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Looking to illuminate your lighting knowledge or just find the perfect headlamp? Our nighttime navigators have the details to brighten the way. From lanterns to lights for bikes, our experts have bought and tested the lighting supplies you need to stay out of the dark. Over the years, we’ve spent hundreds of hours developing and executing tests to shed light on all things that glow. Our unbiased analysis and details are sure to keep you bright all night.

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The Hunt for the Best Headlamps

The Hunt for the Best Headlamps

Need a headlamp? Our comprehensive review is here to help. We researched over 50 models before subjecting the best 27 to a gauntlet of hands-on, side-by-side tests. Each product was...
Best Lantern of 2022

Best Lantern of 2022

We bought the best camping lanterns on the market and compared them side-by-side on our well-lit adventures across the U.S. to help you find the one that's right for you.
Best Bike Light Review

Best Bike Light Review

There's great debate on exactly which is the very best bike light. So who stacks up against who? We combined extensive laboratory testing with field testing in cities and rural areas, on...




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Goal Zero Crush Light Review
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Goal Zero Crush Light Review

This lantern is inexpensive, collapsible, and lightweight. It stands out as a superb solar-powered option. Though it could definitely benefit from being a bit brighter, there is no doubt...
Black Diamond Storm Review
Editors' Choice

Black Diamond Storm Review

The Black Diamond Storm is a robust and full featured headlamp that offers a bright beam, a fully waterproof enclosure, and provides good close proximity and trail scores. It is Black...
Black Diamond Spot Review
Editors' Choice

Black Diamond Spot Review

Winner of our Editors' Choice award and one of our favorite lights for general purpose use. Excellent performance at a reasonable price, but facing strong competition from both lower cost...
NiteRider Lumina 750 Review
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NiteRider Lumina 750 Review

The Editors' Choice Award faced some seriously stiff competition in this review, between the reigning heir, the Cygolite Expilion 850, the NiteRider Lumina 750 and the Light and Motion Taz...
Cygolite Metro 400 Review
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Cygolite Metro 400 Review

The Cygolite Metro 400 is a great light for commuting if you are on a budget. While there are many $10-$30 bike lights out there, if you look at our ratings and beam tests you will see...



Lighting Learning Center

How to Choose The Perfect Headlamp

How to Choose The Perfect Headlamp

How do you determine the right headlamp for you? After putting 27 top headlamps through a detailed side-by-side review over multiple years, we developed a clear picture of the competing...
How to Choose a Lantern

How to Choose a Lantern

Learn how to choose the best lantern to light the way on your next outdoor adventure. From backpacking to emergency kits, the right lantern will serve you well

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