When trying to get the upper hand, distance is everything, and these Glock 19 lights will surely open that gap up between you and your attacker – and much more!
Best Light for Glock 19: More than making your Glock even more handsome in itself, a good compact light for Glock can make or break a life or death situation.
Getting the brightest one with the highest Lumens won’t do if that’s what you’re thinking of. In fact, picking the wrong pistol light can disarm not only your attacker but you, too.
This is why the right amount of brightness is very important. And that, along with other very important criteria, is what we kept our eyes open for as we combed the market for the best lights for Glock 19.
In this ultimate Best Light for Glock 19 review, we’ll be giving you:
- The best lights we’ve used so far;
- Our experiences with them;
- All their pros and cons;
- Glock lights for different budget points;
- And lots more!
So if you’re now ready to take your firearm to the next level- and your safety, too….
…then let’s give it a shot now (pun intended)!
Best Light For Glock 19
Best Light For Glock 19 With Lithium Battery- Editor’s Choice Award
Flex 500-Lumen Low-Profile Rail-Mounted Tactical Light
- Bright light at 500 lumens
- Far reach up to 140 meters
- It has a concentrated beam with just enough peripheral illumination
- Impact-resistant lens
- IPX7 waterproof for 30 minutes and up to 1 meter
- Intuitive high and low switches
- The switches are also ambidextrous
- Comes with a CR123A battery and a key kit
- Features a Safe Use function to keep it from being activated accidentally
- Durable polymer construction
- It can also fit a wide range of guns from full-sized to handguns
- Not for thin frames
- A bit too bright for small spaces with bright walls
Durability, shock resistance, versatile switches, and a perfect fit for a wide range of guns?
Not surprising since this TLR-7A pistol light is from Streamlight. But among the Streamlight weapon lights that we’ve used and tested, this is, by far, the absolute standard, making it this review’s Editor’s Choice.
I and the guys have been using Streamlight tactical lights for years now, so we can easily vouch for their quality.
But this one is just something.
First off, I like that it’s made from polymer, so it’s not only dependably durable, but it also blends very, very well with my Glock and looks just like it’s a default part of the gun. It’s also pure black with a very thin, barely noticeable ring around the light, so it doesn’t ruin the Glocks aesthetics.
…is it has a low-profile design and is flush with the gun itself! Of course, I’m talking about the Glock 19, but it also fits with a wide variety of guns, from full firearms to handguns.
Its lens is also as impressively designed. Aside from being resistant to high temperatures, its Borofloat glass is also impact-resistant.
How about the light output?
It gives off 500 lumens of light, which is more than enough for close-quarter combat. Just a little over what most people dim as safe brightness (around 150 to 300 Lumens), it can momentarily blind an opponent, but it can blind you too if you’re using it in a very closed space with bright walls.
We loved how it didn’t rattle at all, even after 2,000 rounds. It’s clamped securely and with great stability.
This guy also has a strobe mode function, which took me quite some moments to figure out, but once you get used to it, it also becomes quite intuitive.
And it doesn’t end there.
It has both high and low switches, and they can be accessed ambidextrously, so this is literally for everyone.
In addition to that, this wonder is also waterproof up to 1 meter and has a run time of around 1.5 hours, which is not bad but also not very exceptional. But overall, if it’s for occasional use, this pistol light is one of the ideal lights that you can get for your Glock.
Best Budget Light For Glock 19 – Best Value Award
OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Compatible with a wide range of pistols
- Authorized patent adjustable rail
- Very bright light output
- Features a low battery indicator
- Magnetic charging
- Includes a GL and 1913 rail adaptors
- Straightforward installation
- IPX6 waterproof
- Ambidextrous switch
- The charger is a bit hard to find
- The switch feels just a little bit stiff
Deemed one of the most underrated best tactical weapon lights on the market, this Olight PL-Mini 2 gave us the most bang for our buck, making it this ton’s Best Value tactical light.
And really, it’s so loaded with cool features and exceptional build that it’s still working like new even after thousands of rounds.
Made from aluminum, it’s also very lightweight, which I liked very much as it never ruined the balance of any of my guns when it was installed.
And speaking of installation, it’s easy and straightforward, which I accomplished after just a minute.
It comes with two rail adaptors, the GL, and the 1913 rails, so I was able to use it later on with my other handguns. In addition to that, it’s also adjustable, so you can just slide it forward or backward along the railing to suit your preference.
As for the light output…
…it’s 600 Lumens, which is incredibly bright that sometimes, it felt like it’s about 1000 Lumens!
