Pockets are only so big. Some jackets and to a lesser extent, some pants, have more pockets than you might think the average person needs. With everything you might carry day to day, have you ever thought about adding a flashlight to the mix? If so, this is where the question might arise, what is an EDC flashlight and why would I need one?
Like a great deal of the English language today, EDC is an acronym…which stands for “everyday carry”.
Your Ideal Size May Vary
The light pictured (with the penny) is a good illustration of how small flashlights are these days. A light of this particular size may be more often seen dangling from a key chain. The versatility of such a light is somewhat limited though, and the first thought of someone buying one for this purpose is so they can illuminate a key hole in the dark.
If you were to ask a flashaholic what they carry as a EDC, the answer would vary as much as the variety of everyday carry lights on the market!
The longer of the two palm-size lights pictured, is an excellent example of what the average EDC light would resemble.
About 4″ is pretty normal. However for those who have more than one flashlight that they use as an everyday carry, depending upon size of pocket, they’ll go as long as 6″.
Why Would I Need to Carry One?
Okay, so even though you’re still reading… you’re not completely sold on the idea yet. That’s perfectly natural, because outside of the world of flashaholics, the basic need for something as mundane as a flashlight might not seem very important. Perhaps the next paragraph will shed some light (that’s so bad, I know)… on a few situations when they actually might come in handy.
Always When You Least Expect It
Life happens… unexpectedly sometimes. So answer yourself a few questions:
- Do you work in the city?
- Do you live in the city?
- Do you take public transportation?
- Do you ride an elevator everyday?
- Do you work or live in a high rise building?
- Do you go out often after dark?
- Do you take a bus, taxi or subway after dark often?
You see where I’m going with this line of questioning right? If you answered yes to at least half, guess what? YOU NEED AN EDC FLASHLIGHT! Because even under the simplest of conditions, you NEVER know what scenario might arise where you’ll find yourself in either low-light, or complete darkness, or have the need to defend yourself in a possibly unsafe situation.
Teenagers and young adults love to have fun after dark. But, what if their fun should turn worrisome? Sure, everyone has a cell phone these days in case of an emergency. But, it’s dark out there!! – and the flashlight apps found on many smartphones, just won’t cut it if you need a light for more than a few minutes.
More Reasons Than You Can Imagine
A darkly lit place can turn up at the strangest times.
- Under the seat of your car anytime of day
- Under your desk at work
- In a power failure (even during the day)
- In a poorly lit hallway or closet
- Dropping something on the floor in a movie theater
You get the idea.
Believe Me, You’ll Be Hooked
Most anyone who carries a flashlight day to day, myself included, will confess that they have no idea how they used to go day to day WITHOUT one. It’s one of those things that, once you know you have it, you tend to use it.
Those who own several EDC lights won’t necessarily favor one over another, but they’ll know which ones are more appropriate at any given time. For casual dress vs. a business environment, they’ll have which ones are better suited…(no pun intended!)
Don’t Get Ripped Off!
If you decide than an EDC light is for you, a have a friendly word of warning. Without hesitation, I link to online merchants such as Amazon as a means to shop and compare products. There are however a great deal of cheap imitations available on Amazon. If you go to this post you can read about some of the ways in which an uninformed consumer can be tricked into buying a completely inferior product which will not last! Basically, anything you see in an EDC light, that’s LESS than $10…please DO NOT buy! For the most part, NONE of the manufacturers that I recommend make anything that sells for less than $20. The link in this post does not go to Amazon, so if you were to shop from this page, I guarantee you’ll only be looking a products from reputable manufacturers.
If you have questions about this…please let me know! I will never steer you wrong.
Just know that when you finally join the world of EDC (for flashlights) that you’re now a member of a distinct group who are always prepared, and happy to assist others out of unexpected darkness.
If you’re ready to take a look at some suitable lights for everyday carry, please visit the “Product Reviews“ page at Lightsngear.
Please let me know if you have comments or questions regarding this topic.