Tac Lamp is a high performance tactical headlamp from Bell and Howell that is purportedly military grade. The light can be viewed from five nautical miles away. There is a stroke function on it meant to stun intruders or attackers. You can allegedly use it submerged in water or after being hit with a hammer. What’s more, you can use it while changing a tire or trying to fix things in your household that are not well lit, like under the sink.
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- Hands Free
The Tac Lamp is a type of flashlight / headlamp that you can wear on your head while working or use while trying to fix a car in the dark. This leaves your hands free to do their work.
- Lifetime Guarantee
There is a lifetime guarantee.
- 35 x Brighter
You get a light that is thirty five times brighter compared to regular flashlights.
You can pivot the light ninety degrees.
- Decent Product Line
Bell and Howell is a reputable company that provides all manner of lighting options for users. They have a line of military grade lighting sources ranging from standalone lamps to travel options to small flashlights. Operating for a while, this company has a high quality range of products that seems to indicate they are worth purchasing from.
Cost wise is it a cheaper option than others on the market, but this is not reason enough to buy. Tactical lamps are often rather expensive, so for those who are just looking for a bright head lamp that is inexpensive, this is it.
- Different Settings
Like most Bell and Howell light products, this lamp offers different settings. There is a strobe setting that is called the “self-defense” setting. This setting is standard on almost all Bell and Howell lights, meant to be used in case of attack. There are low light options, zoom modes, and emergency modes too so that you can use the headlamp to zoom in on a project, conserve lighting, or signal for help. Low light settings conserve energy. SOS settings give the blinking SOS signal. Zoom settings let you focus the light on a smaller area.
- Useful for Many Things
The unit is lightweight, small, and can be affixed to more than just a helmet or hat. You can brighten a room and use it for many things. If you are camping, for example, you can wear the light on your head while you are cutting firewood at night or when you are setting up your tent.
Hunting, you can wear it on your head while you set up camp or head out into the night to find a new kill. Practically speaking you can even use it to make repairs in your home or on your car. Having one with you on the go means you can make night time repairs or signal for help in any emergency.
- Limited Design Information
If you go by the descriptions and website information, the light seems to be a tactical light in design. However tactical lights are better defined by their feature and quality, and information on this is limited.
- Military Grade Evidence
There is no evidence provided by the company that the Tac Lamp is used by any military branch, law enforcement, or rescue teams. It claims to be the light that elite military units use, but we are not told which ones and no information exists relating the two. What’s more, when compared to “regular flashlights”, like the kind broken by the sledgehammer, there is no information about which type of flashlight this is.
This is important because the Tac Lamp might be brighter or stronger than a cheaply made, one dollar flashlight but not significantly brighter or stronger than a top of the line flashlight. Without knowing which “regular flashlight” is being used for comparison, we cannot really know.
- Fitness Model
Nick Bolton is the man that is shown in the advertisement for this product and all the other tactical light products. His large size and scruff lead you to believe that he is former military, but he is not. There is no evidence that he even uses the tac lamp. In fact, he is a fitness model, not a former soldier.
How it's Different from Competitors
Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, TacLamp by Bell & Howell is a tactical head lamp that you can use in situations like camping, home repairs, tire replacements, hunting, and more. Such a lamp admittedly comes in handy many times.
It will work if it is frozen in ice or completely submerged under water. Even boiled in oil it still works. Regular flashlights break apart when hit with a sledgehammer, but in this commercial the Tac Lamp could stand up to the test of being destroyed and come out just fine.
- Tactical Lamps
The Tac Lamp claims to be a tactical lamp. A tactical lamp is one that is used in tactical situations. Examples include emergencies where you might be in danger. As a result of their compact designs and bright lighting, tactical lights of any variety are designed to work alongside firearms. This is done so that users can quickly sweep an area for enemy combatants and to blind or stun one when they see them.
- Defining Tactical
However, tactical lights are also meant to deliver more light from lighter more compact packages. Standard flashlights using D batteries and regular bulbs puts out between 15 and 20 lumens. Tactical lights should produce a minimum of 60 lumens and provide a solid beam of light sans any dark spots or holes. In certain cases, military grade tactical lamps can produce upwards of one thousand lumens.
What’s more, tactical lights derive the ability to blind attackers from high pressure xenon bulks that contain a tungsten filament. Lithium 3-volt batteries traditionally heat the filament better than conventional 1.5 volt lithium cells.
- Lacking Information
That said, there is no information given by the company about how many lumens are emitted, what batteries are used, or what the actual degree of water resistance and impact resistance is. Showing that it works when fully submerged only means that for the few seconds it took to take the photo, the light still worked. Divers though would need to know how deep they can go with it. People training in pools would need to know the same. Sadly, this information is not provided.
What is provided instead is that the bulbs can last for hundreds of thousands of hours, something that is standard among LED bulbs and is therefore not very unique or necessarily tactical.
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