LED Torches, Lamps and LED Replacement bulbs

The latest and best tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed

Updated 1st May 2019

The latest Torches Tested


 Portable LED Work Light Flashlight and Ultra-Bright COB Flood Light with Clamp and Magnet

 UV Torch, ,51 LED Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains,3 x AA Batteries Included)

HeroBeam 2 x Car Emergency Light - Super Bright LED Torch/Worklight with Magnet and Belt Clip


Torch technology is racing ahead and I have just got the latest torches to test.

The UV torch shows up all sorts of stains, dust and muck when you shine it in the dark. The 51 Leds make sure this is up to the job.

The silver torch doubles up as a lantern with its yellow side panel of small COB LED bulbs (chip on board). The end of the torch is magnetic and when I stuck it to my fridge the COB section lit up the whole room!

The magnet will also hold the torch to the side of your car or under the bonnet.

The silver torch shown has been discontinued but a simpler, cheaper, waterproof and better version is now available on the links I have provided.  

Both torches run off standard AA or AAA batteries and are well made and easy to use. More info to come soon.


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Best LED Torches

Best Handbag/ Small Inspection Torch

Best Key Ring Torch

Ultra Violet Forensics Torch

Head Torches

LED Solar Fairy Lights

Best Desk Lamp


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Best torch review

Latest LED reflector technology

Years ago my metal bodied Maglite was my favorite torch because it was solid and reliable and didn't fall apart just when you needed it like many plastic torches. The other attractive thing about the Maglite was its "geek appeal". It felt hi-tech and cutting edge.

Sadly Maglite didn't move with the times and new technology bulbs and reflectors now enable torches to be significantly brighter AND last longer!

The smaller torch is my LED Lensor Police tech Torch. It is only 5 inches long and weights 148g but is bright enough to dazzle a mugger. For the tech-heads this torch gives out 115 Lumens! <

I have used this torch for 10 years now and it is something I would not want to lose. If you are looking for a practical present for someone look no further!

You wont see one of these in a charity shop along with the foot spas, electric steamers and other unwanted gifts.


The image above shows the Led Lenser T7.1  tactical torch and the police tech model that preceded it.

The T7.1 is only slightly larger focus but is almost twice as bright!

This incredible torch uses 4 AAA batteries to give 320 Lumens and also has a very useful one handed sliding focus feature.

If you want a zoomable LED torch then I think this is the one and I absolutely love it. It comes with a sturdy case and presentation box if you want to give it as a present. I think using 4 AAA batteries instead of 3 is a great idea as they tend to come in packs of 4 anyway. Use the links opposite to buy the best LED torch available and also help my work testing products.


The Chinese torches are brighter and come with rechargeable batteries and accessories.

The ones I have perform well and have lasted a year so far with no issues.


 LED Lenser P7.2 Pro Torch - Black, 320 Lumen

 Vansky Led Torch Pocket Torch 800 Lumen , 3 x AAA Batteries Included


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This superb 3 inch Torch uses the latest LED bulb and can give an incredibly useful beam even though it is powered by just one normal AAA battery!

This torch is ideal for inspection work, car or lock emergencies and anything where you don't need to see hundreds or yards in the dark!


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Best Key Ring Torch for Car keys

Having a little torch on your key ring is so useful but most of them will only just about light up a keyhole and will fall apart after a few knocks.

Advances in battery and bulb technology now mean that you can have a proper torch measuring just 5cm on your keyring.

I have been using this LED Lenser V9 for over 3 years on the same batteries and absolutely love this handy torch.

Now a new even smaller version is available which has 24 carat gold connections and the same advanced LED and chipset.

The new model weighs only 9gms, and uses 4 AG3 Li-ion batteries.

Buying the new Led Lenser K3 nano keyring torch could be the best tenner you ever spent!


 Ledlenser K3 Key-Ring LED Torch (Black) - Gift Box, 8313


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Do you lose your keys all the time?     Find your keys in the dark - every time

Tritium Keyring Glowring

Being over 40 and slightly erratic I often forget where I put my keys and cant find them. If you frequently hear the words, "bollocks! where are my keys?

Then you need the amazing tritium filled Nite Glow keyring. I own  4 of these and have bought them as presents for many people too.

I have tried all 3 colours and my advice is only buy the green ones as they are the brightest. Blue and Pink just don't give out enough light.  The Tritium gives out a powerful glow and lasts up to 10 years. There are no batteries and if you cant find your keys at night just turn the lights off and look for the green glow! My Nite Glow has stopped me losing my keys on numerous occasions.

p.s I also bought one of those voice activated keyfinders -but it was set off by random noises and was a total waste of time and money.

 Nite Tritium Gadget Keyring Glowring New Colours! Glow Stick Cat Pet Blue

See in the dark and never lose your keys with the Photon pump torch and Nite Glow keyring.


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Ultra Violet Forensics Torch

Ultra Violet Forensics Torch

This clever torch shows up all hidden organic substances and some artificial ones too.

Running off 3 AA batteries with 51 LEDS this torch is powerful enough to show everything!

It is scary to use this on your kitchen and even more so when staying in hotel rooms.

 UV Torch, ,51 LED Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains,3 x AA Batteries Included)


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Head Torches

Ideal for electricians when the power has to be off!

Being a keen gardener, DIYer and a wheelchair user I use a head torch a lot as it keeps my hands free to push the wheelchair, use my tools and crucially - hunt snails at night!

For so many jobs a head torch is more useful than a normal hand torch and you don't have the problem of dropping it.

If you do drop the Petzl Pixa is wont break as this one is designed to survive explosions!

Over the years I have tried many makes and types of head torch and my favourite is my Petzl Pixa because it is comfortable to wear, bright, easy to adjust and the batteries last ages. It has 3 LED bulbs and runs off 3 AAA batteries that are securely held in a watertight rubber box at the back of the headband. It has a simple, easy to access on/off switch and the lamp can be tilted up or down to throw the light beam exactly where you need it.

Many cheaper, (and some more expensive) head torches are as powerful but are either uncomfortable to wear, difficult to adjust.

Best DIY Headtorch - Petzl PIXA 3 Multi-beam Headlamp

Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof - Fredproof!


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Solar Powered Outdoor Fairy Lights

Solar fairy lights are pretty when working but all come with a pathetically small solar panel and single cheap Ni-Cad battery.

I have tested dozens of them and many fail very quickly or get stuck on flashing mode and become annoying.

I really can't recommend many models as they are all similar and considered by the manufacturers to be a disposable item.

If you want to take a chance then use the links below as these were the best I found and have been working nearly 2 years now.

PowerBee Endurance Deluxe Solar Fairy Lights 100 Quality Superbright LED's


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This new lamp uses LED bulbs and has easy to use touch controls for brightness levels.

It also has a one hour timer button so you nod off to sleep and not worry about turning the lamp off.

 Aglaia Desk Lamp, 7W LED Eye-Care Dimmable Table Light with Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Timer, 6-Level Dimmer (Black)



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