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Why Headlamps are Better than Flashlights

Updated on February 18, 2014

I have a cabinet full of flashlights that don't get used, yet the headlamps in the drawer seem to be in demand all the time. Why is that? I can tell you one good reason, we have two hands, not three.

Ever try carrying a bucket of water out to the horses while juggling a flashlight in the middle of the night? Maybe not, but you might of tried carrying your toddler to the bathroom while camping.

I've done the holding the flashlight under my arm, tucking it between my head and neck, and even holding it in my mouth when looking for something. Where is the extra hand when you need it?

A head lamp may not be an extra hand, but the idea to strap a flashlight onto your head to free up your hands is ingenious. Headlamps are compact and easily fit in a purse, back pack, or glove box.

To be honest, my first Black Diamond headlamp was a gift from my brother-in-law. One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received.

Many Uses For Headlamps

  • Walking your dog in the early morning (I'm not a morning person)
  • Setting up a tent at night (I have done this though)
  • Working on your car engine, under your car or searching under the seats
  • Reading in bed at night (better than fumbling with a book lamp)
  • Power outages during storms
  • Emergency light during hurricane, tornado, or floods
  • Gathering firewood for the fireplace from the wood pile
  • Checking on the horses in the barn (have done this)
  • Walking back from the restrooms at the campground (yup, been there, done that)
  • Searching for a lost cat at night, and carrying her home (can you imagine juggle a flashlight)
  • Use on your sailboat (did I mention the Storm Headlight is waterproof?)
  • Caving or spelunking in your favorite hole or cave
  • Searching into the backs of closets for that lost shoe, glove, or Christmas present
  • Taking out the garbage (yes we always leave this till 10 pm)
  • Night fishing, frogging, trapping, hunting (you get the picture)
  • Hiking on the trails, how often have you stayed out later than you expected?

After reading this list I'm sure you can think of many other occasions to use a handy head lamp. Below are additional options, lumen (light strength and range) ratings, and various prices. I'm sure you can think of one, or two people that would appreciate an extra hand. It might even be you.

Headlamps for Every Use and Budget

There is a headlamp for every use and budget, whether it is the child in your house who just wants to play in their make believe tent in the bedroom, or the serious weekend warrior who hunts, climbs mountains and takes on the weather like a beast.

RAYOVAC Virtually Indestructible 50 Lumen 3AAA LED Headlight with Batteries, DIYHL3AAA-BTA
RAYOVAC Virtually Indestructible 50 Lumen 3AAA LED Headlight with Batteries, DIYHL3AAA-BTA

Looking for the a low entry economical headlamp you won't feel guilty loaning your kids or losing? Get the Rayovac headlamp for general use. It only has a 35 lumen light, but is plenty for walking back to the camp site from the restrooms without blinding your neighbors.

Purchase several for stocking stuffers for the whole family or as party gifts for the kids sleepovers.

NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light
NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light

Get a bike lamp for your bicycle. If you have to commute at night a NiteRider bike light is a must so you can be seen by cars in traffic. Stay safe while saving money and being "green" while commuting.


Don't Take My Word On It

Watch reviews of headlamps by actual users, see which headlamp works the best for you.

Watch a full video review of a medium range quality Black Diamond Headlamp, see how it works, view all the features before you buy.

Good review of a good inexpensive Rayovac head lamp showing the usage, durability and range of use.

For the adventurer, extreme sports enthustiast the Minumus headlamps can't be beat. They give the widest illumination range and durability. VERY important when you're mountain climbing and caving into dark caverns and your life depends on you getting out.

Complete review of the SureFire Saint Maximums Headlamp including the rechargeable battery, lamp settings and uses.

What Do You Like to Use?

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Have I Shined Light on the Subject? If you have another idea for headlamp uses, or another brand you enjoy, share your experiences with others.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I've never used one of these, but this is a great idea. I can see many uses.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      I keep my video tapes in a closet without a light. At night when I want to find a new tape I use my headlamp to read the titles.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I want to bust a gut laughing, my husband wears this when he does DIY projects around the house - and I'm always cracking jokes about the thing on his head (but I have to tell you, the darn thing serves it's purpose)

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      webrunner2023 4 years ago

      I own an Eveready brand headlamp and use it constantly when remodeling. It's been a real lifesaver when the power is off and my hands are needed for something besides holding a flashlight.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I have a friend who used one to relay their patio as they could only work at nights when the kids were in bed!

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Headlamps are the way to go - I have 'em all over (emergency bag in the truck, hanging by the door, bug out bag and range bag...)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I use headlamps every single day (and night). I wouldn't be able to get by without mine. Mine are all Energizer models (I have 3 of them). This is such a fantastic gift. Everyone needs one. Appreciate your review. Thanks!