A clear quartz capsule with electrodes at both ends, filled with high-pressure xenon gas, creates a sustained, super-heated plasma arc that emits light. A lot of light. In fact, it doesn't get much brighter than HID lights when it comes to illumination tools. We're talking thousands of lumens of intense HID-generated light cutting through the darkness and illuminating objects hundreds of yards away. All in a portable, handheld package that weighs under six pounds.
So who needs this much light? Besides having obvious military applications, SureFire HID illumination tools are great assets in law enforcement, border patrol, and search-and-rescue operations. They're also great for civilian activities requiring enough light to illuminate large, enclosed spaces, like caving. Or to cut through the darkness in vast, open spaces, as in yachting, sailing, or other maritime activities.
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