Thread: Helmet Lights
10-26-2010, 05:09 PM #1
It is time to get a new helmet light...
I would love to hear suggestions.
Under $50 would be nice, but I am willing to go a little over for a really good product.
Thanks for the input!
10-26-2010, 05:11 PM #2
I have a Streamlight Propolymer 4AA LED in a Blackjack bracket. Love it."I've met lots of volunteer firefighters, but I've never seen a volunteer fire!"
- R. MacLeod, Alma VFD
10-26-2010, 05:16 PM #3
10-26-2010, 05:49 PM #4
10-26-2010, 05:59 PM #5
I appreciate the suggestion... our department uses these, but I find them useless when both hands are full. Our coats don't have good flashlight anchors, so the lights wind up swinging around, and you can't see anything.
10-26-2010, 06:00 PM #6
$5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....Matt G.
10-26-2010, 06:02 PM #7
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10-26-2010, 10:08 PM #10
Put your flashlight in your pocket where they belongCourage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.
10-26-2010, 11:16 PM #11RK
Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.
"Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.
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10-26-2010, 11:23 PM #12
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10-27-2010, 02:12 AM #13
10-27-2010, 03:10 AM #14
We respond to a lot of nighttime MVA's in a remote area. Coat mounted lights are ok but as you said, you can't point them with your hands full.
I wore one of these for a year and it worked very well. It has adjustments for brightness and beam focus. It also pivots downward so you aren't blinding someone when you look at them. I paid $60 from my local Snap-On tool dealer. They're around $50 online. Only problem I found is if you're using a faceshield it glares a bit when the shield is down.
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10-27-2010, 05:10 AM #15
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never saw the need for a helmet light. useless in a fire, and not really help fun in non fire instances.
10-27-2010, 07:17 AM #16
10-27-2010, 08:42 AM #17
As much as this poor equine has been flogged in these forums, this is now the light I prefer for the helmet...
10-27-2010, 09:44 AM #18
10-27-2010, 02:29 PM #19
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I use a basic machined aluminum two AA battery light with a Streamlight band....the band allows you to position the light to shine where you are looking and there are numerous times it has come in handy. It's not a mini-mag....those are tough to turn on/off....rather it has a single push button
10-27-2010, 02:34 PM #20
Sure, in the real thick stuff it doesn't help - so I grab the Pelican 3C out of my pocket. Who said anything about having one light?"I've met lots of volunteer firefighters, but I've never seen a volunteer fire!"
- R. MacLeod, Alma VFD
10-27-2010, 03:17 PM #21
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- Memphis Tn,USA-now
I never could get one of those rubber band tool "holders" to stay on my department issued tactical tupperware type helmet so I went with a Pelican 90 degree bend light in my pocket and just dealt with it swinging around.
I also kept a MiniMag with an LED bulb and pushbutton end cap on my hip.The first time on a call where I really needed a light in an unlit room,I managed to leave the [CENSORED] thing on the coffee table at home when the pager went off.
Up until an OTJ injury on the Mississippi River here at Memphis,I'd wear an LED light clipped to my ball cap that was bright enough that I'd be mistaken by other boats for the starboard running light at night when doing stuff on the head of the barge(s) we were towing.
They're cheap enough at wally world in case you lose or damage them and they also come in black light/UV for night fishing. I've often wondered if they'd have a use on EMS calls to help spot leaking bodily fluids during the assessment.Has anyone else thought of that yet?
No,they don't clip onto any helmet that I know of but if you are a vollie and respond in street clothes to the scene,you can still have a light that can shine where you are looking,remembering your Emily Post and not blinding someone by looking them dead in the eye while wearing such a light.
Last edited by doughesson; 10-27-2010 at 03:20 PM.
10-27-2010, 06:25 PM #22
But instead I will say this Go get a Big super bright Flashlight, and big strong mount, the more expensive the better, and Bolt that conglomeration to your helmet.
When you two have pulled your heads outa your Arse, and realized that they are entrapment hazards, added weight, They can be considered a helmet modification, (Think about that one for a second) they constantly shine the eyes of the people you are looking at, but my biggest pet peeve of all?
They seem to constantly Fill up these forums with threads like this...and bring people like you.
Then come back and call me a condescending, "smoke eater emulating" bushwackerCourage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.
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