Lighting For Gloves That Actually Works – By A High School Senior – LED Tactical Lites Gloves

Almost anyone who spends significant time outdoors or served in the military within the last decade is keen on the various LED headlamps out on the market. Inexpensive and versatile, they quickly become indispensable tools for the camper or warfighter at night. Unfortunately, they do have the limits in their utility, where carrying objects or getting on a gun greatly reduces their lighted area.

Various companies have recognized this including Surefire, who prominently offers their WristLight series of lights designed for utility and tactical scenarios. But, these lights sometimes difficult to use and expensive – the least expensive 2211X clocking in at $169 retail. Rechargeable models are $229 and adding a watch brings it to a whopping $649.

Seeing opportunity and putting two of the most common pieces of utility/tactical gear together is high school senior Cade Cassidy with the Tactical Lites series of gloves . The Tactical Lites are now available through KickStarter. In short, the patent-pending pocket uses a pocked on the back of the hand to store a LED emitter capable of both white and red LED light.  The light is rechargeable, strobe-capable, IP44 weatherproof, and secured with hook and loop.

Still, the gloves got some love too:

Engineered to be more than a glove with lights. TACTICAL LITES gloves received as much attention as did the LED lights. Each pair are constructed of the finest materials and designed to meet the needs of an array of uses. Each are touchscreen enabled with a Velcro pocket then further; form fitting, reinforced where needed, padded, offer a secure grip, zero bunching and are breathable.

Best part, outside of helping a young entreprenuer? The gloves set is set at $50 for one set. Three sets are good at $125, and if you really love the concept, 12 pairs are $450.

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.


  • MeaCulpa

    Patent pending? What the heck is the innovation that you can patent with this?

    • FlaBoy

      Did you think of doing this? It’s pretty darn simple, but I didn’t come up with it…neither did you…the kid did. He came up with the idea of using the pocket on top of the glove, which he can patent. But I think others will get around it by finding other ways to mount a light on top of the glove. In the meantime, kudos to the kid!

      • Ehh, that isn’t how patents work. The idea must not only be new, but novel and non-obvious.

        This idea is at best new, but velcroing something in a pocket is hardly novel and non-obvious.

        They still have to be issued a patent, and the USPTO is pretty good at filtering out physical patents that don’t meet the criteria. And even if they are issued a patent it really isn’t a big deal. Defending said patent is where it counts, as even though the USPTO is good at filtering out patents there are still a ton of junk patents that get overturned as people bring up out prior art, and show how the idea is obvious or not really novel.

      • MeaCulpa

        The point isn’t that it isn’t a neat idea, the point is that a pocket on a glove or a flat flashlight or a combination of both isn’t a patentable innovation. PPGMD outlines why pretty well and I honestly can’t see, even in the US, this being patentable.

  • 22winmag

    Firearms not Politics and flashlights!

    • FlaBoy

      I don’t like seeing all the politics and such on the gun sites, but this could prove down right useful on the farm, so I’m glad it’s here. I think it falls under the “accessories” heading.

  • Brett baker

    I like it!

  • Jeff Smith

    If these had been around when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have continually been yelled at for not holding the flashlight in the proper spot when helping my dad work on his truck.

  • The Surefire wrist light is difficult to use? That is news to me. I didn’t know pressing the button and the light turning on was hard.

    First I am not a big fan of being forced to wear gloves, and a cheap set of gloves at that. And the LEDs they are using are cheap short range LEDs.

  • USMC03Vet

    Firearms not kickstarters.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Look, it’s a good idea. If you’re not convinced, get a Harbor Freight light, electrical tape it to your Mechanix glove, and go to work on something. I’m impressed. Might not buy into it until after the crowdfunding phase is over, but I think the kid has merit and deserves the plug. If more of us had the ingenuity and drive, the world would be a cooler place.

    • Dan

      I’m pretty sure Mechanix made a glove with a small L.E.D light on it. Havent seen then in awhile though