Headlamp Buying Guide

Focusing System

A headlamp with a focus light can be changed so you get a broad beam of light to approach or a narrower beam of light which shines beyond. There are also headlamps which you can not focus light at all.

There are different focusing system, is a rotating light head back and forth. The other way is to slide the lamp head back and forth.

Headlamps that lacks focus system capable usually a higher rating against water and dust. Security classified ATEX does not focus systems.

Tilt

Headlamps can be equipped with tilt system, it means that it is possible to angle the light head so that the beam does not always shine straight ahead without guided downwards.

Dimming

An important feature of the headlamps, which you will use at close range, the lamp can be dimmed, otherwise it is usually light to bright.

Luminous flux

Lumen is a measure of light output and describes how much light headlamp total releases. Since it is the total light in all directions measured, it can sometimes be misleading to rely completely on the lumen. Candela is a unit of measurement of light intensity, that is, power emitted by a light source in a particular direction.

Brinntid

How long can you use your headlamp with a set of batteries or how long the rechargeable battery lasts until it is time to load them again. There is usually a declaration by the manufacturer how to have measured the data found.

Scope

Specifies how far light meters headlamp.

Batteries

Different types of batteries are used to supply the headlamp power. There are rechargeable (secondary) or disposable batteries.
It is important that the battery is connected to polriktigt headlamp. When the battery change takes place in a headlamp with multiple batteries, replace all batteries at once and preferably only use new, or fully charged batteries of the same type, brand and strength. If you do not use the headlamp at a time, remove the batteries from the headlamp. This is to prevent leakage which can damage the battery headlamp and the environment. All batteries have a certain self-discharge, so they eventually run out, even if they are not connected to the headlamp. Used batteries are classified in Sweden as hazardous waste and worn batteries should not be thrown away with household waste, but collected under municipal regulations.

Rechargeable batteries

Nickel abbreviated NiMH , is a type of rechargeable battery. The construction of a NiMH battery similar to a nickel – cadmium battery (NiCd). Both batteries look very similar and provide a voltage of about 1.2 volts. A NiMH battery has approximately 50% more run time than a corresponding NiCd battery. NiMH batteries are also more environmentally friendly than NiCd battery.Another advantage of the NiMH lower weight per cell. The drawback of NiMH is that it rapidly self-discharge, the rate is about 10% the first day and then about 1.5% per day. There is also a greater risk of fire to recharge a NiMH battery than a NiCad battery as the temperature becomes higher during charging. There are new types of NiMH batteries with 10% self-discharge per year, which means that capacity can be at 70-85% depending on the manufacturer and model.

Nickel cadmium abbreviated NiCd is a type of rechargeable battery similar NiMH. Voltage 1.2 V.

Lithium ion battery abbreviated Li-Ion. Lijonbatteri is more gentle on the environment and are increasingly replacing Nickel-Metal Hydride.

Charging Stations

Rechargeable batteries charged in different ways.

Through the batteries are left in the headlamp and placed in a charging station, or a connection cord is connected to the headlamp (usually via mini USB connector). It is an easy and quick way to have fully charged batteries.

For some flashlights require that you remove the batteries and charge them in a separate charging station. The advantage of this system is that you can have multiple sets of batteries to quickly change batteries fully charged in the headlamp.

Sources Charging via power outlet, via the computer (USB connection) or via 12-24 volt outlet in your car or boat.

Klassningar

It is not always that the classification given for headlamp manufacturer, with the major classifications are IP and ATEX.

Klassningar

It is not always that the classification given for headlamp manufacturer, with the major classifications are IP and ATEX.

Water resistance

IP (Ingress Protection) Intrusion protection classifications specifies the environmental protection the enclosure on headlamp provides. The IP rating normally has two numbers (IPXX). The first number represents the protection against solid objects or materials (dust), while the second number stands for protection against liquids (water). Protection against water ingress. No water must penetrate in such a quantity, or in such a place that satisfactory operation is affected or jeopardized the security of the headlamp.

IPX4 – Protected against water sprinkles the headlamp. Headlamp withstand normal rain.
IPX5 – Protected against water sprayed against the headlamp.
IPX6 – Protected against water sprayed heavily against headlamp.
IPX7 – Protected against water when the headlamp is temporarily immersed in water. Can a quick dip in the lake.

ATEX

ATEX Directive is the EU Directive dealing with equipment and work in areas where there is a risk of explosive mixtures. This affects the requirements for electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive areas.

