It’s again that time of the year when darkness comes just like that. So please people, remember to use reflectors and especially when leaving the comfort of street lights, everyone should have a reliable headlamp too. Today we’ll take a look at Lumonite Pixel headlamp and let’s see what is this small but powerful headlamp made of. Lumonite contacted me awhile back and asked if I’d be interested in testing and reviewing this Pixel headlamp which is a brand new product for this fall. Some years ago I did a headlamp buyer’s guide so I think I know a little something about these products. So I said ‘yes’ for the review. They were smart when asking for an honest review, because that’s the only type of review I’ll give! So pros and cons will follow. I’ve been testing this product now for couple of months. It’s also visible in couple of my videos, for example during my Nuku Yö Ulkona trip I used this specific light. It proved to be very useful that night, it was very dark because there was no moonlight at all. Also during latest trip to Lapland I carried this headlamp in my jacket’s sleeve pocket. I kept it there to see how well it would withstand a bit of sub-zero temperatures. But more on temperature ranges later. I didn’t do any night time hiking during that trip, but of course a headlamp is needed during the evenings in the camp and inside the shelter and in the middle of the pitch black nights when nature called. In those latter situations, ease of use is very important. Usability and reliability are important factors for a headlamp. This is exactly what Lumonite Pixel aims to provide. That provides a good primer to what this lamp is all about. So not only this is fairly simply in its functionality, with just one button on top of the lamp, this lamp is also priced at only 54,90€. If you want to think about in a way of how bang for your back do you get, that’s roughly 4,5 lumens per euro as the maximum brightness is 250 lumens. That’s pretty good power output for a headlamp of this size and more than enough for backpacking use. Total of four different light modes. “Moonlight” mode is just 1,5 lumens then there’s normal low level 25 lumens, medium 90 lumens and high with 250 lumens. With the high setting, you get roughly 80 meters of visibility. Switching between light modes works with a bit different logic between lamps, with flashing/strobo modes and such it might be even a bit challenging. Especially during the night when climbing out of your sleeping bag and trying to figure out how which button worked again. With this headlamp, things are pretty simple: just press the button once. The lamp will activate in the previously used power mode. After that you can cycle between the modes by holding down the same button. When you release the button it then stays on that mode. Press once more, and the lamp turns off. If a situation emerges where you quickly need the maximum brightness mode, then simply double click the button. So straight to the brightest mode. Also if you have some other mode already on, you don’t have to cycle through all of them, just double click to get 250 lumens instantly. Worth noting also that the previously mentioned 1,5 lm “moonlight” mode can be accessed a bit differently: when the lamp is turned off, keep the button pressed down for about 3 seconds. Like so. When it’s dark, that’s my favorite brightness mode. I might have mentioned that in my previous video. The reason for this is that usually when it’s dark, your pace is generally slower – not to mention when you’re in the camp – so super bright lights are unnecessary in my opinion. Also when using low brightness settings it saves battery, it saves your eyes, and if you have any buddies with you you don’t ruin their night vision so badly either. All in all, if there’s no real need for high power output then always opt for the lowest possible brightness setting. So this headlamp is very simple to operate. Naturally, the next question is how’s the battery life going to be for such a small device with those relatively good lumens then? Well, the built-in battery is 850 mAh. With the lowest brightness the battery will last roughly 15 days. With the full brightness of 250 lumens, the battery will last 1 hour and 55 minutes. I think this are pretty good numbers, because I want to stress that you very rarely need the maximum brightness setting anyway. One of my favorite features of this headlamp is how it is charged. You don’t need to mess around with bunch of batteries, this has its own USB-charger The charger works with a magnetic base plate that just snaps to it’s place. The red glow through the lens indicates that the lamp is charging. That changes to green once the built-in battery is full. So a no-fuss operation overall. No need to carry extra batteries with you as you can charge the lamp for example from a power bank that you have for your phone. A normal recharge time from