FL6 FLASHLIGHT



LumaRay FL6 Flashlight, retail $69.99 (www.lumaray.com)
Manufactured by LumaRay (www.lumaray.com)
Last updated 04-23-05





The LumaRay FL6 is a new LED flashlight that features either six or twelve white LEDs in the bezel, powered by three C cells in the barrel.

It has a very futuristic appearance to it; my housemate thought it looked like it belonged on Star Trek. I think it would more correctly belong on the set of Andromeda, but both are Gene Roddenberry shows, so I guess we're both right.
The FL6's inventor also suggested that it might be appropriate on the sets of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.


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To use the FL6, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Twist the bezel (head) clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the FL6 on, and twist the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the FL6 off.

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

A greenish glow will come from the lensed LEDs when the FL6 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.

(Edit 02-26-05): When I got up around 5:00am, I noticed this glow coming from the bezel of the FL6; the flashlight was last used or exposed to light at approximately 10:00pm last night. This shows the GITD compound in there will glow for no less than seven hours.

(Edit 02-28-05): This glow from the GITD compound can be used like a flashlight itself. It is bright enough to use to locate keyholes and dropped objects for at least two hours after it is initially charged, as long as your eyes are at least partially adapted to darkness.



To change the batteries in the FL6, 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 clockwise (as if tightening 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.

Remove the bezel, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! 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 FL6, 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 counterclockwise (as if loosening it) until it stops.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush that bezel away now?




Photograph of both bezels, showing that the 12-LED bezel has six of its white LEDs in that circular area at the center. That greenish glow you see coming from the lensed LEDs on the outer perimeter of each bezel is a glow-in-the-dark compound in there; this is completely normal and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.

The FL6 appears durable, and IS durable. When I administered that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five against the side of the tailcap and five against the side of the bezel), only the expected damage was found: some light gouging on the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

Water-resistance is AAA+++.
The FL6 is waterproof and submersible to 15 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.

The FL6 will stand on its tail to shine on the ceiling, so it can be used as a flameless "candle".

The barrel has a smooth texture, but both the tailcap and bezel have plenty of texture, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, gloved, or wet) should not be a major issue here.

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 FL6; if you wish to use one with this flashlight, you'll have to procure it elsewhere.

With either bezel, 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. The beam is white, with a blue ring around its outer edge - this is a perfectly normal beam configuration with lensed LED flashlights. All of the individual beams from the outer edge of the bezel coalesce into a circular beam at approximately 8".

The 6-LED bezel has all six of its LEDs behind these lenses; the 12-LED bezel has an additional six LEDs clustered in the center to provide some flood illumination in addition to the medium spot the lensed LEDs already provide.



Beam photo (12 LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 450,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photo at (6 LEDs) ~12".
Measures 352,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.



Beam photo (12 LEDs) at ~15'.




Beam photo (6 LEDs) at ~15'.

That red star thing in the two lower photographs is from an American DJ Laser Widow.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was sent by P.L. of www.lumaray.com on 02-12-05, and was received on the afternoon of 02-25-05.

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: 03-05-05
Until the website is functional in approximately two weeks, you may email info@lumaray.com to obtain additional information about this flashlight.


UPDATE: 03-28-05
The website became offically operational this morning. That's what the update on this web page is for.


UPDATE: 04-22-05
I have learned that the 6-LED bezel flashlight will be called the FL-6, and the 12-LED bezel flashlight will be called the FL-12.


PROS:
Very unique appearance as flashlights are concerned
Very unique way of changing batteries
Durable construction
Water-resistant and submersible
Both FL6 and FL12 bezels produce an impressive spot of light
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:
FL6 bezel has little spill light - may be of concern to some users
Backspill may be of concern to some users


    MANUFACTURER: LumaRay
    PRODUCT TYPE: Medium/large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6 or 12
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot, with corona if 12-LED bezel is used
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Plastic
    BATTERY: 3xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 15 feet
    ACCESSORIES: TBA
    WARRANTY: 1 year

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