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Streamlight Introduces
Sidewinder Compact™

Angle-Head Flashlight Offers Multiple Lighting Modes; Fits in the Palm of a Hand

Streamlight® Inc. Press Release - 7/27/2009

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Streamlight Sidewinder Compact™

Streamlight Sidewinder Compact™

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. - Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting tools for military and tactical personnel, has introduced the hands-free Sidewinder Compact™, an ultra-compact, angle-head tactical light that offers 20 functions from four LED light colors, intensity levels and strobe. So small that it fits in the palm of a hand, the light can be quickly attached to MOLLE gear, a helmet or belt for optimum positioning while on maneuvers.

"The Sidewinder Compact is the most versatile helmet light available, giving military and SWAT personnel a powerful, ultra-light-weight tool to match a broad range of circumstances while in the field," said Streamlight Chief Operating Officer Ray Sharrah. "The infrared LED is perfect for night-time operations and is compatible with night-vision equipment, while the blue LED aids soldiers and medics when checking for bleeding. The red LED helps to maintain night vision, while the white C4® LED casts the broadest and brightest light. Another unique feature is in that each LED starts off dimly and gradually brightens, an advantage for covert operations."

Sharrah added that while the light was designed with the military in mind, its features and portability make it ideal for other applications, such as for police as a car visor light.

Providing four lighting modes and a strobe in a single light, the Sidewinder Compact boasts a white power C4 LED, which offers two to three times the output of Super High Flux LEDs. Impervious to shock with a 50,000-hour lifetime, the white C4 LED offers 45 lumens of measured system output on the high setting.

In addition, the Sidewinder Compact offers a five-millimeter infrared LED, providing 25mW of radiant intensity on the high output setting; a 5-millimeter red LED that offers one lumen of measured system output on the high output setting, and a five-millimeter blue LED providing 1.8 lumens of measured system output on the high output setting. Each of the lighting modes offers four intensity levels and a strobe mode that operates at 100% intensity.

The Sidewinder Compact delivers more than 70-hours of runtime in the low output level for the white C4 LED and more than 100-hours for the infrared, red and blue LEDs. At the high output level, the white C4 LED provides 5.25 hours, the 5-millimeter infrared LED and 5-millimeter red LED each provide 14 hours, and the 5-millimeter blue LED provides 10 hours.

The light's compound On-Off mode selector switch ergonomically separates the On-Off, dimming, strobe and LED-selection functions. A rubber dome actuator and four-position pull-to-turn locking rotary selector knob with an Infrared tactile indicator offers easy operation, even with heavy gloves. The light's pull-to-turn locking rotary selector knob prevents accidental mode changes.

The articulating head allows for precise light placement within a 185-degree range. A strong spring steel clip with integral helmet mount allows for hands-free use.

The light's high-impact nylon case, available in Coyote and Green, offers exceptional durability and weather resistance. The Sidewinder Compact measures 3-inches in length and weighs a mere 2.4 ounces with a single CR123A lithium battery. The light meets MIL-STD-810F, Method 512.4 guidelines for waterproof operation.

The Sidewinder Compact is available with or without helmet mount. The helmet mount version retails for $110; without a helmet mount, the light retails for $80. Both models are backed by a one-year limited warranty.

Headquartered in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-performance lighting equipment for professional fire fighting, law enforcement, military, industrial, automotive and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For additional information, please call 800-523-7488 or visit

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