LumaRay FL6 Fog Flashlight, retail $TBA (www.lumaray.com)
Manufactured by LumaRay (www.lumaray.com)
Last updated 10-14-09

The FL6 Fog head will not be available until May to June 2007, so please do not pester LumaRay for this product until then!!!
They will be sold ***ONLY*** as the head unit; you must already have a LumaRay handle (barrel) to affix them to; they will also only be available in the olive grey color as you see on this web page.

The LumaRay FL6 Fog Flashlight is a new LED flashlight that features six white LEDs with greenish yellow lenses over them, powered by three C cells in the barrel. It is specifically designed to be used in foggy or misty weather; the yellow color is known to enhance visibility over blue or white in these conditions.

It comes in an amost all-plastic body, which (as you will read below) appears to be made out of some pretty "tuph stuph".


To use the FL6 Fog Flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Twist the bezel (head) clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the FL6 Fog Flashlight on.

Twist the bezel counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the FL6 Fog Flashlight off.

I don't normally show flashlight packages, but this one is unique enough to warrant such a photograph. Note: This is the box a LumaRay FL12 comes in; that's why it reads "FL12" on the side.

To change the batteries in the FL6 Fog Flashlight, locate the cantilever assembly below the bezel (head), and while holding the flashlight so the business-end faces the ceiling or sky, turn this cantilever assembly counterclockwise (as if loosening it) until it stops.

Hold the flashlight in one hand, with your thumb over one of the pads on this cantilever assembly. With the other hand, place your thumb and forefinger over the other two pads on the cantilever, and push down (toward the tailcap) on these pads. This should release the bezel.

Photograph showing the cantilever assembly pulled back to show how it released the bezel.
NOTE: This photograph is of the original FL12, that's why the parts are a different color.

Lift off & remove the bezel, dash it to the ground as hard as you can, and kick it in the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the three used C cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Shake the flashlight slightly if necessary if the cells do not slide out. This is a feature of the FL6 Fog Flashlight, so when you're changing batteries in total darkness, they won't just all tumble out and fall on your feet...ouch!!!

Drop three new C cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive facing outward.

Press the bezel straight onto the barrel until you hear it click; then turn the cantilever assembly clockwise (as if tightening it) until it stops and you hear a clicking sound.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Unable to measure current use due to how the product was constructed.

The FL6 Fog Flashlight appears durable, and IS durable. When I administered that terrible smack test on it (five whacks against the concrete floor of a patio against the side of the bezel), only the expected damage was found: some *VERY* minor gouging on the bezel where it was struck; I have already struck the barrel (tail end) at least ten times already - no need to punish the poor, innocent little flashlight any more. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected. I performed this test with the batteries loaded - nobody goes around throwing *EMPTY* flashlights.

Water-resistance is AAA+++.
The FL6 Fog Flashlight is waterproof and submersible to 50 feet, so you need not be concerned about using it in foul weather; and water-landings won't kill it either. And if it falls next to the mailbox and the dog pisses on it, just take the garden hose to it or douche it off under the faucet - good as new.

Here's proof I really performed "The Toilet Test" on it.
After being thrown in the cistern (the clean part of the toilet, not the bowl!!!) in water approximately 12" deep at 65F (18.3C) for approximately one minute (to simulate somebody dropping their FL6 Fog Flashlight into a creek), I flushed the commode (to empty the cistern), fished the FL6 Fog out of the now-shallow water, dried the outside off with some nasal tissue, examined the insides, and no leakage was detected. O, and I remembered to put the toilet tank lid back on.

The FL6 Fog Flashlight will stand on its tail to shine on the ceiling, so it can be used as a flameless "candle".

The barrel has a very lightly pebbly texture with a series of circular depressions moulded into it; both the tail and bezel have plenty of texture (in the forms of longitudinal ribbing and slightly projecting parts), so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, gloved, or wet) should not be a major issue here.

The large flutes in the bezel (head) function quite well as an anti-roll device.

A lanyard may be attached if desired, use any of the attachment points on the tailcap for this purpose. A lanyard is not provided with the FL6 Fog Flashlight; if you wish to use one with this flashlight, you'll have to procure it elsewhere.

The primary light output consists of a medium spot with a sharp fall-off at its perimeter, produced by convex (magnifying) lenses in front of the six LEDs around the outer perimeter. A faint corona of green light is visible outside the main beam. All of the individual beams coalesce into a circular beam at approximately 8".

Due of the redesign of the handle (barrel), the old head unit (from the earlier generation FL6 and FL12) will not fit on the new handle. However, the new head unit will work with the old handle style.

Beam photograph at ~12".
Measures 551,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this flashlight.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things near the top are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

Beam comparisons between an FL6 and FL12RX (mode 4).
The FL6 has a slightly shorter wavelength; it's the one on the left.

Test unit was sent by Phil of www.lumaray.com on 03-01-07, and was received on the afternoon of 03-10-07.

This flashlight is made in the United States. A flashlight's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I mentioned it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Medium/large handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Tough plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs behind plastic lenses
    BATTERY: 3xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 50 feet
    SIZE: 7.8"H 2.25"D
    WEIGHT: 12.5oz with batteries
    WARRANTY: 2 years


    Star Rating

LumaRay FL6 Fog Flashlight * www.lumaray.com

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