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Mon, 14 Mar 2005
Bright shiny head torchy goodness - 15:38
Princeton Tec EOS Light (full size)
I got home from
from the 2005 Polaris
Challenge late last night (around midnight). Marea and I had a hell of a
lot of fun at the event this year. No major mishaps, we fared pretty well. A
full report will follow soon. For now I feel like sharing the new toy fun.
For a while I have been thinking I should get a head mounted light I can wear
around when camping. One would probably be useful for other stuff also, such
as pulling computers apart, or working on a bike, especially doing both
activities in sub optimal lighting conditions. The light shines where you are
looking and frees up both hands for doing stuff.
The Luxeon LED technology has been getting more and more attractive all the
time. Mikey built up a 3 Watt
Luxeon star into a
very sweet bike
light, brighter and far more efficient than a 5 watt halogen light. I had
in mind that a Luxeon would make a rather good head torch, brighter than a few
LED's and better energy usage than halogen lights.
One of the items of compulsory equipment at Polaris is a torch for the
overnight camp, I had a Maglite handy for that, however upon arrival at the
event centre on Friday afternoon I saw the Princeton Tec lights Huw was selling
at the event and this
EOS 1 Watt Luxeon
based light was far too tempting to ignore. 3 Brightness levels and a flashing
I used the light a fair bit on Friday night while marking up my map as I found
the lighting in the accommodation we stayed too dim, then at the camp on
Saturday night I did not even need to use the two brighter settings, in the
tent and wandering around camp the dimmest setting was easily bright enough to
do everything by.
Lightweight, handy size, probably waterproof enough to swim with so it will
survive heavy rain, works well. I am a happy purchaser. The price was reduced
from the normal AUD $89 to AUD $69 at Polaris.