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Scotland enjoys some of the darkest skies in Europe, and during the winter, daylight hours are so short that head torches cannot be underestimated when these dark and long nights are upon us. A crucial part of your gear, head torches, will light your footpath and leave your hands free to navigate or deal with equipment like tents or stoves.
"I bought this lightweight and compact torch for dog walking at night and camping. It's very small and light and is bright enough for my needs. I'm not a fan of throw away batteries so the fact that this is rechageable is a bonus. Good product."
Deneb Sensor Rechargeable Head Torch
Having a good head torch isn’t just useful when illuminating yourself around the tent but could be a life saver… It could be the difference between getting back to the camp happy and ready for a good blether or sitting tentatively and cold on a hillside in the dark waiting to be rescued.
Head torches are great and they enable you to make the most of your time in the outdoors, giving you the chance to compete in some great adventures beating the hours of darkness. A night hike or trail run makes your senses work overtime and you get a totally different perspective on your environment.
The brightness of a headlamp is measured in lumens. A measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source per unit of time. But how bright do you need? It all depends on what you’ll be doing. If you are using your torch to light your way on a dark and stormy night you might want something with a high lumen count and which will light up your path for a considerable distance ahead. If it’s mainly for light inside the tent, something less powerful but more compact might be an option. It’s good to have a low output head torch for around the camp, so you don’t dazzle yourself and others with a huge light output, and a more powerful, higher lumen head torch for your hiking needs (with backup batteries).
Brightness is offset by power consumption, so a head torch at full power will give a shorter burn time. Head torches typically offer different settings, e.g. low, medium, high to allow you to extend the battery life if lower lumens are needed during less technical sections or where there is a higher amount of ambient light at dawn/dusk or with bright moonlight and clear skies.