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Old 03-14-12, 07:28 PM
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http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...5X-_-202968174

$12.99 for a 100 Lumen headlamp. I just bought it, and wow, what a powerful little light. The throw is pretty good, but there is a 2-3 foot center where it's very bright, and the rest is decent. I might buy a few more and make a rack to mount to my bike. 300 Lumen light rack for $40. Can't beat that, can you?

I might buy this in the future, though:
http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-4-Mode-1...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
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The one on Amazon is a Magic Shine clone. Yeah, those are pretty bright for the price, but they run hot, so don't plan to wear one on your head with that headband
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The one on Amazon is a Magic Shine clone. Yeah, those are pretty bright for the price, but they run hot, so don't plan to wear one on your head with that headband
I wore it on my head today and I had no issues with heat. :-]
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The only thing that kinda sucks about the Home Depot headlight is that it uses AAA, rechargeable or not. They cost the same as AA but hold less than 1/2 the charge. I have a LED headlight that uses 3AA and really don't notice or mind the weight. Three AA Nimh will be around 90 grams and about half that for AAA.
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The only thing that kinda sucks about the Home Depot headlight is that it uses AAA, rechargeable or not. They cost the same as AA but hold less than 1/2 the charge. I have a LED headlight that uses 3AA and really don't notice or mind the weight. Three AA Nimh will be around 90 grams and about half that for AAA.
It says it will hold 3 hours of light on high mode, and 50 on low.
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3 cell lights tend to be 'direct drive', so it's only full brightness the first 15 seconds you turn it on and dims slowly from there on.
I really would like to get one of these for my bike: http://www.zebralight.com/H600w-XM-L...hite_p_82.html I have one of their lights already and really like the quality.

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It says it will hold 3 hours of light on high mode, and 50 on low.
Yeah, but 100 lumens from 266mA, I seriously doubt it. The run time and/or the lumens is exaggerated.
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Yeah, but 100 lumens from 266mA, I seriously doubt it. The run time and/or the lumens is exaggerated.
I'll try it out in a few days when I go on a weekend ride. And the other poster mentioned the fact hat it only stays bright for the first 15 seconds? It was at a steady brightness the whole time I used it, so that's not true for this light.
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I'll try it out in a few days when I go on a weekend ride. And the other poster mentioned the fact hat it only stays bright for the first 15 seconds? It was at a steady brightness the whole time I used it, so that's not true for this light.
No, direct drive means it feed directly off the batteries (as oppose to regulated circuit). It will be 100% for the first few moments you put fresh batteries in it. It will slowly dim thereafter, you won't be able to tell, our eyes can't measure brightness that well. I.e. not a lot of people can tell the difference between 100lumens and 90 lumens even if some people try.
OTTH, if it were regulated, it would stay near 100% until the batteries are exhausted. There is also a lot more technical stuff to that, but I just to simplify my explanation.

What matters, is if you are happy with your purchase.
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The one on Amazon is a Magic Shine clone. Yeah, those are pretty bright for the price, but they run hot, so don't plan to wear one on your head with that headband
I would kindly and respectively disagree. I have two and no issue at all. Love them.
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I wore it on my head today and I had no issues with heat. :-]
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I would kindly and respectively disagree. I have two and no issue at all. Love them.
Really??? Right on your head or on a helmet? I tried to use Magic Shine with the head strap for doing some work inside my apartment and it got too hot to be comfortable, but yeah it was indoors. Although, they get very hot to the touch outside on a warm day too. But, mounted on a helmet they're OK.

Makes me think if the newer ones have new, cooler LEDs. Mine are the original ones that came out a few years ago.
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Really??? Right on your head or on a helmet? I tried to use Magic Shine with the head strap for doing some work inside my apartment and it got too hot to be comfortable, but yeah it was indoors. Although, they get very hot to the touch outside on a warm day too. But, mounted on a helmet they're OK.

Makes me think if the newer ones have new, cooler LEDs. Mine are the original ones that came out a few years ago.
This one also has some sort of plastic that acts as a mount that you can adjust which direction you want the light to move. It might be
that piece of plastic that prevents heat issues.
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Do a search on Amazon and you can find LED flashlights with 250-500 lumens for prices ranging from $15 and up. Some are pretty decent, particularly those using 18650 batteries. Lots of info in the Electronics forum here.
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Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...5X-_-202968174

$12.99 for a 100 Lumen headlamp. I just bought it, and wow, what a powerful little light. The throw is pretty good, but there is a 2-3 foot center where it's very bright, and the rest is decent. I might buy a few more and make a rack to mount to my bike. 300 Lumen light rack for $40. Can't beat that, can you?
Sounds like a great deal! Thanks! For what it's worth, I bought a 100 lumen headlamp (I think it was Black Diamond) a few months ago for $50. I'll probably get two of these, for camping and to always have one in my backpack in case I get caught out after dark while hiking.
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Having to keep 9 AAA batteries charged in order to get 300 lumens? And it requires fashioning your own mounting system?

A single 2 AA with approximately the same or a single 18650 flashlight with greater output certainly beats that.
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The one on Amazon is a Magic Shine clone. Yeah, those are pretty bright for the price, but they run hot, so don't plan to wear one on your head with that headband
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