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Headlamps and flashlights for night hikes


If you want to experience the silence of nature, you can go on a night hike. But hiking at night is not as easy as in daylight. The right lighting is crucial to ensure safety and orientation in the dark. But what are the features of good flashlights for night hiking and what should you look out for when buying one? In this guide, we explain not only which functions and modes a flashlight should have for night hikes, but also what preparations can be made before the hike.

Hiking at night with the right flashlight


Without the right torch, a night hike can be quite dangerous. With the right flashlight, however, a night hike becomes an unforgettable adventure. Flashlights with sufficient lumens ensure that the hiking trails in the forest or in caves are well lit and that hikers recognize obstacles in good time. Good light is also important for spotting animals early on and scaring them away if necessary. When hiking in the dark, e.g. outdoors or in caves, good night vision is essential, which is why flashlights with a red light function or dimmable light can be a suitable solution.

Tip: A lantern can also be useful for night hikes. Lanterns are light and compact and can easily be stowed in a rucksack. A combination of LED flashlight and LED lantern offers flexible illumination in all situations.

A man and a woman doing a night hike with flashlights and headlamps

Differences between flashlights for night hiking and conventional lamps


Flashlights for night hiking are designed to meet the challenges of the dark. They generally have a higher lumen output than conventional lamps and therefore offer greater luminosity and range. These flashlights also have different light modes, which are designed to maintain night vision, for example.

Another difference to conventional flashlights is the power supply and the service life of the batteries or rechargeable battery. Special headlamps and flashlights for the dark often have the latest LED technology built in. LED flashlights are extremely energy efficient. Compared to conventional light sources such as light bulbs, they draw significantly less energy for the same number of lumens. As a result, LED flashlights consume less battery power and last longer when caving and night hiking.

The advantages of flashlights for night hikes:

✔ Comparatively long light range and luminosity

✔ Variety of light modes

✔ Energy-efficient thanks to built-in LED technology

Flashlight for night hikes: These features are important


A good flashlight for night hiking should have a number of features in order to remain reliable in weather conditions and emergencies. Here are some of the most important requirements to consider when choosing a flashlight for night hiking:

  • Luminosity of at least 500 lumens: The brightness of lamps is measured in lumens. For outdoor activities and night hikes, lamps with a lumen rating of at least 500 in boost mode are recommended.

  • Waterproofness (IPX protection): In the forest or in the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable, which is why a waterproof flashlight is very important for night hikes. With IP68 protection, the torch can also be dropped into a puddle without water entering the housing and damaging the flashlight.

  • Robust design: A robust flashlight can also be dropped on the ground without being directly damaged and can withstand extreme conditions. Materials such as aluminum contribute to the robustness of the torch.

  • Easy to use: When hiking at night, it is important that the flashlight is easy to use even in the dark or when wearing gloves. In addition, a lightweight flashlight is useful to keep the weight to be carried as low as possible on longer hikes.
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  • Adjustable focus: With an adjustable light cone, hikers have the best possible flexibility. The adjustable light cone, also known as the zoom function, enables illumination at long and close range. If, for example, a hiking trail is to be illuminated, the long-distance focus is ideal. In a tent or during breaks, on the other hand, close-range illumination is sufficient.

  • Programmability: Thanks to Smart Light technology, Ledlenser flashlights can be programmed in no time at all to have the desired light mode "ready to hand" at all times. This allows you to customize the functions and features of the lamps at the touch of a button or with the app, even when you're on the move, and you don't have to search long to find your favourite mode.
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Maintaining night vision


Night vision, among other things, is crucial for safety when walking at night. Night vision is the ability to see in the dark. The eye becomes accustomed to having less light available at night. If a lamp is then switched on, the eye must first realign itself. The same applies when the light is switched off again: When the eye switches from bright light to darkness, it usually takes around half an hour to adjust. This process is also known as dark adaptation.

But what do you do if you want to read a map during a night walk, for example? Bright light would make it impossible to see anything in the dark. A lamp with red light is therefore a suitable alternative. Red light is less dazzling and the eye does not have to get used to the darkness again after the light is switched off. For this reason, flashlights with red light are a valuable tool for all outdoor activities.

To maintain night vision during night hikes, the flashlight should also be dimmable. This allows hikers to adjust the lamp to different lighting conditions.

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Helpers in emergency situations


Modern flashlights for night hikes are usually equipped with additional functions which, in addition to illuminating distant and close-up areas, can also become important helpers in emergency situations. In the case of flashlights equipped with an SOS mode, the SOS signal makes it clear that you need help and can alert rescuers to your presence.

Good to know: Keychain flashlights can also be a valuable helper at night. Despite their size, Ledlenser key ring torches are very powerful and can be easily attached to any key ring. This means you never have to be left in the dark, whether you are out and about or on a night hike.

Headlamps for night hike


Outdoor headlamps can also be a handy tool for night hikes. The biggest advantage that headlamps offer is freedom of movement. Compared to flashlights, which have to be held in the hand, headlamps can be used hands-free. This is useful when using hiking poles, for example, or when walking on difficult terrain.

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Preparing for night-time hikes


In addition to a reliable headlamp or flashlight, good preparation is also important for night hikes. This includes the right equipment, such as warm and weatherproof clothing, sufficient water and food as well as good route planning.

Checklist for night hikes:

  • Sufficient food and drink
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Extra batteries and power banks
  • Map and a compass if necessary
  • First aid kit
  • Multifunctional tool kit and lighter or matches

Our tip: A night hike doesn't always have to be in the forest or in caves. Children can also go on a night hike in the garden with a tent. Such experiences help children to remain fearless in the dark and can help to encourage their interest in nature. Ledlenser has special children's flashlights that are designed so that even the youngest children can have great fun in the dark.

A girl does a night hike with a headlamp

Hiking lamps from Ledlenser for adventures at night


Whether for mountaineering, fishing or camping, Ledlenser offers a wide range of portable lamps. They are robust, waterproof and offer high luminosity, which is an advantage for a wide range of outdoor activities. Recommended flashlights from Ledlenser for a night hike are the lamps from the P series. The P6R Signature and the P7R Signature both have a red light function, which can be used to maintain night vision in the dark. The lamps also impress with a light output of at least 1000 lumens. If you want to have your hands free when hiking, you can also opt for the HF6R Signature. This is also a headlamp with a powerful rechargeable battery in a compact size. With a maximum luminous flux of 1000 lumens, the HF6R Signature is the perfect all-rounder model for outdoor headlamps. The ML6 from the ML series or KIDCAMP6 for children are the perfect complementary light to bring brightness into a tent.