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Why Security Guards Should Use LED Headlamps

Security guards do an important job of maintaining safety and order. They are frequently the first defense against intruders, or first port of call if other problems arise. They need…

Security guards do an important job of maintaining safety and order. They are frequently the first defense against intruders, or first port of call if other problems arise. They need to protect themselves, and others too. That’s where an LED headlamp can come in really handy.

Handling the night shift

If you’ve ever had the joy of doing a night shift, you’ll know how just dark the night can be. Frequently, your office will be lit, but the building surrounding you will be in darkness.

Straining to see something in the near-blackness is difficult enough, and then you might find you’ve lost your hand torch. Your job is to be prepared at all times and ensure against such scenarios – so that’s why an LED headlight can be a good choice.

It’s all part of planning ahead, and having the right equipment when you need it. LED headlights for the night shift are important for a number of reasons.

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Benefits of an LED headlamp

You can keep your hands free for checking fences, equipment, and other parts of the building. You’ll also be able to run or apprehend someone more easily if you’re not holding a torch.

It will always point in the direction that you’re looking and the beam won’t move according to where you point your arm. Carrying a hand torch may also make your arm tired after a while, whereas an LED headlight doesn’t wear your muscles out.

You’re also unlikely to drop it, compared to a hand torch. It’s potentially lighter than carrying a hand torch, but this is something you’ll have to think about when sourcing an LED headlight.

A red LED headlight could be better than white because you will be less prone to night blindness when you use it. If your torch is too bright, this impairs your ability to see in the dark without a torch.

Remember to note

If you have to run and your headlight wobbles up and down with your gait, this will slow you down, annoy you, and be potentially dangerous. If your torch is too heavy on your head, you can get an extra strap to hold it in place.

Pay attention to the battery life of your LED headlamp, and make sure you charge it (or check the batteries) before every shift.

Check out Amazon for some potential LED headlights.

 

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Children’s LED Headlamps for Reading

It’s well established that kids who read more do better on many measures of academic success, and soft skills such as creativity, resilience, and empathy.  Not every kid latches on…

It’s well established that kids who read more do better on many measures of academic success, and soft skills such as creativity, resilience, and empathy.  Not every kid latches on to reading as an adventure, and trying to encourage them can feel like an uphill battle. Once you’ve investigated and crossed off possible medical reasons for a lack of enthusiasm, like dyslexia, and issues with eyesight, it can be hard to know where to go from there. While there are lots of great resources online for finding the right book, what about creating an atmosphere of adventure around reading?

 

Setting a mood of intrigue and excitement can change a kid’s attitude towards reading from reluctant to eager seemingly overnight.  Picking the right torch for bedtime and under-covers can be a great way to help kids see that reading is the adventure of a lifetime! Here’s a guide to help you find just the right fit, to give the gift of that delicious feeling of being swept away by a book, with a torch under the duvet!

Recommendations By Age Group

1) For toddlers.  Start them out early with a range of friendly animal faces, with light-up LED eyes that make reading come alive!  Available in Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, Frog, Ghost, and Ladybird, so there’s something for every little one.

 

TIP: Don’t feel like you have to start with picture books and move straight to prose from there.  Magazines, graphic novels, and instruction guides for skills like origami or minecraft are a great back door to engendering a love of independent reading.

2) Ages 5-7. The headband for this fun LED headlamp comes in blue/green and pink/purple, for that phase where everything absolutely MUST be in their favourite colour!  Features an extra low, 20 lumen mode for sensitive young eyes!

TIP: Here’s one from Parents.com: “Get a little goofy. Buy your older readers a headlamp so they can stay up ‘past bedtime.’ It helps remind them that reading is a treat and a privilege—and they’ll feel grown-up.”

3) Ages 8-12. Low key design, and emphasis on simplicity and functionality.  Features lower lumens for less strain on eyes and battery life, and the light is removable and has a built-in magnet, for use in a multitude of crafting and mechanical purposes.

