Written by: David Alan Morrison
- A dependable friend – even if it’s a bit heavy
For divers, light is akin to a best friend – who wants to paddle around in the dark? Under 60 feet of murky Puget Sound , a strong, light source can be a savior. The UK 1200 Halogen night diving light by Underwater Kinetics might not be a savior, but you’ll definitely call it ‘friend’.
As with most new divers, I stood in the center of the dive shop staring at the variety of lights, BCD’s, fins, snorkels and masks with a growing sense of dread. How in the heck do I begin to outfit myself? When do I buy a knife? Should I? Why? But when my eyes fell on the display case of lights, all apprehension faded. A dependable primary light wasn’t up for negotiation – it is a requirement. After all; I’m a diver in Puget Sound.
I lucked out on the UW Halogen 1200 – a friend bought me one as a gift upon getting my Open Water cert. Trust me – I’ve thanked him a thousand times since. The facts of the light are easy to find: it runs on 8 ‘C’ batteries, has both a high and low beam; weighs in at 2.6 pounds (loaded) and is easily available. It is a highly trusted by many divers and gets mostly favorable consumer comments.
What they don’t tell you is that this light fits easily into your hand. I own the pistol grip (my own personal preference) but I’ve used the lantern grip as well. Both are smooth and compact, yet easy to grab through a 7 mil glove. The base of the pistol handle has an inset where you can attach a wrist layard
or, in my case, a retractable coil
that I clip to my BCD.
For those who dive in the daytime in clear water, this puppy is going to be overkill for you. The C8’s get heavy after a while and, unless you’re doing a night dive, the illumination it cranks out is going to be too much for you. This is especially noticeable if you’re shore diving – hauling this thing along the beach adds weight you’re not going to need. In this case, look at the 1200’s baby brother, the C4
The Underwater Kinetics 1200 Halogen:
*Price varies from 59.99 – $159.99 (retail vs. online)
*10 x 12 x 6; 2.6 pounds (loaded)
* SHOWN HERE: B001G5ZH1A / Model UK22
*Too much for daytime dives in high viz situations
- Choose the one that fits your style