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Headlights for Helmets

The only product I have found that really allows a skater to see in the dark is the helmet-mounted spotlight. These are typically manufactured for mountain bikers so the easiest place to find them is in a cycling shop.

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One Problem With Helmet Lights
The big drawback to skating with a helmet headlight is that it will be so shockingly bright to people looking directly at it, that it will probably annoy them, and for sure it will temporarily disable their night vision. Be sure to keep this in mind when you are determing if it is safe to skate with a headlight on your helmet (it is possible that in some crowded skating situations a helmet headlight might not be safe, because people might not be able to avoid looking directly at the super-bright light).

About Skating With a Flashlight
I have never seen a flashlight that provides enough light for skating at night. I have skated with a flashlight a few times, and they do light up the area in front of me, but by the time I see obstacles I am too close to avoid colliding with them. Even if a bright enough flashlight was available, it is easier to balance on skates when both of your hands are free, so a helmet headlight is a much better option, as long as it is not so heavy it throws off your balance.



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