At 165 lumens, the Focus light head is the brightest…
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Light & Motion for testing and review)
At 165 lumens, the Focus light head is the brightest red light this reviewer as ever seen. Add to that a 60-degree wide beam, and night hiking (and, presumably, diving) is an entirely new experience. The Focus is an interchangeable lens for the GoBe+ lighting platform.
I have found everything related to the GoBe+ to be high quality and incredibly bright. At this time, the Focus lens must be purchased separately from the GoBe+. At $99 (in addition to the $300 charge for the GoBe+), it is an expensive add-on for a lens that will only provide a red beam.
- High quality
- Incredibly bright (165 lumen)
- Retains your night vision
- Expands the use of the GoBe+ lighting platform
- Only a red beam
Note: This reviewer was provided the GoBe+ lighting platform system to test with four different heads/lenses. Each piece of the unit is sold separately.
To put my bias out there, I'm not a fan of red beams on lights. I've owned two lights with red beams, and I've never used that feature. So I can't imagine spending $99 on top of the $300 for the GoBe+ just to add a red light, especially when that's all the Focus can provide, red light.
Still, you can't argue with how bright this light is.
Here is a short video of a recent stroll on the Running Deer Trail:
The above video is shot using the high beam at 165 lumen. Other beam settings are at 80, 20, and 10 lumen. A flashing “SOS” setting works at 20 lumen.
Light & Motion's website claims the red beam is ideal for wildlife and underwater photography. As I'm not skilled in those areas, I cannot test those claims.
Saves your night vision? Like all red lights, Light & Motion claims the Focus will save your night vision. However, I read on a number of websites (and even got that feedback on my own Facebook page) that a super bright red light negates that benefit. During my night hike, I was "if-y." I just couldn't tell which claim is true.
In Conclusion: The quality of the GoBe+ and the Focus lens is excellent. I have to assume there is a market for a red lens like the Focus, or Light & Motion would not be selling it. If you are looking for a bright, red-only beam, this is worth taking a look at.