Recommendations by Occasion

1)  Special occasion gift:  Not just a kit for reading adventures, but a kit for epic adventures in the wild, too!  Binoculars, compass, and thermos flask join the headlamp to evoke the outdoors, even as costume props inside a blanket fort!

 

TIP: Looking for something suited to sports and holidays for kids?  Try this guide!

2) For tents:  This beanie comes with a built-in LED, to keep you warm, and all your activities well-lit. Bonus: it’s rechargable via USB, so you don’t have to remember to lug around extra batteries in your backpack!

 

TIP: If you can’t get outdoors, build a tent fort indoors and display a virtual campfire on a mobile device to help get into the spirit.

3) Perfect All-rounder:  Lightweight, comfortable, and extra wallet-friendly, for the kid who loses everything (twice!).

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A Brief Introduction to Night Climbing

If you’re an experienced climber looking for your next challenge, climbing at night could be a great way to get outside of your comfort zone whilst boosting your skills and…

If you’re an experienced climber looking for your next challenge, climbing at night could be a great way to get outside of your comfort zone whilst boosting your skills and challenging you technically. Climbing or bouldering in the dark is an incredible experience, which will allow you to experience even familiar routes in a completely new way. No matter whether you’re a seasoned climber or ambitious beginner, night climbing could quickly become your new favourite hobby.

 

The Basics of Night Climbing

You may be wondering why anyone would choose to go climbing at night, but there are a whole host of benefits which make night climbing an increasingly popular hobby. Cooler nighttime temperatures give greater friction, which may help you to finally master that route you’ve been trying to complete. Setting out during the nighttime means that there won’t be a queue for popular routes, and you’ll get to experience the terrain in a completely different way.

When choosing a suitable spot for night climbing, it’s important to do your homework and make sure that you’ve considered every eventuality. Make sure that you go with a group for safety, and that others are aware of your destination. Consider any wildlife that will be present at night, and contingency plans should something go wrong. If you’re inexperienced in night climbing, choose familiar routes to begin with.

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Night Climbing Destinations

If night climbing has peaked your interest, take a look at some of the best spots below, and get planning your next climb!

Eskdale, UK

Situated in the Lake District, Eskdale is a beginner-friendly climbing and bouldering area. There’s a great range of courses to tackle, so if you’re new to night climbing, choose an easier climb until you feel a little more confident. Eskdale is easily accessible by train, and you’ll be able to spot thousands of stars in the clear countryside sky.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

The beauty of Reykajvik makes it perfect for night climbing. There are a number of routes suitable for climbing around Reykajvik, all of which will give you the opportunity to watch the northern lights during your climb. It’s definitely worth booking onto a climbing trip where you’ll head out with a group and instructors, as this will help to keep you safe, and give you access to the best climbing routes.

 

Siurana, Spain

Catalonia is one of the world’s best areas for climbing, and Siurana is no exception to this. Siurana is a collection of crags situated around a small medieval town, with a range of routes to suit every level of experience. This is a great first stop if you’ve never climbed abroad, and is challenging enough to push even the most experienced climber.

 

Headlamps for Night Climbing

Night LED lights are an essential part of any night climbing kit. Take a look at some of the best options here.

Pathfinder 21 LED headlamp

This Pathfinder is a great, affordable option if you’re just exploring if the sport is for you. Despite its price, it is lightweight and durable, and will give you up to 200 hours of light. With a range of lighting modes and SOS features, this is a fantastic entry-level option for any climber.

Gearari 5-in-1

This ultra bright, 6000 lumen headlamp is a perfect option for night climbing and night sports. Not only does it have a range of lighting modes, it is comfortable to wear and weather resistant, so is suitable for even the soggiest or coldest of climbs.

Princeton Tec Fuel

When night climbing, it’s advisable to have a small headlamp when heading to your trail to minimise disturbance to locals and wildlife. The Princeton Tec is perfect for this, as well as being a back-up light during your climb. Super lightweight, this light weighs in at just 78g and will give you up to 146 hours of burn time.

