ElZetta Breaks Down Candella

I am very much a fan of companies that take the time to teach customers about their products and further, educate them on the standards by which they are measured and evaluated. Its a rare trait these days and speaks volumes to a companies confidence in their own products.

From the Video description:

Candela output is an important consideration for selecting the best tactical flashlight. Although Lumens are often mistakenly believed to a measure of “brightness”, the Candela is actually the unit of measure of brightness (luminous intensity). As demonstrated in this video, a light that is too bright can work against the operator in tactical situations. The tactical flashlight that provides the largest area of uniform illumination possible at the maximum mission distance is the best flashlight for the task. Flashlights with high Lumens and low Candela often meet the criteria. Combine this information with that found in our other video blogs to educate yourself on the important aspects of tactical lighting and learn what the other guys won’t tell you.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Giolli Joker

    Typo in the title, one “L” more in Candela (that btw is Italian for candle, although I don’t know if it comes from that).

  • Blake


  • stephen

    This must be good info because they used the word “operator” (jk).


    Good info none the less.

  • Joe

    Keep it simple, a good all around flashlight for an average gun enthusiast, does not have to brake the bank!
    Elzetta does…

  • MatKep

    They should show the same beam comparison outside to illustrate the benefits of 13000 candella at 100+yds. Also, anyone pick up on the fact that the low candella ElZetta had a flood diffuser attached? Good info but not a complete, or fair, comparison IMO.

    • MIke

      Isnt the diffuser the reason it had a low candela? I thought cD was measured after the lens