Originally Posted by FoxhoundNB
The real lights may be a little brighter, but in my experience, I'd much rather have a cheap (~60$) Tac light that's more than bright enough, has a strobe feature, and I won't cry if it gets smashed against a doorway or hit by a BB. Despite the cost, the "real steel" ones just as easy to lose, and even more likely to sprout legs and walk off. There's plenty of "good enough" replica tac lights out there.
Although I do agree with you on ACM lights being more worry free and "good enough" for airsoft, both of my Surefires are waterproof and have taken MUCH more abuse than any of my "China" lights could take. (For Cobalt Caliber - Both of my RS lights are about half as bright as my ACM ones)
Plus, figure $60-100~ for a decent China light, $50~ more will get you a used older gen. Surefire light.
But back on topic, OP get yourself mags and a rig/batteries first. THEN the toys...there's always time for more gadgets later.