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Old 04-04-10, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hybrid Headlamps

Has anyone had any experience with hybrid headlamps...(LED/Halogen, LED/Superbright LED, etc. that are worn on the head or helmet) that can be used both for close-in use (e.g., reading cue sheets) as well as distant use (e.g., seeing road signs)? Any information on product quality and performance differences, prices, and impact of weight on the head and neck would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-04-10, 10:15 PM   #2
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I've never heard of such a thing. I have a Princeton Tec EOS helmet light which hardly can be called a superbright LED. I can turn it down to see the cue sheet, and it's bright enough to use as your only light on the road in a pinch. You can definitely see road signs with it. It weighs enough to be annoying, I only wear it at night. I think the monster led helmet lights that the mountain bikers use generally have remote batteries. They are either carried on the back of the helmet or in a back pocket.
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Why would such a thing exist? Do you need some special kind of light to read close up versus far away? Why the heck would anyone use halogen anymore?
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I think the reason for having different light for close-up vs far-away would be angle. If you are looking at a map, you want light from right above your eyes going onto something that is below your eyes, if you are looking at a trail (or trying to be more visible to others) you want a light that projects forward from you.
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Yes, but why two different technologies? I can't imagine why you'd want halogen anymore, unless you prefer less battery life. Or you just want a really cheap light and don't care about battery life.
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