Here are some of the best Springfield Echelon light options for this amazing modular grip frame pistol.

It's a exciting time to see so much improvement in pistol light technology in the last few years, and I've purchased and thoroughly tested the majority of full-size lights for an extended period under normal usage conditions. 

We base our evaluations on real-world usage rather than unpractical stress tests that most users won't experience.

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Springfield Echelon Light Buying Guide

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Streamlight TLR 1 HL - Best Overall

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The Streamlight TLR 1 HL is a highly recommended Springfield Echelon light option for law enforcement duty and self-defense handguns, available at an affordable price of under $150.

Single Hand Operation Friendly - Use one hand to toggle the switches and activate the light or strobe without applying hard pressure.

Instant Strobe Mode - Activate the strobe at a much faster speed without having to reconfigure the light's mode settings on the go.

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Field Serviceable - Confidently replace the broken light bezel for force-on-force training without the need to replace the whole light.

Self Retained Screw Mount - Using a coin, shell casing, or screwdriver, you can effortlessly attach and detach the light in the field, just like with any other lights.


  • 1000 Lumens
  • 15000 Candela
  • 2 CR123A Batteries
  • 4.18 oz
  • 3.39 in
  • IPX7


  • Replaceable lens bezel upon damage
  • Field grade durability
  • Balanced throw and spill
  • Non stiff activation switches
  • Very affordable


  • Not much to complain for what it can do for under $150

Surefire X300U - 2nd Best

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The Surefire X300U is a high-quality product made for most full-size handguns just like the Streamlight TLR 1 HL, but it's a one piece body design. It's a perfect match for the Springfield Echelon.

If you can't find the new Surefire X300T (Turbo with increased candela), the Surefire X300U still remains a great option that has stood the test of time.

Hot Spot - Use 1000 lumens to temporarily impairing an adversary’s vision while keeping a safe distance.

Works With DG Switch - Operate the switches with the Surefire DG switch

  • Constant on/off
  • Momentary on

Strobe Mode Added - Disorient opponents in tactical situations. Strobe on 300 or 1000 lumens based on mode setting


  • 1000 Lumens
  • 11300 Candela
  • 2 CR123A Batteries
  • 4.8 oz
  • 3.7 in
  • IPX7


  • Bright lumen intensity
  • Field grade durability on the Echelon 
  • Balanced throw and spill
  • Strobe mode added


  • No significant candela improvement from the X300U design

Surefire X300 Turbo - Best Thrower

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The Surefire X300 Turbo is a bright light that makes your handgun shine like a rifle light, even though it's only 650 lumens. Surefire makes the Springfield Echelon Focus Beam, which lets you see targets much clearer than the X300U. If shooting long range in the dark, go with the Turbo!

Focused Beam - ID targets way better than the X300U. The hot spot can lit up target as far as 100 meters to clearly see the target and the background before firing in the dark. The spill isn't bad, but it may not provide the best peripheral illumination in outdoor settings.

Thumb Screw Mount - The X300 T B version features adjustable mount tension. Highly recommended

Slide Always In Battery - The extended bezel length of this flashlight ensures that the pistol's slide remains in battery, even during point-blank engagements. This design consideration is vital for close-quarters situations, as it can prevent firearm malfunctions and potentially save your life.

Compatible With Existing Holsters - This light fits in holsters made for the X300U

Built To Last - It's built strong. The flashlight is made of tough aluminum, so it can handle the gun's kickback, accidental falls, and rough use every day.

  • High ouput: 650 lumens
  • Peak Candela: 66000 candela
  • Batteries: 2 123A
  • Switch: Ambi toggle
  • Length: 3.76"
  • Weight: 4.4 oz

Check out detailed Surefire X300T review


  • Bright lumen intensity
  • Long range illumination
  • Duty grade


  • Battery access door latch is weak

MODLITE PL350 - Best Customizability

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One of the most impressive aspects of the MODLITE PL350 is its exceptional throw capability, akin to what you'd expect from a rifle-mounted weapon light.

This feature sets it apart from other recommended choices in the market, making it a superior option for those seeking long-range illumination from a pistol.

Identify Target Further Away - Up to 1500 lumens and 29K Candela to lit up the scene and ID targets far away in the distance. 

Change Light Heads - MODLITE PL350 can accommodate three of MODLITE's top light heads - the PLHv2, OKW, and PLH 5K. Having multiple light head options means you can tailor the light's performance to suit your shooting preferences and scenarios.

Better Color Rendition - The light emits a gentle or warm beam, making it easier on the eyes for indoor and urban lighting, with a color temperature of up to 5000 Kelvin.

It's easier on the eyes and enhances the visibility of objects and surroundings in dimly lit conditions. The accurate color rendition allows trainees to distinguish and identify objects, targets, and potential threats with greater clarity and precision during their tactical training exercises.

Very Positive Control - The PHLSTER ARC enhanced WML Switches make it easy to control and toggle, even while wearing gloves, with a very positive feel.


  • 1500 Lumens (PLH 5K)
  • 29000 Candela (PLH 5K)
  • 1 18350 Battery
  • 5.5 oz
  • 4 in

See detailed PL350 reviews guide


  • Accepts 3 different light heads
  • PLHv2 offers rifle alike throw capability
  • Rechargeable battery


  • No strobe
  • Mounting requires a tool

Olight PL Turbo - Best Budget Thrower

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The Olight PL Turbo is a budget option throw light like the Surefire X300 Turbo. If you want to save a bit to see what a high candela light is all about. The Olight PL Turbo is a great option to start.

Increased Lumen & Candela - The light can positively identify targets further up to 100 yards in the dark with a hot focused center beam, and it can also see the surrounding and target background for better situational awareness

Adjustable Mount Position -  The light features a new thumb screw mount instead of the QD lever to prevent snag hazard. The adjustable mount key allows the user to shift the position of the light further or closer away from the Echelon's trigger guard as desired

Ambi Control Ergonomics - Works for both lefties and righties to active constant on, momentary or strobe

  • High ouput: 800 lumens
  • Peak Candela: ~66300 candela
  • Batteries: 2 CR123A
  • Switch: Ambi toggle
  • Length: 3.53"
  • Weight: 4.48 oz

Read full Olight PL Turbo review


  • Very high candela output for long range use
  • No more QD lever mount
  • Rock solid battery access door latch
  • Responsive control


  • Output intensity drops

Olight PL 3R - Best Battery Life

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Olight PL3 R has implemented the thumb screw mount finally after tons of customer request. Olight's PL PRO has been a huge success, and this is their newest light with a brand new streamlined body design. 

Saves Money On Batteries - Use the light as much as you want and just charge it via a USB cord anywhere you go with a battery bank

High Lumen - Very powerful illumination even more so than the Streamlight TLR 1 HL. 

Positive Control Switch - You can easily activate the light on the Springfield Echelon grip frame with positive feedback, even if you're wearing gloves. This is the same switch design from the PL PRO.

Thumb Screw Mount - Low profile recessed mounting design that won't cut shooter's support hand thumb


  • 1300 Lumens 
  • 10,200 cd
  • USB Rechargeable
  • 3.77 oz
  • 3.19 in

See Olight PL3 R review


  • Very bright illumination
  • Great for unlimited low light training
  • USB rechargeable battery
  • Adjustable rail positioning


  • Timed duration for high lumen output
  • Not IPX7