The beam has a widespread rather than being concentrated, so if that’s your preference, then this is your best bet.
It’s already very bright at about 50 meters, but it has a throw of about 100 meters, which is a plus. At the 100-meter mark, it didn’t even get diffused or lost its brightness.
Like the Editor’s Choice…
…it also has an ambidextrous switch. Turning it on and off is fairly easy. You can set it to a momentary flash just by holding the switch. It’s a bit stiff, but that also means that it’s quite safe from being switched on accidentally.
Now, here’s the kicker…
…it comes with a really cool magnetic charger, so I didn’t have to remove it from the pistol when it’s time to recharge it!
Moreover, it also has a red light indicator that tells me when the battery is running out (around 25%), which is a very nice though not all gun lights have.
But that’s not the only impressive thing about this tactical light.
It’s also very well-built and durable. After two months of regular use, it’s still scratch-free and going strong. Never once did it fly off from the gun or rattle with the shots.
Best Light For Glock 19 With Adjustable Rail – Top Pick Award
Streamlight 69260 TLR-1 HL 1000
- Very bright at 1000 Lumens
- Concentrated beam with just enough peripheral illumination
- One-hand attachment and detachment to keep hands away from the gun muzzle
- Ambidextrous switch
- High-temperature and shock-resistant lens
- Comes with rail-locating keys and batteries
- Available in three cool colors
- It can blind your opponent, but it can blind you too
- The battery door can be a bit challenging to open
Looking for a ridiculously bright tactical light for your Glock? We just found the most ideal light for you.
This Streamlight TLR-1 tactical light has 1000 Lumens of a concentrated beam, so it’s mainly focused on the target but also has just the right amount of illumination for your peripheral sight.
It’s seriously one of the brightest lights we’ve ever encountered, making it this list’s Top Pick.
This guy isn’t only exceptionally bright but versatile, as well. As a matter of fact, it comes with batteries and even rail keys such as the standard GL, the MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny, Smith & Wesson 99/TW, and the Beretta 90two. I’d say what a bang for the buck!
Installation was quite easy, but if you’re a newbie, perhaps you could check out some guide videos first, as the battery door proved to be quite of a challenge to open.
Speaking of batteries, it runs on CR123A lithium batteries and can last up to almost an hour. Again, not bad but not exceptional as well.
…is its one-handed snap to attach and detach it from the gun. Thanks to this feature, I didn’t have to have my hand in front of the muzzle when attaching and detaching it. A very thoughtful little detail.
It’s also lightweight, being made from aircraft aluminum, although it would look a bit different from your Glock at a very close inspection.
As for the quality?
It’s Streamlight, so the quality is almost unquestionable. And indeed, its lens is shock-resistant and resistant to high temperatures.
Best Light For Glock 19 With ECR Instant On
Viridian C5L Universal Green Laser Sight and Tac Light
- ECR instant ON technology
- A Glock light laser combo
- Can be used day or night and indoors or outdoors
- Not blinding at 100 Lumens
- Has a visibility point up to two miles at night and 100yards at day time
- HIgher brightness on strobe mode
- Up to 7 hours of battery life in laser mode
- 4 light modes
- The light output would be insufficient if you’re looking for something that has a far reach and spread
- The cap of the battery slot is a bit challenging to align
Looking for a good laser light combo for your Glock? Then you need some good green lasers in your arsenal.
If you’re looking for functionality even in the daytime, then just know that green lasers are much more visible to the human eye than red lasers, even under the sun.
And this is the best-priced green laser light combo that we’ve found so far.
But this is not this tactical light’s only merit.
Aside from having an excellent green laser that was able to reach up to 200 yards during our daytime trial, it also boasts of an ECR Instant-on Technology that would instantly turn the laser/light on right after you draw your weapon- no other configuration is needed.
Now, if it’s able to reach up to 200 yards in the daytime, just imagine using it at night. It even went through glass windows very effectively, clearly, and ever so accurately. That alone made this a well-worth-it purchase for us.
But aside from that, you can also switch modes, from just a green laser to a constant light mode to a strobe, and to a laser and light combo.
Its light output is just very sufficient at 100 Lumens, not too bright but not also dark. Its strobe light is much brighter at 140 Lumens and is pretty powerful enough to disarm an opponent.
Just like the light output…
…its battery life is also just right, nothing too stunning. It runs at around 1 hour in light and laser mode and over seven hours in just laser mode.
