Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WishMadeInUSA The Best Headlamp
There is no better headlamp for the money [absolutely PERIOD].
Maximum 300 lumens of wide-angle, perfectly round, pure-white light. You can run it at full brightness, medium, and low. Works great with Eneloop rechargeable batteries (3) for over 90 minutes at full, or 3-4 hours on low.
Excellent hinge mechanism – dual pressure retention with geared interference locking – much better than the brittle, single gear systems of cheapo headlamps which get loose then crack off.
Large power button, usable even with gloves on. It requires quite a push, but keeps the light from accidentally turning on.
Uses 3 AA batteries that fit securely in a hinged cover that snaps open and closed instantly for quick battery changes. The battery cover has an internal red gasket to keep out moisture. Much better than other high-end Coast headlamps which require you to peel off a rubber battery cover after pushing aside the headband, then repeating that process to close it up. That certainly is a silly, time-wasting system which the HL50 had done away with.
The headband fits securely, and holds the very light headlamp well in place. To credit a great design, the band can be removed easily from the lamp assembly should you want to replace it with any creation of your own. No propriety systems with wires through the headband, or a headband screwed into the light. Those were silly systems that this headlamp has done away with.
The beam is wide angle, making it absolutely perfect for reading, repairs, hobbies, and searching for anything you dropped. It also works great for walking, easily illuminating the entire width of the common sidewalk and then some. It is incredibly bright. There are no bright or dark spots in the beam – an amazing feat of optics.
These were only available at HD during the Thanksgiving / Christmas door-buster period of 2015. Strangely, they are not listed on Coast’s website, only the HL60 which is identical except for reflective dust in the headband and costing 4 times more than the HL50.
Everyone has different needs and opinions about headlamps, as they should. But trust me when I say you cannot get a better, more useful light for the money – or double the money. Let’s hope HD gets then back again for next year.
February 10, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by J101 Switch no longer works
I purchased two of these units and at first they worked great. I did gift one for Christmas so I'm not sure how that one has held up but after about 6 uses the switch on the unit is not working properly. I will say that it is a bright unit though.
February 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MO Better than I had hoped for
Was looking for a small headlamp that was comfortable use in cramped spaces. This not only fit the bill, but it had other features that I hadn't anticipated; 3 lamp intensity settings; a 3-position hinge to point light down towards you hands in a tight space; and a very comfortable head band and small/lightweight. I may buy several more to have in different locations, boat, home workshop and garage.
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joe headlamp
i use headlamps all the time , and this particular one is the best you can get for the money , especially if you can find it on sale.
yes well worth it.don't bother with the cheap ones , you're wasting your money.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Centraliaengineer Great value. Bright output.
Compact unit with very bright output. The beam is wide and uniform. Excellent for work at arms length; but wouldn't work quite as well for work at ground level. The switch is easy enough to operate with bare hands but hard to operate with gloves on. I find the middle intensity level to be adequate for most work, so I use that setting in order to maximize battery life. I really liked the first one I bought, so I bought two more as family gifts.
January 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BERT BEST HEADLIGHT I EVER OWNED.
WITH ITS 300 LUMENS ADJUSTABLE LIGHT, IT PUTS THE LIGHT RIGHT WHERE YOUR NEED IT AND LEAVES YOUR HANDS FREE TO WORK. THANK YOU.
January 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nscrfan3 HL50 LED HEADLAMP
Pay the extra few bucks! This this will light up a room at night! Works great!
December 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1010 Great accessary
No need to carry a flashlight anymore. Just point your head into the work and see what you're doing. Powerful. Uses standard batteries. Use it all the time.
January 5, 2016