If night climbing has caught your imagination, why not check out other night sports, such as night scuba diving or night running.

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Wallet-Friendly Tips for Outdoor Exercise at Night

Don’t let darkness keep you inside for your workout; an LED headlamp is a great way to get outdoors.   Here’s some ideas to get you started, even the week before…

Don’t let darkness keep you inside for your workout; an LED headlamp is a great way to get outdoors.   Here’s some ideas to get you started, even the week before payday, when the coffers are running low. Ditch the boring gym and take your workout to the next level!

 

Adrenaline pumping fun, even when you’re skint

Exergames had a moment a few years ago, and they’re poised to come back in a big way this year.  Free apps like Zombies Run are an excellent way to add adrenaline to your workout routine. Earn badges, level up, and run like your life depends on it!
Zombies Run is Free on Google Play and the Apple Appstore.

 

Playground-inspired sports with a crowd

There are lots of new social sports out there for people who want fun, exciting, high-intensity sports.  Rabble is a network of trainer-led social exercise groups all over the UK, and each session is only a fiver!  Sessions run after work and on weekends, and the games are constantly new and different, so you’ll never get bored.

“A Rabble game is an hour of fun social team games. Each game disguises high-intensity intervals within the rules. We play a variety of games so that we cover different fitness & skills including speed, endurance, co-ordination, agility, reaction times, strength and more. We always explain the rules before we begin each game. There’s no right or wrong in our games. If you’re running around and having a great time, then you’re doing it right! After the session, we’ll cool down with some stretches and often head to the pub for a drink.”

If there isn’t one in your local area, start your own night-running group with this handy guide!  

 

Hands-Free Fun on the Go!

Crossfit style workouts often require free hands for kettle bells, throwing medicine balls, and jumping rope.  All that equipment can get expensive! It’s easy to make DIY Crossfit equipment with online guides like this.  #7 is a real lifesaver – simply fill empty milk jugs with sand and simply screw the cap back on, and you have your very own weights in minutes for pennies.  Using an LED headlamp will allow you not only to see in the dark, but to upgrade the challenge of a crossfit or trail running excursion in your garden, or on a local trail or park.

 

PS: Evening exercise will help you sleep – as long as the light is right!

The florescent lights of most gyms have a blue tint to them, which is exactly what you don’t want shining in your eyes when it gets towards evening.  The”night mode” on your phone is often actually a blue light filter, so instead get outdoors in the natural light (or dark!). LED headlamps shine away from you, instead of into your eyes, so it’s much better for your circadian rhythms, which will help you fall asleep much sooner than if you exercise indoors!

Shoot for a “colour temperature” between 5000-7500K if you plan to work out in the morning, and 2800-4500K for night sports. Higher numbers are “cooler” and will help you feel more alert for early morning adventures, while lower numbers are “warmer” and will disrupt your sleep less if you’re being active before bed.

Pick a headlamp with more than one “temperature” setting for ultimate flexibility, like the waterproof, dual-temp SUNREI Youdo 2S LED Headlamp.

 

 

Main Features:

– Super Bright LED, max output up to 120 lumen, powered by 3 x AAA battery

– 7 working modes: spotlight ( high / middle / low / SOS ); floodlight ( high / low / strobe )

– 60 degree rotatable, waterproof and heatproof. Up to 180 hours working time ( low mode ) under full charge

– Color Temperature: 4500K, 6400K

 

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A Brief Introduction to Night Scuba Diving

If you’re already a fan of scuba diving, why not take things up a notch by trying night diving instead? The night time brings with it a whole new world…

If you’re already a fan of scuba diving, why not take things up a notch by trying night diving instead? The night time brings with it a whole new world of underwater landscapes and creatures to discover, and is suitable even for novice divers. If you’re interested in night scuba diving, carry on reading to find out more about this incredible hobby.

