Why Green LED Lights Work Best for Most Hunters


One of the most talked about issues when it comes to the world of predator hunting is the use of LED lights and which colors are better suited for which hunt.

It is the explosion of the green LED light that has people talking about this subject, with truly amazing companies within the industry coming out with the latest, most technologically-advanced green LED lighting imaginable.

Opinions vary when it comes to predator hunting lights, and discussions regarding what color is the best have cropped up on almost every website and productsummaryonline group that is focused on the hunter and outdoor enthusiast. And it’s not just color that comes into play; it is also the ability, distance, strength and size of the lights that matter. 90% of predator hunting lights that were originally used were beyond awkward. Most came with extremely large external batteries and required colored lens covers in order to filter the light so that a hunter could achieve their desired color – or, at least, try to get close to the color they wanted.

Red/amber lens covers were the most popular for the predator hunter. However, since the invention of LED lights that are not only high-powered, but easy to use and not cumbersome in the slightest, colored lens filters have become a thing of past.

Red, white and green are the colors available in today’s LED lighting, with green becoming the most often chosen by hunters. When we speak about this particular line of products, it is the name of Streamlight that comes to mind (www.streamlight.com). The history of this particular company covers lighting tools that aided everyone from firefighters to the ‘long arm of the law’ – products that have consistently been ahead of their time. The Streamlight ‘G is for Green’ product line is one that now makes sure that all hunters are able to spot their prey from long distances, enabling the sportsman/woman to bring down game that used to be too far away to even get a passing glance.

Called the ‘TLR line,’ these tools are long-gun/long-range green LED lights. These not only keep varmints in line without ‘spooking’ them in any way, shape or form, but also preserve the hunter’s night vision. Aim is guided perfectly and, unlike the red laser, is visible in daylight. This is quite new technology when you consider that these tools are impervious to shock, offer 50,000 hour lifetimes, one-handed snap-on/tightened interfaces so that the hunter’s hand stays away from the muzzle when attaching and detaching – the capabilities of the ‘Green Line’ are beyond outstanding.

Streamlined products are coming out in a variety of areas, so it is interesting to listen to the debate between green, white and red lighting from the hunting community. There are those who prefer red for scanning, whereas others have been singing praises about how green is much brighter than the red, which allows an easier route to locate the animal’s eyes in the dark.

When it comes to shooting light, red seems to be on its way out, now that the green is proving itself to be the color that will spook animals less. And, being a brighter color, allows better aim when it comes to long-distance shooting light for animal identification purposes.

One type of hunter, the hunters of wild hogs, are especially fond of the green LED lights because it is easier to spot the dark-colored hogs against the surrounding natural cover.

There are still fans of the white light when it comes to scanning. There are hunters who utilize several low-powered and/or dimmed white lights instead of one bright white light in certain cases. And judging from the footage that is found online regarding these hunts, animals do not seem to have a problem with this kind of setup.

In the end, as with any other tool used in the hunting realm, it always comes down to personal preference. Therefore, experiencing all colors of the LED lights and choosing the one that is most right for your particular needs is still the best avenue to take.

However, it seems that as technology moves forward, it will be the green light that changes the way predator hunting is done.