ATEX covers a wide range. It could be energy companies with solid fuel, fuel oil and / or natural gas, carpentry, farming, paint companies, powder and chemicals management in different forms, fuel stations, mills, schools (chemistry labs), restaurants that handle liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas / liquid, petrochemical and other sensitive environments.
ATEX Directive (94/9 / EC) regulates that manufacturers can deliver ONLY properly certified electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive areas. From the workers side there is another ATEX Directive (99/92 / EC) that regulates the requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. Both Directives are mandatory. The hazardous areas are divided into zones, Zone 0 and 20, zone 1 and 21 and Zones 2 and 22, depending on the level of risk. In each zone, only equipment category 1, 2 and 3 are as follows:

Zone 0 and 20 only equipment category 1

Zone 1 and 21 equipment category 1 or 2

Zone 2 and 22 equipment category 1, 2 or 3

Water resistance

IP (Ingress Protection) Intrusion protection classifications specifies the environmental protection the enclosure on headlamp provides. The IP rating normally has two numbers (IPXX). The first number represents the protection against solid objects or materials (dust), while the second number stands for protection against liquids (water). Protection against water ingress. No water must penetrate in such a quantity, or in such a place that satisfactory operation is affected or jeopardized the security of the headlamp.

IPX4 – Protected against water sprinkles the headlamp. Headlamp withstand normal rain.
IPX5 – Protected against water sprayed against the headlamp.
IPX6 – Protected against water sprayed heavily against headlamp.
IPX7 – Protected against water when the headlamp is temporarily immersed in water. Can a quick dip in the lake.

ATEX

ATEX Directive is the EU Directive dealing with equipment and work in areas where there is a risk of explosive mixtures. This affects the requirements for electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive areas.

ATEX covers a wide range. It could be energy companies with solid fuel, fuel oil and / or natural gas, carpentry, farming, paint companies, powder and chemicals management in different forms, fuel stations, mills, schools (chemistry labs), restaurants that handle liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas / liquid, petrochemical and other sensitive environments.
ATEX Directive (94/9 / EC) regulates that manufacturers can deliver ONLY properly certified electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive areas. From the workers side there is another ATEX Directive (99/92 / EC) that regulates the requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. Both Directives are mandatory. The hazardous areas are divided into zones, Zone 0 and 20, zone 1 and 21 and Zones 2 and 22, depending on the level of risk. In each zone, only equipment category 1, 2 and 3 are as follows:

Zone 0 and 20 only equipment category 1

Zone 1 and 21 equipment category 1 or 2

Zone 2 and 22 equipment category 1, 2 or 3

Holder

There are several different types of holder for the head lamp. Holder to secure the headlamp to a bicycle handlebar.Another holder is to use the headlamp on bicycle helmet.

Filter

Filter kit to put in front of the lens of the headlamp allows you to get a colored light. Red to preserve your own night vision and green does not interfere with night vision or frighten wildlife.

Accessories

Generally, the accessories are produced by the respective manufacturers and are often only suited to their own flashlights.

Manufacturer

Manufacturer Lupine

It is Lupines goal of producing the most powerful and best headlamps in the world. It is only thanks to extensive experience in design, software development, sophisticated manufacturing processes and complex assembly by hand, at the head office in Neumarkt, Germany, Lupine can offer such a high quality, durable and powerful products. Lupine is a system of thinking in everything they do. This means that many accessories are suitable for various types of head lamps. A wide range of accessories is also available to Lupine.

Lupine system

Lupine strives to many individual products as possible to work together.

Basic Package headlamp

The basic package includes the lamp head, headgear, battery, battery charger, cable. (Exactly what every basic package includes in the description of each item). To this basic package, you can supplement with bracket for mounting on a bike handlebar or a helmet attachment so you have a complete helmet lamp.

Betty-series

Lupines flagship No. 1. Extreme headlamp with 7 points. Main Stand Pro or Std. Rechargeable battery, available in several sizes. Can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth. A variety of light modes. Accessories available so you can use it to bike or helmet lamp.

Piko-series

Professionals Headlamp with 2 points. Main Stand Pro or standard. Rechargeable battery, available in several sizes. A variety of light modes. Some models can be operated by remote control via Bluetooth. Accessories available so you can use it to bike or helmet lamp.

Wilma series

Professionals Headlamp with 4 ranks. Main Stand Pro or standard. Rechargeable battery, available in several sizes. A variety of light modes. Some models can be operated by remote control via Bluetooth. Accessories available so you can use it to bike or helmet lamp.

NEO-serien

Professionals Headlamp with 1 point. Main Stand Pro or standard. Rechargeable battery, available in several sizes. Several different light modes. Accessories available so you can use it to bike or helmet lamp.

