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    Default Headlamp for close service work

    Hi Everyone

    I work as an residential HVAC service tech. Since purchasing of my first quality light Quark X AA2 last year I've enjoyed making the leap to quality lights. While the versatility of the Quark is good I still have the need for a headlamp when changing parts, checking wiring etc and need both hands free. I've been using a energizer aa3 headlamp and am looking to upgrade it to something better. As I'm using this primarily for close up hands on work I am looking for a more even spill to in my immediate working area rather than constantly having to move my head to get the hot spot where I'm looking. I've looked at the Fenix HL21 as it lower output but still bright enough to see well. What are your recommendations?

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    Zebralight H502. Hands down winner for your needs IMHO.

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    I have the same basic requirements, hands free & close work, I choose to get the zebralight H600 fw. I prefer the longer run times using a 18650 battery instead of the AA. (Less batteries to keep charging.) The most important thing about the light you choose is figuring out what you need for you're given situation or task. Not anyone else. It took me months to find out what I wanted only for it to be out of stock by the manufacture for over a month. Good luck.

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    ^ What Lightcycle said: H502. Has a 115-120 degree beam so the light is where you need it. No more head moving to get the light in the right spot. If you need accurate color rendition, then H502c or H502d.

    Want longer runtimes? Check the Spark SD52, which is 2AA. Probably not worth the weight increase, but you decide.

    In the meantime, you can sandblast your Energizer, or paint it with "window frost." Will widen the beam so it's at least usable. Search for my old threads on sandblasting the Energizer, and using window frost paint on an Irix Icon. Never as good as a zebralight, but at least an upgrade for my Energizer, which I gave away at first opportunity.
    Last edited by Bolster; 03-06-2013 at 09:57 AM.

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    Default Re: Headlamp for close service work

    Quote Originally Posted by lightcycle1 View Post
    Zebralight H502. Hands down winner for your needs IMHO.
    +1
    When in doubt, buy both!

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    I vote the SD52, the magnet / tripod adapter make it a very good work light


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    Wow. You just sold me on the SD52. Looks like an incredibly well thought out design. Hopefully that bump shut off issue has been fixed. I love the interchangeable reflectors anf the magnet and tripod adapter. Thats awesome.

    See ya:s. Going shopping on Amazon.

    That is a totally amazing setup. Very versatile.

    This one might trump my affinity for Zebralights.

    Thanks for posting that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightcycle1 View Post
    Wow. You just sold me on the SD52. Looks like an incredibly well thought out design. Hopefully that bump shut off issue has been fixed. I love the interchangeable reflectors anf the magnet and tripod adapter. Thats awesome.

    See ya:s. Going shopping on Amazon.

    That is a totally amazing setup. Very versatile.

    This one might trump my affinity for Zebralights.

    Here are some beam shots with SD52, using 2-1.5v AA, and 1-14500 with a dummy cell.

    2 1.5v AA without reflector



    1-14500 without reflector





    2-1.5 AA with add on reflector




    1-14500 with add on reflector


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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckley View Post
    +1
    zl is one of the good candidate.

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    Anyone know if the SD52 bump issue was fixed? The magnetic feature could be useful but the nature of the work involves bumps and bangs.
    Quark Pro X AA-2 reg UI, Quark Pro X AA-2 reg UI XM-L2, Preon 1 red (with 2 body and clicky), Preon toxic green P1 x2, Olight i3S, Spark SD52, Spark SG5...

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