Since it's dark so early and I can only pick the paddocks after work, I've been thinking it's time to get one of those LED headlamps as I'm not great at handling a flashlight, wheelbarrow and pitchfork.
Any recommendations for a good LED headlamp that isn't too heavy, could be used for picking the paddocks as well as walking the horses at night and has a reasonably distance light?
PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".
My husband works at a department store--he brought home a tan baseball cap with a series of three LED lights in the brim, it cost around $12.00! It's the coolest thing--has a low beam and high beam!!!!
I was also at the local farm store and saw some old guy rummaging around a bin of cheap tools (every farm store and hardware store seems to have these)--he was pulling out these small LED lights with a clamp on it that you could attach to the brim of a hat or wherever (I think they were $3.00 ).
Those are some other things to think about rather than an LED headlamp. I thought I wanted a headlamp at one time but I have a small head and probably wouldn't be able to get one small enough to fit me....
"I'm not much into conspiracy theories, but if everyone thinks alike you don't need a plot...." comment I read on a Yahoo board years ago--but it still rings true!
I have the one with the retractable band and use it a lot!!
I also have a Petzl headlamp, the Petzl Tikka. I use it for night orienteering and since I can see well enough to navigate the woods at night with it, I'm sure it would work fine for picking a paddock.
I just order a dozen off ebay for $30. I keep leaving them places and this way there is always on available. They are the greatest thing ever for chores as I can carry a bucket of grain in one hand and hay in the other. When I accidently set off the strobe setting it freaks the horses out a little.
Petzl makes great headlamps- durable and extremely long-lasting. If you get their Zipka model (with the retractable band) as someone mentioned earlier, be careful when you take it off-- if you just pull from the front your hair will get stuck and it HURTS! Guess how I know...
I've got those little clip-on-the-baseball cap thingies. Mine have FIVE LED lights and the switch lets you light up all five, or just three. Also has an all-lights-blinking setting that I've not found a use for.
I paid $3 for them at a Family Dollar store. Batteries I get five for ninety-nine cents at the unclaimed freight outfit, so I don't care that the batteries only last a month.
There was another model at the unclaimed freight place for the same price that had one light that was red. This one had a sturdier clip and a top on-off switch for the hat brim, but I didn't like the red light thing since it took away one regular light.
I really like the Pelican VersaBright...not the Versabright II. I used to use it for my floats, but have since upgraded to a super fancy, hip battery pack, much more bright and $$$ model (that is no where near as durable).
The versa birght comes with an elastic headband and the light hangs between your eyes - at the top of your nose. It takes some getting used to, but the light is always where you are looking.
My sister gave mr. chai a baseball hat from LLBean with LED lamps embedded in the brim. It is great, except that the horses were terrified of it at first. I have to admit, I laughed at the dork factor when mr. chai put it on the first time and turned on the lights, but the darn thing works really well.
I like the Petzls, too. I actually have two headlamps - a cheap LL Bean LED one for just walking around (my job often involves walking around in the woods in the dark ) and a nice Petzl (I can't remember the model) for when I'm doing things that really need light (like, say, changing a car battery at 10 pm... ). The more expensive models, IME, throw far more LIGHT than the cheaper ones, even it they're only a couple of bulbs vs five or more. (Plus, as noted, the batteries last longer, and even if that's not an expense issue, I still care about the environment!) But I like my cheap one because if I set it down somewhere and a kid yoinks it, I'm not going to be terribly upset.