Germans build a flashlight as big as a Volkswagen Golf

ZweibrŸder Optoelectronics Unveils Four-Meter-Long Flashlight

The Germans have unveiled a 13-foot long flashlight at the Solingen Festival of Lights. This 4-meter long flashlight earned them a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Where is the big torch, you ask? Why, it is the black pillar that runs down the center of this photo!

To prove their technical expertise, yet again, the Germans have built a flashlight that is four meters long. That is thirteen feet long in the old money, which marks a world record for the biggest flashlight (electric torch) ever made.

The giant-sized device was built by Zweibrüder Optoelectronics as part of the celebrations for the Lichternacht (the Festival of Lights), held in Solingen, in the German state of north Rhine-Westphalia.

The giant flashlight holds an array of 19 high-powered LED lights and has placed its makers firmly into the Guinness Book of Records.

“Some 230 hours of work went into its production,” said Sven Objartel, managing director at Zweibrüder Optoelectronics, who explained that the lamp wasn’t just devised for its size. It also makes a strong statement for energy efficiency.

Today’s LED lights are up to 13 times more efficient than conventional light bulbs and, what is more, they last one-thousand times as long.

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are electronic light sources – based on semiconductors – that give off light when supplied with energy. If a luminous flux of 100,000 lumen is supplied to the flashlight, it consumes 1000 watts of energy. In comparison, 250 conventional 40-watt light bulbs consume 10,000 watts of energy.

The giant LED flashlight consumes 1300 Watts, which is roughly the same amount of electricity as a small electric kettle. The LEDs in the torch will last for at least 100,000 hours; which is more than 11 years of uninterrupted lighting.

Brothers Rainer und Harald Opolka founded Zweibrüder Optoelectronics in Solingen in 1993. The business focuses on LED technology instead of conventional light bulbs. Today, the company employs more than 1000 people in Germany and China, and is one of the the world’s leading manufacturers of LED metal flashlights.

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Authored by: Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.