Tool Kit: Lighting Solutions

Here's eight products to help with lighting the scene and detecting evidence.

Originally published: Fall 2017 Issue (Volume 15, Number 3)
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UV Flashlights from Dexeq

The Dexeq 1W, 3W, or 5W 365nm UV Flashlight can be used to authenticate UV inks and UV Dull Paper in security documents. It can also be used to detect blood and other body fluids when investigating the crime scene. The 365nm UV LED chips used are manufactured in Japan, Korea, and the United States, with an estimated lifetime of 20,000 hours. Dexeq has more than 22 years of experience in the field of document identification and currency fraud, and supplies more than 30 police and immigration services worldwide.

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Examiner+ from Arrowhead Forensics

The Examiner+ features a combination ring light and Canon PowerShot camera. The ring-light has a series of bright white, UV 395nm, and 470nm blue LED lights that provide 360-degree shadow-free lighting. The Canon PowerShot is a simple, easy-to-use digital camera that shoots in both RAW and JPEG formats. No need for mounting or holding another white, blue, or UV ALS. The blue 470nm light properly fluoresces biologicals and the 395nm UV light assists in viewing bruise, bite mark, and biological evidence.

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Forensic Laser System from BrightBeam

BrightBeam Laser manufactures blue and green forensic laser systems designed specifically for the laboratory and for the crime scene. The lab-grade DUAL system incorporates both green and blue lasers, each with up to 8 watts of power. Wavelength, on/off control, and power setting—from 0 to 8 watts—are controlled from the handpiece. Independent battery operation is optional. At the crime scene, BrightBeam offers the portable ULTRAs. These are available in dual wavelength, blue, or green. The portable lasers are lightweight, worn on the shoulder or in a backpack, and are battery operated, allowing two to three hours at continuous full-power usage. An AC adapter is included.

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TACTIKKA +RGB Headlamp from Petzl

The compact, multi-beam TACTIKKA +RGB headlamp offers 250 lumens of power and versatile lighting: comfortable proximity lighting for close-range work; focused lighting for distance vision when moving around; and red, green, or blue lighting to ensure stealth and preserve night vision. TACTIKKA +RGB is a HYBRID headlamp that is also compatible with the CORE rechargeable battery. The high-capacity Lithium-Ion 1250 mAh rechargeable battery guarantees high-performance lighting, even at low temperatures. It recharges directly with the integrated USB port. The CORE rechargeable battery offers an economical and sustainable solution as the main power supply, or as a back-up battery.

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Streamlight Strion DS

Ideal for forensic collection, the Strion DS delivers an optimal balance of a bright, far-reaching beam with ample peripheral light. Featuring Dual Switch Technology, this compact light is perfect for low-light conditions or area lighting. Two easy-to-locate push-button switches—a head-mounted and a multi-function tactical tail switch—operate independently for flexibility in any situation. A TEN-TAP programmable switch offers three preset programs. Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the Strion DS offers 375 lumens, beam distance of more than 220-meters, and up to 20 hours run-time on low. The light also features a strobe setting with a 2.5-hour runtime.

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AEX35/50 HID Searchlight from AE Light

The AEX35/50 delivers massive amounts of illumination on long range targets. Designed for border patrol, search & rescue, and military operations, the Xenide AEX35/50 can project its primary beam over 3,000 feet with ample peripheral illumination on your target. Featuring dual-function, German-made Auerswald HID electronic ballast, the low beam produces 3200 lumens with a run time of 220 minutes. On high beam the light produces 5300 lumens for 160 minutes. The design of the light head and reflector ensures the beam is never out of focus. A protective circuit controls battery charge to insure proper charging and protect against over/under charge condition.

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All-Terrain Portable Scene Light from Lentry

Lentry Light Model 2SPECX is a solution for those needing the output of a tow-behind light tower but the portability of a work light. It’s portable, bright, compact, and versatile. The LED head, telescoping pole, and three all-terrain legs allow for easy transport by one person and compact trunk storage. The system is self-contained, with legs that allow setup wherever the light is most needed, even on steep, hilly, snowy, or debris-covered terrain. Set up and extend to almost 9 feet in a few seconds, light an entire scene, and forget about it for hours.

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Rechargeable LED Area Light Kit from Nightstick

The NSR-1514C Rechargeable LED Area Light Kit cranks out an impressive 1,000 lumens on high and 500 lumens on low. The housing is constructed from lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum and the multi-fin heat-sink design keeps the fixture cool to the touch. The light can swivel independently, allowing the user to position the fixture exactly wherever light is needed, while the heavy-duty magnetic base allows the light to be attached to metal surfaces for hands-free operation. The area light kit includes an adjustable handle, a 6-ft. tripod with camlock adjusters, and AC/DC power supplies—all placed inside a durable carrying case.

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