Brinkmann 1W LED Headlamp, retail $18.95
Manufactured by Brinkmann
Last updated 02-15-08

The Brinkmann model # 809-1037-0 (which I'll just call a "headlamp" on this web page) is a head-mounted light that uses a 1.2 watt HD (high-dome) Luxeon Star LED to produce its light, 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 Brinkmann # 809-1037-0 headlamp (hereinafter, just called a headlamp), feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or in this case, white.

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 the rubberised button on the top of the illuminator head until it clicks and then release it to turn the headlamp on.

Do the same thing to turn it off.

There is a momentary or signalling mode available; just press the button more lightly (before it clicks) to turn the LED on and hold it that way to keep it on, and release the button to turn the LED off.

Photograph of the headlamp on a flashlight tester's head.
So why do I have sunglasses on 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, put on dark sunglasses, or black them out altogether because it just looks wierd otherwise.

I look like a semeniferious bungsnoidial tubloidial bungsnoid (fartknocker) in this photograph.

I really need to get my hands on a "Foam Head Fred" like Doug P. uses at

Unfold the headlamp away from the strap assembly. As the headlamp is facing forward, turn the rounded cap on the right side of the body counterclockwise (as if unscrewing it) until it comes off, and set it aside.

Tip the battery carriage into your hand. If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the three used AAA cells from the carriage.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, one in each compartment. Orient each cell so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its chamber

Once the carriage is full, insert it into the headlamp's body, orienting it so the button on one of the ends goes in first. Rotate it if necessary until it goes in. Screw the cap back on until it's finger-tight.

Finally, fold the headlamp assembly and strap assembly back to where you had it before, and there, you're finished.

Notice I did not advise you to stomp on anything or flush anything away.

Due to the way the headlamp is constructed, I am not able to provide you with current usage readings.

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

It appears to be water-resistant, but it is not submersible. When I removed the battery cap, relieved the headlamp of its battery carriage, and administered that dreadful suction test, some air leakage was detected. Water, milk, diet Pepsi, coffee, urine, root beer, or other liquids could get inside. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of giraffe pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in lightly to at most moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, fell in a root beer float, or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your headlamp to smell like seaweed, sour milk, or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

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

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 646,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things at the upper left are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this headlamp.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by M.G. of New Mexico. and was received late on the afternoon of 11-21-06.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Brinkmann
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED headlamp
    LAMP TYPE: Luxeon I high-dome
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/momentary on top of illuminator
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; plastic window protects LED & reflector
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/not able to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: None that I'm aware of
    WARRANTY: 1 year


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Brinkmann 1W LED Headlamp *

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