The basics of night scuba diving

Night scuba diving is exactly what the name would suggest – scuba diving during the evening, dusk and nighttime. The darkness gives even familiar diving sites a new atmosphere, as well as the opportunity to discover nocturnal creatures and catch a glimpse of predators hunting.

Plenty of diving sites are suitable for night diving, but it’s important to make sure that the area is safe and that you have relevant safety measures in place should anything go wrong. Many diving schools now offer night diver qualifications, or guided dives for those a little less experienced in the water.

Night diving destinations

If night scuba diving has caught your eye, take a look at some of the best spots below, and get planning your next trip!

Bonaire

This Caribbean island is known for its colourful night dives. With a little magic, courtesy of UV lights and mask filters, you can watch the coral reef come to life with bright pinks, purples and greens as the marine life reflect UV light. Bonaire is at the forefront of UV dives, so it is a destination not to be missed.

Hawaii

The coast of Kona, Hawaii is home to a secret underwater performance that is essential for any night diver. Each night, lights are shone into the water, which attracts plankton. Huge mantas then follow to make their nightly feed, and you can watch these awe-inspiring creatures from the sandy sea floor.

Indonesia

Nudi Falls in Indonesia is known as the ‘muck diving capital of the world’.The coral field at Nudi Falls comes alive after dark as creatures such as nudibranch, cuttlefish and squid come out to look for food. It’s recommended that you visit between March and October to make sure you get to see all of the wonderful underwater nightlife.

Scuba diving lights

If you’re going to be night diving, it goes without saying that a key piece of kit you’ll need is a scuba diving light. Take a look at a few options below.

The Romer XM-L T6 is a scuba diving light is a great affordable option for those looking for a bright and reliable headlamp. With an IP68 rating, you can rest assured that your light is waterproof, and its super bright 900 lumens will give you a great visibility range under the water.

The Evolva D02 is designed to fit onto a head-mounted GoPro or camera, but can easily be mounted onto a head strap too. The wide beam angle will provide you with a good range of visibility and help you spot wildlife in even the murkiest of waters. This light also has a number of SOS and lighting modes to help keep you safe.

The Archon W1A is a small, compact light clips easily onto your diving mask and is an ideal solution for backup lighting. Weighing in at just 12g under the water, you won’t even notice you’ve got this light with you, but it can easily be put into use when you need a little extra visibility or if your main light fails.

 

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Petzl Myo XP LED Headlamp

The Petzl Myo XP LED headlamp is a fantastic all-around headlamp. Of the lamps I have now it’s the most like my first one but it’s better in a few…

The Petzl Myo XP LED headlamp is a fantastic all-around headlamp. Of the lamps I have now it’s the most like my first one but it’s better in a few key areas. It has three lighting levels that you toggle through with the main button and a 20 second boost setting that gives you extra bright light when you need it. I use this one all the time when I go camping and my cousin, who’s the crazy rock climber/spelunker, uses the same one when he goes climbing in the Tetons. I actually bought the Myo after going to a very tame cave with him near Bear Lake, Idaho. He had his cool Petzl headlamp and I had my weenie one and I saw how much better his was. I bought it the next week I think. Hopefully he’ll let me tag along on one of his trips next time I go up to Utah so I can try out the light in severe conditions.

The Petzl Myo also has a battery indicator which is really cool. I can’t tell you how many times I would go to use my old headlamp and have it either run out of batteries completely or just fade significantly on a bike ride or while camping. According to Petzl the Myo is supposed to run for 180 hours on the lowest setting. I really can’t corroborate that because I’m always switching it around to the different modes. The batteries do seem to last a long time though.

This headlamp is also very light. It’s just over 6 ounces. When I first tried it on I remember thinking how light and well balanced it was. Because the batteries are located in the back they balance the weight of the lamp in front. It also has a plastic flip up beam diffuser that spreads out and softens the light. If you’re doing something up close or detailed work this can be nice.

