Light Wars: Flashlight Vs. Headlamp

In a galaxy far, far away, an 1,800-Lumen flashlight challenged a 600-Lumen headlamp. Which one is going to win, flashlight fans?

It seems that flashlight fanatics have been debating which one is better the whole time. We here at Solid Signal carry both of these products, and we’ve even offered one of each in our daily deals. (If you haven’t signed up for our email list, you’re missing out on these!) Today, we’ll try to settle the debate over which one is better. Hopefully, this earns us an iconic status among flashlight enthusiasts everywhere.

Product Showdown of Galactic Proportions!

Flashlights and headlamps have been around for decades. So has the battle over which one is better. It’s as epic as anything you’d see in a Star Wars movie, but I don’t know which product is “The Empire” and which is “The Rebellion.” I’m still committed to using this Star Wars theme because I want to annoy our resident blogmaster, Stuart Sweet. Working with him for yet another grueling year has taken its toll on my sanity. Since he’s a huge Star Trek fan, I’ll get back at him with all these references to the rival – and superior – sci-fi franchise. (Hopefully, he’ll cough up a wookie-sized hairball.)

If you’re trying to decide between the flashlight and the headlamp, it really comes down to two important factors:

1. Use the Force… of Lumens?

If you’re all about those Lumens, you might think the flashlight is better. It has a maximum Lumen count of 1,800, while the headlamp puts out a much smaller 600 Lumens. Among flashlight enthusiasts, brighter is better. But is it, really? I would counter that too much light isn’t as good of an idea as it seems.

I haven’t been keeping my house as clean as it could be in 2020. Most of my time has been spent staring at the news on TV. (An emotionally unhealthy habit, as I’ve come to learn.) If I cast an 1,800-Lumen beam around my house, I’d find dust bunnies the size of tauntauns. Some aspects of Star Wars are better left in the movies.

2. The Flashlight Strikes Back

The fact that you don’t have to hold a headlamp is its biggest selling point. As a copywriter for this company, I should know. On more than one occasion, I’ve extolled the benefits of hands-free lighting for a variety of activities that range from fixing vehicles, plumbing, and electrics to hunting. But I’m here to tell you that hands-free isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (No offense to Luke Skywalker, of course.)

I know something you CAN do with a flashlight but CAN’T with a headlamp. You know what that is? Holding the light in your hand and pretending it’s a lightsaber. If you have someone else in the house with another flashlight, you can have a lightsaber battle. One of you can even say, “I’m your father” in a deep, modulated voice. (Being cooped up at home for so long is taking a toll on my sanity.)

In All Seriousness, Flashlight Fans…

…It really does come down to Lumens and hands-free capabilities. No, I’m not ignoring the features, benefits, and advantages of both of these lights. Each of these products has many of them, and I encourage you to research them on our recently redesigned website. But, once all that is factored into the equation, you’ll base your decision off of brightness and whether or not you need a hands-free light.

For things that require both hands, like working on your vehicle, the headlamp is the way to go. It’s also great for walking your dog at night. But what if you’re deep in the woods on a hunting trip and need to find your way back in the dark? For that, and similar activities, I highly recommend the 1,800-Lumen flashlight.

I have a question for the flashlight fans reading this. Why do you need to get a flashlight OR a headlamp? Since both of these lights serve different purposes, it’s best to get one of each. If for no other reason, it’s always good to have a couple of flashlights around the house so they’re there when you need them. What? You don’t believe me? Well, I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.