Switching Options

LEDs are efficient, have long runtimes, last for thousands of hours, and are virtually immune to recoil effects. Mounted in a reflector, they produce a diffused beam that's perfect for close- to medium-range work. On the downside, the maximum light output of LEDs is usually lower than that of incandescent lamps (although things are changing), and LEDs produce negligible infrared radiation, except for special infrared LEDs. Placing an IR filter over a standard LED won't produce enough infrared illumination to use with night-vision equipment.

The Military Series has a shuttle switch integrated into the WeaponLight's body. Depending on the version, it functions as a constant-on or a disable switch. For even more control, Military Series lights can be activated with a pressure-activated SlimLine or DG remote switch, depending on the weapon's model and make.

Motor skills can deteriorate under stress, so ergonomic switching in a handgun WeaponLight is critical. SureFire WeaponLights offer switching options built into the WeaponLight body as well as pressure-activated switching located on or near the handgun grip.

The higher light output capability of xenon incandescent lamps makes them generally more suitable for longer-range applications. Incandescent lamps also produce infrared radiation, so placing an IR filter over one makes it compatible with night-vision equipment. When it comes to runtimes, incandescent lamps get left in the dust by much more efficient LEDs. And because incandescent lamp filaments eventually burn out and are susceptible to breakage from mechanical shock, LEDs can last hundreds of times longer than incandescent lamps.

The X200 comes with an integral ambidextrous push/toggle switch designed to be operated with a fingertip. It can also be activated with an optional SlimLine or DG remote switch.

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