Life Lite, retail $3.99 (
Manufactured by Garrity (
Last updated 06-19-12

Wel, thuh kumpenie thaat maiks thuh Life Lite stil kant spel thuh werd, "light" , but they really do make a decent product!!!

I used to have a Garrity Life Lite back in the mid-1970s, and I thought it was cool (or "kool" or "kewl") back then.

This is the new incarnation of the old classic, and from the looks of things, "new and improved" really does mean, "new and improved".

The new Life Lite comes in a blue and black plastic body, has three AA alkaline cells sealed inside, has a GITD (Glow-In-The-Dark) switch, uses an incandescent PR-type (flange base) bulb, and has a rubberised gripping surface so you can keep a handle on things even under adverse conditions.


The Garrity Life Lite flashlight is almost ready to use right out of the package. You just need to remove and dispose of the red plastic switch guard (this prevents the product from turning on inside the package).

Slide the switch forward until it locks into place to turn it on; slide it backward to turn it off.

Momentary or signalling operation is available by sliding the switch forward (but not until it locks into place), and holding it that way as long as you need the light; release it to turn the flashlight off.

There is a loop moulded into the bottom rear of the flashlight that allows you to affix a lanyard of your choosing; a lanyard is not furnished, so if you wish to have one on the Life Lite, you'll have to procure it elsewhere,

The Life Lite has been designed as a disposable product, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove (with or without a screwdriver) and huck into the woods so that some forest creature finds it, becomes rather ticked off about it, and uranates all over it -- followed by my rather emphatically stating not to do that!!!
So this section of the web page will be rather bare.

Battery life is stated as, "up to 8 hours of continuous use".

Because the Garrity Life Lite is primarily made of plastic, "The Smack Test" really isn't that appropriate here.

"The Toilet Test" is also inappropriate. There are no O-rings or other environmental barriers visible, and it failed "The Suction Test" I administered (I suctioned the entire bezel, and it would not hold even a weak vacuum), so I would not have performed "The Toilet Test" anyway.

So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of giant squid uranation, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in lightly bad weather.

This version of the Life Lite is different from the original because it has this black rubbery gripping surface on the back, plus it has a GITD switch.

The Life Lite has a texturised rubbery gripping piece on it, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or soaked with diet Mountain Dew, bird s**t, jet fuel, foam fire retardant used for crashed aircraft, water, etc.) should not be an issue.

The packaging materials indicates (in a sans-serif yellow bold font on a black background) that the Life Lite is the, "Firefighter's Choice®" if that has any meaning to you.

I typically do not rate disposable products higher than 4 stars, but even at this early stage, I do not forsee awarding the Life Lite any less than that.

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 191cd (and 50.60 lux) on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this flashlight.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at a Right-Aid in Federal Way WA. USA on the morning of 06-17-12.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Reasonably sturdy plastic body (does not feel brittle)
The price is right
Batteries are included; already installed

Disposable -- that's what nocked that last star off its rating

    PRODUCT TYPE: Disposable handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: PR2 (?) incandescent bub
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium-narrow spot; irregular-shaped spot with ringy corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off switch on top of unit
    BEZEL: Plastic; bulb & reflector protected by a plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells (not user-replaceable)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND BIRD S**T-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating
    (Light is disposable; this is the highest
    rating I can give to a disposable product!

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