Winter is quickly approaching, and that means the days are getting shorter – not to mention the weather changes, including snow, rain and fog. Your normal running time might have fallen during daylight hours in the summer months, but now it’s likely to be dark and therefore more dangerous when you go for a run.
When running at night, you have decreased depth perception, less secure footing and often little motivation to run in the first place. Fortunately, many runners have found headlamps to be an effective method of combating these common winter running hazards.
How an LED Headlamp can Help
An LED headlamp is perfect for running at night – not to mention cycling, walking and most other activities requiring illumination. Headlamps are typically held onto your forehead with an elastic strap, leaving your hands free for balance, signaling or carrying weights to add some muscle toning to your run.
When you wear an LED headlamp, the light always shines in the direction you’re looking, illuminating the path or sidewalk ahead of you with a steady beam of light. Wearing a quality headlamp while running can help you avoid trips, bumps and getting lost at night. It also makes you more visible to motorists, bicyclists and other runners.
What to Look for in an LED Headlamp for Running
LED headlamps are superior to headlamps with traditional incandescent bulbs because of their efficiency, battery life and brightness. They might seem somewhat pricey at first, but they pay for themselves many times over in batteries and convenience.
Choose an LED headlamp with comfortable elastic straps that keep your headlamp stable on your forehead. This is important for keeping your path brightly lit, with little risk that the headlamp will drop or stop illuminating your line of sight.
You’ll also want an LED headlamp that is dimmable, which makes it more versatile for year-round use. When dusk falls, you can turn your headlamp to a lower brightness setting, and increase the illumination level as it gets darker. This allows you to preserve battery life as well as avoid blinding fellow runners and pedestrians.
It’s important to be able to see where you’re going when you’re on a run, and it’s especially crucial to remain aware of your surroundings. A quality LED headlamp can help you do both.