuts nicely through the gloom. It's a little large for a back-up light, but it's perfect for a more compact primary. The switch is great because it's comfortable and easy to use whether you're suited up for cold or bare handed hanging in the tropics. If you're looking better battery life you can always get it's larger brother for $10 more. I've had mine for 2 years now and I love it.

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    I will show you a couple when we are in the water this weekend. Maybe even able to hook you up with a deal.
    any puddle...anytime...anyplace!

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