Favorite type of headlamp beam?

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

Flood (diffuse, no hotspot)
18
55%
Small hotspot with large sidespilll
4
12%
Small hotspot with small sidespill
0
No votes
Large hotspot with large sidespill
10
30%
Large hotspot with small sidespill
1
3%
 
Total votes : 33

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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