A headlamp is a hands-free flashlight wrapped around the head using an ergonomically-designed strap. It is commonly used in camping, hiking, mountain climbing, mining, and other outdoor activities at night or in dark places. Earlier headlamp designs were mounted on helmets, but now they can be directly wrapped around bare heads using elastic fabric straps.
Types of Headlamps
Kinds of Headlamps include the following:
A forehead headlamp uses an ergonomically-designed elastic wrap-around strap. It is lightweight, compact, and comfortable to wear. It has a lock to safely secure it on the head. Most models are water-resistant.
Some forehead headlamps have electronically controlled switches for switching between various output modes. Most forehead headlamps feature different light colors that can interchangeable.
An over-the-head headlamp uses an elastic strap that goes over the head from the back to the front aside from the wrap-around forehead strap. It features a shock-absorbing head and a soft rubber handle. Its adjustable head strap can fit any head circumference.
Most over-the-head headlamps produce broader beams and brighter lights than traditional flashlights. Some models feature directional beams of light that can rotate up to 90 degrees.
Choosing Headlamps (Buying tips)
Battery: Choose a headlamp that uses rechargeable batteries that can withstand temperatures below 0 degrees up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use it wherever you are.
Adjustability: Choose a headlamp with adjustable straps to get a customized fit. Make sure your head is bare when trying on one.