Hat Light, retail $7.98 (www.harrietcarter.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Harriet Carter (www.harrietcarter.com)
Last updated 08-14-07

This is a light designed to be clipped to the brim of a baseball hat.

It has five LEDs (green, in this case; the LEDs are available in red and white too); has two operational modes (blinking and steady on), and feeds from two CR2032 lithium coin cells. It comes in an all-plastic case, colored black.


To use the Hat Light, just slide the unit under the brim of a baseball hat as shown in the photographs directly below:

Left (or top): View from the front.
Right (or bottom): Profile view (~45° from the front), again showing the product - or *NOT* showing it in this case.

To turn the light on in blink mode, press & release the button on its left side once. Press & release the button again to turn it on in steady mode. Finally, press & release the button a third time to turn it off.

The battery door comes off unusually easily, especially when attempting to activate the light, so you'll want to be careful.

To feed the Hat Light, turn the unit upside-down (so that it curves slightly upward at the edges). Slide the battery door off, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove the two used CR2032 cells from the compartment and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Install two new CR2032 cells, orienting them as shown in the photograph directly below.
Face the left cell flat-side (+) positive down, and the right cell button-side (-) negative down.

Slide the battery door back on until it snaps into place, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

This is an all-plastic product, and the battery door comes off very easily. There are also no environmental seals (such as O-rings) visible. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout or with a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that more durable products may have inflicted upon them.
So this section of the Hat Light's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a headlamp or other product that appears to be more durable.

Although it is not all that water-resistant, it is designed to be clipped to the brim of a baseball hat in such a manner that it will be protected from direct rainfall, so you ought to be ok in foul weather as long as you aren't out there so long that the brim of your hat becomes soaked to the point of dripping.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 32,400mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this product.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test unit was purchased on the Harriet Carter website on 08-04-07, and was received on the afternoon of 08-13-07.

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

Green color is rather radiant and unusual to find in a headlamp of any type
Nice form factor

Not waterproof or even all that water-resistant
Battery door has a tendency to come off when the light is activated - spilling the batteries and leaving you in the dark
Batteries it needs can be expen$ive and/or difficult to locate

    PRODUCT TYPE: Clip-on hat light
    LAMP TYPE: Green 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 5
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with faint corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on side of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs & reflectors recessed into hosels for them
    BATTERY: 2xCR2032 cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: For Christ sakes NOOOOO!!!!!
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR2032 lithium coin cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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