Need a head lamp recommendation


Newly Enlightened
Apr 12, 2022
I've been pouring over a ton of product data and haven't been able to find exactly what I want so I'll ask the experts. I need to replace my old Petzl incandescent headlamp and my requirements are simple.

I'd prefer a lamp with the center strap that goes over the top of your head, one that is powered by AA batteries, (dual fuel or not), it needs 3 or 4 brightness settings. I don't need red or a strobe or a lot of bells and whistles. 300 max lumens is all I need.

I use a head lamp a lot for sitting at a desk working on various things and I've found about 25 to 30 lumens seems perfect for me at that approx 19" distance from the lamp to my hands. Everything I have found has a low lumen of about 5 and the next step up is 40-50ish and this is more than I want.

Anyone have any recommendations for this; AA powered, center strap, 300ish max lumens and most importantly, one setting at about 25 lumens.

Thanks for any replies.

Hooked on Fenix

Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 13, 2007
Fenix lights usually have a 25 or 30 lumen setting. The Fenix HL30 2018 version headlamp might work for you if you can find one. I have the earlier version and it has a top strap. Not sure about the newer version as all the pictures show the light without one. AA lights are going out of style and replaced with lithium ion. In addition, China is on lockdown so getting decent lights is becoming problematic. Good luck in your search.