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1. What is a PhantomTM Light?
2. What makes the Phantom Light different from other flashlights?
3. Can the Phantom White® Light work alongside my buddy's NVGs?
4. Why can't the enemy see me with their NVGs?
5. Is there a special way to handle the Phantom light?
6. How does the Phantom light turn on and off?
7. What is each mode used for?
8. How do I set up each of the different modes of the Phantom Light?
9. Has the Phantom light been tested?
10. Why should I get rid of my red filtered flashlight?
11. Why is the blue filtered light bad?
12. How much light will I get with the Phantom?
13. Is the Phantom light waterproof?
14. Is the light fragile?
15. What kind of batteries does it use?
16. Is the flashlight the only style?
17. What is your warranty policy?

What is a PhantomTM Light?
The Phantom light is a flashlight, used like any other flashlight; however,
soldiersusing the Phantom flashlight are more likely to survive in a combat
situation.The patented Phantom flashlight has four possible modes:
"Phantom White®mode, pure infrared mode, NVIS green mode, and cobalt
blue low mode.For any job that needs to be done, the Phantom flashlight is
the only light youneed to carry.  {Back to Top}

What makes the Phantom Light different from other flashlights?
The Phantom light is different from other flashlights because it is the only
flashlight that can be put into "Phantom White
TM" mode, which means that
it is the only flashlight that produces a white light that is secure against
enemy night vision goggles (NVGs). In this mode the Phantom emits only
visible light no infrared. The Phantom is so unique, that the light is protected
by several patents. {Back to Top}

Can the Phantom White® Light work alongside my buddy's NVGs?
When one soldier is wearing NVGs and his partner needs to read a map or
perform some other task, the Phantom light is the only flashlight that will
not hinder the partner wearing night vision goggles. Because the Phantom
light has a low signature, a soldier can work with the Phantom light and not
blind his buddy's NVGs--Even in a cockpit situation!  {Back to Top}

Why can't the enemy see me with their NVGs?
A normal white or red filtered flashlight emits visible light. Unfortunately, it also
emits infrared energy at an intensity 20 times greater than the visible light.
To our soldier using a normal white or red flashlight, the infrared portion is of
no use because it does not improve his ability to see. To the enemy wearing his
NVGs, the infrared light coming from the filtered light is a substantial benefit.
It allows him to locate our soldier easily because infrared light is primarily what
the NVGs pick up.The Phantom White® light is a special blend of colors that
radiates only visible light---NO INFRARED. Therefore, the Phantom white light
does not project the type of energy that the NVGs easily detect. Furthermore,
the Phantom has a special hood that directs the visible light only in the required

So, low signature plus distance is the reason that the NVG-wearing enemy cannot
see our soldier. The Phantom light only radiates a small amount of light that the
NVG scan pick up in the first place--the enemy's distance does the rest to insure
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Is there a special way to handle the Phantom light?
While traditional light discipline techniques (e.g. using a poncho) may be used
with the Phantom, they are not necessary. The Phantom flashlight, however,
should always be directed downward. If it is directed towards the enemy, he
will see the light both with his naked eye and with his NVG. The Phantom can
be visible to both the NVG and the naked eye when directed "head on," but
since it has a low signature, it is secure against the NVGs when it is used
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How does the Phantom light turn on and off?
The Phantom light's dimmable system was designed to be easy to operate
for soldiers wearing gloves. The unit turns on and becomes brighter simply
by rotating and tightening the bezel.

For one-handed operation, there is a thumb switch option available. The thumb
switch can either adjust the intensity or provide a momentary "on" for signaling.
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What is each mode used for?
The Phantom White® mode is appropriate when our soldier is worried about
being detected by enemy NVGs, or when a nearby friendly soldier is wearing
NVGs and our soldier does not want to blind him. At the same time, Phantom
White® modeis a white light providing for the true color reading of maps.

The pure infrared mode can be used when our soldier needs to signal friendly
forces looking for him with NVGs. The Phantom flashlight in this mode can also
be used by the soldier wearing the NVGs as a low level light source to enhance
the night vision goggles' capability.

The NVIS green mode is used by pilots and others who wear the NVIS minus blue
filters on their NVGs. In this mode, the Phantom can be directed straight into the
goggles but will not be seen by them. This mode is helpful for pilots who don't
want the risk of having a light directed into their goggles while flying.

Cobalt blue mode is perfect for medics who need to perform eye inspections on
the battlefield and remain secure against enemy NVGs. It is also the standard
secure blue used in aircraft. It is a low level blue light that illuminates before the
Phantom White® comes on.

