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Looking for good light for Optivisor

I use my Optivisor pretty much all the time and it has a small LED light that attaches to it but it’s absolutely useless. I need something powerful even if it has wires to a strap-on battery pack. Someone mentioned once that they had a professional light used by dentists, but I haven’t found anything like that.

I have a couple of strap-on head lights like the one below and they are better than the led’s that come with the Optivisor, but they are not quite enough.



If 120 volt quartz light didn’t get so hot, I’d duct tape one on to my head. LOL

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I have this one which I find to be decent. The light beam can be adjusted from wide to narrow.

CREE is a brand name of the type of LED used in the light.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...=1,43456,43349
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Thanks Dave, that looks a lot better than what I have now and the price isn't too bad.

After I started this thread, I decided to check eBay to see what I might find there and came across this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221341018003...84.m1438.l2649 It looks like it might be plenty of light, but I'm not so sure about the weight and it doesn't even come with batteries or a charger. The weight is my biggest concern.

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Try searching online for places that sell "cave exploring" equipment. This has become a popular form of recreation. I do not have any personal experience with it. The only way I know about is because I have 2 nephews in Austin Texas that do it regularly.
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Try searching online for places that sell "cave exploring" equipment. This has become a popular form of recreation. I do not have any personal experience with it. The only way I know about is because I have 2 nephews in Austin Texas that do it regularly.
Thanks that came up with a lot of stuff. I was searching for head lights and only car stuff came up so I guess headlamp is more appropriate.

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Try searching online for places that sell "cave exploring" equipment.
Cave exploring is known as "spelunking."

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Hi Dave, I had another question since you actually have one. What is the color of the light? I have a hard time seeing with most LED light because they are blue tint. People keep giving me LED flashlights and I can’t see anything with those. I know LEDs come in different colors, but I never know until I turn it on.

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Household-sized LED lights are available in several different "color temperatures." The gamble is to try them to find the one(s) that you like best. I have both a "warm" and a "neutral" over my woodcarving bench on long (3-element) swing arms. That keeps the base swivels well out of the way. 18W, 40+ LED, 120 degree cast, not daylight but far better than incandescent. I think this is better for me and what I do than a headlamp.

On the down side, the power supply is in the base of each bulb. 13.5oz each. Plus, the powersupply is dirty, badly filtered, and delivers a AC hum in the shop FM radio.
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I have a round fluorescent swing arm attached to a work bench and I have the same issues with the transformer. Actually I turn it off when not in use because I’m always afraid it will catch fire. The main problem with it is that I’m moving around a lot and it also sometimes gets in the way.
I need at least two more fluorescent lights over my woodworking bench and I may put a couple up this weekend, but for seeing small close up stuff I still need something more because of the shadows.

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Hi Dave, I had another question since you actually have one. What is the color of the light? I have a hard time seeing with most LED light because they are blue tint.
My CREE headlight has a white light beam.

I use my headlight if I have a power outage and need to get the portable generator fired up to get some power back in the house.

Also for working in a dark room where I have turned off the breaker for some electrical maintenance.
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Another source of extremely bright led lighting would be gun shops.

I have one attached to the barrel of my 12GA that runs on 3 AAA batteries and produces over 250 lumens. Its a very high intensity white light that will blind a person even without focusing it directly in their face.

I can't find the exact one that I own, but here's a link to the closest matching unit of the newer lights.

https://www.nebotools.com/prod_detai...=94&subsubcid=

The site appears to be messed up, just scroll to the right for the info on the light.

I love this light and when its not attached to the shotgun I keep it close by to use on those trips to the toilet in the dark I find myself making ever since I turned 50.

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I was at the Oral Surgeon yesterday. He had a light that clipped on his glasses and t was powered by a lithium battery on his belt. I don't know the brand but it might give you a place to start.

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I was at the Oral Surgeon yesterday. He had a light that clipped on his glasses and t was powered by a lithium battery on his belt. I don't know the brand but it might give you a place to start.
Thats what I'm looking for. I rembered when I was searching for something simular, that the guy who mentioned it was a dentist.

Anyway I’ve been using my Husky 2 lamp head lamp from Home Depot this evening to find some wood in my shed and I could barely see anything. Not only that but it has a single strap that runs around my head and it kept dropping. It always seemed to happen when I had my hands full and was a real pain in the butt. I ended up yelling for my wife to bring a flash light and upset every dog in the neighborhood.

Ok I just did another search and found one on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/320948890152?lpid=82

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