Purchasing a new LED headlight can be tricky business and, at L.A. Lens, we appreciate that. It’s for this reason we thought it would be a good idea to put an informative blog post together to help you make the right decision for you.
The first question is – why a LED headlight?
The answer is : Color of the beam
When performing proceedures, it is essential to have the right type of lighting. A pure white LED headlight is recognized as the best light source to use for the level of detail required when practicing dentistry or surgery. This is because a pure white LED is 6000k+ and resembles daylight, allowing you to illuminate your area of focus while representing ‘true color’. Illumination in ‘true color’ means you will be able to identify the accurate color of the object in front of you without any color distortion.
What Intensity do I need: 45,000 Lux or 90,000 Lux?
While light is necessary for every medical or dental professional, the level of light intensity is entirely based on personal preference. Whether the intensity is 45,000 lux or 90,000 lux, a LED light will bring out a higher level of detail which would not have otherwise been seen. Additionally, a LED headlight will remove all shadows from the focus area, thereby increasing your sharpness of vision.
Take notice of the lux (light intensity) when comparison shopping, as the case is often the cheaper the light, the lower the lux.
Does the Weight of the Light Matter?
The quick answer is yes. A portable LED headlight is deigned to sit on your loupes, which rest on the bridge of your nose. If you are working for long periods of time, the pressure on the bridge of your nose can build up and make you extremely uncomfortable. This will often result in your inability to continue working. This is why L.A. Lens has produced the Starlight Mini LED Headlight, which is one of the lightest weight LED headlights on the market. Weighing only 4 grams, the Starlight Mini Headlight allows you to work all day in comfort.
What do I need to look for in a Battery System?
Two aspects that you need to consider when deciding on a battery system are the battery life and the recharge time. Regarding battery life, it is important to use a Lithium-Polymer battery as opposed to a Lithium-Ion battery. Lithium-Ion is dated technology. Similar to phone charging in the 1990’s, if you do not charge a Lithium-Ion battery 100% each time, the battery life will be radically reduced. Lithium-Polymer batteries, however, have a ‘charge memory’ that is much less sensitive and will not radically deplete due to half charges.
We hope these pointers have helped you how to choose a suitable dental surgical light While we have identified why certain lights should be avoided, there is no universal ‘best’ light, as it comes down to personal preference. There is a trade-off between weight and light intensity when choosing your headlight. For those looking for the lightest weight solution, we suggest the Starlight Mini LED Headlight – at only 4 grams. For medical and dental practitioners who require maximum illumination, The Spotlight LED Headlight offers over 90,000 lux and is the headlight for you.