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Spotlight Buyers Guide - 12 V, Rechargeable, Halogen and LED

Whether you're an outdoorsman or not, it's always handy having a good spotlight at your disposal. But picking out that perfect spotlight may not be that easy. Here at eLightSpot.com, we like to try to make these decisions easier so that you can get what you need, when you need it. Below are the types of spotlights that we carry and some facts you should know about each so that you can make an informed decision.

12 V Spotlights

  • Inexpensive
  • Bright bulb
  • Lightweight
  • Has to be plugged in for brightest beam (rechargeable models)
  • Not very portable

Nuts and Bolts Of It All: The only thing to really worry about is that 12V spotlights have to constantly be plugged in to work. While a few of them are rechargeable and can work while unplugged, their power is limited to a short 2-3 hour time span. Not the best light if you're wanting wireless light longevity, but useful if only needed for short spurts at a time.

Product Suggestion: 12 V Spotlights are good for use in a boat, truck, RV or even ATV, basically anywhere you have AC power. An all around can't-be-beat choice is the Brinkmann Q Beam Max Million III corded spotlight. At 3 million candle power and priced at $29.99, it's a value that can't be beat.

Halogen Spotlights

  • Very bright light
  • Moderately priced (depending on features)
  • Commonly found
  • No "warm" glow to which many have become accustomed
  • Bulb gets hot, which can pose a potential hazard

Nuts and Bolts Of It All:Halogen spotlights are most common and popular due to their extremely bright beams. They are typically the choice am among shoppers looking for a bright beam that can shine for long distances.

Product Suggestion:Brinkmann Q Beam Big Max III rechargeable spotlight. At 3 million candle power and priced at $39.99, it is a great all purpose use spotlight. Features spot to flood lighting and can run off of the included 12 cord.

LED Spotlights

  • Hottest technology
  • Emit a bright light
  • Run for a long time
  • Bulbs almost never need replacing (unless they break)
  • Bulb does not get hot
  • More expensive that halogen
  • Not as bright as halogen

Nuts and Bolts Of It All:LED spotlights are becoming more and more available everyday. LEDs are praised for long run time and bright light, all while being energy efficient, lowering energy costs enough to pay for themselves many times over. They're durable and long lasting and while they may seem a bit expensive outright, they're the best bet for your dollar.

Product Suggestion:

The Brinkmann Q-Beam LED rechargeable Spotlight with Red LED Night Vision is the latest and greatest in LED spotlight technology. The bright beam, coupled with Red LED night vision makes this the must have spotlight for camping, hunting and other similar activities.

Rechargeable Spotlights

  • Ideal for outdoor and on-the-go use
  • Mobile
  • You have to charge it to use it.
  • Not great for long trips

Nuts and Bolts Of It All:Rechargeable spotlights are best for outdoor use during hunting, fishing or camping trips because they are portable and are not bound by a cord. Available in both LED and Halogen styles, the purchasing options are wide for rechargeable spotlights. Of course, rechargeable spotlights must be fully charged, so planning ahead is a must to allow ample time for a full charge.

Product Suggestion:The Black and Decker/ Vector V-2 Million Power Series Rechargeable Spotlight is a great buy because it features a very bright and far reaching halogen bulb that emits 96,415 lumens of light at 2 million candle power. It also features 2 ultra-bright LED lights and its own built-in 120V AC charger/adapter…all for $39.99. For its efficiency, it deserves some consideration. For the price, it deserves to be in your cart.