There's a couple (of course there's more!) of popular helmet-mounted torches. The Scurion's rather nice: scurion.ch as it works out of the water for normal caving.
The reasons I didn't go for a focus were varied, but the main reason was the 'wide' setting means the moderately powerful light source is spread over a much wider area, so will be dim. The NW7 and Anchor 189 have one light for narrow which is circa 1000 lumen, but a separate 3000 to 5000 lumen light used for the wide setting. This means that these can also double as video lights. The Halcyon isn't bright enough for a video light. Other reasons against the Halcyon included the folding Goodman; the fiddly switch; the large size of the head; the small battery; the cost.
Good point about the different emitters in the head of the light, you're absolutely right the Halcyon has just one compared to multiple system the other 2 lights use, i'll make sure to reference this when I post a review of the Focus.
Another interesting point is that when you focus the beam of the Focus 2.0 to completely narrow you end up with a cross shape (almost as if there's actually 4 LED's or there's a small cross shapes thing blocking the light). Apparently this is as a result of the new design LED system and how it is able to safely deal with the 'power' emitted form the light, if you just slightly turn the focus dial back this goes back to a circle. Not sure if this is important for diving it yet but interesting look into how it's made compared to other torches, i'll look into what causes this further and put in my review.
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Hi folks - not posted on here for a while, for me these torches cannot be beaten. https://www.barbolight.es/ (there is an English website as well)
I have used these for 600+ dives, some of which have been in fairly rubbish places and they are still good.
The manufacturer has started making them again, they never come up on eBay being sold second hand so I would take that as testament to their quality. They are machined well, and the electronics are VERY good.
Whilst not cheap, it is money well spent. Work out the cost of your dive torch and then divide it by 600 (in my case) it's cost me pennies per dive.
With all this quarantine there's not nearly enough talk on dive lights! Looking forward to the OPs review of the Focus 2.0 as finding myself in a similar position. What hasn't quite made the discussion from my interest is if a focus-able light can do the job just as well as to make no difference than two separate light-heads for different purposes. Taking a highly rated manufacturer in the UK that kind of does both, Ammonite for example, it would cost no more to get a Solaris (6 deg fixed beam up to 4500lm) and a Helios (11 deg fixed beam 3000lm) as it would for their Nautilus (9-45 deg beam up to 4000lm). I get there is a big jump between 11 degs and 45 but hopefully you get the point - for a tight beam is the Solaris going to be more effective and for a wide beam is a Helios or something designed just to be as wide as 45 degs going to be better. With EO options it even seems feasible to take both into the water for the odd dive where both options might be useful. These light heads come in at £600-700 combined vs the Halcyon at £1000 rrp (head only) and while I'm not trying to question the relative brand value Halcyon don't appear to make fixed focus lights to see if their position would be similar.
It would also be good to know how much folks with focus-able lights actually use them (especially in UK waters) on anything other than a tight beam?
Hope all are doing ok in these difficult times.
I dont think that umbilicals are needed anymore, unless you need very long burn times like in a cave.
Modern LED bulbs emit as much or better light as HIDs for a tiny fraction of the burn time.
A decent €150 handheld is superior to an 10 year old umbilical imho.
I have been using small chinese hamdhelds for the last 5 years that cost me €30 a piece. They are very high quality and I know of at least 15 more of these torches that sold based purely on seeing me use mine. Difelife were trying to sell the same ones for £156 iirc. I wonder why they went tits up?
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Umbilical torches are permanently connected to the diver so even less likely to be swallowed by Neptune's locker. They'll also be a little lighter and have a much longer battery life, useful for the second or longer dives, and especially useful if using a high-brightness wide beam.
Trying to work backwards from the output so not considering umbilical vs free at the mo but that will be the last consideration and Iím guessing the options will be much narrower by then.
I missed that Iím not considering anything for video lighting here as am in the camp that that needs separate and very different lights.
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