LED Life Lite, retail $4.99 ()
Manufactured by Garrity (http://www.garritylites.com)
Last updated 03-18-08

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 upgraded Life Lite, with a Nichia brand white LED and focusing lens instead of an incandescent bulb.

The new Life Lite comes in a blue and black plastic body, has three AA alkaline cells sealed inside, and has a rubberised gripping surface so you can keep a handle on things even under adverse conditions.


The Garrity LED 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.

The Life Lite has been designed as a disposable product, so this section of the web page will be rather bare.

Advertised battery life is "150+ continuous hours", but it does not state to what intensity this is measured to.

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, 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 albino rat pee, 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 uses a white LED instead of an incandescent bulb. The LED light is focused into a beam by a positive (magnifying) lens moulded right into the end window. The shadows of the two bond wires inside the LED itself are visible in the beam; however this is not at all bothersome unless you only shine the flashlight at bare walls or ceilings.

The Life Lite has a texturised rubbery grip, so retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) should not be an issue.

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 199,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This intensity value is this high because the light is collimated by a lens.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

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

Beam photograph at ~15'.

I don't normally show the beams of non-Luxeon flashlights from this
distance, but this flashlight is bright enough for this type of picture.

That red star thing on the wall is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test unit was sent by S.C. of Garrity along with three other products, and was received on 09-29-05

Flashlight was made in Thailand. A flashlight's country of origin does matter to some people, which is why I mentioned it on this page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow spot with ringy corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off switch on top of unit
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED & reflector protected by a plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells (not user-replaceable)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: 1 year


    Star Rating

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