In case you’ve been camping out in another decade, head lamps have taken on a new personality.

With the powerful illumination, unsurpassed longevity and smart features, today’s lamps light up tomorrow. And the future looks bright.

Getting out of the dark

What’s a lumen?

A lumen is a measurement of the total visible light emitted by a source. Many light sources, like car headlights and other lamp devices are measured in lumens, or how much light they put off. For camping and any nighttime activities in the back country, a few lumens go a long way.

LED leads the way

Light-emitting diode, or LED, is a phenomenon of a semiconductor that emits light when electricity is passed through it. In short, the light is bright, can last for a very long time and is perfect for something like a head lamp.

LED by example

“A head lamp is probably the most versatile piece of equipment you can use in the back country, says Mason Daly of Black Diamond, makers of two of the best selling head lamps on the market. “It lights your way at night.”

Black Diamond Spot

One triple power LED, one single power white LED and one single power red LED

Up to 200 lumens

PowerTap Technology switches between full and lower power with a single touch

Red night-vision mode

3 AAA batteries

Dust and water proof up to one meter for 30 minutes.

Cost: $39.95

Black Diamond Storm

1 quad power LED and 1 double-power white LED

Up to 250 lumens

PowerTap Technology

Red and green single power LEDs for night vision

Heatsink feature warms battery to preserve life

4 AAA batteries

Completely sealed – water and dust proof up to one meter underwater for 30 minutes

Cost: $49.95