WE TESTED 17 DIVE AND VIDEO LIGHTS
1BIG BLUE TL4800P MSRP $479.99 CONTACT BIGBLUEDIVELIGHTS.COM This quadruple-led light delivers a tight, 10-degree beam with more illumination in our lab test than any other light. Fortunately you can step it down to 50 percent, 25 percent and even 10 percent (there’s also an emergency strobe) with the push-button switch. It’s a bit chunky, but it took very good ergonomic scores thanks to the secure lantern handle. With oodles of well-controlled power and a terrific beam, the TL4800P was our Testers Choice for large lights. 2SEAC R30 MSRP $239 CONTACT SEACUSA.COM Despite the clublike profile reminiscent of an oldfashioned watchman’s light, the R30 earned little but praise from divers. It scored very good for beam penetration, color and light output. Divers appreciated the beam that can be adjusted from 12 to 75 degrees by twisting the light head. The sliding magnetic switch took the top score for ease of operation in its category. Handy, versatile and affordable, the R30 was our Best Buy. 3SEALIFE SEA DRAGON MINI 900 MSRP $79.95 (NOT INCLUDING BATTERY) CONTACT SEALIFE-CAMERAS.COM The Mini 900 led the pack in nearly every test category and was overwhelmingly chosen by divers as their favorite compact light. The powerful beam, which can be stepped down to half or quarter power, was rated very good for color, brightness and penetration, as well as emergency strobe and SOS flash mode. The anodizedaluminum body is compact and features a nicely textured grip. The Sea Dragon Mini 900 was our Testers Choice for compact lights.