Unknown brand Luxeon Headlamp, retail $10.00 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 10-30-05

This headlamp is a head-mounted light that uses a 1.2 watt high-dome (lambertian) Luxeon Star LED to produce its light, has five modes (high, medium, low, slow blink, and fast blink) accessible from a single pushbutton, and feeds from three AAA cells.

It has an elastic (stretchy) 3-point headband system, so it feels comfortable to use even though the batteries and illuminator are both in the front.


To use the headlamp, place the headlamp - where else - on your head, and adjust the buckles so the unit fits properly.

The illuminator head is adjustable by swinging it down or up as needed; it is on a detent-equipped hinge with a fairly stiff action, so the headlamp should stay where you put it unless you hit it against something. The forehead plate has a foam rubber pad which rests against the forehead for comfort. The straps themselves are affixed to plastic loops with their centers open; this allows the straps to be removed for cleaning when necessary.

Press and release the rubberised button on the top of the unit once for low mode. Press and release it again for medium. Press and release it a third time for high. Press and release it again for slow blink. Press and release it again for fast blink. Finally, press and release it a sixth time to turn the unit off.
Just like it reads on the back of many shampoop (or shampee) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, pressing and releasing the button a seventh time turns the headlamp on in low mode.

The focus is adjustable from a medium spot to a narrow flood; to accomplish this, turn the bezel (the round part where the light comes out) counterclockwise to widen the beam, and clockwise to narrow the beam.

Photograph of the headlamp on a flashlight tester's head.
So why aren't my eyes showing in this photograph?
Because I had brain surgery in late-2002, and my left eye is now what's known as a "googly eye", and makes photographs look just terrible. So with every headlamp I've evaluated since early-2003, I have to crop the photograph above my eyes because it just looks wierd otherwise.

I have not yet been able to figure out how to change the batteries in this product, so this portion of the web page will be vacant for the time being.

The headlamp appears reasonably durable. Due to its plastic construction, I will not administer the smack test on it.

And until I can figure out how to change the batteries, "The Toilet Test" and "The Suction Test" will not be performed either.

The light output by this headlamp is a pure white in color, with no pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten porpoise urine" green tint to it. Not in the hotspot, not in the corona either.

Beam photo (narrow focus) at ~12".
Measures 72,200mcd (low), 301,000mcd (medium), and 465,000mcd (high).

Beam photo (wide focus) at ~12".
Measures 11,510mcd (low), 49,300mcd (medium), and 71,100mcd (high).

Beam photo (high, narrow focus) at ~15'.
That red star thing is from an American DJ Laser Widow, and that rectangular graphic thing near the bottom is a marquee from a Williams 'Stargate' upright coin-op video game from the early-1980s.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing the headlamp's two flashing speeds.
This clip is approximately 3.4 megabytes (3,565,448 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test unit was sent by an as-of-yet unknown outfit in Hong Kong and was received late in the morning of 10-29-05.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Headlamp
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt Luxeon Star high-dome (HD) LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Adjustable from medium spot to narrow flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton low/medium/high/slow flash/fast flash/off on top of unit
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x AAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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