Streamlight TLR-1 HL Review: Strength In The TLR-1 Series

by Tom Moore

June 21, 2022



Weapon-mounted lights are essential for home defense but everyone’s budget is different and we want to account for that in our reviews.

Today I’m bringing you a budget conscious WML that will see you in good stead without the Gucci price tag. Let me introduce to you the Streamlight TLR-1 HL. 

Streamlight TLR-1 HL Specs

  • Output 1000 lumens
  • Candela 12,000 candela
  • Runtime 2.5 hours
  • Weight 4.18 ounces
  • Length 3.39’’

Streamlight TLR-1 HL Review

The Streamlight brand launched in 1973 as a flashlight manufacturer right out of Pennsylvania. We love an USA based company!

One of the reasons I love Streamlight is that the people behind the brand are just like you and me. Some of us are hobbyists, some of us have roots in the military and others live and breathe the sport. Streamlight are renowned for getting to know their customers and are proud hunters, fishermen, outdoors and sport enthusiasts. 

Straight up, the TLR 1 has a wider beam giving you greater field of vision when you need it the most. The light spill is so much so that you’re never going to be taken by surprise and let me tell you – it’s bright!

I don’t try to make a habit of treating my pistol lights poorly but we all know they can get worked hard. The TLR 1 is durable, dust-proof and shock-proof so you don’t have to worry about the conditions you’re taking it into. It can also withstand 30 minutes submerged in meter deep water – although I’m not going swimming with it, it’s the peace of mind to know that if it starts to rain, I’m still good to go.

Streamlight have a lifetime warranty on their products and claim they should be free of defects on all their gear – including their LED based products. This is something I’m always considering when buying hear, and it’s great for anyone else looking to make a confident buying decision on a budget.

It’s easy to install, easy to use and is truly the best for the budget-conscious buyer.

If you’re looking for more reviews on weapon mounted lights, be sure to check out our ultimate list of the Best Pistol Mounted Lights here.

Streamlight TLR-1 Pros and Cons

  • Excellent power
  • Wide beam
  • Affordable
  • Heavier than other options

Streamlight TLR-1 Deals

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Coming in at 300 lumens is great for home defense


Seeing at more of a distance is important, and with 12,000 candela reaching around 219 meters

Battery Life

Great battery life lasting up to 2.5hrs of run time.


Great value in this sporty light option


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Below we have a great video from Streamlight outlining the specifics of the TLR-1 Series.

Check it out below.

Streamlight TLR-1 HL FAQs

What is the difference between the Streamlight TLR-1 and TLR-1 HL?

The TLR-1 is great for all round use with a balanced hot spot and periphery light. The TLR-1 HL is brighter with a wider beam pattern for room clearing and close quarters work.

Does the TLR 1 HL strobe?

The TLR-1 HL has a programmable strobe function that can be deactivated.


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About Tom Moore

Tom is one of our content writers at Gun University. When Tom isn't behind the keyboard, he participates regularly in NRL22 and IPSC. You'll often find him out hunting with his mates or camping with his family.

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