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The flashlights are a conditioned stimulus for the viewer watching the TV show. Usage of a flashlight by CSI precedes the special FXs of visualizing a crime sequence. CSI has been using visual markers for years to indicate that something is about to happen. Before the viewer watches an animated sequence of a bullet passing thru a body, there will be a CSI ...


From your question, I'm unclear if you're asking why they use flashlights even when there are lights on, or why they use flashlights instead of using the lights. The latter is easier to answer. They want to research and document the crime scene exactly as they found it. From Crime-Scene-Investigator: Documenting crime scene conditions can include ...

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