Favorite type of headlamp beam?

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What type of beam do you prefer on your caving headlamp?

Flood (diffuse, no hotspot)
Small hotspot with large sidespilll
Small hotspot with small sidespill
No votes
Large hotspot with large sidespill
Large hotspot with small sidespill
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Favorite type of headlamp beam?

Postby TMorita » Nov 29, 2006 1:04 pm

Just wondering what type of beam people prefer.

By sidespill I mean the less intense "halo" or "corona" around the brighter hotspot of the headlamp.

Also, if you could post which headlamp has this type of beam, it'd be helpful.

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Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 29, 2006 2:46 pm

I would choose all of the above. A perfect headlamp would do those things and more. A perfect headlamp has not yet and probaby will never be made. Currently the StenLite is closest, IMO.
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Postby mabercrombie » Nov 29, 2006 3:41 pm

My Favorite type of light is when somebody else is using carbide
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Postby cob » Nov 29, 2006 8:11 pm

ceiling burner whenever possible, otherwise a caplamp.
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Postby Adam Byrd » Nov 30, 2006 2:28 pm

mabercrombie wrote:My Favorite type of light is when somebody else is using carbide
:yeah that:
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Postby MUD » Nov 30, 2006 3:28 pm

I like the warm area light of a carbide...and the intense spot and brightness of the LED. When someone combines these two...I'll have it!
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Carbide is so warm!

Postby ireedz » Jan 3, 2007 10:42 pm

I love my carbide. The light is so warm and natural. LEDs are too blue to be easy on the eyes.
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Postby potholer » Jan 4, 2007 6:11 am

I like carbide, but it is such a hassle that I've basically stopped using it.
For electrics, I like a tight beam for distance work (vertical caving, spotting leads, etc), a mix of spot and flood beams for general caving, and a pure flood beam for extended crawls, narrow canyon passage, etc, where a bright spot can be annoying.
What I really *don't* like is a spot beam of any size with dark/light banding outside the spot area, like a badly positioned halogen bulb would produce.
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Postby bigalpha » Jan 4, 2007 1:03 pm

I haven't caved w/ my Apex yet - but it puts out awesome light, and a great color too. I haven't used my carbide yet, but I can't wait to see what kind of light it puts off.
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