Also, when you first look at the buttons they seem kind of small and odd shaped. There is actually a reason for this. If you rotate the light to the top position the buttons are blocked by the light housing. It’s kind of like a safety lock to make sure it doesn’t turn on in your pocket or bag.

The only thing I don’t dig about the thing is the battery compartment. It seems kind of flimsy. It’s made of a flexible plastic and folds over in a way to make the unit weatherproof and light weight. But it doesn’t appear to be very strong. I haven’t had any problems with it yet but I can imagine the thing tearing pretty easily.

If you’re interested in this product you can check it out here and buy it for only £65.

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Getting Together for Group Night Runs

Trouble getting motivated? For some people, getting enough exercise is easy – they genuinely enjoy going to the gym, or going for a run – but for some of us,…

Trouble getting motivated?

For some people, getting enough exercise is easy – they genuinely enjoy going to the gym, or going for a run – but for some of us, it’s not always easy to find the fun in getting fit. The daily run can start to feel like an extension of the daily grind, instead of a relief from it, and trips to the gym can seem like a daunting prospect.

 

Do something different with a night-run get-together!

One way of getting some fun and variety back into your routine is to organise a night run with a group of friends. Everything is more fun with company, especially exercise, and there’s something unique about a night run that can make it feel less like a chore and more like a party. As Kate Carter writes in The Guardian: “Running in the dark is nothing to be scared of – it’s a joy, to be embraced and loved and planned around. Safety is of course important – but so is the endorphin rush from blasting at top speed (in your head if not reality) through the night.”

There are even massive events, like Nike’s women-only We Own The Night race, the Electric Run, which is a cross between a marathon and an all-night dance party, or the (slightly more sedate!) Night Runs organized by the National Trust and Cotswold Outdoors. But even if all of those sound unappealing, or they’re impossible for you to attend, you can ‘own the night’ yourself with just you, a group of friends and the right safety gear. Look up night runs in your town on websites like Eventbrite or Facebook, or organise them yourself, either via social media or just by asking some interested friends – and start running!

White light head lamp

Get the gear

In order to have a fun and safe night run, you’ll need some safety gear. A high-visibility vest is a must, whether you’re running in rural or urban areas, and some people also like to wear other high-vis gear, but the best way to light up the night is an LED headlamp. Check out this great list of the best LED headtorches for night runners! With prices starting at £5.99 on Amazon, even buying a bundle for your friends (maybe to convince them to give it a try!) won’t break the bank.

But if you’re really bitten by the night running bug, there are some amazing premium headlamps available! Check out the Petzl Nao+, which features reactive lighting that can automatically adjusts its intensity depending on the light around you, and is programmable via its own app. Even the darkest country road will light up with the power of 750 lumens (1 lumen is, by the way, about equivalent to the light of a birthday candle – imagine the size of that cake).

Whichever headlamp you end up choosing, though, from cheap and cheerful to premium, it’ll be sure to help keep your night run fun and safe.

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Top Five Children’s adventure holiday headlamps

Keep the kids outside Taking children outdoors can be fun and exciting. Children are always curious and have this desire to find out what Mother Nature has in store for…

Keep the kids outside

Taking children outdoors can be fun and exciting. Children are always curious and have this desire to find out what Mother Nature has in store for them. One essential item that a child needs for camping, hiking or caving is a headlamp. This item worn on the head illuminates while at the same time safely attaches to your children’s head. The headlamps are not only used for children adventure holidays but can be used at home for reading when there is no electricity.

Top five headlamps for children

 

 

This is an ideal children headlamp for camping, running and adventurous climbing. The headlamp can be worn on the child’s head to prevent from falling. It produces a powerful white LED light that enables one see long distances. It requires two AAA batteries to operate and can run for 80 hours burn time. It comes in an attractive black, red, green or white colours and has comfortable straps.

