Best Headlamp for Work (2020 Review)

If you usually work in wall cavities or other areas where there isn’t much light, then a headlamp (also known as a head torch) can come in handy. A well-made one can; that is.

On the other hand, a badly made headlamp can give you no end of issues – from poor battery life to unacceptable dim lighting.

If you don’t want to go the rest of the workday with a flashlight in one hand (or between your teeth), then you’ll need a quality headlamp.

To help you out with that, we’ve reviewed the Top 8 best headlamps for work. In our reviews, we’ll go over things like the brightness, water-resistance, battery life, and much more.

best overall rating
DanForce Headlamp
  • Ultra-bright 1080 lumens
  • IP4X – spash and weatherproof
  • Adjustable beam width
premium choice rating
Petzl Headlamp
  • Massive 160 hour battery life
  • Small, lightweight robust design
  • Focused mode has a huge 95m range
great value rating
Neolight Headlamp
  • Excellent value for money
  • Zoomed in or floodlight mode
  • Full recharge in only 4 hours

Best Headlamps For Work

DanForce Headlamp – Best Overall

DanForce Headlamp

Our best overall choice is the DanForce headlamp, which is capable of emitting 1080 lumens from its three powerful LED lamps.

Thanks to its combination of brightness, convenience, and the inclusion of rechargeable batteries, this headlamp is both versatile and effective on the job site.

The DanForce headlamp is available for a surprisingly low price, and it is far more reliable than competing models in the same range. This model also features a pivot system that lets you adjust the angle of the light, and the durable hinge gives a reassuring click as you change the light’s direction.

DanForce Head Torch Bright 1080 Lumens

One of the best features is the ability to focus the beam of light on a particular subject, which can help immensely when you’re working on something small. This headlamp is resistant enough to put up with light rain but lacks any serious waterproofing.

This headlamp is also more comfortable than competing models, with an EVA non-sweat headband that can be adjusted to fit on your head or a hard hat.

Finally, the aluminum hardware on this headlamp makes it light enough for all-day use but durable enough to put up with chaotic work sites.

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What We Like
  • Ultra-bright 1080 lumens
  • IP4X – spash and weatherproof
  • Lightweight and durable design
  • Beam width can be adjusted
  • Made in the USA
What We Don’t Like
  • Controls are inconveniently placed

Petzl Headlamp – Premium Choice

Petzl Headlamp

The Petzl headlamp is the right choice for buyers who don’t mind investing a little more for a piece of high-end equipment.

This model is compact, making it ideal for work in tight environments like wall cavities, and its 350 lumens make it suitable for indoor work, as it won’t be overpowered.

This head torch has four settings: low, medium, high, and a red strobe (which likely won’t see much use at work). You can also choose between a wide beam pattern and a mixed one.

The mixed pattern is perfect for precision work, as you’ll still maintain peripheral lighting along with the focused beam.

There is also an included lithium-ion battery, which makes this headlamp rechargeable.

With a maximum duration of 160 hours, this headlamp can go a long time without having to be recharged, and it’s relatively quick to replenish the cells when it does eventually die.

If you forget to charge this head torch and it ends up dying on the job, then all hope is not lost.

This model is also compatible with regular AAA batteries, so you can just swap them out. Compactness and a high degree of water resistance are the two standout factors in this product.

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What We Like
  • Small size (nice and lightweight)
  • Huge 160 hour rechargeable battery
  • Mixed beam is perfect for work
  • Highly resistant to water
What We Don’t Like
  • Not enough peripheral lighting

Neolight Headlamp – Great Value

Neolight headlamp

The two most important features of a headlamp are:

(1) How bright it is

(2) How long the battery lasts

The engineers who made the Neolight Head Torch clearly understood this, and have successfully made an ultra-bright, long-lasting headlamp.

It’s packed with 5 super-bright LEDs – able to light up objects up to 500 meters away.

Neolight Head Torch 8 Different Lighting Modes

To make sure you don’t accidentally blind someone – Neolight has thoughtfully included 4 different lighting modes. These are great for times when you don’t need as much light, or when you’d prefer a red or warm white light.

The battery on this thing is huge. It lasts up to 10 hours with a single LED, or 4 hours in Ultra Brightness mode (Strobe). While it’s rare that you’ll need to use Ultra Brightness mode for a long period of time – it’s relieving to not have to constantly worry about when the battery is going to run out.

The adjustable strap ensures that you can wear this headlamp on your bare head or with protective headgear on, making it versatile enough for more hazardous work.

Neolamp Bright Head Lamp

You get lots of flexibility in how you charge your headlamp – it comes with a USB charging cable, a US wall outlet charger and USB Charging Cable.

And since it’s rated to a Waterproof IPX5 rating – it’s protected against water spray from all directions. We wouldn’t recommend completely submerging it, but it’s resistant enough to put up with rain or snow.