Manufacturer Ledlenser

Ledlenser is one of the major manufacturers of headlamps, and they have several series of headlamps. Ledlenser has headlamps that fit the all-round user to the tracking lights.

H-series

H series is Ledlensers most popular pannlampserie. Headlamps for those who need a simple headlamp with good performance.But there are also headlamps for those who place high demands. Battery holder in the neck. Headlamps H series has the focus, except the smallest. There are lamps with both rechargeable batteries and disposable batteries.

SEO-Serien

Headlamps with good light and focus, washable headband, battery positioned forward of the lamp housing. There are lamps with both rechargeable batteries and disposable batteries.

NEO-serien

Headlamps with good light shining wide, washable headband, battery positioned forward of the lamp housing. A very small and simple headlamp.

Manufacturer Pelican

During more than 30 years Peli has built a reputation as a manufacturer of the most durable, brilliant and ATEX safety certified headlamps. Over the years, Peli has received confirmation of this from firefighters, industrial workers, police officers and the military, which all have been very satisfied with their products’ performance. They have been able to focus on their job of saving lives, even their own, thanks to Peli lamps superb performance in critical situations.

Manufacturer Suprabeam

SUPRABEAM was founded in 2001 and is a Danish company that designs and distributes innovative LED headlamps of the highest quality with a focus on professionals and outdoor use. SUPRABEAM creating innovative high-end lighting solutions for the demanding professional market by combining the skills, craftsmanship with the latest technology. The diversity of SUPRABEAMs product portfolio demonstrates the purposeful effort to provide you with the right tools to fulfill your duties in the best possible way. The goal is to maintain its position as market leader through a market-oriented product development, extreme quality and the best possible after-sales service.

Manufacturer Mila

Mila manufactures headlamps for sports and professionals. Forehead lamps have a wide range of top quality.
Mila headlamps are available in a variety of models to precisely suit your needs.
Mila is the most innovative helmet and head torches for sports and professionals.
Headlamps with a wide range of applications with a focus on quality, technology and design .
Mila headlamps are the right choice for you who want a hassle-free lighting with high-quality lamps, battery and charger.

Manufacturer BikeRay

BikeRay produces some of the best performance of the lamps on the market. BikeRay design and develop new lamps to meet the needs of mobile lighting, long burning and high quality, to mountain bikers, adventure racers, runners, skiers, fishermen, hunters and many other activities.

Manufacturer LedX

LEDX is a company in Målsryd, Boras. LEDX have developed headlamps since 2009 and made ​​the market’s most brilliant headlamps. LEDX headlamps are Swedish manufactured and developed together with orienteers, but in addition orinterare become very popular of hunters, skiers, Enduro riders, MTB, yes everyone who needs good light in the dark.
Signum for LEDX headlamp is that you get a light beam in the immediate area and a narrower beam of light that reaches the proper way.

Kaa 1700

LEDX mins things now provides a light on the 1700 lumens, with both good width and length.

Mamba 3800

Mamba little more light, 3800 lumens, with NärLjus that lights the way to the periphery, but still maintaining the length of the remote light. No other light in its class can match Mamba when it comes to giving a glare strong NärLjus / map light and still reach far.

Cobra 5500

Good if you want a light for a long time or if you do not want to bright light at? Narbete. Ideal for enduro riders who want to connect the lamp directly to the bike’s power grid via our new cable with protection for over-voltage and short circuit.

Cobra 6500

The market’s brightest headlamp with 6500 lumens, a further development of the success of the Cobra 5500.

What headlamp will you buy?

There are many aspects to consider when you’re buying a headlamp. What should you use this headlamp for, how you should use this headlamp, when should you use the headlamp, where will you use the headlamp and what do headlamp cost.

What will you use the headlamp to

It is important that you ask yourself what you are going to use this headlamp for, you will need some accessories to fit the headlamp. What is the scope it should have, how far will it be able to shine? How much light output do I need? Should headlamp able to focus or is it enough with a head lamp, without focus? How long burning time do I need?

When to use the headlamp

Is headlamp for private use or will use it in your job? Will you only use the headlamp once a year? It should be used very often rechargeable batteries preferable, otherwise it is enough disposable batteries.

Where will you use the headlamp

Should you use the headlamp where there is no opportunity to recharge the batteries? Should you use the headlamp in explosive environments? Is there a risk that it could fall into the water?

What makes this headlamp cost?

As we wrote initially, you get what you pay for. Here is an important aspect of the guarantee given on the headlamp.

Summary

Probably can not have a headlamp meet all your wishes. We have in this buyer’s guide describes the structure and properties of the headlamps available on pro lamps.

You can see here our entire range of the headlamps, and read more about each headlamp, to find the right headlamp to suit your needs.

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