Best Light For Glock 19 With Integrated Green Laser
TLR-4 Compact Rail Mounted Tactical Light
- Can be used in a wide range of weapons with the provided key kit
- Features a green laser along with the light
- Lightweight and compact
- Easy to install
- Ambidextrous controls
- IPX4 waterproof
- It has a wide temperature operating range
- One-handed attachment and detachment
- The laser may need just a bit of adjustment out of the box
- It doesn’t have a strobe mode
If you’re looking for a laser and light combo with more brightness than the previous one on this list, then it’s time to turn to one of the best makers of tactical lights, Streamlight.
This combo’s light output is only 115 Lumens, but once we shined it in our fully lit room, it felt like more than 115, seriously!
Its brightness felt like it was around 150 or more.
It has a green laser that is as bright and as clear as the Viridian one, with the exception that this one has a shorter reach and shorter battery life.
But despite that…
…we’re able to use it as far as 50 yards at night, and the beam is also solid enough to go through glass, which is pretty impressive.
The battery life is more than an hour for the light modes and around four hours for the laser and light combination.
It’s very right that it’s such a breeze to use, especially with its ambidextrous controls (on, off, and constant light), and it also has a wide range of temperature operations (-20°F to +120°F.), so it’s quite a shame that it doesn’t have a strobe function. It would’ve been way brighter!
Nevertheless, it’s a very versatile light and laser combo for its price, that I was able to use it lots of time within just a couple of months.
In case you’re worrying…
…it also comes with a key kit, so it fits most guns and fits them like a glove, too!
SureFire X300 Ultra Series LED WeaponLights
Best Light For Glock 19 with TIR Lens
- With a special off-white and high-performance LED with yellow-green spectrum light
- It uses a high-precision TIR lens for a tight beam with ample illumination for the peripheral
- One-finger and ambidextrous controls
- Fits most railed guns
- Hard and durable aerospace aluminum body
- One of the easiest tactical lights to attach
- Good for rugged use
- You’d need to get an adaptor if using it for non-rail guns
- Blindingly bright, so you need to be careful
Along with Streamlight, SueFire has been one of the go-to’s for the best tactical accessories for pro-shooters and weapon owners for years now.
And if you’re looking for tactical light with the best ITR lens, this is your best bet.
This SureFire X300 Ultra has a TIR lens that makes the light beam so tight and concentrated that it’s almost like a laser, but not quite. Despite that, it still managed to give some side illumination for your peripheral view.
Upon using it in a room, the beam indeed was tight, but impressively, there was still enough light to flood the room, so I was still able to survey the place well.
In addition to this…
…the 600 Lumens of light output has a unique yellowish-green tinge to it, so the light can be more optimal for human sight.
That being said, it was still a bit too bright, especially when used inside a brightly painted room, so you might want to be careful if you don’t want to get blinded, too.
This guy can fit most railed guns, but if you’re also planning to use it for non-railed guns, you’d need to get an adapter for that.
Now, what’s cool is it’s one of the easiest to install among these tactical lights. I didn’t need any tools, and I was able to do it in just a minute. Easy, but it’s still tight and secure.
…is it has a one-finger control, and it’s ambidextrous, as well, so you can change modes anytime and in any situation.
Best Light For Glock 19 With A Tactical Flashlight
Crimson Trace LL-807 Laserguard Pro
- Heavy-duty construction
- Tactical flashlight and red laser combo
- Very bright red laser
- 4 light modes to choose from
- Comes with a tool for elevation and windage
- Instant instinctive activation
- Fits most Glock units
- You need to be extra careful with installation
- Doesn’t fit some guns/Glocks
Looking for a tactical light with a red laser and a pretty tame flashlight to go with it?
This Crimson Trace LL-807 is the best red laser and light that we’ve found and tested yet.
The whole unit is much bigger than most of the units in this list, but once it’s fitted on your Glock 19, it looks like it’s supposed to.
Now, here’s the kicker…
…this light’s red laser has an output of 5mW for a Class 3R Laser. Now, in case you didn’t know, this is the brightest laser beam that’s legally allowed.
Suffice it to say, it was really bright with a solid beam that also goes through glass. It can be visible during the daytime, although not as much as the green laser, it’s still helpful and sufficient.
You can switch between four modes: laser only, light only, laser and light combo, and laser and strobe combo.
And it doesn’t end there.
It also activates instantly that I didn’t even need anything, not even intuition! This is because its on/off switch is located on the front, so you’d naturally touch it once you grip your gun out of the holster.
Pretty clever engineering right there.
Now, if you’re all for a tamed tactical light rather than the other lights, which are blindingly bright, then you’re in for a treat. At 150 Lumens, this gives just a little more than enough brightness to keep you safe.
