I find I get more use out of the headlight style as it leaves both hands free (and my fingers cannot possibly forget to hang on to it). I have quite the assortment here, from the huge light that takes the monster square battery to a little one that needs to be cranked to work to a very tiny one on my keyring. The ones I use most besides the headlight are the ones with a big enough wrist strap to actually put my hand through - a sad lacking in many flashlights where the strap seems to be mostly decorative.
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LED lights are very bright for short distances, unless you go to the really expensive ones, over 120 lumens.
The old type are better to do stuff like I just did, follow the highline to see where there is something off, our neighbor doesn't has lights to his well that works off our line.
The LED lights would not reach the top of the poles, the old type flashlight did.
We had some fierce winds today and one of the wires got very loose and is shortening against a supporting wire, so the electric company is here getting that sorted out.
They use a bright spot light off their truck's battery.
Now that lights the night!
I like the ball cap LEDs that clamp to the visors because they fit in my mouth just right to do small stuff, like open locks, etc.
I've always liked the maglite, (and it is nice to be able to whack some fella upside the head with it) and the ones with the big battery, but the headlamp ones are so convenient if you are trying to undo latches on gates and whatnot. DH has one he got from Cabela's, but he's already broken it somehow, or he's lost it. At least the maglites are hard to misplace under piles of stuff.