Maglite Drop in LED: Updating a Classic

The Maglite dominated the “tactical” market for many years until the market shifted from large lights to the handheld lights that are now popular.  Unfortunately Maglite didn’t keep up with the technology to match the performance of the more current offerings from companies like SureFire, or StreamLight.  Despite the poor performance, there is something comforting about the size and heft of the of the old school Maglite.

But, there’s an option to bring back that old maglite out of retirement.

20160813_165851There are a few companies that are making drop in LED modules that replace the incandescent bulb.  The unit I found claims to upgrade the output of the light to 140 lumens.  I can’t substantiate the output, but it does substantially boost the performance of the light.

Maglite with Terrlux LED module
Maglite with the original incandescent bulb


The photos show how much better the light output is.  The module also doesn’t require any modifications to the light itself, so you can still use the spare bulb that is in the tail cap if needed.

Maglite bulb assembly
Maglite bulb assembly
LED Upgrade Slips Right In
LED Upgrade Slips Right In

There you go, bring your Maglite out of retirement for less than $20.  We will bring you a performance review in the near future.

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