It can also disarm and blind your attacker momentarily, but it won’t blind you, even if used indoors.
Best Quality Light For Glock 19
Glock OEM Tac Light Xenon 6V
- Made with the same high-quality Glock polymer material
- Not blindingly bright
- Comes with a spare bulb and two batteries
- Quick and easy installation
- Can only fit a limited range of weapons
- Isn’t flush with the muzzle when mounted
Looking to focus more on excellent quality and build of your tactical light? Then nothing would beat something that’s made by Glock themselves!
ThisGlock OEM Xenon 6V is one chunky boy, and with its durable quality, that’s pretty much justified.
If you also care about your pistol’s aesthetics…
…then you’ll love that it’s also made from the same material used for your Glock, so it doesn’t look out of place when it’s mounted on the gun. Just perfect and natural, like it’s always been a part of the gun from the beginning.
It has switches located on either side, so it’s ambidextrous and very easy and intuitive to control even in the most crucial of moments.
At just 60 Lumens, it’s not the brightest. But if you’re looking for the perfect tactical light for your bedroom gun, then this is your best bet, as it won’t blind you.
Although I said it looks perfect on your Glock…
…it’s not flush with the gun’s muzzle when installed. Now, it’s not much of a big deal for me, but it might be for you.
That might also mean that you’d need to clean it more often, especially if you’re using it regularly (or every day at the shooting range), as its location tends to make it collect more dirt than usual.
Testing it in my backyard on a very dark night, the beam was able to reach up to around 50 yards, which is still quite good, considering its light output.
Another nice touch is it also comes with two batteries and a spare bulb in the package.
Best Light For Glock 19 With MasterFire (RDH)
SureFire XH30 WeaponLights
- Very high light output
- Features a dual output switch to switch between 300 and 1000 Lumens
- Very secure gun retention
- Can fit both Universal and Picatinny rails
- Also features recoil-proof LED
- Sealed with gaskets, so it’s also weather-proof
- One-finger and ambidextrous controls
- Automatic-on function
- A bit pricey
- The beam isn’t very wide
The second SureFire tactical light on this list, this one gave us two options of light output- 300 Lumens and 1000 Lumens.
This SureFire XH30 can fit both Picatinny and Universal rails, so I was able to use it not only for my Glock 19.
Like most well-made gun lights, this one has an ambidextrous switch that you can operate with only one finger.
And here’s the kicker…
…aside from toggling between constant light and strobe light, you can also switch between a blindingly bright 1000-lumen light output or tone it down to 300 Lumens with just one touch of the switch.
Isn’t that sweet?
Moreover, it also has a TIR lens, which makes the beam quite tight and concentrated while maintaining enough peripheral illumination.
Now, the thing is…
…unlike the SureFire X300, which also has a TIR lens, this one produces a bit more concentrated beam that it felt like there’s not much illumination for the rest of the room or then place.
Suffice to say, the beam is a bit narrow.
Now, the good news is that it also has an instant-on function which turns the light on the moment you hold the gun by the handle. This is all thanks to the little switch situated near the trigger guard.
In addition to that, it’s also recoil-proof and weatherproof, thanks to the gaskets that we’ve found on its opening.
Best Light For Glock 19 With Side Switch
Lumen Low-Profile, Rail Mounted Tactical Weapon Light
- Compatible with a very wide variety of guns
- Very wide beam
- IPX7 waterproof
- High-quality, high-temperature, and shock-resistant Borofloat glass lens
- Features a low-profile design
- Yellowish light, which some people don’t prefer
- The switch is a bit stiff
Last but definitely not the least, we have another Streamlight, but it’s the TLR-7 this time, and we love it for its very easy-to-control switch.
Made mainly with aluminum, this is one of the most lightweight tactical lights we’ve ever used, so if you worry about ruining the already great balance of your gun, then fret no more.
Aside from this…
…this tactical light for gun has side switches that you can access with both left and right hands. All of its modes can be activated with this switch, as well.
To use the light temporarily, just hold the switch down and release it to turn the light off.
For constant light, just quickly press the switch, double-tap, and quickly release for the strobe function.
And yes, it did sound hard to remember for me at first, too. But after some practice, it soon became quite second nature to me.
In case you’re wondering…
…the light output is 500 Lumens, which is more than enough, I must say. And it did prove to be really bright, especially indoors.
Now, just so you know, the light it emits is yellowish, unlike most gun lights on the market. I know some people who are bothered by this, but it didn’t seem to be much of a big deal for me.
