One of the key features to look for in a headlamp is its brightness. A headlamp has little value if it can’t illuminate the trail in front of you.
In Hiking 101: Headlamps, the other important features to look for in a headlamp are listed.
In this section I compare 3 popular headlamps and their relative brightness. In a simple brightness test, I used each headlamp 8 feet away from a picture on a white wall. The pictures below capture the beam cast by each of the lights, so you can get a sense of brightness, beam size, and suitability for your own hiking adventures!
Headlamp Brightness Comparison:
|Pelican HeadsUp Lite 2610: The Pelican HeadsUp casts a nice broad beam of light. The beam is crisp, and a bright white color. The spot light does a great job illuminating a small area, yet it also has a nice broad reach.
For more info on this headlamp, check out my full gear review: Gear Review: Pelican Headsup Lite.
|Energizer LED Trailfinder Headlamp: The Energizer Trail Finder has a nice Red light setting, which preserves your night vision if you want to check out the stars!
The highest setting, shown below, casts a broad white beam of light. It illuminates the trail well and is good if you’re looking for a beam that casts a broad reach.
For more info on this headlamp, check out my full gear review: Gear Review: Energizer Trail Finder.
|Black Diamond Spot Headlamp: The Black Diamond Spot headlamp casts a great spot light, but is lacking on the reach of the beam. It has a yellowish hue that distorts actual colors, but makes it easier on the eyes.
For more info on this headlamp, check out my full gear review: Gear Review: Black Diamond Spot.
Bottom line? On the trail, I rely on the Energizer Trail Finder if I’m going to be star gazing, and the Pelican 2610 if I want a lightweight, less bulky headlamp that illuminates the trail well. Check out Hiking 101: Headlamps to find out more about other features besides brightness to look for in a headlamp!