LumberJocks

Am I the only crazy person to use a hiker's headlamp for extra lighting?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by 1tacoshort posted 11-16-2018 10:59 PM 1521 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View 1tacoshort's profile

1tacoshort

26 posts in 1078 days


11-16-2018 10:59 PM

I was just wondering. I was trying to figure out where to put extra lighting in my shop when I realized that I own a headlamp. Having light exactly where I want it is AMAZING. So much, so, that it’s worth looking like a dork.

Anyone else happily looking like a dork?

-- Wade


18 replies so far

View Eric's profile

Eric

70 posts in 73 days


#1 posted 11-16-2018 11:11 PM

A lot of the guys working in the trades use them to light their way and keep their hands free.

So you are not alone.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

View Holbs's profile

Holbs

2005 posts in 2229 days


#2 posted 11-16-2018 11:33 PM

I use headlamps all the time at my day job of running computer wiring in dark ceilings or underneath flooring. In regards to shop work, I could see them coming in handy. Yet as the same time, I’ll always be wishing for multiple angles of lighting down upon a piece instead of just from one direction.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

View Dark_Lightning's profile

Dark_Lightning

3342 posts in 3309 days


#3 posted 11-17-2018 01:35 AM

I have a cap with headlamps in it for when I’m out walking in the dark. Some streets where I live are only illuminated by moonlight. I have a magnifying visor for wood carving (same as I now have to use a scope on my rifle to get groups that I used to get with iron sights), but it doesn’t have lights. Guess I’ll have to break down and buy one.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

View muleskinner's profile

muleskinner

916 posts in 2636 days


#4 posted 11-17-2018 01:47 AM

Used one just today helping s-i-l install drawer guides in kitchen counter. Have several hanging on peg in the shop. They’re perfect for working inside cabinets where your head is blocking overhead light. Old eyes can always use extra light.

-- Visualize whirled peas

View 1tacoshort's profile

1tacoshort

26 posts in 1078 days


#5 posted 11-17-2018 04:22 AM

SWEET. Thanks, guys!

-- Wade

View MSquared's profile

MSquared

69 posts in 114 days


#6 posted 11-17-2018 05:25 AM

Yes!... You look like a dork. Just because someone had to say it! :)

Have several. Good for hiking in the woods at night too I hear!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

4782 posts in 2509 days


#7 posted 11-17-2018 07:20 AM

https://youtu.be/0ELpU7OMi5o

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View richinva's profile

richinva

11 posts in 2699 days


#8 posted 11-17-2018 08:29 AM

I keep one in the shop. Used it yesterday replacing a belt, cleaning tires, etc. on one of the bandsaws. The older I get, the more I need it.

View John Smith's profile

John Smith

1481 posts in 362 days


#9 posted 11-17-2018 11:15 AM

Taco – no, you are not alone

/

/

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

View Blindhog's profile

Blindhog

94 posts in 1248 days


#10 posted 11-17-2018 02:39 PM

Use them all the time. Still trying to find a good light source for my machines…..........

Just found this yesterday at woodcraft.

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/nebo-eye-light

Put one on my mill/drill press and one on the bandsaw. Seem pretty stable and they do put out the light!

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

View OSU55's profile

OSU55

1964 posts in 2189 days


#11 posted 11-17-2018 02:50 PM

Ive used headlamps for many years working on cars, motorcycles, guns, household repairs, fishing, chainsawing at the end of the day. Wouldnt recommend one for regular shop use vs appropriate shop lighting, but they work when you need more light, especially machine repairs. Never used one for hiking though.

View Aj2's profile

Aj2

1873 posts in 1998 days


#12 posted 11-17-2018 03:48 PM

I think it’s crazy. It is important to have good lighting but that sounds like a big shadow maker.
When you get into fine work with hand tools you’ll understand.

-- Aj

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

117328 posts in 3777 days


#13 posted 11-17-2018 03:58 PM

You guys think headlamps are dorky looking try these guys out they not only give you more light but have a variety of magnification for close up work.

https://www.amazon.com/YOCTOSUN-Magnifier-Professional-Jewelers-Interchangeable/dp/B01H8808H6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542470141&sr=8-3&keywords=magnifying+glasses+for+close+work

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Kazooman's profile

Kazooman

1237 posts in 2152 days


#14 posted 11-17-2018 04:31 PM

Wearing a headlamp is not dorky, but only if it one of those carbide lamps used by spelunkers. There is something very manly about walking around with a flame shooting out of your forehead. Personally, I think that strapping a device that generates acetylene under pressure to your brain is not a good idea.

View 1tacoshort's profile

1tacoshort

26 posts in 1078 days


#15 posted 11-17-2018 06:16 PM



You guys think headlamps are dorky looking try these guys out they not only give you more light but have a variety of magnification for close up work.

https://www.amazon.com/YOCTOSUN-Magnifier-Professional-Jewelers-Interchangeable/dp/B01H8808H6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542470141&sr=8-3&keywords=magnifying+glasses+for+close+work

The older, blinder me likes that idea very much!

-- Wade

showing 1 through 15 of 18 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com