Flashlights are one of the most versatile tools you can own. They're excellent for keeping in your vehicle's glove box in case you get a flat tire and need some illumination. Flashlights are also great for short trips outside at night or if you're taking an evening stroll. You can find a wide selection of flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns at London Drugs.

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Types of Flashlights

Incandescent vs. LED Flashlights

Flashlights usually come in two main types: incandescent bulb flashlights and LED flashlights. The one you choose really depends on preference — LED flashlights tend to emit a whiter light compared to incandescent bulb flashlights, which typically shine a light that's more yellow. One big advantage of LED flashlights is their longevity; LED bulbs tend to last much longer than their incandescent counterparts.


Headlamps are useful when you need light but want to retain the use of your hands. Taking trips outside with the garbage, grabbing wood for the wood stove or searching for an item in an unlit place are all great uses for headlamps. They're also helpful for performing DIY vehicle maintenance. Look for headlamps that come with batteries so you can use them right out of the box.


Lanterns typically emit more light than an average flashlight. During a power outage, you can set them on a counter or table to help illuminate a room for eating or playing card games. Lantern flashlights are typically bigger than most flashlights and usually let you see for longer distances. They're excellent for nighttime walks.

What to Consider When Buying a Flashlight

When you're shopping for flashlights at London Drugs, there are several factors to consider:

  • What are you using it for? If it's for camping, you might consider a lantern or larger lantern flashlight to help you scan the woods or see better in bigger areas. If it's for a car emergency kit, be sure to choose something compact.
  • How bright do you need it to be? The brightness of flashlights is measured in lumens, and LED flashlights tend to be a lot brighter than incandescent flashlights.
  • How long do you want it to last? For several consecutive hours or for short spurts? Rechargeable flashlights with lithium-ion batteries usually provide an average battery life in hours.
  • Batteries Most flashlights can be powered by traditional alkaline or removable rechargeable batteries, such as Ni-Cads, but some come with lithium-ion batteries and need to be plugged in to recharge.
  • Other features Consider whether you need a flashlight that's waterproof, is compact or feels comfortable in your hand. If you're considering a headlamp, make sure it has an adjustable head strap.

Whether you're stocking up on backup light sources for a power outage or just need a bit more light when working on vehicles or venturing outside after sunset, you can find all the flashlights you need at London Drugs.