When picking out a headlamp, you want to pay special attention to the amount of light that it can produce, because that can vary to a wide extent, depending on what kind of headlamp you get. If you want a fairly bright headlamp that will really illuminate a large area, then a 200 lumen headlamp is a good choice. Lumens is the unit of measurement for brightness, and the more lumens a headlamp can produce, the brighter that headlamp will be.
200 Lumen HeadlampWhat to look for when what you want is a 200 lumen headlamp.
- Power Settings – 200 lumens is a lot of light, and if you’re traveling at night, and need a lot of light, then it’s good to be able to get 200 lumens. But that much power will drain your batteries quickly, and it helps if you can turn the power down to something like 50 lumens, for when you’re just trying to find something in the bottom of your bag, and don’t need 200 lumens.
- Color – One helpful feature that you’ll find on a lot of the better headlamps is the ability to switch the color of the light, either with different colors of LEDs or with a lens that will snap in to place over top of the white LEDs. Red light, for instance, doesn’t affect night vision, so you’re not temporarily blind after you switch red light off.
Best 200 Lumen HeadlampSome of the very best 200 Lumen Headlamps.
- Princeton Tec Apex Extreme - The Apex Extreme is a very good and very bright headlamp. It gives you a beam distance of approximately 104 meters, and a total of 4 different power modes, plus a strobe setting. On the highest power setting you get about 2.5 hours of output, while dropping down to the lower setting gives you 30 hours. There's no red light mode, unfortunately, and the whole thing weighs in at 14.7 ounces, or 416 grams.
- Princeton Tec Apex - The Apex is another very solid, bright headlamp choice from Princeton. It has an impressive beam distance of 116 meters, which beats the Apex Extreme. However, you get just 1 hour of battery life on the highest setting, and 14 hours on the lowest, so the Extreme above definitely has it beat when it comes to battery life. There's no red light mode on this Apex, but it does weigh a comparatively lightweight 8 ounces, or 226 grams.
- Princeton Tec Apex Pro - Finally, the Apex Pro, one more excellent 200 lumen headlamp from Princeton Tec. The Apex Pro uses the same configuration of LEDs to provide 200 lumens and 86 meters of beam distance, but uses superior batteries for a maximum burn time of 100 hours. It also weighs less, at 6.1 ounces, or 172 grams, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking for a 200 lumen headlamp.