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I have just bought an isotope to use for a tip light in a starlight holder, how bright are isotopes supposed to be compared to starlights?

I have a blue isotope and it doesn't seem very bright.
 

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there not that bright as they can't put as much nasty stuff in as they used to!

The yellow ones are a bit brighter than the blue ones.
 

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there krap m8 they are as bright as a gone out *** bags use starlights m8 they will be a lot brighter and will last longer m8
 

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Try Isolites in green. They're supplied by Muddy Waters (a carp company), these are the brightest I have come across. I don't know why but coloured isotopes never seem as bright as the regular green ones.

Googlle specialist tackle to check out the full range, they come in big enough sizes to attach to your rod, and are bright enough without being Blackpool Illuminations.
 

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Always found these 'add on' lights more trouble than they are worth. The isotope type were such a strain the light seemed to move all the time - I thought I was getting bites!
Unless you cannot use any lamp - perhaps bass in close - the modern reflective tape lit by a cheap LED clip on torch is so much better.
 

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i use loads of startlights and at only 7p each they cost nothing. i was thinking of going over to isotopes but cant find one bright enough. plus the cost of one will give me a years supply of starlights.

i had one years ago. a freind got 2. they were 3in long and aparently night sights off tanks. it was very bright and i had it about 6 years.
 

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i use loads of startlights and at only 7p each they cost nothing. i was thinking of going over to isotopes but cant find one bright enough. plus the cost of one will give me a years supply of starlights.

i had one years ago. a freind got 2. they were 3in long and aparently night sights off tanks. it was very bright and i had it about 6 years.

D.C.

The one's I got from Ebay source at Bordon are only 3mm in diameter and only 25 mm long , they are no good where there is the slightest back ground light.

They are good when away from the bright lights and sodium light pollution so often found where we fish.

David
 

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If you shop around you should be able to find them in the 600 micro-lambert size which are bright enough for floatfishing up to about 7-8m out. The ones you see most are the 300 micro-lambert size, obviously half the strength of the 600, and are normally reserved for buzzers, bobbins, quivertips, landing nets, have even seen them recessed into reel handles. Some carpy tackle tarts use so many of different colours that their set-ups end up looking like runway landing strips at night. The problem with betalights, is they play tricks on your eyes after a while at night and you start thinking your rod tops going round when it's not! Some anglers reckon they get around this by using two on the tip, the idea being that you reference one against the other. I need convincing of this, but have not tried it, just seems 'tarty' to me.

The energy source is beta radiation, hence the name, and they last years, I have some in my coarse kit that are 30 years old and still give off some light, but they do weaken over time as like all radio-active emitting substances they have a 'half life'. That is the number of years it takes for the radioactvity to reduce by half.

I don't like them for sea fishing, they are supplied in a glass tube which will smash if not inside some form of transparent protective tube. I don't rate tip lights at all much and certainly don't want them on my tip when power-casting. The only system I've seen that I like involved having an LED come out of the tip with a wire to a watch battery running down the inside of the tip. But I rely on a good old fashioned light source (headlamp or tilley) onto reflective tape, can't beat it I reckon. With modern LED headlamps and small rechargeable batteries it is a cheap way of 'lighting up' at night these days and you won't need a hard hat or harness.

Cheers, T
 

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MFA and Tiga both make good lights that can be clipped onto your tripod to illuminate your rod tips they cost around £15-20 each.
 
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