empty to full takes two hours. I haven’t yet managed to drain the battery completely. I have a habit of recharging all my equipment when I get back from trips, and also when I pack for the next trip I double check (and charge) everything again. Let’s take a look at the size of this thing next. As you can see, the headband is simple as well. It doesn’t have the third strap that usually goes on top of your head. That’s because this lamp – which by the way can be disconnected from the band – is very small and lightweight. I’ll take my glove off so you can see better. I can fit this lamp inside my fist. The lamp weighs just 63 grams (or 2,22 ounces). Very small form-factor. Small size has also an additional benefit that most people probably don’t even realize. These type of cylindrical headlamps with the light positioned in 90-degree angle, especially the longer lights suffer from noticeable off-set with the light beam. That doesn’t necessarily bother everyone, but it’s good to be aware of. However this lamp is so short, that the off-set becomes unnoticeable. The light comes very close to center of your vision. Small, yet powerful package,
I’m very impressed by this lamp. If I recall correctly, the website said this doesn’t have any moving parts. So a very sturdy structure considering the weight. This is water and shock proof. There’s a little test for that! Apparently this can be used down to -15 degrees Celsius. So this can be used for most of the winter as well. Connecting back to the headband is easy, just push the lamp in place. You don’t have to worry about the lamp falling off from this. The little Pixel has 60 months warranty. This tells me that the manufacturer trusts their product, that’s of course a positive thing for me as well. This is after all a piece of consumer electronics, made for active use, so it’s great to see longer than the usual 12 months warranty period. Looking at pros and cons, the first bigger pro for me is actually a feature that I haven’t mentioned yet. This lamp is delivered with a keylock enabled so there’s some juice in the device when you get it. The keylock can be turned on fairly easily. Just keep the button pressed longer than what the lamp requires for the moonlight mode. So now that I start pressing the button, first you’ll see the light turn on, and when it turn off, the keylock is enabled. Now I can click this button and nothing happens. Extremely useful feature that’s missing from most headlamps and flashlights. It’s highly unpleasant if the battery has accidentally drained while the lamp is in your pocket or rucksack. The keylock can be turned off by holding the button down for a moment. A very handy feature and I was positively surprised to see this headlamp had it. The second pro is of course the price. 55 euros is not much for a quality lamp. There are cheaper lamps out there, but like I said in my buyer’s guide, there’s also a lot more expensive ones too. The price for a headlamp can vary between ten and hundreds of euros. So, 55 euro Lumonite Pixel is reasonably priced. Third pro is that this is a very simple device. No moving parts, no extra gadgetry or anything like that. Only one button that works with easy-to-learn logic. You can probably manage even without the user manual. Small and lightweight package. That’s why this is probably now my go-to headlamp these days. But what about the cons? Perhaps my only gripe with this lamp is the “moonlight” mode. Although it’s just 1,5 lumens, it’s still not as dim as “firefly” modes that you see on some lamps. Those are usually around 0,25 lumens, so you can’t see that during daylight. This is probably only relevant to reservists and such. Certain type of exercises require either “firefly” mode or red light. For example when you need to read a map in the dark. With “firefly” mode, you’d have to take the light very close to the map to be able to read it. There’s no red light in this lamp, but for outdoor use you probably don’t need it. But yeah, the “moonlight” mode is too bright in some use cases. You can also flip this around and consider that it’s positive thing too. The “moonlight” mode is bright enough for hiking and camping activities. And of course this increases the battery life too, as long as your own night vision is sufficient with the “moonlight” mode. In summary, during these past two months of testing I haven’t found anything else that would a negative. So job well done by Lumonite. If you’re interested in this Lumonite Pixel headlamp, links can be found down below in the video description. And I hope that you, fellow outdoor people, remember to use reflectors and headlamps after dark. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a forest or in urban jogging trails, visibility is extremely important especially now before there’s snow. So let there be light in your autumn evenings, get your headlamp situation sorted,
and I’ll see you next time.