 

This headlamp comes in an attractive yellow colour that is readily identifiable at night. It has a lithium, polymer rechargeable battery and provides 180-lumens of light. The strap can be adjusted to fit the child’s head perfectly. It also comes with a USB cable that you can use to charge it deep in the woods. This is the perfect headlamp for camping trips.

 

Regarding functionality and features, the ultra-bright headlamp leads the pack. With two easy to access buttons, you can control the five light settings. In case the kids get lost it has a flashing/SOS mode.  This is the ideal headlamp for any children adventure during holidays; you can use it for trail running, camping and hiking. The head strap is very comfortable and can fit both adults and kids. The head light can scan surfaces at 45-degree angles.

 

If you plan on some adventurous activities like hiking, jogging, fishing, cycling or camping, then the lumen headlamp may be suitable for your needs. The headlamp is waterproof meaning you can go fishing with it without the batteries getting spoilt. It comes with four light modes, and you can choose from high to low resolution. The straps are stretchable which makes them ideal for children.

 

 

E LED

 

This headlamp from energizer comes with HD vision optics and can be used in any of its three modes. It operates on three Energizer Max AAA batteries and has a beam that reaches 50 meters. You can quickly switch between its four light modes; flood, spot, low and high. The headband is stretchable and is suitable for both adults and children. It can be used for hiking, cycling, and camping.

Conclusion

There are many children’s headlamps on the market and selecting one can be a challenge. When choosing one for kids always ensure that the head wrap is comfortable and adjustable. Kids tend to lose things fast, hence a headlamp. The beam should be powerful enough to see at night and without falling off the head. From the above the best headlamp for kids is Ultra Bright CREE LED headlamp. It has many features including the SOS flash when kids get lost. The strap is comfortable and adjustable for kids.

 

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Top Recommended Military Grade Headlights

Tough enough Militaries around the world don’t have standard issue headlights, and more often than not it is the soldiers themselves who must research and buy their own headlights to…

Tough enough

Militaries around the world don’t have standard issue headlights, and more often than not it is the soldiers themselves who must research and buy their own headlights to use in the field. Here we’ve compiled a list of the top four preferred military grade headlights, all of which can be used tactically, for soldiers and any other interested parties looking to buy one.

There are a few factors to consider when choosing a headlight to bring to the field:

  • The ability to switch easily from white to red light, or a dedicated on/off switch for red light. This is because the use of red light is preferred in the military as it is less visible at a distance to people looking for you when compared to a white light.
  • Brightness of the white light, as there’ll be many situations in which an extremely bright light will be useful.
  • Durability, as military headlights must be able to withstand a lot out in the field.
  • Battery life, as it won’t be practical having to change batteries constantly.
  • Weight of the headlight, as lightweight headlights will be much preferred for their portability.

 

  1.         Petzl Tactikka Plus RGB Headtorch – £45.00

The Petzl Tactikka Plus RGB is a small and powerful military grade head torch that weighs in at 85g. It is weather resistant, has a long maximum battery life of 400 hours, a bright maximum output of 250 lumens, and also has a 5 year guarantee. It doesn’t have a dedicated switch to turn the red light on and off, but if you turn the light off while it’s still red, then the next time you turn it on it’ll automatically stay red. The device is also useful as it has a clip on the band that can be used to open and close it, so military personnel can clip their head torch around their necks without taking off their helmets if need be. Buy on Amazon now for under £60 

 

  1.         Princeton Tec FRED – £30

 The Princeton Tec FRED weighs in a little lighter at 78g, has a 180 hour life cycle, and a light intensity of 45 lumens. The device has two light sources to choose from, 3 white Ultrabright LEDs or 1 red Ultrabright LED, which you can switch between by pressing and holding the button for a few seconds. Both light sources also have two modes, high and low. This piece of equipment is also handy as it has a tool on the head strap which helps you open the battery compartment, making it all the more easier to change the batteries when needed. £30 delivered.