If you’re looking to save money on your next headlamp without compromising on functionality, Neolight’s headlamp is a fantastic option.

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What We Like
  • Bright and powerful white light – see up to 500m away
  • Long-life rechargeable battery – up to 8 hours on a single charge
  • Waterproof – IPX5 rated
  • Adjustable focus – zoom in on an object or zoom out for a floodlight-effect
  • Comes packed with a USB charging cable, a US wall outlet charger, and USB charging cable
What We Don’t Like
  • Frames only come in 1 color

GRDE Headlamp

GRDE Headlamp

Another reasonably-priced option, the GRDE headlamp is a solid option for buyers that want something water-resistant that won’t break the bank.

This model outputs 1800 lumens worth of light, and it features high and low modes so that it can be used for outdoor and indoor work.

The angle of the light can be adjusted along a 90-degree angle, and it can also be zoomed in to focus the beam on a smaller spot.

The GRDE headlamp even comes equipped with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and three different types of chargers (wall charger, car charger, and USB charger).

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What We Like
  • Water-resistant
  • Affordable
  • Light angle and focus adjustment
What We Don’t Like
  • Unreliable rubber battery cover
  • The headband can get uncomfortable

Cobiz Headlamp

Cobiz Headlamp

The Cobiz headlamp is another mid-range model with a reasonable price and reasonable set of features.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel like this model lives up to its advertised rating of 6000 lumens, which may disappoint you if you’re working outdoors and need the additional lighting.

Like many other models in its price range, the Cobiz headlamp is resistant to rain and water splashes, but you won’t want to submerge it.

The inclusion of rechargeable batteries also helps save money in the long run. Unfortunately, this model is let down by its mediocre build quality.

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What We Like
  • Adjustable light angle
  • Four different lighting modes
  • Affordable
What We Don’t Like
  • Uncomfortable padding
  • The headlamp feels flimsy
  • Doesn’t look as bright as advertised

Black Diamond Headlamp

Black Diamond Headlamp

With an output of 350 lumens, the Black Diamond Headlamp may not be the most powerful model on this list, but it’s certainly versatile.

This headlamp has an IP67 rating which brings it closer to being truly waterproof than many of the other options on this list.

If you’re going to be working in adverse conditions, this is the model for you.

With a max run time of 120 hours, you won’t have to be too diligent about recharging it after work every day.

The only issues we’ve run into are the headband being a little less secure than on other models and the relatively high price.

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What We Like
  • Highly resistant to water and the elements
  • Compact design
  • Good build quality
What We Don’t Like
  • Headband slips too easily, especially with protective headgear on
  • Pricier than many other head torches

HG Headlamp

HG Headlamp

For customers who need the most lighting possible, then the 12000 lumen HG headlamp will likely be the best choice.

While it’s a bit pricier than the competition, its brightness is nearly unmatched.

While the five LEDs on this headlamp are responsible for its exceptional brightness, we have to admit that they make you look like a bug when you wear it.

This head torch comes equipped with rechargeable batteries that will help save you money if you use it frequently.

The adjustable headband on this head torch is also comfortable and easy to fit to your head or headgear.

Of course, you can also cycle between four different modes so that you don’t end up blinding everyone around you with your 12000 lumen brilliance.

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What We Like
  • Very bright rating of 12000 lumens
  • Comfortable and adjustable headband
  • Four different lighting modes
What We Don’t Like
  • Looks absurd
  • A little more expensive than comparable models
  • Build quality should be better for the price

Deriena Headlamp – Waste of Money

FightingGirl Headlamp

With an output of 12000 lumens, one would reasonably expect the Deriena headlamp to be a powerful and effective piece of gear—they couldn’t be more wrong.

While there’s nothing obviously wrong with this model as soon as you take it out of the box, things start to unravel when you look a little closer.

The included rechargeable batteries are labeled as 4200mAh, but that’s either a misprint or outright deceit, as the batteries don’t last anywhere near as long as they should and they’re too light.

Another issue is that this head torch is simply too bulky to be convenient in the workplace. Forget about using this headlamp in a wall cavity or other confined areas.

The build quality doesn’t exactly inspire confidence either. One of the only redeeming qualities of this model is that it’s water-resistant.

Overall, we’d recommend avoiding this one.

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What We Like
  • Adjustable light angle
  • Water-resistant design
What We Don’t Like
  • Too bulky
  • Batteries are misleading
  • Poorly-built
  • Charger lacks voltage and amp ratings

About Blake Sutton

Blake has worked as an electrician for over 10 years, receiving his Journeyman Electrician license in 1998. Looking to take his professional electrical career further, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas in Austin. Blake now works full time as an electrical engineer, specializing in power systems.