Bicycle Helmets and Headlamps

I am often asked if the Outdoor Pro Gear LHB-1000 headlamp will fit on a bicycle helmet. I will have to admit, I don’t own a bike. So I have to rely on others to answer this one for me.

Today I received an email from a customer that talks about this exact thing. I thought this would be a great place to share the information.

Schwin Swift bike helmet Model SW77534-2
Schwinn Swift bike helmet Model SW77534-2

 

 

The LHB-1000 Headlamp “fits really, really well on the Schwinn Swift bike helmet Model SW77534-2.  The battery pack fits solidly into the space in the rear of the helmet (no extra straps or velcro needed), and the light can be easily fixed to the front of the helmet with two or three short velcro straps. There are enough air holes in the helmet to allow just about any arrangement.”

– Jack

 

 

 

This helmet is only $20 at Walmart and has some nice features.

Schwinn Swift Black Helmet, Adult:

  • EZ Snap pinch-free magnetic buckle allows for quick 1-handed latching and unlatching
  • In-mold technology provides a highly durable lightweight helmet
  • Dial fit offers 100 percent adjustability for larger or smaller heads
  • Optimal flow vents keep you cool
  • Rear exhaust ports for enhanced air flow
  • Large heat sealed surrounding pad system for ultimate comfort

Find out more on Walmart’s website

We’ve certainly had our share of reviewers that talk about using the LHB-1000 while bicycling.  Here are a few of them.

Great light for biking! It is very bright and easy to wear. It throws a powerful beam that you can direct with a turn of the head, which you cant do with a mounted light.My husband loved it for camping. The battery pack holds three AA’s so it lasts longer than my other headlamp. I really like the easy focus feature that changes the beam from narrow and intense to broad and wide.  -A. Murray | Amazon Review

I bought 2 and just got back from Yosemite where they came in handy while biking, hiking and walking around camp. Easy to put on and take off and durable if you drop it.  – L. Eltringham | Amazon Review

Unbelievably bright and the light is very even, unlike normal flashlights that have a single bright spot in the middle and rings or streaks. I like the fact that the battery compartment is on the back of the head strap, lessening the weight of the light in the front. I also really like that it uses normal AA batteries instead of the weird rechargables that some ultra-bright LED lamps require. The strap adjust to fit snugly directly on my head but can be adjusted to fit over a bike helmet as well.   – D. James | Amazon Review

THAT’S Lighthouse Beacon Bright!

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!

The power of 1000 lumen.
The power of 1000 lumen.

Outfitter Does Video Review: LHB-1000 Headlamp

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! 🙂

Video Review of the LHB-1000 Headlamp

That Hiking Guy’s Reviews the LHB-1000 Headlamp

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:

 

Do it Yourself: Green or Red Filter

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.

Butler Creek Flip-Open Scope Cover
Butler Creek Flip-Open Scope Cover

It’s a tight fit… but it does go on.

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Butler Creek Flip-Open Scope Cover on the LHB-1000 Headlamp.

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.

Green lens cut from a plastic plate.
Green lens cut from a plastic plate.

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.

The final product. The LHB-1000 Headlamp with a green flip-cover filter.
The final product. The LHB-1000 Headlamp with a green flip-cover filter.

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!

Disposable vs. rechargeable batteries: Which saves you more money?

BatteriesBatteries 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.

Kim Komando – Disposable vs. rechargeable batteries: Which saves you more money?

Wilderness Packing Lists

Man_Camping_Line_DrawingSummer is just around the corner and many of us will be heading outdoors.  Whether you’re going backpacking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing or any number of other outdoor activities, it’s always good to be prepared!

ScoutLists is a website that was founded by a Scoutmaster. ScoutLists contains printable lists for over a dozen outdoor activities.  You can customize each list based on the activity, season and climate.

Each list lays out the things you will need to pack, such as clothing, gear, personal items, group items, cooking equipment and paperwork you might need to take with you.  Never again go into the wilderness unprepared.  Go to ScoutLists, get the right list for your activity, print it out and pack.  It’s that easy!

A good headlamp is crucial for many outdoor activities.  If you’re in the market then be sure and check out our LHB-1000 Headlamp.  We guarantee you’ll love it.

 

We are Live on Amazon!

ClockThe Wait is over!

Outdoor Pro Gear’s new headlamp, the LHB-1000 (Lighthouse Beacon 1000 lumen headlamp) is finally available on Amazon! To celebrate, we are putting them on sale and marking the price down 50% from $79.99 to $39.99! We are doing this for a limited time so get yours while supplies last.

Just Click HERE!

Get Ready for Awesome!

Headlamps are awesome. Well… at least some headlamps are.

In most cases, your average throw-away hardware store headlamp is not awesome.  But let’s be honest here.  There are some cases where it might be awesome.

So… When IS your average sissy hardware store headlamp awesome?The Lighthouse Beacon 1000 (LHB-1000) comes in 3 colors.

  • If you’re a 3-year-old that breaks everything in 5 minutes… then it might be awesome.
  • If you want to give a headlamp as a gift to someone you hate… then it might be awesome.
  • If you went on a drinking binge the night before; have a terrible hangover and bright lights hurt your eyes… then it might be awesome.

So… if you fall into one of these categories and are in need of a headlamp, then you should definitely go to the nearest hardware store and buy a normal headlamp. You aren’t going to want to buy ours. Because the LHB-1000 ain’t for sissies!

We are Outdoor Pro Gear.  Count on us to light your way.