A good headlamp will give you the vision you need while also feeling comfortable enough that you won’t even notice it. This is what you need to know about a headlamp.
When you’re in need of light and you don’t have an already installed light source, the default option is always a flashlight. And, as we mentioned earlier, it’s convenient for a few reasons, but it also prevents you from using both of your hands at the same time. You’re almost always going to have to sacrifice at least one hand, two if the flashlight is big enough.
And that’s not the only problem with flashlights. Even if they may feel light at first, you’ll begin to notice how heavy they are after a while. This can literally weigh down on your hand, making it feel more exhausted and tired. It may not seem like much, but if you’re in an emergency or need to conserve your energy, you’ll want to make sure you don’t waste it.
This is the main reason why people get headlamps in the first place. Being able to use both of your hands is a big deal, especially when you’re working on something such as the bottom of your car or some wires in the attic. In these scenarios, you’ll need sufficient lighting while also needing both of your hands to perform the required tasks. Sure, you could always have someone else hold a flashlight up for you, but that’s just extra effort for something that can be solved by a headlamp.
Because you want to shine a light on where you’re looking or facing, headlamps are surprisingly convenient. Since your head is going to turn to where you want to look anyway, the headlamp will also orient itself in the same direction, pointing a light wherever you look. There may be situations where this isn’t always ideal, but for most scenarios, it’s great.
The lumen is an indicator of how bright a headlamp can be. The higher the lumen, the brighter the light. Generally, a few hundred lumens should be more than enough for most scenarios, but headlamps of 1000 lumen or greater do exist, too.
Headlamps are designed to be worn for hours on end, and this means they should be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. Consider using a headlamp that’s adjustable and has a comfortable strap material so you won’t feel bothered after wearing it for a few hours.
Headlamps can be powered in two ways — either through replaceable AAA or AA batteries or through rechargeable batteries. The former has the advantage of being instantly rechargeable when needed while the latter is better for long-term value. Consider where you intend on using the headlamps before making a decision.
Headlamps are just like flashlights, and they can be very dangerous to shine in someone’s eyes. If you want to face someone to talk to them, be sure to turn off the headlamp first. You don’t want to cause any damage to their eyes just because you looked at them.
In a similar vein, kids may not always be aware of the dangers of flashlights and headlamps. As such, if you plan on giving your kid one for personal use, be sure to properly teach them beforehand. Let them know of the dangers of flashlights and headlamps and not point them at anyone in any situation.
A headlamp that’s designed for every situation imaginable, the Coast XPH30R is our favorite product of the round-up. The lamp has a few different modes it can cycle through, allowing you to set the brightness of the lamp depending on your needs. You can even crank it up all the way to 1000 lumens for maximum vision. With two different modes, one for focused lighting and one for flood lighting, the headlamp can be used in whatever application you need it for, and its long battery life will serve you well when working in places without electricity, such as the outdoors. These features are par for the course for the best overall headlamp.
Headlamps can be pretty useful for kids if you’re traveling with them on camping adventures or working on stuff at home. But the headlamp needs to be simple enough that they can use it properly, and more importantly, safely. Geralight’s LED headlamp is perfect for both adults and kids, with each purchase giving you two headlamps to use for you and your child. The lamp is weather resistant and can be adjusted to fit your kid’s head size. It’s also got a bright light that can last up to 10 hours, which is more than enough for kids to use.
Headlamps may not be bought for their physical designs, but Energizer’s headlamps definitely look great. They come in packs of two, so you get one extra for yourself or someone else. You also get enough batteries to power both headlamps immediately. The headlamp is pretty simple — with one button to control everything, you can turn it on and off in emergencies without much trouble, and the thin yet durable strap won’t be annoying or tight on your head even after multiple hours of wearing it. Thanks to its durable construction, you can take it anywhere you want without worrying about it getting damaged.
In terms of brightness, these headlamps definitely take the cake. Shining at a whopping 1100 lumens, you’ll be able to see from very, very far in the dark with these bad boys. They come in sets of two, too, allowing you to use both interchangeably if needed. One key feature that also makes this set of headlamps pretty nifty is that you can recharge them with a USB cable, saving you money that you would have spent on batteries in the long run. It may not be as convenient when the batteries do run out, but it’s a good long-term investment.
Want a headlamp for the whole family? Vont’s got you covered. With their pack of headlamps, you get not one, not two, but four headlamps that all work perfectly. The entire pack comes at just under $20, making it quite the affordable purchase for what you’re getting. You even get a pack of batteries to power all the headlamps immediately. The lighting modes can be toggled with a single button press, and the quality of each individual lamp isn’t so bad, either. Overall, it’s a great set to pick up if you need a few headlamps for something like a camping trip.