Choosing a dive light can be a little overwhelming. There are lots of features and lots of different brands, and its hard to know where to start. At Dive Lights Direct our goal is to assist you in finding the best dive light for your needs, so we've put together this overview. We've also included some staff recomendations in each category.
Do you need a light for your new GoPro or Sport HD action camera?
If so, you'll want a video light (or two) with a wide, consistent beam and no hot-spots. You'll also probably need a rig to mount the camera and light(s) together. Many of today's video lights double as primary dive lights.
Good: Bigblue FF1X5 Plus
Are you a day or night diver with the goal of viewing a large area?
If so, consider a dive light with a wide beam and a healthy lumen rating.
Entry: Bigblue AL1X5M
Better: Intova Supernova (1000 lumens)
Are you a daytime recreational diver who wants to look under rocks and into small caverns to see what's hiding there?
If so, a narrow-beam handheld light is what most divers choose.
Best: Keldan Luna 4 L-H 1500
Do you plan to use the light for a mix of day and night dives, and even non-diving outdoor activities?
You need versatility, and a small adjustable beam aluminum light may be the perfect choice.
Good: Intova WA Zoom
Better: BigBlue CF250M
Best: Bigblue CF900
Are you a technical or exploration diver?
Tech lights are in a class of their own - they generally have tight penetrating beams, exceptional brightness, long battery life, and extremely good reliability. Traditionally tech lights were canister type dive lights, but today's technology has made handheld designs posible.
Good: BigBlue XL Quattro (handheld)
Best: Keldan Luna 4 L-H 1500 (handheld)
If you'd like to learn more about specific dive lights features, check out our Dive Light Features resource.