  1.        Nitecore Nu30 – £35

 The Nitecore Nu30 weighs in at 84.8g, has a maximum life of 330 hours, and also has multiple brightness levels which range from a red LED light of 19 lumens, to a white turbo light of an extremely bright 400 lumens. This device also contains a very useful rechargeable battery which has the capacity of more than 500 recharge cycles and comes with a free micro USB cable in the box. The Nu30 is also waterproof to IP67, resistant to impacts of up to 1.5 metres, and has a maximum beam distance of 121 metres. £35 and free delivery

  1.        Black Diamond Spot – Under £30

 The Black Diamond Spot weighs in at 88g. It has a maximum output of 300 lumens, a maximum battery life of 125 hours, and multiple LED types of 1 SinglePower (red), 1 DoublePower (white), and 1 TriplePower (also white). The Red SinglePower LED also has dimming and strobe settings, and can be activated without having to cycle through the white light mode. This piece of equipment also contains brightness memory, which allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to full power. The Diamond Spot is also waterproof and is protected against water immersion of up to 3.3 feet for 30 minutes. Under £30 on Amazon.

Are you now a civvy with time on their hands? How about caving?

 

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You Need More Lumens, not Watts.

What is a lumen anyways? When we think of light the measurement is always in watts. More watts mean brighter light which unfortunately uses more power. There’s a slight evolution…

What is a lumen anyways?

When we think of light the measurement is always in watts. More watts mean brighter light which unfortunately uses more power. There’s a slight evolution in the scaling of light. Lumen.

It’s definition “a unit luminous flux in the international system units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions”.

In simple terms, lumen indicates the brightness of a lighted bulb. A brighter light means more lumens. Watts only measure energy use. 40W lamp uses 40W of energy per hour. Same as 100W which uses 100W of energy per hour. This inefficiency saw the rise of compact fluorescent lighting with lower wattage.

So many times we’ve bought 60-watt LED or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), only to realize it’s dim or too bright. If you use wrong lighting in your home it will impact you negatively, especially the eyes which consume 80% of your sensory input.  

We need to transition to lumen lighting. A standard 150 W light bulb gives off 2600 Lumens, which reduces the power needed from the light by over a quarter. A 70 w LED fixture equals to 7000 Lumens which can light up parking lots and highways more efficiently. You provide adequate brightness in a room or area by using a light bulb based on lumen rating.

A video walk through on lumens.

 

So, how many lumens do you require in one room? One square foot of floors needs about 20 lumens. One square foot of raised surfaces and tables need 30 lumens. The brightness of the lights may differ widely, so here are some tips. To replace a 100 W bulb, choose a bulb that provides about 1600 lumen. Fewer lumens means dimmer light and vice versa. For a 7W choose 1100 lumens, and for the 40W get a bulb with 450 lumens.

If you like to run in the evening or early morning a headlamp will keep you safe and avoid obstacles. Lumens measure the brightness so choose a lamp with 60 to 120 lumens. It’s important to get a headtorch with adjustable light. If you need to read a map or if camping, chopping vegetables for dinner you’ll only require 10 lumens. Bright light means faster battery usage so invest in a headtorch with a rechargeable battery or carry spare batteries.  

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To help consumers switch from watts to lumens easily, light bulbs have specific labels that indicate their brightness in lumens, lifespan and light appearance.

Since we can no longer equate watts to brightness after the advent of LED lighting, it’s best to measure light in terms of lumen per watt. A lumen scale can help you pick the right bulb.

lumens scale

Light from a lamp depends on lumen output, colour temperature and rendering. The more the lumen output the better. Colour rendering index measures the colour concentrate in given light source.  Scales from 0 to 100, 0 meaning “poor” while 100 reads “excellent”. Colour temperature, calculated in degrees Kelvin, depicts how cool or warm light appears to the eye.

Choosing lumen over wattage will provide a more efficient lighting system and reduce energy costs.

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