Portable lighting sources, such as flashlights, are extremely popular, especially for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts which is a huge demographic in itself. We have often overlooked these types of items, as they typically aren’t designed with an environmentalist’s priorities in mind. Most of this is due to the amount of manufacturing involved in creating one single item, so the carbon footprint is already quite large before these items hit the shelves. That being said, there has been a lot of improvement in this regard, especially when it comes to making the final product greener, so it’s interesting to see the reaches of environemntal progress. In this article, we would like to highlight a couple gadgets that incorporate green solutions while still providing a high level of tactical capability.
When people think of headlamps, it’s not uncommon for the first thought to be a mining crew, but this is only a very small fraction of the uses for headlamps. They are now being used at an increased rate across the board, including professional industrial applications, recreation, outdoor adventures, and as safety items to have around the house, cabin, RV, or wherever you may want to have a backup source of light.
The incorporation of more efficient LED lighting systems into headlamps serves multiple purposes. First, this is a much more environmentally-friendly approach, as LED lights consume less electricity, or in this case, last longer without having to be replaced. This reduces the longterm cost for the person wearing the headlamp, ensures a longer operational time so you aren’t left in a sticky situation, and LED lights are now capable of being extremely bright even when compared with their less efficient counterparts. Check out this resource for a few good options for bright LED headlamps.
Here’s a more conventional option for those who don’t want to have as much fun. Of course, if LED lights can be incorporated into a headlamp, they can also be incorporated into a flashlight. There are a few trade-offs to these options. First, having a flashlight generally eliminates the use of one of your hands, unless you hold the flashlight in your mouth, but that’s onot always ideal. On the other hand, flashlights are typically much more durable then headlamps, so you can be a little more wreckless with them.
LED flashlights tend to be a little more expensive if you want to ensure a high-quality item, but the price range is extremely wide, as it depends on the application. If you just want an emergency light that will last, but doesn’t need to be extremely bright, then you won’t have a problem finding something to fit your budget. However, if you need a high lumen count to maximize brightness (e.g. outdoor/wilderness applications) while still inluding green technology, then you may have to search a little harder to find something you like that fits in the budget. Check out this resource for a good list of bright LED flashlights.
Throughout this site we have discussed many different green gadgets and technology that span a wide range of applications. If there is one thing to take away from this, it’s that green solutions can be implemented in all parts of life, it’s just a matter of understanding what is and isn’t green, as well as where to look (which is why we talk about these things!). In this case, more environmentally-friendly lighting is just the tip of the iceberg, so we encourage you to have some fun browsing around for ways to reduce your carbon footprint!