The Original Light Painters: Man Ray & Gjon Mili

November 12th, 2013

At COAST Products, we are proud of our light painters—those contemporary artists who use COAST LED flashlights to make innovative art. Rather than using paint, these artists pair time-lapse photography and flashlights to create incredible images. As our blog loyal readers know, we sponsor one light painter, Jason D. Page, by equipping him with the powerful LED lights he needs to create his stunning nighttime landscapes and portraits. This post takes a look at a couple of light painting pioneers, Man Ray and Gjon Mili. Not everyone knows about these artists, so a little background information might be handy.

Man Ray, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890. He was an enigmatic Modernist from New York who later moved to Paris, where he spent most of his career. There, he made contributions to the Dada and Surrealist movements, both part of the Avant-garde art scene of the late teens and early 1920s.

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Product Review on the PX50 Flashlight

November 5th, 2013

COAST's PX50 LED Flashlight Quick, what’s bright yellow and waterproof to 196 feet? No, it’s not a deep-diving duck, but rather our PX50 LED flashlight. Among diving enthusiasts, the PX50 is the king of underwater flashlights. Just ask Jerry Hall, world record holder for longest freshwater dive. This last August, Jerry spent over 145 hours submerged in a freshwater dive. While below the surface, he relied on HBO’s Band of Brothers to keep him entertained via an underwater TV. And for light, Jerry depended upon the PX50, our incredible waterproof flashlight designed especially for diving.

We designed the PX50 to thrive in nearly any environment. Even 196 feet underwater—that’s about the length of a nineteen-story building—the PX50 LED flashlight will work. Its bright yellow casing makes it easy to see in dim submerged conditions. And the included nylon lanyard will keep the PX50 close at hand.

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LED Flashlights for Automotive Technicians

October 29th, 2013

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For automotive mechanics, an LED light is a must-have tool. LED flashlights and headlamps allow car experts to peer deep into engine blocks. Sometimes, a strong, far-reaching beam is needed to diagnose a problem inside the engine. At other times, more scattered LED light is required, for seeing the bigger mechanical picture. Beyond these needs, mechanics’ flashlights should be tough (look for a strong warranty, such as our lifetime guarantee), waterproof (engine liquids are not kind to cheapo torches) and ergonomic.

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Why Should I Invest in a Pressure Switch For an LED Flashlight?

October 24th, 2013

COAST's TX40 LED FlashlightWeapon-mounted flashlights are extremely important tactical tools. They allow officers and military personal to properly identify targets before pulling the trigger. There are a variety of mounting methods and manufacturers, including the Picatinny rail.  A Picatinny rail is a standardized mounting bracket. With a mounting system in place, you can also add a pressure switch. The advantage of a pressure switch is that it allows for correct operation, as the user is able to turn the flashlight on and off without removing his or her hand from the barrel of the weapon.

For precise operation, we recommend a combination pressure switch. Law enforcement officers and military personnel are especially keen on combination pressure switches, as they allow for multiple lighting modes. A combination pressure switch can create either momentary or constant light. When a single flash could give your location away, it’s important to have such sophisticated lighting options at your fingertips. The inclusion of a master kill-switch also keeps the flashlight off at unwanted times.

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Be Prepared for Anything: Flash Floods Survival

October 22nd, 2013

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With the recent catastrophic flooding in Colorado safely behind us, it’s the perfect time to make sure your family is prepared for the next flooding or high water event. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the US, so it’s wise to prepare for them. This blog will help you get ready.

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Equipment for the TX40 Flashlight

October 17th, 2013

COAST's TX40 LED FlashlightThe TX40 is a powerful, professional use LED flashlight that is easily adapted to a variety of uses and conditions. Its sophisticated optics system produces a bull’s-eye spot beam, which throws light as far as 518 feet (158 meters), while also providing an outer ring of scattered floodlight.  While light output is the first consideration for any worthwhile torch, the TX40 LED flashlight also offers several different accessory options that you might not know about.

First, you can attach the TX40 to the undercarriage of a rifle using our Universal/Picatinny Rail Mount (7733RM). Actually, since the 7733RM has a one-inch interior diameter, you can use the rail mount to attach any flashlight with a one-inch diameter to your rifle. The rail mount is constructed from solid aluminum; it is rugged enough to last a lifetime.

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COAST Resources: More of Our Popular Articles on LED Lights

October 15th, 2013

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When you’ve been blogging about LED lights for as long as we have, you get creative about finding topics. We’ve covered LED flashlights and headlamps from every conceivable angle—scientific, environmental, thermic, and even bovine.

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COAST LED Flashlights Used in Even More Art Projects!

October 8th, 2013

Light Painting

Did you know that some artists use COAST flashlights to create art? Jason Page is one of these artists, as we’ve discussed in previous posts. Recently, Jason has been “at it again,” painting an incredible image of a waterfall with COAST’s HP314 LED flashlight.

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