I wrote about the new barn not having electricity. We have battery powered lanterns, tap lights, flash lights, and even solar flash lights, but it's still pretty dark once the sun sets. My mom read about my lack of lighting and decided that the solution was one of those headlamps. I was a bit skeptical. Really?!? Yes. A headlamp? Yes. How does it stay on your head? Very well, thank you. Won't it slide down over my eyes? Nope.
I tried it out on Thursday night and couldn't believe how totally cool, awesome, helpful, fabulous that thing is! The model my mom picked out for me has two brightness levels and a third setting that emits a blueish/purplish light that doesn't interrupt your night vision. The box said it was useful for night time fly fishing as the light makes the line glow(?). Not really applicable at the barn, but hey, you never know! The lamp itself also ratchets so that the light can be aimed more forward, up, or down.
The thing that makes the headlamp so cool is that it is hands free! I know I can be a bit slow at times, but this is ridiculous. How could I have not seen the benefits of this sooner? Hands free at the barn? Insert eye roll. Of course that's a brilliant concept. Let's see, I was able to mix feed without the armpit flashlight grip. I was even able to carry both feed buckets at the same time without the aforementioned armpit flashlight grip. I was finally able to wipe down my saddle, something I do religiously after every ride, without guessing where the dust had landed.
I don't know where my mom bought this headlamp so I can't provide the usual link and average price, but I am fairly certain they are widely available so I'll let you Google the thing yourself. And if the rest of you are using one of these, please feel free to let me know how much you like yours!
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