Headlamps are ubiquitous and not that expensive, true. I had looked at some in my local Walmart
, but didn't pull the trigger, because I foresee a few drawbacks in my case:
1) When I move my head to get a look at different angles, which I tend to do a lot of, it seems I'd likely be continuously having to adjust the the headlamp. That might wear out the pivot prematurely, and would definitely be annoying.
2) Related to #1 above, due to my presbyopia, I wear safety glasses with magnifiers at both top and bottom (these)
, so I am frequently tilting my head to see thru the bifocal portions -- though not nearly as much or as extreme as when I wore lower bifocals only! This necessary action would throw light away from where I had aimed it.
3) Having to keep the headband clean or instantly get my hair filthy upon next use -- maybe have to buy a second band/strap for standby while one is waiting to be washed. Contrast this with just hanging up or otherwise stowing a non-wearable lamp & it being ready to go at any time; or if cleanup is needed, a quick wipe with Wet Ones or Simple Green.
I could try a plastic one and see how long it lasts. This would also allow a lightweight arm, especially if I got one with battery pack in back, as the lamp body should be lighter weight with that type.
A Gorilla Pod
would allow perhaps the most choices of mounting locations on the vehicle, but I'm leaning toward something like this
-- the included plate could be mounted to a clamp, providing that quick option.
: It completely slipped my mind that I already have a potentially suitable arm: a magnetic base
for my digital indicator. I'll see how well it sticks to various parts of the vehicle (both clean and not so much). If it fits the bill, I'll fab a lamp holder for its clamp.