"A Tactical Light lights up the dark environments with white light. In close quarters the Tactical Light can also disorient and temporarily blind others, but can also reveal your position."
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In Battlefield 3, the Tactical Light is an attachment that can be applied to weapons such as carbines and shotguns and has the ability to be toggled on or off.
In the singleplayer campaign, the tactical light is seen on the player's M4A1 in the "Fault Line" gameplay trailers. It is used during the segment where Ssgt. Blackburn is ordered to find and defuse a suspected IED. It is also in the missions Kaffarov, Operation Swordbreaker, and Night Shift.
In the co-op campaign, the tactical light is attached to both players' MP7s in Hit and Run. The tactical flashlight is attached to both players' M4A1s in The Eleventh Hour. It is also attached to the enemies' weapons in both missions.
In multiplayer, the tactical light was first seen attached to the M4A1 and the AKS-74u, as seen in the Operation Métro multiplayer trailer. The tactical light can distort enemies' vision if they look directly at it, making it more difficult to return fire on their attacker, but not entirely impossible. The attachment can be applied to many weapons, including carbines, machine guns, shotguns, and some pistols (as a "Tactical" variant).
Looking directly at a tactical light from a few feet away, a player will become temporarily stunned and it becomes harder to move and hear. The downside is that it reveals the user's position, especially from further away where the light has no negative effect on targets. Tactical lights are a form of non-lethal suppression.
The flashlight can be toggled on and off, can accidentally blind teammates, and changes direction according to the orientation of the weapon - when the gun is lowered while sprinting, the flashlight will shine to the left.
PC players have the ability to keybind to the same key used for , allowing the light to be turned on while aiming down sight or while hipfiring. By default, the tactical light is turned on when the player spawns.