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
There are dozens of palm-size flashlights these days. Many are clipped to the insides of pockets, some to hats, and many dangling from a key chain. Although the versatility of such a light might seem somewhat limited, many in fact, are in the 200-300 lumen rage! Not too shabby for something some people might consider only for illuminating a key hole in the dark. But think again, they ARE more versatile than that.
If you were to ask a flashaholic what they carry for an EDC light, the answer would vary as much as the variety of 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. Many are definitely in the 2-3″ range.
About 4″ is pretty typical. However for those who have more than one flashlight they use for everyday carry, depending how deep your pocket is, they’ll go as long as 6″.
Why Would I Need to Carry One?
Okay, so even though you’re still reading… you might be wondering what the whole point of the EDC thing is. I guess that’s natural, because outside of the world of flashaholics, the basic need for something as mundane as a flashlight might not seem very important. Well, perhaps the next paragraph will shed some light on a few situations where it might start to make sense to you.
Always When You Least Expect It
Life happens… unexpectedly sometimes. So answer yourself a few questions:
- Do you work/live in the city?
- Do you live alone?
- 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?
- Do you live on/or own property in the country?
- Do you own a farm?
- Do you own a pet?
You see where I’m going with this line of questioning right?
If you answered yes to at least half of them, guess what?
YOU NEED AN EDC FLASHLIGHT!
Yes, I Don’t Doubt You Have A Cell Phone
Even under the simplest, and most routine of daily activities, you NEVER know what might happen next! Suddenly finding yourself in either low-light, or complete darkness, or having to possibly defend yourself can be very scary. It’s also something you DO NOT want to depend on a CELL PHONE for!! That kind of emergency light might be okay for a minute or so…but what if it’s 10 minutes or longer? Preserving your cell phone battery will be the important thing at that point.
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 flashlight apps just won’t cut it if you need a light for more than a few minutes.
More Reasons Than You Can Imagine
An environment with dim light 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
- In a poorly lit hallway or closet
- Dropping something on the floor in a movie theater
You get the idea.
Believe Me, Once You Bite, You’ll Be Hooked
Most anyone who carries an EDC flashlight, 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 know which ones are better suited…(pun intended!)
Don’t Get Ripped Off!
If you decide that an EDC light is right for you, here’s 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 dozens of cheap imitations on Amazon. I suggest reading this post so you can be an informed shopper!
Membership Has Its Benefits
Just know that when you finally join the world of EDC lighting, that you’re now a member of a distinct group who are always prepared for 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.