TriLite is a hand-held flashlight, but unlike most flashlights, each one has fold-down side panels in addition to the usual light that shines in the center. It's specified that the side panels contain LED lights, as the center one does, and have been designed to fold in and out to provide you with up to 270 degrees of light. Aside from these illuminated side panels, it's stated that each flashlight contains a belt clip and a magnet on the bottom that will help you use it hands-free.
The cost of TriLite is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping, for a total price of $26.98.
To turn on the center light in the middle of your flashlight, you'll need to press the small green power button on the top of the flashlight once. In order to turn on the side panels, too, this button must be pressed a second time. If you don't need the side panels, it's not necessary that you turn them on, but they'll give you more light than just the center bulb alone.
To suit your current illumination needs, the TriLite flashlight can be adjusted in two ways. The whole head can be tipped up and down throughout a range of 180 degrees, and you can unfold the side panels or leave them folded down. If you only want to fold out one side panel and leave the other one folded down, that's another option, or you could unfold one or both of them just part of the way. It all depends on what you're going to be looking at, and if your needs change, you'll be able to quickly make adjustments again.
Once you've decided on the angles that are best for the head of your flashlight and its panels, you can either carry the flashlight or mount it. If you'll be working near a metal surface, you may want to use the built-in magnet on the end of the handle for mounting purposes. Otherwise, you can place the end of the handle on a flat surface, where it should sit flat enough to stay balanced. If you'll be carrying your flashlight, you'll be able to use its belt clip to clip it to your clothing or keep it in one hand.
As you use your flashlight to help you see various things, you can adjust the way it's positioned as you see fit. The most important thing is that you turn it off when you're done! If all three panels are on, press the power button twice to turn them off, or press the button once to turn off just the center panel.
Not only are the three white LED lights within each TriLite bright, but they're also long-lasting. Unlike bulbs of other types, LED bulbs have been made to burn for up to 100, 000 hours before burning out. That means you may get several years or even a decade of use out of the three bulbs in your flashlight, depending on how often you use the device.
On a more specific note, the three panels within each TriLite will give off 600 lumens of light altogether. That's equivalent to the amount of light that a standard 40-watt incandescent bulb will give you, which means that one of these flashlights may be able to light up a small room in its entirety.
Although the TriLite is a bit bigger than some standard flashlights, due to the addition of two extra LED panels, each one can still be considered fairly compact. As long as your vehicle's glove compartment isn't crowded with other items, you'll likely be able to fit one of these flashlights in there, provided that the side panels are folded down. This flashlight may be useful if you're camping or cottaging, but it may also come in handy if you have to do an emergency car repair on the side of the road.
While you're carrying this flashlight in one hand, your hand will be unlikely to slip off the handle, since it's made of rubber and includes strategically placed grooves. This material and design will help you hang onto your flashlight securely as you use it indoors or outdoors, so you won't drop it into an unfortunate place like the toilet or a river.
More than a standard flashlight that will only illuminate what's directly in front of you, the TriLite will promote safety for the person who's carrying the flashlight and those around them. As you're walking or jogging, its three panels of light will allow you to see more obstacles in front of you more quickly than you'd be able to with a standard flashlight. Regardless of whether you're moving through a rural or urban area, and whether you're by yourself or with kids or pets, this flashlight will help you perceive harm and get yourself out of the way.
A standard flashlight may not give you quite enough illumination to effectively complete home repairs in small spaces, such as inside a cupboard or under the stairs. Even if you can get enough light from one of those flashlights, you might have to attempt to carry it with one hand while performing a repair with the other. That won't be the case when you use the TriLite, though, as it'll give you more illumination than a regular flashlight while balancing on its base hands-free or remaining clipped to your clothing.
Nowhere is it specified that this type of flashlight is waterproof or water-resistant, so you may have to be extremely careful about using yours near water or out in the rain. Even though it may help you see things miles ahead of you in the dark, it may not be the best flashlight to use while you're out in a boat. Similarly, it may not be a great thing to bring along on an outdoor walk in the snow, either, considering that both snow and ice are made of water.
It's great that this type of flashlight includes a belt clip that will help users attach it to their clothing, but it'd be even better if the flashlight could also come with a neck strap. With one of these, a user would have the option of hanging the light around their neck if they were wearing clothing that's difficult to attach a clip to.
When you're moving the side panels on this flashlight, it's best to be as gentle with them as possible, as opposed to pushing on them aggressively. Aggressive pushing could cause one or both of them to fall off, and if that were to occur, they might be difficult to put back on.
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