How To Choose A Head­lamp

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Be­lieve it or not, this is where a lot of peo­ple will start and fin­ish with the pur­chase of a head­lamp. This is fine if you are choos­ing a de­vice for low oc­ca­sional use but if you need a head­lamp for more se­ri­ous use or work ap­pli­ca­tion this will not work for you and you will end up dis­ap­pointed. There is sim­ply not enough spe­cific us­age in­for­ma­tion given with each de­vice to help peo­ple make an in­formed de­ci­sion when pur­chas­ing a head­lamp that they end up con­fused giv­ing up and sim­ply choos­ing the first head­lamp that they see or is rec­om­mended to them by a sales per­son in store.

Here is a prac­ti­cal break­down of the at­tributes to con­sider when choos­ing a head­lamp for your spe­cific re­quire­ments and also a few rec­om­men­da­tions from our per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence based on use. Hope­fully this will help you choose the most suit­able de­vice for your ap­pli­ca­tion that you will be happy with for many years.

Choos­ing a head­lamp is a sim­ple ex­er­cise. Sim­ply go to your near­est camp­ing store, go to the light­ing sec­tion of the store, and pick a head­lamp that suits your bud­get and needs. Oh and don’t for­get to pick a nice pretty colour. This is very im­por­tant as you don’t want to get caught out in an emer­gency wear­ing some­thing that does not suit your clothes and could pos­si­bly make you look daggy.

At­tributes To Con­sider

• Run-time on high: How long will it run for be­fore it cuts out or will only op­er­ate on a lower mode. Check the run­time of the de­vice in high mode to give you an idea if it is suit­able for your ap­pli­ca­tion.

• Beam Dis­tance : Beam dis­tance is not de­ter­mined by how high the lu­men out­put of the light is but more im­por­tantly how the re­flec­tor is de­signed. For ex­am­ple the larger the re­flec­tor the more fo­cused and con­cen­trated the beam can be and hence fur­ther dis­tance so suit­able for ac­tiv­i­ties like hunt­ing or out­door ac­tiv­i­ties so check this in the specs. The smaller the re­flec­tor the more spread the beam will be so ideal for close up ap­pli­ca­tions like work. Plum­bers, Elec­tri­cians, Plaster­ers or any­body need­ing a lot of light out to 30-40 me­ters.

• Is it reg­u­lated to keep the high out­put run­ning for a spec­i­fied pe­riod of time as reg­u­lated head­lamps will give you a spec­i­fied run­time on high for a stated pe­riod of time. Also most mod­ern recharge­able head­lamps us­ing Li­tion bat­ter­ies will be reg­u­lated and are also a lot brighter than AA or AAA al­ka­line based head­lamps.

• Is it un­reg­u­lated and how quickly will the high out­put start to drop in lu­mens as un­reg­u­lated lights will con­tinue to drop in out­put un­til the bat­ter­ies run out. Most AA and AAA bat­tery head­lamps will be un­reg­u­lated mean­ing they will con­tinue to work un­til the bat­tery drains to zero. Only thing to con­sider here is the out­put of the head­lamp will be­come un­us­able when the lu­men out­put gets too low so fine for oc­ca­sional us­age but if it is used as a work light reg­u­larly a recharge­able head­lamp that is reg­u­lated is the best op­tion.

• How many out­puts lev­els does the head­lamp have. This is im­por­tant as a lower mode is of­ten used for close up work and can greatly in­crease the run­time of the head­lamp. Many times we have had cus­tomers pur­chase the bright­est head­lamp only to find that they use a mid mode or low mode the ma­jor­ity of the time so low range mode are also an im­por­tant fac­tor if the head­torch is be­ing used for close up work ap­pli­ca­tions.

• Is it recharge­able or does it run on stan­dard AA or AAA bat­ter­ies. AA and AAA are easy and con­ve­nient to pur­chase and are ok to use in head­lamps where lower out­puts and oc­ca­sional use is re­quired but if you need a re­ally pow­er­ful head­lamp that can run for much greater pe­ri­ods of time recharge­able 18650 bat­ter­ies are the best way to go as the volt­age is much higher than stan­dard AA bat­ter­ies so they can pro­duce head­lamps with much higher out­puts op­er­at­ing with this type of bat­tery. Also recharge­able bat­ter­ies will save you a lot of money.


If you re­quire a head­lamp for more in­tense us­age or a spe­cific work pur­pose for ex­am­ple, you are a plumber or an elec­tri­cian work­ing in ceil­ings or an ad­ven­turer need­ing a head­lamp that will not fail in ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments hope­fully some of the in­for­ma­tion we give you fur­ther ahead in this piece will help you pick a prod­uct that works well for your spe­cific pur­pose and you get many years of use from. Also we will make a few rec­om­men­da­tions for spe­cific prod­ucts based on use.

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