Lights / Torches
The dive lighting market today is exploding like never seen before. New battery and bulb technologies are advancing every day, and lights for the underwater diver are becoming more powerful, more compact and more efficient.
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LED vs HID Technology
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher (about 500 BC), wrote "Nothing endures but change."
LED dive light technology has advanced to the point where the most powerful LED lights are now matching the best HID dive torches. Although LED is lower cost with a better colour temperature, there are still technical and cave divers who prefer HID dive light solutions. The HID bulb with appropriate reflector can create super tight 4° focus beams and also provides beam width adjustability. However, LED is catching up and the latest generation of LED diving lights are now offering 6° and 8° beams.
The cost and hassle of bulb replacement for HID compared to the long life, robust nature and extremely low failure rate of the LED means that HID is nearing end-of-life for low-to-mid range dive light applications. There are certainly still HID dive lights in the market and plenty of long time divers will swear by the HID dive lights they own. But when considering the purchase of a new light, the reality is that for most exploration diving the incredibly bright and lower cost LED dive lights are a terrific value.