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As discussed during the Modern Day Marine 2015 I'm a big fan of the product and used them when I was a Company Commander Communications Company, 1st Marine Division. My Maintenance Management Officer presented the idea of using the Lazer Brite lights in place of Chem lights to save on cost, provide better performance, and require less space/logistical support for exercises. After the first usage I was hooked and purchased additional lights to meet our safety and operational needs when in the field environment and in garrison.
One of the safety concerns within a Communication Company during training exercises is marking danger areas in a low light environment. There are areas that need to be highlighted to prevent injury to personnel such as: razor wire used to provide security standoff areas of controlled spaces, generator positions that provide power and present electrical safety concerns, guide wires for antennas need to be illuminated to prevent personnel from walking into them causing equipment outages, damage or personal injury, and areas requiring marking for radiation standoff distances when dealing with certain types of equipment.
Previously my unit would put out chem lights every evening and sentries' were required to check them through the night and replace any that faded. Depending on the life duration and age at times required sentries to replace multiple chem lights during low light conditions. The chem lights were only good for one night maximum and had to be replaced each day of training. This required Marines to remove depleted chem lights and then replace them in the evening. Depending on how they were secured to the objects this also required additional supplies. (E.g. zip ties, rope, tape.) With the Lazer Brites we could install them once and turn them on and off as required, additionally we were able to use them for multiple operations. Batteries had a very good burn rate lasting multiple exercises and were very easy to transport. The Lazer Brites provided better visibility, we could use the different colors to mark different safety concerns and also started using them to mark way points and locations. The Lazer Brites were outstanding investment, very versatile, and provided a great solution for safety and operation needs to the unit.
I can't endorse your product from at my current official position, but can say from a user's perspective as a Company Commander if given the opportunity I would definitely once again seek out your product for operational use.
I personally have a couple of your lights and use them for fishing, camping, hiking, in my car and just around the house because they are so versatile and light weight. Great for boat running lights, emergencies or power outages.
Chem Light Alternative
In my previous unit, we would take 10 boxes of glowsticks in every color when we deployed. This required a significant amount of space and weight and generated a rather large quantity of waste. I personally purchased 2 LB2’s in every color and was able to reduce the team’s dependence on chem. sticks by over 70%. I carried them all in my ruck, taking up less space than two t-shirts, and there was no need to go digging through the pelican cases to find the right color for the job. From JRTC at Ft. Polk, LA, to the Tsunami relief in Indonesia, to the sands of the desert, my LB2’s got the mission done with less waste, less weight, less time, and did it better than any chem. light ever could.
Recently, I was assigned to control a drop zone during a training exercise. The IR lighting kit used to mark the drop zone was merely IR chemsticks that lasted only three hours. The final aircraft delayed their pass by over an hour, and consequently a couple of my chemlights had burnt out. I had my LB2 kit with me, and had two IR heads that I was able to use in place of the IR chemsticks. Having this capability in such a small package allowed the mission to be successful despite the challenges faced.
This product is superior to any other electronic glowstick on the market, and their applications are virtually limitless. I know of at least 5 other individuals that have personally procured their own LB2 kit for use in their own duties after seeing mine in action. I would recommend this product to just about every military unit I have ever worked for or worked with.
Combat Training Instructor
Ft. Benning Firing Range
Last night my company was on a firing range here at Ft. Benning. After we were done with the firing, I had to make sure that all weapons were clear. There was ample amount of moon light, but not enough to clearly check the various weapons systems. The light and molle pouch you sent me were a life saver, one weapon that had been checked was actually still loaded with a live round! Shocking to say the least, I feel that I would not have found that round had it not been for your molle pouch and the light you sent. A life may have been saved last night... thanks! And if you have any more of those pouches feel free to send me some more, the other cadre members are jealous.