Ballistic Shield Mounted Lights
Shield lights are special devices designed to mount on a ballistic shield to give its wearer an opportunity to use lights during tactical missions. The purpose of such mountable shield lights is clear: it enhances vision and offers better tactical options when the ballistic shield itself is not equipped with a built-in light.
The purpose of shielded lights
There are three main ways a tactical shield light can be used.
First of all, shielded lights provide lighting in various tactical situations, and hence allow for better assessment of surroundings and potential threats, and promote faster reaction.
Second, shields with lights can be used as a tactical instrument to suppress crime resistance. Harsh stroboscopic lights blind attackers and reduce their fighting capabilities. This also have a positive effect on safety of the law enforcement officer behind the shield: less attack means less damage done and less risk taken.
Finally, blinding light has also great surprise effect. During assault, everything counts. Shielded lights allow catching criminals unaware, and disorient them to minimize time needed to disarm opposition and secure the area.
What to look at when choosing a mounted shield light
Shields equipped with lights as standard is one option, but sometimes you may want to prefer a standalone light that can be mounted and dismounted to a normal ballistic shield. This gives you some freedom of choice: you can mount the same light of different shields, or use a ballistic shield with or without a light.
Here what you should look at when selecting a standalone shield light.
- Firm mount. Make sure the light sits firmly on the shield. There are a number of ways to lock the light on the surface of the shield including neodymium magnets and professional reclosable fasteners.
- Lightweight. Too heavy lights mounted on a shield not only make it harder for a wearer to use the shield, but also may hinder its balance. Make sure to select the most lightweight shielded lights.
- Brightness. 1000 lumens or above is a standard you should look for.
- Comfortable switch. You will be using the light in various dynamic situations, so make sure the switch is comfortable, non-jamming and easily available. Also, some shield lights are equipped with a “kill-switch” to prevent occasional turning on/off of the light.
- Light modes. You should really prefer ballistic shield lights that offer multiple working modes: continuous, stroboscopic, one-time flash and others. This way you can vary modes depending on the tactical situation.