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    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!


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    I have a Streamlight Propolymer 4AA LED in a Blackjack bracket. Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DubyaVFF View Post
    I have a Streamlight Propolymer 4AA LED in a Blackjack bracket. Love it.
    I am leaning towards that actually!
    Thanks

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    For $50, get a Streamlight Survivor LED alkaline. It will outshine anything you can put on your helmet, even the Vantage. Amazing light for the money. I am about to buy my second one.
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    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.

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    $5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFD-Firefighter View Post
    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.
    Ah. In that case, my first choice would be a Streamlight Vantage. Followed by a SureFire G2L with a Blackjack mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    $5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....
    Haha, true!
    I would like something good for night time operations though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    $5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....

    What he said.

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    Put your flashlight in your pocket where they belong
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    $5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....
    Yep. Me too.

    For "night time operations" use something other than a helmet mounted flashlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shmarleybarlow View Post
    Oh really? How bout we'll do what we want. You condescending, "smoke eater emulating" bushwacker.
    Oh boy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    $5 Garrity light. When the smoke's banked down, and you turn on your trusty $50 helmet light, all you get is bright smoke.....
    Do you only respond to structure fires???

    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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    never saw the need for a helmet light. useless in a fire, and not really help fun in non fire instances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blulakr View Post
    Do you only respond to structure fires???

    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.

    Thank you. I appreciate that. We do a lot of night time trainings as well, usually with no scene lighting.

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    As much as this poor equine has been flogged in these forums, this is now the light I prefer for the helmet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    As much as this poor equine has been flogged in these forums, this is now the light I prefer for the helmet...
    Green for IC?,Hehe T.C.

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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    never saw the need for a helmet light. useless in a fire, and not really help fun in non fire instances.
    Au contraire. I find my helmet light is awesome in night MVC ops and in some structure fires where the smoke is light - or even just getting around the scene.

    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?
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