Three Things To Consider Before Buying a Headlamp

Let there be light!

Person using a headlamp under the stars
Light up the night—or at least an area around you.Unsplash/Vincent Guth

Brightness, weight and beam distance are just a few of the many things to consider when choosing a headlamp. If you’re into nighttime bike riding, often hike into dark areas or love to camp, headlamps are crucial for your safety—but they won’t do much good if they’re too loose, don’t output enough light or burn out too soon. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.

GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids

Lightweight Design

This features a powerful beam with daylight color and definition that will last up to 45 hours on low and 3 hours on high. It needs 3 AAA batteries which are not included.GearLight

If you’re camping, look for a headlamp with a red light mode. That’s good for use in a tent so you will not disturb others, especially sleeping children! It’s also a great way to view wildlife or stars plus red light won’t cause your pupils to dilate, so you won’t lose your night vision.

Vont 'Spark' LED Headlamp Flashlight (2 Pack, Batteries Included) Head Lamp Gear Suitable for Running, Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Fishing, Jogging, Headlight with Red Light, Headlamps - Adults, Kids

Long Battery Life

Features seven different modes, including high, medium, low, strobe and SOS.Vont

Most headlamps feature two types of beams: a floodlight and a wide beam. And, typically the lights have different modes such as flash (to preserve battery life) or strobe (to signal in emergencies). Also look for boost or zoom modes for high-intensity beams you might need in short bursts.

SLONIK 1000 Lumen Rechargeable CREE LED Headlamp w/ 2200 mAh Battery - Lightweight, Durable, Waterproof and Dustproof Headlight - Xtreme Bright 600 ft Beam - Camping and Hiking Gear

Comes with Accessories

Includes an adjustable nylon headband that fits comfortably, plus you can easily switch between different power levels or flashes with a single button.SLONIK

To know how heavy a headlamp you’ll need, it depends on how rigorous the activities are that you’ll be wearing it. As a general rule of thumb, the more jarring an activity, the lighter the headlamp. For example, if you’re a nighttime jogger, a headlamp that’s too heavy or bulky will bounce up and down with every movement. For a lightweight headlamp, look for one in the 2- to 3‑ounce range.

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