Bright Star Flashlight - 2 Cell Yellow/Black Industrial - Model No. 1618 (c. 1965)
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Bright Star 2 Cell Yellow/Black Industrial  
Bright Star 2 Cell Yellow/Black Industrial

Value: $3.00
Manufacturer: Bright Star
Mfgr. Model #: 1618
Circa: 1965
Battery: 2D
Style: Standard 2 Cell

Online Since: 7/26/2005
FM Reference #: BR00014

I have yellow one that says Public Service stamped on it. What does it meam?
Nov 17, 2012 - 12:13 PM
  Jack Rutter
My test leads for my 1618 Bright Star flashlight have been misplaced. Where might I obtain another set? Thank You
May 8, 2012 - 9:28 PM
New ones are junk, do not buy
May 1, 2012 - 2:30 AM
  Hilde Spitz
I found an old Bright Star No. 1618 among a deseased family member's things and would like to get it working. Tried new batteries and bulb but still no luck. Not sure what the inside of the back end should look like. Little rusty. Has a removable metal piece but not sure how it is supposed to fit. Perhaps that is the reason it is not working. Can anybody make any suggestions? It is an oldie and would love to use it. Thanks, Hilde Spitz
Nov 22, 2011 - 7:32 PM
It seams that I have lost the test leads for my Bright Star 1618 CT. Do you know where I might get another set?
Dec 13, 2010 - 9:46 PM
cjstuff & ED, Bright Star created a new flashlight based on this 1618 and called it a 2618 back in the early 80's. The bottom cap was designed different on the 2618 and is the model that most resembles the Rayovac. From what I understand, Bright Star never challenged Rayovac about the design which was a big mistake in my opinion. Bright Star also redesigned this light with a new lens ring back in 1995 and then discontinued the model alltogether in 2003.
Apr 21, 2010 - 1:08 PM
Oct 5, 2009 - 12:03 AM
I tend to think of these lights, in this color combination, being deployed most often in the 1970s and early 80s. I'm sure they were also issued in the mid to late 60s, too, though. I have a box of these that I purchased from a major Hollywood prop house that was going out of business. Lord knows the movies in which my lights may have had a supporting role. More likely, of course, they were used by gophers to direct traffic (some have traffic wands attached), but it's still a fun connection.

The Rayovac industrial flashlight has always struck me as a direct knockoff of this Bright Star light, only using cheaper plastic. Does anyone know whether they licensed the design?
Aug 20, 2009 - 4:56 PM
I have my Dad's Bright Star No. 1618 with a black body and yellow slide switch. Is there any way to tell how old it is? Still works good. Has a
1 3/4" creck in back section, plan to epoxy!
Aug 15, 2009 - 3:46 PM
I have a black ""Bright Star Model 1618" from the mid 1970's. It came with a soft reddish-orange cone that fit over the flashlight (you removed it and placed in over the lens to direct traffic) and has only sustained a slight stain on the cone. The copper coated contact ring had just one battery leakage; a little baking soda and a toothbrush solved that, and with a fresh set of D-cells, it's working again. The switch guard, rounded tailcap, the cut out in the cone(for switch usage when stored), are great features. This is one tough light; this light has served faithfully for over 35 years. Bright Star makes the best flashlights - bar none.
Mar 8, 2009 - 3:48 AM
I have a yellow "Bright Star model 1618 from the mid 1960's. It came with a soft red cover that was used to make a nice cone to direct traffic. It may be called a Traffic warn, I'm not sure. It's been a lot of years and the cone may be lost now. Anyway I like this light a lot and saw one at VIP Auto that looks about like it only it has an LED bulb. I did not pick it up when I should have so I'm on-line looking for one. I'm hoping to get lucky and find a soft red cone like the misplaced one.
Dec 25, 2008 - 8:36 AM
I have hundred dollar lights that are not nearly as good as my beat up, scratched, greasy, stained, dented, dropped, corroded but cleaned up Bright star with red lens ring that I found for FREE on the ground while hitchhiking over 35 years ago. TOTALLY DEPENDABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The BEST I OWN.
May 9, 2008 - 7:58 AM
  ken barash
my father was president of bright star battery for over 30 yrs .They made the most durable lights ,got many awards from govt for service
Dec 29, 2006 - 10:07 AM
I was a marine engineer in the 70's. This was the flashlight always issued. I still have the one I got on my first job (ship) on the license. The only difference was that it has a red translucent lens ring. Lots of marks on it, but still works good. The smooth plastic and round butt made them easy to slip into your back pocket and the switch guard helped to keep them from rolling when put down. And, they were hard to break. A copper coated metal contact ring was pressed into each end of the body. The plastic would scratch and dent but never cracked.
Dec 13, 2006 - 6:34 PM
I got one of these at goodwill for 99 cents. 79 cents with my dad's senior discount. It were sweet and brand new. Looked exactly like the picture. If the moronic clod who walked off with it, brings it back with the slightest grease stain......

He's getting a beating either way.

Sep 21, 2005 - 10:02 PM

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