We’re rapidly approaching the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year. Considering how dark it’s going to be, you’re going to want to make sure you have a great Streamlight Flashlight handy to keep the shadows at bay.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs when the axial tilt of the polar hemisphere is farthest away from the sun. In layman’s terms, the North Pole is aimed away from the sun. For the last six months the days have grown longer and longer, but after the Winter Solstice we can look forward to the days brightening. As the pole is only at its farthest from the sun for a moment, this year the Winter Solstice will occur at exactly 5:30 AM on December 22. The entire night is often called the Winter Solstice, although that name is technically only appropriate for the moment the North Pole is furthest from the sun. The night this occurs on is also sometimes known as the longest night, midwinter and the first day of winter. As our calendar shifts, some years the Winter Solstice is as early as December 21, and sometimes as late at December 23.
This day has been long seen a day of rebirth, with many religious festivals occurring on or near the Winter Solstice. Julius Caesar named December 25 as the Winter Solstice in the year 46 BC, but it has gone through a number of changes since then, as it has been celebrated as early as December 10. Today the Winter Solstice is based purely on science.
So with this dark day coming, you’re going to want to have plenty of light. Streamlight is an outstanding manufacturer of flashlights. They design models specifically for a wide range of applications, from the Fire Vulcan for firemen to the Stylus, which is perfect for workers who need to shine some light in cramped spaces.
But what about for your everyday Joe? The Fire Vulcan is a great flashlight, but when the power is out or you just want to get to the bathroom at night without waking up your wife it might be overkill. For these times I suggest Streamlight ProPolymer Flashlights. These handheld Streamlight Flashlights are lightweight, tough as nails, and bright enough to help you navigate even the darkest corners of your home.
As their name suggests, ProPolymer flashlights are made of a polymer resin that is nearly indestructible. The body comes in either black or yellow. I suggest the yellow body if you want it to be a little more visible at night. The lens is also made of the same polymer resin as the body, so ever part is strong enough to handle the shocks your everyday use will throw at it.
There are a few different models of the Streamlight ProPolymer light, but my favorite is the Propolymer 3C Luxeon Division 1 Flashlight. It has a super bright LED light, but not your normal high intensity LED. The ProPolymer LED Flashlight has a Luxeon LED light that uses less power and is 10 times brighter than a high intensity version! At peak intensity you’ll get 44 lumens, and because it’s so energy efficient you’ll be able to get those 44 lumens for about 4 hours of straight use! You can also turn down the intensity to get greater battery life.
And don’t worry about special batteries for the Streamlight ProPolymer. It runs on 3 C batteries that you can find in pretty much any store that sells batteries.
You might need a bit of extra light to get through the darkest night of the year, so be sure to pick up a Streamlight ProPolymer 3C Luxeon Division 1 Flashlight from OpticsPlanet today!