If anything, I was able to see more colors with a warmer light, in all honesty.
And it doesn’t end there.
Its beam is also sufficiently wide, so I loved using it to survey my backyard or a very dark room. Despite that, it still has just enough concentration in the middle.
It’s also waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, and its lens is shock-proof and resistant to high temperatures to boot!
Section 4: Buyers Guide: How To Choose The Best Light For Glock 19…
What You Should Look for When Buying a Glock Tactical Light
Buying a light for your gun isn’t the same as buying a regular flashlight. After all, you’re upgrading your weapon for your safety. These are the most important things you should be looking for when buying a light for your gun.
Now, this is not for everyone. But most people care about how their handguns look, and if you’re one of them, then you should check the design and fit of the light first. Fortunately, most of these lights are perfectly flush with the Glock 19’s muzzle- even if they’re not with other guns.
Okay, remember this: not because it’s the brightest means it’s the best for you. The ideal light output for a gun light is around 60 to 400 Lumens. The minimum is best for your bedroom guns because too much brightness can blind you when inside a brightly-painted room.
Like flashlights, Glock lights also come with rechargeable and non-rechargeable varieties. If you’re just using it for a backup gun or a home safety gun, then battery life isn’t that much of a priority. But for law enforcement purposes, long battery life is important. If it’s rechargeable, it’s always better not to have to charge it often.
If you want the best material for your gun light, I’d say polymer it is. After all, it’s the same material your Glock is cased with, so it will blend seamlessly with the gun as if it’s been there the whole time.
If you like it lightweight, then aluminum is your best bet.
Section 5: FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Is it necessary to use a tactical light for my Glock 19?
A – If you’re aiming for top-notch safety, especially in situations where you could be stunned, then a tactical light is recommendable. Not only can it illuminate a place for you to survey first, but it can also disorient an attacker, even momentarily, so that gives you more time to prepare and defend yourself.
Q – Can you mount a light on a Glock 19?
A -Not all lights work with a Glock 19, or any Glock for that matter. Make sure that the light is compatible with your Glock 19. Most lights on this list also come with a key kit, so they also fit with other gun models aside from Glocks.
Q – Are Glock 19 lights expensive?
A – Some good quality Glock lights really do come with a hefty price. But fortunately, you can also get ones with reasonable prices nowadays, and most of them even come from reputable companies, such as this review’s Best Value Glock light, the OLIGHT PL- Mini 2 Valkyrie.
Section 6: Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
Value for Money
Expensive isn’t always better, as proven by these Glock lights that we’ve tested, led by the Best Value, the OLIGHT PL- Mini 2 Valkyrie that doesn’t break the bank but is loaded with features that are worth a couple of hundred bucks!
Easy to Install
Most of the Glock lights on this list are easy and straightforward to attach. Most users, including us, tend to remove our gun lights every so often to put them in other guns, so it’s important to get one that’s easy to install and remove.
It’s also a bonus that most lights here can be attached and detached without putting a hand in front of the muzzle!
Your pistol light should be as tough and as rugged as your pistol itself, as it’s also a part of the gun once it’s installed there. So make sure to choose materials that are hard and indestructible.
You don’t want your gun light giving up on you just when you need it the most, do you?
Keep yourself from being caught off guard with good battery life for your light. Most gun lights come with more than an hour of battery light for the constant light mode, so it’s always good to find one with a couple of hours of battery life.
We said it, and I’ll say it again. The brightest light isn’t always the best. It always depends on your needs. If you’re using it for your bedroom or home gun, don’t get a blindingly bright gun light.
Section 7: Conclusion: Best Light For Glock 19
By now, you should know that gun lights don’t work the way regular flashlights do. Maximum brightness isn’t the only metric to consider.
The light output that you should look for is around 60 to 300 Lumens. 400 Lumens would be a little too bright but still good, especially if you know that you’ll be taking your gun outside at night.
If you’re ready to go all out…
…then the Editor’s Choice Flex 500-Lumen Low-Profile Rail-Mounted Tactical Light with its 500 Lumens of light output will be very useful for you. Although it can be too bright in enclosed spaces, it really stands out excellently on dark moonless nights when you need it the most.
Now, if you just want the best basic features without the excess functions, and price, then this review’s Best Value OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie checks all these boxes and more with its 600-lumen power, tough and waterproof exterior, and the cool magnetic charger!
Distance is everything when you’re trying to save yourself. So make sure to get only what’s comfortable for you. It should work in your favor and against the attacker and not the other way around.