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Old 10-31-2019, 01:34 AM   #1
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Let there be light ... and lots of it!

As an appreciator of history, I have read Leonardo DaVinci's sage advice from 1516 or so: "Go forth and purchase the 3 pack of LED Headlamps at Costco as they will light your winter night and make your life easier and happier .... Be considerate of wife as she needs her own 3 pack. $20."

Well …. who am I to go against such direct advice …. for …. "I have and I am."

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Old 10-31-2019, 01:49 AM   #2
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Do you wear all three at the same time?
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:11 AM   #3
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I have, and I got my wife, a Black Diamond brand "Iota" head light. its rechargeable (using a USB micro cable), produces a nice even soft diffused light without a bright center spot, its adjustable brightness, its very light and compact. It runs many many hours on a charge

of course, she lost-er-misplaced hers, and borrows mine.
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Think I have 5. I use them around the house as well as a couple for the camper. The one I use when working on the cars ends up pretty grungy.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:04 AM   #5
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I got this one. Liked it so much I immediately got one for my walking buddy. But may have to get yet one more as Mimie has appropriated it for her trip in her new 17b!
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The Costco lights are very good ones and CHEAP. With a red light single led, and 3 brightness settings on the main light. I have many other much more expensive, Black Diamond, and other high end lights. I still grab the Costco's most of the time.
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Just to throw in another brand, I have & use a Nitecore NU30. The choices are red, flashing red, soft wider spread white, or three levels of white narrow beam + SOS.

They now sell the NU32, with a bit more output for the same $.
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:12 PM   #8
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a minor point... white LED lamps that use 3 x AA or AAA are often 'open circuit' and unregulated as white LEDs tend to run about 4V forward voltage. a fresh new alkaline cell has about 1.6V, so the initial voltage is about 4.8V.... 3 brand new batts will run the lights very bright and they will get hot, and suck battery juice til the voltage drops, where upon they will get dimmer until the voltage drops below the minimum required to light the LEDs... this varies some but as I said, its about 4V, or 1.33V per cell. Alkaline batteries can still output useful power til they get down to around 1.1V whereupon they are pretty dead, but when the voltage drops below the LED's threshold, the light gets incredibly dim, so you're throwing out 3 batteries that still have 20-30% of their capacity left.

better LED lights are regulated and stay constant brightness til the power source is truly exhausted. I have LED flashlights that run on a single AAA and are quite bright, and the brightness stays the same until the battery is completely depleted. the regulator circuit on these steps the voltage up to whats required to light the LED and regulates the current by modulating the voltage, as its the current that creates the light, the voltage just pushes it through...
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:43 PM   #9
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We had to get one with red LED emitters so a hive of Bald-Faced Hornets we discovered in our yard wouldn't see us coming after them late at night! We didn't care how many volts or amps or whatever as long as those mean little buggers couldn't see us coming! In the end: Us, 1; Hornets 0.
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