Author: Cavediver Aaron

Our Best Picks: Top 10 Dive Lights

The market is flooded with an endless array of dive lights, and even the most experienced divers have difficulty choosing the best of the best. But we’ve done the work for you: After continuous testing and research, we’ve narrowed down thousands of torches to find the top 10 dive lights on the market today. 1. V3 Nemo Flood Light Easily the best dive light on the market today, the latest iteration of the Nemo Flood Light packs quite the punch. The 18 Cree LEDs and 10 UV LEDs emit up to 15,000 lumens in a wide 120-degree beam, making it the most powerful dive light on the market. And with five intensity levels and multiple mode options, including the ability to switch between white floodlight for night dives and cave diving and UV light for night photography, this beauty works perfectly in multiple conditions. Even at the highest setting, the V3 Nemo Flood Light offers 60 minutes of burn time as well as the ability to swap out batteries underwater. Serious recreational divers and commercial divers alike should add this 100m/328ft depth rated dive light to their shopping lists. 2. V2 Nemo Flood Light Obviously, the second-best dive light out there is the predecessor to the V3 Nemo Flood Light. This powerful torch emits up to 8,000 lumens in a wide 120-degree angle beam and offers three separate intensity...

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Best Dive Light for Underwater Videos

Underwater videography requires ultra-bright, balanced temperature lighting to fill in shadows, capture small details and infuse the resulting video with real-life, above-ground color. In the past, underwater videographers were relegated to oversized, bulky dive lights that were cumbersome to use and difficult to manipulate. But recent advances in technology have revolutionized how professional and hobby videographers capture stunning videos. And the newest release from Nemo Power Tools capitalizes on all of these advances while making several of its own. The result is the V3 Nemo Flood Light, easily the best dive light for underwater videos. This hand-held beast emits an incredible 15,000 lumens at a 5000K color temperature using a combination of 18 Cree LEDs and 10 UV LEDs. The ultra-wide 120-degree beam angle makes illuminating a big area a breeze, and the five separate intensity levels allow underwater videographers to adjust the lighting to perfectly capture any space, in any condition. And with a 60-minute burn time at the highest intensity level, you’ll have plenty of time to capture incredible shots. While the V3 Nemo Flood Light is, hands down, the brightest dive light on the market today, as most videographers know brightness is only one requirement of a solid dive light. You also need something lightweight yet indestructible; versatile yet simple to operate. The V3’s aircraft-grade aluminum housing protects the technology beneath it up to 100m/328ft, yet...

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Best Dive Light for Underwater Photography

Underwater photographers have a lot going against them: water absorbs light, resulting in a loss of color the deeper they dive; and, it creates a refractive index difference that warps the photographer’s ability to gauge size and distance. And on top of that, water whisks away contrast and creates shadows on subjects resulting in blurry images. All of these issues are why photographers need a quality, bright and versatile dive light. The best on the market balance out the light in even the darkest spaces, allowing photographers to capture images in real-life color instead of shades of blue and gray. They also eliminate shadows and flood subjects with light, allowing for crisp, clear images. There are plenty of dive lights on the market geared toward photographers, but the absolute best dive light for underwater photography is the V3 Nemo Flood Light. This commercial dive light is the brightest dive light in the world, yet still gives photographers plenty of ways to adjust brightness levels to account for murky water, dark spaces and ambient lighting. At full power, it emits 15,000 lumens. Yet with a few quick adjustments, divers can dim the light to 20%, 40%, 60% or 80% power. But brightness isn’t everything when snapping photos underwater: color balance and UV capabilities are essential. The V3 utilizes 18 Cree LEDs and 10 UV LEDs to create multiple different modes:...

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User Guide: Ikelite Gamma

The most important part of owning a dive light is making sure that you maintain it so that it can serve you for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, very few people ever take this precaution and make sure their dive lights are in a good state. If you are one of them, listen up! Here’s a crash course on using and maintaining the Ikelite Gamma dive light. Always make sure that you rinse your Ikelite Gamma dive light with fresh water after every dive. This washes away any contaminants present in your light, like salt or sand, which...

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User Guide: UK Sunlight C8 eLED

The UK Sunlight C8 eLED has been used for years by divers around the world due to its amazing features, including its ability to run for up to 6 hours on high and 20 hours on low, the rechargeable battery, its anti-corrosive and ultra-tough rubber construction, and the 400 to 1200 lumens of brightness delivered by the dive light. Here are some great tips for using and maintaining the UK Sunlight C8 eLED. Tips to increase the functionality of the UK Sunlight C8 eLED Remove and wipe the O-ring often. This is done by passing it between your fingers...

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Welcome to DiveLight! We’re Scott, Dave, and Aaron, and our lives pretty much revolve around diving – what started as a thrilling hobby has turned into our full-time jobs, and we thought we’d throw a blog into the mix to help other diving enthusiasts delve into the surprisingly rich world of dive lights.

All three of us are certified master scuba divers working as PADI instructors and commercial divers in the United States. In our spare time, we love reviewing the latest and greatest dive lights and giving novice divers and professionals alike tips and tricks for utilizing this fantastic piece of equipment.

When we’re not teaching, working, or jumping into the water at night (our favorite time to enjoy some recreational diving), we’re updating the blog. Stick around and stay up to date on the latest dive lights on the market!