FL12RX FOG FLASHLIGHT
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LumaRay FL12RX Fog Flashlight, retail $TBA (www.lumaray.com)
Manufactured by LumaRay (www.lumaray.com)
Last updated 02-28-12





*** VERY IMPORTANT!!! ***
The FL12RX Fog head will not be available until May to June 2007, so please do not pester LumaRay for this product until then!!!
They will be sold ***ONLY*** as the head unit; you must already have a LumaRay handle (barrel) to affix them to; they will also only be available in the olive grey color as you see on this web page.


The LumaRay FL12RX Fog Flashlight is a new LED flashlight that features six phosphor yellow LEDs (behind greenish yellow lenses), five blue-green LEDs, and one amber LED in the bezel, powered by three C cells in the barrel. It is specifically designed to be used in foggy or misty weather; the yellow color is known to enhance visibility over blue or white in these conditions.

It comes in an amost all-plastic body, which (as you will read below) appears to be made out of some pretty "tuph stuph".

The new FL12RX Fog Flashlight has five modes, which you'll read about a little farther down this web page.


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To use the FL12RX Fog Flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Mode 1: Twist the bezel (head) clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight on (lensed yellow and unlensed blue-green LEDs) in full power mode, and twist the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight off.

Mode 2: Twist the bezel clockwise again to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight on with only the unlensed blue-green LEDs, and twist the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight off.

Mode 3: Twist the bezel clockwise again to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight on with only the amber LED, and twist the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight off.

Mode 4: Twist the bezel clockwise again to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight on with only the lensed yellow LEDs, and twist the bezel counterclockwise to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight off.

Mode 5: Twist the bezel clockwise again to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight on in strobe mode, where the yellow, blue-green, and amber LEDs alternately blink at ~3Hz (~3 cycles per second), and twist the bezel counterclockwise to turn the FL12RX Fog Flashlight off.

When the flashlight is turned off for more than three seconds, it will next come on in Mode 1 regardless of which mode it was last used in.

There is no momentary or signalling function available, so don't look for or expect to find one.

A greenish glow will come from around the center LEDs when the FL12RX Fog Flashlight is off and it had been used recently; this is from a GITD (Glow-In-The-Dark) compound around these LEDs, and if the flashlight is set where you can see the bezel, the glow should be visible with dark-adapted vision for up to ten hours.


I don't normally show flashlight packages, but this one is unique enough to warrant such a photograph. Note: This is the box a LumaRay FL12 comes in; that's why it reads "FL12" on the side.



To change the batteries in the FL12RX Fog Flashlight, locate the cantilever assembly below the bezel (head), and while holding the flashlight so the business-end faces the ceiling or sky, turn this cantilever assembly counterclockwise (as if loosening it) until it stops.

Hold the flashlight in one hand, with your thumb over one of the pads on this cantilever assembly. With the other hand, place your thumb and forefinger over the other two pads on the cantilever, and push down (toward the tailcap) on these pads. This should release the bezel.


Photograph showing the cantilever assembly pulled back to show how it released the bezel.
NOTE: This photograph is of the original FL12, that's why the parts are a different color.

Lift off & remove the bezel, gently place it on the ground, and kick it in the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and strike at it...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the three used C cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Shake the flashlight slightly if necessary if the cells do not slide out. This is a feature of the FL12RX Fog Flashlight, so when you're changing batteries in total darkness, they won't just all tumble out and fall on your feet...ouch!!!

Drop three new C cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive facing outward.

Press the bezel straight onto the barrel until you hear it click; then turn the cantilever assembly clockwise (as if tightening it) until it stops and you hear a clicking sound.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?


Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Unable to measure current use due to how the product was constructed.




Photograph of the bezel. That greenish glow you see coming from around the LEDs in the bezel is a glow-in-the-dark compound in there; this is completely normal and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.

The FL12RX Fog Flashlight appears durable, and IS durable. When I administered that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against our concrete porch; five against the side of the tail and five against the side of the bezel), only the expected damage was found: some *VERY* minor gouging on the bezel where it was struck; no damage of any type was found on the tail. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected. I performed this test with the batteries loaded - nobody goes around throwing *EMPTY* flashlights.

I did the test on the front porch instead of the patio because my sister is sleeping on the couch, and all of that racket (me beating the urine out of a poor, defenseless flashlight) would have awakened her.

Water-resistance is AAA+++.
The FL12RX Fog Flashlight is waterproof and submersible to 50 feet, so you need not be concerned about using it in foul weather; and water-landings won't kill it either. And if the dog takes a leak on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new.


