I can't believe how useful a head lamp is....

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I got a cheap energizer 6 LED lamp just to have a head lamp since i had never used one, and i can't believe how much it's become indespensable
esp this week 5 degree weather and my furnace blower motor locked up
and It was WAY easier to light up an object and still use both hands to work with.
It's not a fancy unit, no reg, etc,, but man it's much better then holding my HDS in my teeth :grin2: VDG
 

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a headlamp is great!
There is only one thing a headlamp is annoying:

washing one's face / teeth in open field with gnats around
;)
 

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yellow said:
a headlamp is great!
There is only one thing a headlamp is annoying:

washing one's face / teeth in open field with gnats around
;)


:crackup: :crackup: :crackup: That would suck! VDG
 

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I never thought I would much like headlamps.... till I tried em, now I'm hooked, wearing em all the time for various things... even in a well lit room, doing something that requires up close bright light, a headlamp can be great... (like soldering work)
 

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I don't really own any high powered handhelds at all (think I've got a AAA mini-mag somewhere) - all either head torches or bike mount (OK so my Exposure Joystick looks like a handheld, but only really gets used properly on the helmet mount). I always struggle to understand why everybody at CPF is so obsessed by handhelds.
 

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chris_m said:
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I always struggle to understand why everybody at CPF is so obsessed by handhelds.

Ditto.

Also, can't understand why some people are so snobbish about handhelds.

Toshi
 

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Head lamps can certainly be very useful, but there are also situatons where they are utterly useless, for instance if you walk with it in cold climate. The problem is that your exhaled breath makes the beam scatter right back into your eyes blinding you. In these conditions it's important to hold the light away from the eyes. Same holds true for foggy weather.

Another problem with head lamps is that the close proximity to the eyes makes all shadows disapear completely making it harder to see details in your suroundings. Holding a light a bit away from the eyes makes depth perception much better. (IMHO anyway)

Jan
 

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blademan said:
I second the soldering remark. My P.T. Quad is superb for this.

WORD! I just got done cleaning connections on my old f-----ed computer's
hard drive and it was very useful. I do 2nd JANCPF on the cold mist thing too. I noticed when I when to get the mail this morning at 5am in 7 degree's.
both are a needed tool. VDG
 

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My headlamp broke tonight when I crawled under my car to fix the exhaust :ohgeez:
It became obvious to me quite soon exactly how much better a headlamp fits such an occasion than a mouth-held G2! Visions of venting 123a's made me hurry up even more than the freezing temperature did.

Oh, and I don't understand why they don't bundle headlamps with soldering kits!
 
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They are worth their weight in gold during a blackout. I was once without power for 4 days. The first thing I bought when the power went back on, a headlamp.
 

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I didn't have a headlamp during the 2003 blackout. I found myself holding a PT Blast pointed at the pan while my mom tried to cook something in it. Then I got an idea. The blackout hit during the daytime and it was summer, so shops stayed open. No they didn't have headlamps (in fact all their flashlights and batteries sold out instantly) but I bought a baseball cap at the 99 cent store, and clipped the Blast to it. Worked great. I had previously removed the pocket clip from my Arc AAA, but re-installed it after that. The Countycomm SOLED (mini-review) is an even smaller and cheaper alternative. I'm gonna have to figure out some kind of headband arrangement for it but a baseball cap works fine too.
 

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is there headlamp with a center-mounted clip on an elastic headband that can accomodate various handhelds? the niteize headband is not elastic and has a side mount which is not useful for lighting things right in front of you (not a well thought-out product).
 
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DJ Q said:
is there headlamp with a center-mounted clip on an elastic headband that can accomodate various handhelds? the niteize headband is not elastic and has a side mount which is not useful for lighting things right in front of you (not a well thought-out product).

Bike Helmet and duct tape :rock:
 

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JanCPF said:
Head lamps can certainly be very useful, but there are also situatons where they are utterly useless, for instance if you walk with it in cold climate. The problem is that your exhaled breath makes the beam scatter right back into your eyes blinding you. In these conditions it's important to hold the light away from the eyes. Same holds true for foggy weather.
(IMHO anyway)

Jan

You are very right! I hike a lot at night with my EOS. I also carry my Streamlight ProPoly Luxeon 4AA which I use if there is fog or mist. Carrying it low, at hand height, keeps the light difusion further from my eyes as well as more below the fog. The breath in cold weather is also an issue. The brighter light also helps.
 

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I'm definitely a fan of headlamps. One of my three headlamps is always EDC'd in a jacket pocket in cool weather or fanny pack in the summer. Whenever two hands are needed for a task in a dark environment the headlamp shines :grin2: compared to handhelds or mouthhelds (YUCK!). :laughing:
 

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I love headlamps, but have never considered EDC'ing one like Uncle Bob. I'm usually unhappy when I need to carry a 1AAA handheld.

None the less, if I'm at home or in the car a headlamp is readily available. Have been trying to convice my brother, a telephone installer, to use one but he thinks it's too geeky for a lineman. Guess he never saw the road construction crews out at night all with headlamps on. Oh well.
 

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I didn't realize just how useful they are either until a few months ago and now I wouldn't be caught in the woods without one. I have one in my daypack as a primary and backup lighting source during hunting trips.
 
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