Torches

Torches, or flashlights, are small lamps that are most commonly powered by batteries or battery packs. They provide lighting for a range of applications such as small areas where the light beam reaches into smaller darker space and are ideal for maintenance as well as for outdoor activities, emergency services and general-purpose illumination in case of power failure.

How does a torch work?

A traditional torch is battery powered and is operated by a simple 'on/off' switch to turn the light on or off. Many modern torches also include a flash or SOS feature, allowing the user to engage SOS when in distress without the need to repeatedly switch the torch on and off in sequence.

Torches have two main ways of illumination:

  • An incandescent bulb with a tungsten filament - the older, more traditional torch or flashlight with a softer amber glow.
  • A solid-state bulb that is normally a light-emitting diode (LED) - the newer bulb that is used in torches that emits a bright light and can come in varying colours.

What are the key features of a torch?

  • Torches have different beam distances, run time and light output so it is important to select a torch based on the application it is required for.
  • The light output of a torch is measured in lumens (lm); the higher the lumen rating, the brighter the light is that the torch emits.
  • Some torches are impact-resistant and water resistance to ensure they are suitable for using outdoors in extreme elements.
  • Size, weight and functionality are also important to ensure that it meets the requirements of the user.

What different types of torches are available?

There are many different types of torches available, each of them useful and beneficial depending on the application they are required for:

  • Handheld torches - the most common type of torch because it is versatile enough to be used across most applications. They can range from being used as a general-purpose household torch or a rugged torch for use in harsh environments.
  • Penlights or pen torches - easily carried around in the user's pocket and often feature a pocket clip. Sometimes limited in their brightness but they are ideal for when only a small area needs illumination for closer inspection.
  • Compact torches - a compact torch, often under 100mm in length, is a torch suitable for everyday use. Suitable to be carried by the user in a bag or pocket but still boasting a powerful light output for the user.

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Description Price Type Rechargeable Plug Type Lamp Type Luminosity Batteries Hazardous Area Certification IP Rating Hazardous Area Zone Wattage Range Beam Type Length
RS Stock No. 708-2655
Mfr. Part No.5816483
BrandAnsmann
SGD11.87
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Torch No - LED 25 lm AA - - No - - 65 m Spot 150 mm
RS Stock No. 667-7704
Mfr. Part No.5816593
BrandAnsmann
SGD11.54
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Torch No - LED 25 lm AA - - No - - 50 m Spot 102 mm
RS Stock No. 811-2243
Mfr. Part No.1600-0059-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD49.06
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Torch No - LED 160 lm C - - No - - 100 m Spot 234 mm
RS Stock No. 667-7707
Mfr. Part No.5816633
BrandAnsmann
SGD27.17
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Torch No - LED 150 lm AA - - No - - 150 m Spot 156 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3469
Mfr. Part No.1600-0170-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD39.90
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Torch No - LED 115 lm AA - - - - - 70 m Flood, Spot -
RS Stock No. 185-7547
Mfr. Part No.1600-0259
BrandAnsmann
SGD18.23
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Compact Torch No - LED 55 lm AAA - IPx3 - - - 60 m Spot 80 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3472
Mfr. Part No.1600-0172-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD61.53
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Torch No - LED 320 lm AAA - - - - - 140 m Flood, Spot -
RS Stock No. 185-7553
Mfr. Part No.1600-0179
BrandAnsmann
SGD47.50
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Pocket Torch No - LED 280 lm AA - IP21 - - - 36 m Spot 190 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3477
Mfr. Part No.1600-0138-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD45.92
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Torch No - LED 200 lm AAA - - - - - 174 m Spot 135 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3471
Mfr. Part No.1600-0171-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD57.75
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Torch No - LED 260 lm AAA - - - - - 150 m Flood, Spot -
RS Stock No. 811-2252
Mfr. Part No.1600-0060-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD62.62
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Torch No - LED 710 lm D - - No - - 170 m Flood, Spot 318 mm
RS Stock No. 185-7556
Mfr. Part No.1600-0222
BrandAnsmann
SGD129.36
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Handlamp Yes USB LED - Li-Ion - - - - 5 W 500 m - -
RS Stock No. 195-0336
Mfr. Part No.1600-0223
BrandAnsmann
SGD173.47
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Handlamp Yes USB LED - - - - - - 20 W 470 m - 214 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3475
Mfr. Part No.1600-0159-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD16.40
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Compact Torch No - LED 60 lm AA - - - - - 75 m Flood, Spot 92 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3473
Mfr. Part No.1600-0162-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD50.80
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Tactical Torch No - LED 930 lm AA - - - - - 240 m Spot 174 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3476
Mfr. Part No.1600-0160-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD36.02
Each
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Pen Torch No - LED 130 lm AAA - - - - - 75 m Spot 139 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3474
Mfr. Part No.1600-0137-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD49.51
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Torch No - LED 180 lm AAA - - - - - 130 m Flashing 125 mm
RS Stock No. 164-3470
Mfr. Part No.1600-0173-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD60.79
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Torch No - LED 240 lm AA - - - - - 120 m Flood, Spot -
RS Stock No. 164-3468
Mfr. Part No.1600-0155-520
BrandAnsmann
SGD27.03
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Torch No - LED 40 lm C - - - - - 110 m Spot 200 mm
RS Stock No. 185-7550
Mfr. Part No.1600-0150
BrandAnsmann
SGD119.90
Each
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Torch Yes USB LED 400 lm Li-Ion - IPX4 - - - 175 m Flood, Spot 168.4 mm