We got a message today from No Boundaries Outdoors saying that they had posted a review of the Lighthouse Beacon 1000 Headlamp. We were immediately excited because we know they’ve been putting our headlamp through the wringer and really testing it out. So here is their review. Enjoy!
Also for more great reviews and information on other outdoor products, be sure and check out No Boundaries Outdoors on the web:
From Carbide to Cree. Headlamps Have Come a Long Way.
Headlamps have been around for decades, however initial designs were very crude, unreliable and often incredibly dangerous. Over the years, new designs have been developed to provide more reliable and powerful lighting options. Now company’s like Outdoor Pro Gear are delivering the next generation of sophisticated and refined designs revolutionizing headlamps and giving consumers more versatility than ever before.
In the late 1800’s carbide lamps were the dominate form of headlamps. These lamps ran on acetylene gas and had the potential to explode. Largely redundant now, carbide lamps are still occasionally used by cavers. Today modern headlamps run on batteries. The earliest versions were literally flashlights that could be worn on the head so that people could work hands-free. This is most certainly a big step up from carbides and hand-held devices that had to be propped up and aimed correctly for “hands-free” use. However, new advances in technology have brought about far more sophisticated designs.
“Headlamps have really come a long way since their inception and now the next generation in headlamps has arrived,” says Outdoor Pro Gear founder, cranberry farmer and outdoorswoman Marci Murray. “Your typical hardware store headlamp is 25-100 lumens. That might be fine if you’re working on something 2 feet away. But for your average outdoorsman, hunters, fishermen, campers, backpackers and hikers, 100 lumens just isn’t going to cut it. We want more. We want intense light. We need to be able to see well and see far. Our headlamp, the Lighthouse Beacon 1000 (LHB-1000) is 1000 lumens. It’s not your average hardware store headlamp. This is a whole different animal. It is truly the next generation in headlamps.”
The Outdoor Pro Gear Lighthouse Beacon 1000 LED headlamp is a cut-above-the-rest. Not only does it deliver exceptional lighting, it’s also versatile. Featuring an adjustable telescopic zoom allowing for wide and narrow beams, users also have the option of high, low, and strobe lighting. Run on three AA batteries, this headlamp is exceptionally efficient and will provide light for around 33 hours. The quality Cree XM-L T6 LED bulb has an incredible 100, 000 hour lifespan, that’s approximately 11 years of continuously lighting!
While it may be expected to pay a small fortune for a Lighthouse Beacon 1000 LED headlamp due to the superior design, it’s actually very affordable. Currently this product is on sale for $19.99 with free shipping when you buy 2 or more on Amazon.com. Outdoor Pro Gear also provides a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. People serious about lighting may wish to check this headlamp out, although it should be pointed out that at this low price supplies will run low quickly.
Frequently working in challenging situations, award-winning director of photography Paul Murray is all too familiar with lighting problems. Having enough light to set up for photo shoots in the dark can be difficult. Holding a flashlight isn’t practical because hands are needed free to arrange the set and the illumination isn’t effective. For these reasons many photographers in this situation use headlamps. With plenty of options it can be difficult to find the right headlamp. Many are poorly constructed and don’t function effectively. However, Mr. Murray swears by the highly popular LED Lighthouse Beacon 1000 from Outdoor Pro Gear.
“Many of our call times are early morning and we have to set up our equipment in the dark. This headlamp seems to be 10 times brighter than the little ones most people wear and much more comfortable. And I like the fact you can adjust the beam’s focus so that you can hold something in your hands and work on it or adjust the lamp to shine out at the equipment you’re setting up”, states Mr. Murray.
The lightweight and sturdy Outdoor Pro Gear Lighthouse Beacon 1000 LED headlamp is constructed from aero aluminum alloy and ABS. The adjustable beam is complemented by convex len-focusing to deliver an even intensity of light across the entire range, ensuring visual clarity. Mr. Murry is so impressed with the quality of this headlamp that he has brought extras for his crew and for use around the home:
“Every time I go on a shoot, crew people use all of my extra headlamps. I have bought 10 so far. I’d advise you to buy at least five because every one of your friends who sees it will want their own. I use it at home to be able to read tiny directions on medication bottles and in my handyman tasks under the house. So glad I bought them.”
The Outdoor Pro Gear Lighthouse Beacon 1000 LED headlamp is sold on Amazon.com. It is operated using three AA batteries, which will provide 33 hours of continuous lighting. Available in a range of colors, the Outdoor Pro Gear Lighthouse Beacon 1000 LED headlamp is currently discounted to more than half the normal retail price. This special offer is only available for a limited time.
We had a little fun this evening going out and doing some photo testing with our LHB-1000 headlamp. People are always sending me their pictures and I thought maybe we’d try our own. I wasn’t disappointed. This really shows what we mean when we talk about the LHB’s convex lens focusing technology. It really gives a nice even distribution of light rather than a small bright beam in the middle with ambient light surrounding it. It’s hard to beat the power of 1000 lumen with a convex lens!
Northern Michigan Outfitters – Colorado Pro Staff just posted this video. They did a nighttime in-the-dark comparison of the LHB-1000 headlamp and 2 other headlamps. As always… we are loving the results! 🙂
We were super excited when we found out that Chris Colbert, aka That Hiking Guy, had bought one of our headlamps and was going to do a video review of it! It really doesn’t need any introduction. Here it is:
If there is one question that many customers have asked me, it is this:
Do we have green and red filters for the LHB-1000 headlamp.
The answer is: We are working on it but we don’t have them yet.
First off… why would you want a filter on your headlamp or flashlight?
Green filter: Green filters are mostly used in hunting because green lights don’t frighten animals. They are also used in tactics A green beam can’t be seen from aside and makes it impossible to disclose your exact location.
Red filter: Red light is good if you need to see but don’t want to disturb your night vision. Great for reading maps and navigating. Also can be used as a signal light.
Today we received an email from a customer who made his own green filter. He was kind enough to take pictures to share with everyone.
He started with a Butler Creek Flip-Open Scope Cover that fits over the head of the LHB-1000 headlamp.
It’s a tight fit… but it does go on.
He bought his at Gander Mountain. I bought mine on Amazon.
He then bought a hard plastic green plate. (You could do red.) You can find one at a dollar store or party supply store.
He put painters tape on the plate and cut it to match the lens of the flip-cover. He then glued it onto the inside with silicon glue, leaving the original lens in place.
And there’s the result! Pretty good! I think it’s brilliant that he used a flip-cover lens. This allows him to use the headlamp with or without the filter when he is in the field or simply take the entire unit off when he isn’t using it at all.
Thank you, Mark for this wonderful contribution! We really appreciate it!
Batteries are an essential part of any headlamp. Actually… the battery you chose is more important than you might think.
When we tested the LHB-1000 headlamp, the various batteries we used made a HUGE difference in the how long the headlamp ran and made some difference in how bright it was.
The bottom line was this: Choose the best battery you can buy. Disposable or rechargeable… buy the best. It most definitely makes a difference.
One consideration when buying batteries is whether you should buy disposable or rechargeable. Do rechargeable batteries save you money in the long run? Kim Komando (The Digital Goddess) posted a wonderful article today addressing that exact question. It is well worth the read and should answer the question for you.