Only because I have spent $$$$$$$ on flashlights for work.Trial and error. My life depends on the right light
So here goes:
1. If you need to put out hundreds of lumens standby with a good credit card Read$$$$$ Some can be up to 500.00
2. You need to make a decision about LED vs. Non LED. I don't like LED so much as some of my brothers. It does not throw a "sharp" spot type of beam. But they keep coming out with new LED technology all the time. So check out the difference, it may be different for you.
3.I have the brightest light available from Streamlight, about $140.00. That's the one I get out of the car at night with,dozens of times a shift, nice beam, reaches out nice.
4. I have a Streamlight Scorpion on my belt as back up.
5. I have 2 Streamlight SL 20 in my gear bag right next to me in the cruiser.
6. I have a Streamlight Stylest in my uniform pocket, for those little jobs.
I know, to some of you it sounds like over kill, but come on out with me for a 12 hour dark shift and you might see why I have what I have.
Now for the home:
1. I have about 6 flashlights if different parts of the house, not including weopon mounted lights.
2. Most of these lights are a mix of cheap LED and non LED lights that take CR 123 lithium batteries. Some have an adjustable spot, some throw a wide area, good for lighting up rooms. Again, try some for your preference.
Now is the time I warn you about CR 123 Lithium
batteries. Thay don't last long. Period. However, thier shelf, non used, life is excellent. That seems good for those of us that want flashlights around the house that MUST work the first time.
Now for the BEST advice I can give you guys.
If you plan on having a ready, defensive firearm in the house, next to the bed, in the closet, next to your wife or girlfriend or both, A. It must be loaded and safe.
B. You MUST
have a light source right next to it, NO EXCUSES
I did not go into all the brands, makes and types here. It would require a book.
I just offer my experience and forethought, your's may be different.
I hope this helps someone, I'll answer any questions I can.
Stay safe, stay armed and trained,