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Simple & Cheap Headlight

Greetings one and all.

Looking for something to use as a makeshift headlight for one of my snowblowers I found this LED swivel light at Harbor Freight. Normally it goes for about $10 but is often on sale for about $8, about what you would pay with the 20% off coupon.

Like their little blue LED lights you often see for free with any purchase it uses 3 batteries (AA's instead of AAA's) but these are much easier to replace; no screwdriver needed, just unscrew the back. The magnetic base also swivels so you can easily point it in whatever direction you want.

I haven't used it for an extended amount of time, so I cant say for how long a set of batteries will last, but I was out clearing snow for about 45 min one night and they still have plenty of juice.

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Greetings one and all.

Looking for something to use as a makeshift headlight for one of my snowblowers I found this LED swivel light at Harbor Freight. Normally it goes for about $10 but is often on sale for about $8, about what you would pay with the 20% off coupon.

Like their little blue LED lights you often see for free with any purchase it uses 3 batteries (AA's instead of AAA's) but these are much easier to replace; no screwdriver needed, just unscrew the back. The magnetic base also swivels so you can easily point it in whatever direction you want.

I haven't used it for an extended amount of time, so I cant say for how long a set of batteries will last, but I was out clearing snow for about 45 min one night and they still have plenty of juice.


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this is a cool low cost alternative. thank you.

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I like that idea... might put one on my new Ariens because the stock lamp is awful!

Might be worth getting a few dedicated rechargeable AAA batteries and charger.
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I like that idea... might put one on my new Ariens because the stock lamp is awful!

Might be worth getting a few dedicated rechargeable AAA batteries and charger.
@d3500ram, If you do, please let me know how you make out - might be interested myself.

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I use a LED headset, wonderful, where ever I turn my head it goes.

You really want something with at least 250 lumens if not more.

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It's not a super bright torch, I think it's like 180 lumens, but it was certainly much better than without it on a road with no street lights.

I just picked up a second one for $8 to add to it, plus they had a pack of 24 AA batteries free with any purchase, so that worked out nice.

EDIT: as a side note, Home Depot has a similar light, I think it was like $20, and I believe it is brighter than this one. Something to look into as well.

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By the headline I thought you ran into one of my old girlfriends.......

Oh, and that light works pretty good. I have one in the garage just because it was too cheap to pass up.
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I use a LED headset, wonderful, where ever I turn my head it goes.

Same here, Streamlight Sceptor.


I'm a night person so I use headlamps every night and have 5 different models to choose from.


For snow blowing I like the fact that if I hear a noise up in the auger housing when I stop and look up in there its lit up. Gas refills, skid shoe height adjustments, checking the oil level etc., no problem..........

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I like that idea... might put one on my new Ariens because the stock lamp is awful!

Might be worth getting a few dedicated rechargeable AAA batteries and charger.
it uses AA batteries
AAA batteries should be banned and outlawed, theyre expensive and last for sh*ts

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and for us canucks, princess auto has them also @$14.99 "not on sale" price
https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...ht/A-p8707440e


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