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How to Choose the Best Headlamp

Are you a construction or other industrial worker looking for an efficient way to work while lighting your way through dark areas? Or, perhaps, are you a recreational gardener looking for a hands-free lighting device that you can use to illuminate your garden during evening hours when the sun starts to set? Regardless of who you are and what you are looking to do, headlamps are a great hands free lighting tool. Headlamps are sold in a wide range of sizes, weights and colors – so how do you determine which is the best for your needs? When purchasing a head lamp, it is important to consider the weight, the beam distance and the individual light output of a particular device.

Weight

When selecting the best headlamp for your individual needs, it is important to consider the weight. Since you will be wearing this device on your head, it is critical to consider how much it weighs and what kind of strain it may impose, if any, on your head and neck. Most of the mainstream headlamps that are sold on the market weight about seven ounces or less. For recreational use, the majority of these would serve their purpose just fine. The higher tech, more robust headlamps that include extra battery packs and straps may be a bit more sizeable. When researching different kind of headlamps, it is important to clarify what you will be using it for and what your ideal weight for everyday use might be.

Beam Distance

The purpose of any headlamp – as with any flashlight – is to channel light to a specific, targeted area. When purchasing a headlamp, it is important to consider the beam distance. Beam distance refers to how far light will travel from any given headlamp. As you do your research, read the packaging and try on different makes and models for size and comfort, it is important to consider how far the light from the headlamp will travel and if it will be suitable for your needs.

Light Output

Since beam distance refers to how far the light will travel from any given headlamp, light output refers to the amount of light a headlamp will produce. This is usually measured in lumens – a unit of measurement that indicates how much light a headlamp will produce from all light sources. Typically, more lumens means brighter light – but this is not always necessarily the case. As you shop around for different headlamps, it is important to consider the amount of light output and whether or not it will be well suited for your business or recreational needs.

For more information on headlamps, contact Panther Vision.

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    Author: Carmelo Speelman

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