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2021 Newcomers Guide ! 6 Tips For Choosing A LED Headlamp

2021 Newcomers Guide ! 6 Tips For Choosing A LED Headlamp

Nov 12, 2021, 20:20:00

If you were an outdoor enthusiast, then you might be quite familiar with our topic today —— yep, headlamp.

Not the kind of lamp that was attached to the front of a vehicle.

Though the headlamp we're talking about here, is also a kind of illumination tool.

Only worn by human, not vehicles.

In this article, we'll discuss important features to look for in a headlamp.

Content List

  • Definition: what is a headlamp?

  • Use: when do you need a headlamp? 

  • A General Guide: how to choose a headlamp for camping & running?

  1. Lumens

  2. Beam type

  3. Battery

  4. Red light mode

  5. Water resistance

  6. Material

  • Olight's headlamp series

Definition: what is a headlamp?

In this article, headlamp refers to the light source affixed to the head

Though suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities, it's applied to the latter condition more often.

Use: when do you need a headlamp?

The easy answer to this question is, when you require a hands-free operation with your illumination tool.

That's also why you will see people using headlamps under the following circumstances:

Outdoor activities at night, like running, hiking, camping, biking, fishing...

In dark conditions, like underground mining, search and rescue, repairing, operating surgery...

A General Guide: how to choose a headlamp for camping & running?

Headlamp's primary function still is to provide illumination.

Many other types of flashlights would do the job as well.

Therefore, you need to consider: why do you need a headlamp in the first place?

If you were an outdoor enthusiast, a headlamp is kind of a must-have.

Wearing a headlamp, instead of holding it, frees your hands.

So that you could focus on more important tasks.


If you do need a headlamp, then maybe you should start thinking about "lumen". 

To put it in simple terms, "lumen" is a unit often used to measure the total amount of visible light from a light source.

For many people, 300 lumens should do the trick.

A headlamp that could produce an output of 300 lumens, is sufficient for these nighttime activities: 

searching around your backpack or tent, campsite illumination, even doing some trail-finding...

Are higher lumens equal to brighter output? Yes.

A headlamp with 1000 lumens of output or above certainly can provide better illumination.

But you need to choose more wisely, there're other factors to consider as well.

Beam type

Another factor to look for in headlamps is beam type.

Floodlight or spotlight?

Floodlight is wider, it can illuminate a larger area.

It's better for overall safety and visibility.

Spotlight is more focused and narrow, it can highlight a specific area.

It's better for up-close examination, for aiming and adjusting at night.

Of course, it's even better if you could find a headlamp having both floodlight and spotlight. 


Battery type is also very important.

Make sure you've always got a spare battery, or the battery of your headlamp is rechargeable.

In case of emergency, the longer runtime, the better.

Red light mode

Many headlamps not only provide several white light modes, but also red light mode.

Why is that?

That's because red light helps people to navigate in the dark better.

It's more friendly to the eyes, great for preserving night vision. 

For rescue crews, a flashing red light could be seen at a great distance.

At the same time, the red light mode also ensures longer runtime.

For hunters, using red light mode won't scare the animals off.

Water resistance

Generally, people use "IP" ratings to measure the degree of protection against intrusion.

"IP" here means ingress protection.

The higher the IP rating is, the stronger protection a headlamp could provide against solid objects(dust, dirt, etc.) and liquids.

You would never know when the weather suddenly turns bad.

A headlamp with an IPX4 rating means it is operational even under a rainstorm.


Last but not least, don't overlook the material of a headlamp.

It should be lightweight and solid.

Lightweight, so that you can wear it comfortably.

Solid, so that you can use it longer.

Olight's headlamp series

Olight's headlamp series started with H1R/H2R.

Then came Perun/Perun 2/Perun Mini.

They were right-angle torches, could be used both as pocket lights and headlamps(with headband).

Only with the release of Array/Array 2/Array 2S, marks we finally have our own professional headlamps.

Array 2S not only meets all the criteria we mentioned above:

1000 lumens ✔

Floodlight+spotlight ✔

USB-C rechargeable 2600mAh battery pack ✔

Max runtime of 30 hours ✔

Red light mode+SOS mode ✔

IPX4 water resistance ✔

Weighs only 4.62 oz+Swearproof elastic headband ✔

But has something extra to offer:

Smart operation

when you want to switch modes and brightness levels, you could use the side switch or simply wave your hand.

Left/right to switch modes.

Up/down to change brightness.

60-degree adjustable

So that you could change it to any angle you like.

Therefore, you can trust Array 2S when you're night jogging, camping, mountaineering, working & repairing, or in need of emergency lighting.

If you are interested in buying one at a more affordable price, please stay tuned for our latest flash sale info.

By subscribing to our newsletter or following our Facebook group, you'll be the first one to know.

Different people may have different ideas about the best headlamp.

In the end, whatever suits your needs(budget-wise or performance-wise) is the best.

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