Outdoor activities have become much more popular here in Australia in the past couple of years and I can gladly say that a lot of people have started spending much of their free time in the greenery, far away from the concrete jungle. However, we all know how warm these months can be in Australia, so a lot of people have resorted to spending their time outdoors during the later hours, when the sun sets down and the weather is bearable.
While going for a run or a ride on your bicycle during the night solves the hot weather problem, another problem arises – visibility is significantly decreased. In order to solve this problem, a lot of people have resorted to using torches. Torches, however, are not always the optimal solution, as they take away the functionality of one of your arms. Luckily, technology has advanced considerably in the past few years and the perfect solution was found – headlamp lights.
Headlamp lights have become a lot more popular than they were before, when they were only really seen on miners, construction workers and such. All night cyclists, hikers, and even campers have resorted to using them in order to have free reign over the movement of their hands, which in most cases, are both needed to ride a bike or to light a fire, for instance.
Moreover, most headlamp lights found on the market are LED powered. You may wonder why am I stating this? Well simply because LED is the most advanced lighting technology nowadays. It illuminates very brightly, it’s very durable and LED bulbs last much more than incandescent bulbs. Plus, the way LED bulbs emit lighting is very different than incandescent bulbs – LED lighting penetrates through the air and illuminates evenly all around the bulb, making them the perfect solution for cyclists and hikers.
Another important feature to look for is the battery type and longevity. Manufacturers usually list what type of batteries their products use, and there are two basic types – rechargeable and disposable. Both disposable and rechargeable batteries can be ion-lithium or alkaline. The price of rechargeable batteries is higher than the price of disposable, but if you end up using your headlamp on regular basis, rechargeable batteries will prove to be the better investment.
Alkaline and ion-lithium are similar, yet quite different. Ion-lithium batteries are slightly more expensive, however, they can pump out more power than the alkaline, especially at low temperatures, which may sometimes be the case if you’re mountaineering.