Before the discovery of headlamps, there used to be potential risks and disadvantages that one could face in the dark. This was more applicable to hikers, climbers or any outdoor enthusiast who actually had to hold a torch in one hand to provide light when required.
What are Headlamps?
A headlamp is a small, lightweight lamp that allows one to be hands free while providing them adequate light to carry out tasks in the dark. A headlight provides light in the line of sight thus ensuring a better focus without having to constantly adjust the lamp.
A headlamp is designed to be worn on the head so as to enable to leave the user’s hands free to be able to carry out tasks without any disruption. A headlight can either be clipped to the brim of the hat or a hard hat. Most head lamps have adjustable rubber straps that allow you to fit it directly on your head.
These are not only useful but also light and easy to store and carry around, so even if you are a hiker or a climber, a headlamp should be one of the must have accessories that you need to carry around. There are various types of headlamps available in the market. Some of them need to be operated manually and the more sophisticated ones operate on gesture movements. Whatever the requirement may be, there will always be one that meets your requirements.
Let us look at the factors that you need to keep in mind while choosing a headlamp
Distance: Some headlamps can offer extremely bright light, but it may not be effective for a long distance visibility. Such a headlamp may not be the perfect choice for cave explorers or night hikers, because they need something that will shed the light a long distance. If you need a headlamp for an activity that requires better visibility at a long distance then one needs to opt for halogen headlamps because they throw light at a longer distance. LED headlamps are the best option for short-ranged activities and conserving battery life.
Brightness: Lumen is the unit of measurement that is used to indicate the intensity or the brightness of a lamp. The higher the lumen, the brighter is the glow of the bulb. The lumen ranges from 0.1 till as much as 350 lumens. You need to pick up a headlamp according to the activity you require the lamp for. Keep in mind that lamps with higher lumens can drain the battery quickly.
Battery life: Most headlamps use common alkaline batteries, but the recent models use more environmentally friendly options. Lithium batteries are expensive, but can power a headlamp up to 10 years. A cheaper option is rechargeable batteries that can be an affordable alternative. Keep these few things in mind:
- Choose headlamp with a voltage regulator
- Use a lamp that has a brightness lasts for a minimum an hour
- Choose a lamp that comes with a battery indicator
Comfort factors: You will need to keep a lot of factors while choosing a headlamp:
- Choose a headlamp that is comfortable and not very heavy because you will be strapping it on the head. The heavier the lamp, the more straps that will be needed to secure it.
- Choose a lighter variant that will provide the right illumination in the path of vision
- Choose a variant according to the activity you need it for. An outdoor activity will require you to choose a headlamp that throws light at a greater distance. Indoor activities will require you to choose a headlamp with a lesser lumen.
Once you have decided the factors that work for you, it makes it easier to choose the right kind of headlamp. In addition to helping you determine which lamp is right for you, you should do some research on the varieties available so that you buy what you need.
We have listed some headlamps that you can buy from our online e-retail store.*
A hybrid LED/Xenon hands-free flashlight. The 2620 gives you the option of using the Xenon lamp for intense bright light or 3 LEDs to conserve battery life. The multi-angle pivoting head allows you to aim light where you need it. A rubber strap for hard hat use and adjustable cloth strap for bare head use are both included. The HeadsUp Lite 2620 is perfect for hiking, camping, or for any task that require both hands. Powered by 3 AAA alkaline cells (included).
The 2640 is a powerful Halogen/LED combo hands-free light for any task, big or small. Flip the switch up and you've got 3 LEDs: bright and efficient. Perfect for close-up work and tasks that require intense white light. For jobs that demand a powerful beam, flip the switch down for the halogen mode. Cut through thick smoke and dust. The body is tough ABS resin that's corrosion proof and resistant to extreme temperatures. The 90° pivoting head allows you to aim light right where you need it. The light weight battery pack houses 4 AA alkaline cells (included). The 2640 comes with a rubber strap for hard hat use and an adjustable cloth strap for bare head.
Gloved hands, wet hands or oily hands are not an issue when using the 2720 with Gesture Activation Control technology. Turn on the light with a wave of a hand. Additional features include: Low level red light that preserves night vision, for night-time applications. Signalling red (S.O.S) beacon light. Optical 4x magnification allows for a wide or penetrating beam. Including a variable light output from 100%-10%.
*Ensure that you read all descriptions carefully before you zero in to what you want.
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