I've had a failure of my Light-for-Me NW7 where the cable's broken. As usual, LfM are really slow in the support department and I'm going to need to persist in being able to get it repaired; probably taking months (it's been two weeks and no response...). So I started to consider my options and poked around to do some research on "if money's no object, which torch would I purchase". Firstly, like all projects, I need some form of specification. What is it that I Must have, should have and could have... Must have long battery life - umpteen hours prefer an umbilical battery driven light ('cos you won't drop them!) Sharp 'signalling' beam that's bright. Something like 6 to 8 degrees. That works in brighter conditions if 'team' diving, or just looking in holes/wrecks, etc. Need a wide light too. I like rummaging around inside wrecks, mines, etc. so need something that will light up the whole area. I want that wide light to work with a camera (my Paralenz) in video mode, or even stills mode. So it's got to be bright too. It must be reliable Given the broken umbilical cable, I'd like that to be replaceable, even if I end up changing it for a longer 'arse-mount' cable. Would be nice if the torch would be head-mountable. Variable focus would be nice, but just as happy with two beams Should have brightness settings. The NW7 is too bright in clear mine conditions. So with that lot in mind I looked around at the options... Another Light-for-Me NW7. Did consider buying another NW7 to use whilst the other's away being fixed. But I'm so pissed off with LfM's service that I ditched that idea. I've also still not resolved my heating battery problems with them -- now in it's 7th month. The NW7's pretty good. I've had mine for 18 months now and like it. The beams are good and the wide one works well with video (as far as my awful photograpy goes!). It's quite big and there's no brightness setting: flat out on one beam, the other beam, or both beams. It has an annoying feature of the switch being knocked when it's 'parked' on one's RH chest D-ring, so keeps switching on when you're on the boat getting sorted for a dive. Halcyon Focus. Incredibly I had one of those a few months ago and sold it on. I just hate the stupid Goodman handle (which there is a proper handle replacement). I also dislike the ridiculous fiddly switch which needs a lock screw to be used. It's got a great focus feature, ultimately creating a square of light at the most focussed position -- great for signalling. The body's quite long, so it can't be helmet mounted. I don't like the battery. It's tiny and can be a sod to unscrew from the cannister. The charger's a yankee plug with some crappy british adapter. i.e. cheap and nasty. I've not played with the Focus 2 which is "brighter" than the first one. Halcyon don't use the normal Lumen measure, referring to the Lux output which relies on how focussed the beam is. I suspect it's nowhere near as bright as the LfM NW7 simply down to the size of the battery. The LFM will flatten a smaller (6.75 AH) battery in an hour; the Focus has a tiny battery and they quote 3 hours. So it cannot be as bright. I think it would be great for the diving elements of my diving, but not so good for the video/photography element. The Halcyon's also £1250 + Goodman handle. Light Monkey's 32W variable focus. In some ways it looks a little like the Halcyon, but uses a variable position of the emitter LED within the parabolic reflector. Alas this just doesn't work as well as the Halcyon's Fresnel lens which gives a smooth edge that 'grows' as it's adjusted. The LM has a blotch in the middle of the beam which gets a little larger, but not wide by any description. Definitely not of any use with video/photography. Real pity as the rest of the torch looks great. It also has differing output settings, so could be tamed for mine diving. I've not tried one in the water, but I would think it would be pretty good for diving. The Light Monkey cannister options are good and their quality is excellent. There's an excellent UK dealer who are extremely helpful - Deep-ideas. Ammonite torches are great quality. They don't have any video/wide beams. They've just the normal tight beam circa 8 degrees, and the 15 degree beams. Quite expensive, but good quality. I've got a couple of their backup torches which really have been brilliant -- lasted for years, work on every dive, look good as the bodies are made of Delrin. But no wide/video option. Finn Sub are another brand which are really good quality; lovely looking bits of kit. Alas no wide/video option. Greenforce. I must admit to a bit of bias here, but I find them to be a bit like a long torch with a cable attached. They're normally seen without a Goodman handle. TBH I'm just not keen on them, maybe they're just not shiny enough! Sorry for sounding pathetic as they're pretty modular and lots of people like them. Gralmarine. Have seen the odd one of these around and they do look great quality. They do a dual-beamed handheld torch "LED DUO half Video" which looks excellent. Alas it's a 15 degree primary beam which is too wide for signalling/team diving. Price is around £1250 for a 23AH battery, which is competitive. There's a London-based dealer. Alas I've got that nagging send it back to Poland thing going on -- must not tar them with the same brush as LfM. I have heard good things about them. And finally, there's Anchor dive lights and the "189 all singing and dancing" dive light. I've seen them at a couple of the shows and know they're based in Co Donnegal, Ireland. This light literally has all the beams I'd ever need. A wide "cold" beam -- good for caves/mines/wrecks, a "warm" wide beam which is apparently better for photography; a narrow signalling beam of 8 degrees; a "red" flood beam (not too bright) which is good for not disturbing fish; and a UV/blue light that's good for corals (I've never dived anywhere other than the UK, so will have to imagine that one). The wide and narrow beams can be used simultaneously, which is important to me in over head environments. The system's modular, so the cable can be switched out and easily replaced. The torch can be used with an integral battery (a-la Finn Sub). The switch also has a battery level indicator, bloody crucial if in overheads! When diving earlier this week, a guy on the boat had one. So I got to play with it on the boat and saw it in action on the wreck. It's a lot smaller than the LFM NW7, even with all the LEDs. It also has selectable dimmed settings and a 'memory' function to turn on in the same mode as it was turned off. The signalling beam was sharper than my LFM 4tec (thankfully I didn't flog it off when I bought the NW7). The video lights are free from artefacts, giving a nice even light. So I've ordered one. I've ordered the 'cave' cannister and the 'standalone' battery (which the guy on the boat was using) along with the Goodman handle. I spoke to Declan and got a bit of a deal -- the BSAC deal's running -- so that lot for just under £1k. I'll properly chase up LfM and get the NW7 and large heater battery repaired, then sell it on.