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jimbo

Buying a new lamp?

Would like some thoughts and advice on buying a new lamp. I have a clulite lamp that has come to the end of its days. Would like to know peoples experiences on differnent makes, mobiles and also prices?
chickenstu

the sun shines out of your a***, just drop your trousers  
bodger

Ignore him jimbo  

I've always made my own by getting a cheap lamp and then lashing out on a more expensive bulb but then I'm a skinflint.    I'm sure that you know this but the bigger the candle power you have , the more it sucks out of the battery and the less time that you have lamping.
These million candle power jobbies will almost singe the hair off a bunny at 25 yards, but after its been switched on for a coiple of minutes, what are you going to do for the rest of the night ?
furdy

What are you going to use it for.....Is it for shooting and with what, for running a dog....etc.......??
jimbo

At the moment shot gun shooting, would really like to hear peoples thought on various makes and candle powers - was please with my clulite but its on its very last legs sadily and i know there are other good/better lamps out there. hopefully that was a compliment stu
furdy

I only have experience of cluson and deben lamps.

I prefer the cluson lazerlite for lurcher work in the highest power available. A million candle power is the biggest I've used but they now make a two million candle power version. What seems like a silly amount of power is not so much for the length of beam but to get as much light out to help the dog as much as possible. The downside is the need the carry bigger battery packs but as the lamp isnt in constant use its suprising how long a good battery will last. One feature I really like is the duel bulbs. The low powered buld is a real bonus for general navigation across ditches and hedges. The old fashioned way of giving the lamp a blip which would then render you almost blind for a couple of minutes is a happy memory I'm glad to leave behind.

The deben version, the lightforce lamps, I'm not too keen on. They work well enough and feature a focus facility that will enable you to control the width of beam. That may be an advantage for using a shotgun as you could potentially get a bigger field of view.

Another thing to bear in mind in deciding on power is if you wish to use coloured filters  these will reduce the light intensity so you may need to choose a more powerful lamp.
Diz

Hi Jimbo

If you were happy with the Clulite, why not go for another. The battery life is dictated by the ah rating. The bigger the ah the longer it will last. 7ah battery's are quite cheap and light enough to carry two. Two usually last me a nights session no probs. If you are only using it with a Shotgun, do you need 2 million candles? As with Furdy, I like the lower watt bulb on my Clulite, an absolute godsend here.

Slainte

Diz
bodger

I use my fishing head torch for negotiating gates etc.
jimbo

Thank you Diz and Furby for all that information - very usefull, I shall keep you posted on what i decide  

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