Nowadays, handheld flashlights are offered in a wide selection of features, shapes and sizes. Perhaps one of the most unique designs for flashlights is the traditional right angle. First introduced during World War II (under the TL-122 series), this compact luminary features a pronounced 90-degree angle at the light head and an optional clip at the arm for hands-free operation.
Accessories for right-angle flashlights include interchangeable lenses, different types of clips, belt holders and grips.
Comfortable and Hands-free
When it comes to applications in industrial facilities, right-angle handheld flashlights offer two main options for operators. First, it can be carried in a handheld manner, without extending the wrist. As a result, operators can hold the position of the lamp for longer periods of time. This is extremely advantageous in tight spaces and for tasks that take hours to complete.
Next, the luminary caters to hands-free options. The right angle of the base allows it to stand upright during operation. As long as the surface is even and flat, workers could set the light down. It is common for manufacturers of right-angle flashlights to allocate the batteries to the base of the unit. This configuration provides extra stability when used as a standalone light.
Selecting a Right-angle Flashlight
Some right-angle flashlights come with powerful magnets, which can also be used for hands-free operation on compatible (magnetic) surfaces. Alternatively, heavy-duty attachments on the luminary may be utilized to hang the light on ropes, chains or hooks for temporary, elevated (and hands-free) illumination.
Modern right-angle lamps leverage LEDs over incandescent bulbs, resulting in longer lifespans, compact builds and sturdy operation. For rugged work sites, metal is the most common choice for the casing. Other options for the material of the flashlight include aluminum, high-strength plastics and more. For hazardous locations, non-sparking material is used to prevent the ignition of volatile compounds.