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    Default Headlamp for reading

    Iím looking for a budget friendly headlamp, ~$25 or less, to use for reading. For example, reading in bed when a lamp is needed or reading outside when itís still a little dark. Iíve read some of the older threads and zebralight was highly recommended but Iím looking for something less expensive. Thanks!

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    The Zebralight H503c or H503w would definitely be the very best option because it is a true mule as there would be no visible hotspot on the paper, and there are many low modes to choose from. I don't know of any other lights that offer these two qualities, which i think are important for reading.

    But for less, I'd say the Thrunite TH20, Manker E03H or E02H are decent budget options. I would recommend adding some adhesive diffusion film called DC-Fix to the lens to even out the beam.
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    Manker E03 (AA) or E02 (AAA).

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    To customize to whatever brightness you need, the near infinite output modes of the Thrunite TH20 would be my suggestion as well, with a piece of scotch tape over the lens to soften the beam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likethevegetable View Post
    The Zebralight H503c or H503w would definitely be the very best option because it is a true mule as there would be no visible hotspot on the paper, and there are many low modes to choose from. I don't know of any other lights that offer these two qualities, which i think are important for reading.

    But for less, I'd say the Thrunite TH20, Manker E03H or E02H are decent budget options. I would recommend adding some adhesive diffusion film called DC-Fix to the lens to even out the beam.
    Quote Originally Posted by dealgrabber2002 View Post
    Manker E03 (AA) or E02 (AAA).
    would you guys recommend the cree xp-g3 or the Nichia 219c for this purpose?

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    Nichia all the way
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