The Hubbell Lite Model 3003-C is a good, sturdy, reliable,
industrial grade light. Constructed out of nylon, this device
should be able to withstand some serious abuse. Light output
is very good, and beam quality is respectable, although it
would need a little work to achieve "perfection".
Fit and finish of the 3003-C is very nice. All parts fit
together well and very tightly. A solid and serious light
Likewise overall quality is very good. The clip uses a heavy
duty spring that will probably never wear out. The switch
seems very robust, the body is practically indestructible,
the lens is nicely recessed for protection and the lanyard
is sturdy nylon cord. The switch is protected by a raised
ring to help prevent accidental activation.
Output is very bright, with the beam focused into a narrow
angle. The reflector has a slight texture which improves the
beam quality a little bit, but the central spot is a "doughnut"
of light with a dark hole in the very center. Although acceptable,
some people may find this annoying. Beam quality is much better,
however, than your average 2-D $0.99 flashlight. The spillbeam
is very large and dimly illuminates a large area in front
of the user.
The entire light is sealed for water resistance and there
is a well lubricated O-ring below the threads of the bezel.
The light is advertised as being submersible to 100 feet.
A dunk test revealed no leaks.
Important things to note: This light has the following hazardous
UL: Class I, Division 1, Group D, Operating Temp Code T3A
CSA: Class I, Division 2, Group A, B, C, D, Class II, Group
G, Op. Temp T3
MSHA: Approved for use as Mining Equipment
Improvements: The only thing I see that really needs improvement
would be to increase the texture of the reflector to smooth
out that central spot a little. Otherwise, a serious light
for serious work.
+ + + Pluses: Waterproof, Tough/impact
resistant, Good battery life, Bright, Easy battery change,
Hazardous environment ratings
- - - Minuses: Beam quality needs a little