The Infrared and NVIS green modes cannot be ordered on the same unit.
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How do I set up each of the different modes of the Phantom Light?
By simply reversing the batteries! For Phantom White® and cobalt blue mode,
thebatteries need to be positioned as shown on the side of the case. Where the
Phantom includes either the "infrared option" or "NVIS green option," the light
can be a pure infrared or NVIS green source merely by reversing the batteries.
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Has the Phantom light been tested?
The Phantom light is probably the most tested light in military history!
It has
undergone extensive testing by the Army at the Human Engineering Lab at
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and the Field Artillery School at Ft. Sill,
Oklahoma.During those tests, the Phantom light was shown to be far superior
to either thered or blue-green filtered flashlight. It has been successfully
evaluated by Natick, the Night Vision Laboratory at Fort Belvoir, and the Science
Advisor at MARFORLANT at Camp LeJeune. The unit has been in use for 8 years
in the Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS.) In addition to the vehicle usage,
the Phantom is also finding its way into the cockpits of U.S. aircraft. Special
Operations Units in Dover, Delaware have been flying with Phantoms in the
cockpits of the C-5 Aircraft for years.  {Back to Top}

Why should I get rid of my red filtered flashlight?
Your red flashlight makes you a hazard for two reasons. First, you are using a light
that, while it appears dim to your eyes, gives off a large, clear signal to the enemy
sniper wearing NVGs. They see you and your light as clearly as if it were daytime.
Therefore, you are jeopardizing the safety of yourself and your unit with a red
filtered flashlight. Even if you are working in a tent or under a poncho, light will
escape and give your position away.

The second reason that the red light makes you a hazard is that you cannot do
your job well with it. If you are looking at any object that has colors, a red or
blue colored light will distort those colors. If you are reading a map, working with
different colored fluids or wires, or performing any medical procedure, you will not
be able to see colors clearly, and because of that problem, you may make a
mistake that will cost someone's life.  {Back to Top}

Why is the blue filtered light bad?
The blue-green filtered light that some of the military is using is secure because it
is not seen as easily with the NVGs as the white or red filtered light, but it is still
dangerous. It is dangerous because it distorts color. Like the red filtered light that
washes out all of the red and reddish colors on a map, the blue-green filtered light
washes out all of the rivers, roads, boundaries, contours, and declinations that are
greenish or bluish in hue. You cannot afford to misread your map. In addition, blue
green filtered lights are very tiring on your eye. {Back to Top}

How much light will I get with the Phantom?
It provides 6 feet of light onto the ground. The Phantom gives enough white light to
allow you to read a map accurately, look over an engine, or walk though the
woods--anything that you need to do at close range. It does not emit a bright spot
of light, although it is available in both a higher intensity mode and with an optional
"Inspection Option" module which is a bright white bulb which is several times
brighter than other mini AA lights. It is interchangeable with the Phantom module.
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Is the Phantom light waterproof?
The flashlight is waterproof up to 200 feet--even with the thumb switch option.
The vehicle Phantom is also available in a watertight version.   {Back to Top}

Is the light fragile?
Not at all! The Phantom light is made to be carried by SOLDIERS or MARINES! It is
made of a tough, chemically resistant plastic that won't crack as a result of contact
with most greases or fluids you handle. Although we don't recommend abusing the
Phantom, it has withstood the pressure of being thrown up against a brick wall and
run over by a HMMWV!   {Back to Top}

What kind of batteries does it use?
The Phantom light runs on 4 AA batteries that last an average 180 hours, depending
on the intensity you select during use. The bulbs inside of the light each have an
estimated life of over 50,000 hours each, so replacement will not be necessary.
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Is the flashlight the only style?
Actually, the flashlight version is newer than our cockpit version, which is the unit
mounted in the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS.) This cockpit version
operates from any vehicle's 12 to 24 to 28 DC volt power, or on 120 volt AC. The
vehicle lightis interchangeable with the current standard military cockpit light.
There is also a PAR 36/46 replacement lamp version, as well as a new Phantom
Tube which is a replacement for standard fluorescent tube lights found in tents,
TOCs and ships. {Back to Top}

What is your warranty policy?
Phantom offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Please contact us immediately with any
warranty questions. Phantom lights are guaranteed to be free from defects in material
and workmanship for the normal life of the light, and includes LEDs. All replaceable
items such as O-rings, lanyards, batteries, bulbs and flashing electronics are covered
for 60 days from date of purchase. This warranty only applies to the original owner
only--reselling voids the warranty. The warranty does not cover damage due to normal
wear, abuse, alteration, poor maintenance, accidents, loss or negligence. Phantom will
only consider repair or replacement of the product. To receive warranty service, please
contact us. Special warranties apply for members of the U.S. Military. Please contact victoria@phantomlights.com directly.
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