There is a difference between the two and it’s not just about brightness. There are reasons to have small and compact flashlights and there are reason to have larger ones. For instance, if you are looking to keep flashlights around the house, I larger body flashlight can be used as a weapon or be easier to find and hold onto in the dark especially at 4am. Rechargeable flashlights are the way to go in your home and especially something that can turn on if the lights go out. It’s funny how people that are always prepared for such things don’t have the drama as people that are unprepared.
One of the hottest selling ccw flashlights we sell wiht our Woolrich Elite product line are the PT-2L flashlights. I had a customer buy one of these and asked when he walked up to the counter if “these streamlight flashlights are good everyday carry lights” and I reached into my pocket and pulled out mine. When looking at the wall of Flashlights that we have those are the first ones that pop out to people about CCW lights. If you are carrying a firearm you really need a light because identifying a threat in low light and determining how much a threat they are means avoiding or defusing a security issue.