Here's proof I really performed "The Toilet Test" on it.
After being thrown in the cistern (the clean part of the toilet, not the bowl!!!) in water approximately 12" deep at 62F (16.7C) for approximately one minute (to simulate somebody dropping their FL12RX Fog Flashlight into a creek), no leakage was detected.

The FL12RX Fog Flashlight will stand on its tail to shine on the ceiling, so it can be used as a flameless "candle".

The barrel has a very lightly pebbly texture with a series of circular depressions moulded into it; both the tail and bezel have plenty of texture (in the forms of longitudinal ribbing and slightly projecting parts), so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, gloved, or wet) should not be a major issue here.

The large flutes in the bezel (head) function quite well as an anti-roll device.

A lanyard may be attached if desired, use any of the attachment points on the tailcap for this purpose. A lanyard is not provided with the FL12RX Fog Flashlight; if you wish to use one with this flashlight, you'll have to procure it elsewhere.

The primary light output consists of a medium spot with a sharp fall-off at its perimeter, produced by convex (magnifying) lenses in front of the six LEDs around the outer perimeter. A corona outside the main beam is provided by the five unlensed blue-green LEDs in the center. All of the individual beams from the outer edge of the bezel coalesce into a circular beam at approximately 8".

The FL12RX Fog Flashlight features a "soft start" routine, where the LEDs come on gradually (over a period of ~2 seconds); this is so you don't just become blinded by the light (no pun intended) when you switch the unit on. This behaviour covers the first four modes; it does not come into play when the unit is switched to strobe mode (mode #5).

The blue-green center LED cluster will very likely be switched to yellow when the FL12RX Fog goes into production.

The length of the flashlight has been reduced by ~0.5" from the previous FL12 model, water-resistance (submersibility) has been increased from 15' to 50', and the barrel ("handle") has been redesigned.

*** VERY IMPORTANT!!! ***
Due of the redesign of the handle (barrel), the old head unit (from the earlier generation FL6 and FL12) will not fit on the new handle. However, the new head unit will work with the old handle style.



Beam photograph (yellow + blue-green) at ~12".
Measures 531,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam (blue-green) photograph at ~12".
Measures 18,960mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph (amber) at ~12".
Measures 13,300mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photograph (phosphor yellow) at ~12".
Measures 530,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (yellow + blue-green) in this flashlight.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (amber) LED in this flashlight.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (phosphor yellow) LEDs in this flashlight.



Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (yellow + blue-green) in this flashlight.
Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight.
Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (amber) LED in this flashlight.
Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (phosphor yellow) LEDs in this flashlight.

Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight.
Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (amber) LED in this flashlight.
Newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (phosphor yellow) LEDs in this flashlight.

Newer spectrometer software & settings used. Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (yellow + blue-green) in this flashlight; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (amber) LED in this flashlight; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the (phosphor yellow) LEDs in this flashlight; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.



Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight.
Yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (blue-green) in this flashlight.
Spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 470nm and 510nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 485.009nm.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (amber) in this flashlight.
Yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (amber) in this flashlight.
Spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 580nm and 620nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 597.444nm.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (phosphor yellow) in this flashlight.
Spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 530nm and 590nm to pinpoint phosphor peak wavelength, which is 563.907nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.


ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image (yellow & blue-green LEDs) made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.



Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the top are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.


WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the flashing pattern of the FL12RX.
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*** IMPORTANT!!! *** Flashing is a bit more regular than as shown in this clip!!!



Beam comparisons between an FL6 and FL12RX (mode 4).
The FL6 has a slightly shorter wavelength; it's the one on the left.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by Phil of www.lumaray.com on 03-01-07, and was received on the afternoon of 03-10-07.

This flashlight is made in the United States. A flashlight's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I mentioned it on this web page.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
Very unique appearance as flashlights are concerned
Very unique way of changing batteries
Durable construction
Water-resistant and submersible
Produces an impressive spot of light
Includes four extra modes to increase the flashlight's versatility
Includes glow-in-the-dark compound behind lenses
Long battery life
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpensive
Battery cushion ensures cells just don't fall out


CONS:
Slight backspill may be of concern for some users


    MANUFACTURER: LumaRay
    PRODUCT TYPE: Medium/large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm yellow LED, 3mm blue-green LED, 3mm amber LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 12 (6 phosphor yellow, 5 blue-green, 1 amber)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off/mode change
    CASE MATERIAL: Tough plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs behind plastic lenses
    BATTERY: 3xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 50 feet
    ACCESSORIES: None
    SIZE: 7.8"H 2.25"D
    WEIGHT: 12.5oz with batteries
    WARRANTY: 2 years

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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