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Princeton Tec Byte LED 200 Lumen Headlamp

The Princeton Tec Byte 200 lumen headlamp is lightweight and puts out a good amount of illumination for night hiking.

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/16/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
6/16/2021

The Princeton Tec Byte / 200 Lumens

WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERIES: 42 GRAMS (1.5 OUNCES)

TWO AAA BATTERIES: 22 GRAMS (0.8 OUNCES)

TWO WHITE BEAMS: 200 AND 50 LUMENS

BURN TIME: 3.4 HOURS AND 11 HOURS RESPECTIVELY

TWO RED BEAMS: 4 AND 1 LUMENS

WATER RESISTANT: IPX4 (RESISTANT TO WATER SPLASHES ANY DIRECTION)

BEAM: SPOT

MAXIMUM VIEWABLE DISTANCE (5 LUX): 20.2 FEET

**We purchased all items and were not solicited to review any item in this blog post.

The Princeton Tec Byte 200 lumen headlamp provides enough light to safely hike at night under various trail conditions. The headlamp is lighter and more compact when compared to other hiking headlamps. The white spotlight beam allows for more illumination at a distance.

The measured lux values at different distances for the Princeton Tec Byte (200 Lumens) is shown above. At ten feet the lux value is about 20 which makes this headlamp useful for night hiking in various trail conditions. It is important to have a lux value of at least 5 for safe hiking.

Recommended Lux Values

Different tasks require different levels of illumination or lux. In general, the more detailed the task the more illumination or lux is required. Detailed drawing work can require 1,000 lux while navigating a stairway at night only requires 15 lux.


The Princeton Tec Byte light distribution

The light distribution of the Princeton Tec Byte (200 Lumens) is shown above. The illumination in lux was measured one foot away from the light. The beam was focused which makes good illumination at a distance possible. Because of the small area of illumination the lux value was high. The measured maximum lux at one foot was about 2000 which would make close up detailed work one to two feet away from the headlamp possible.

Summary

Pros

  • Lighter than most headlamps
  • Provides enough illumination to hike most trails at night
  • Has a red LED light option

Cons

  • Not compatible with a rechargeable battery pack
  • Light switch not easy to use
  • Only a 3.4 hour maximum burn time

The Princeton Tec Byte (200 Lumens) is a lightweight headlamp that provided enough illumination to hike under various trail conditions.  If you are lightweight backpacker and plan on hiking at night this headlamp will meet your needs.

  • Compact and lightweight (41 grams without batteries)
  • Two white beams (200 and 50 lumens)
  • Burn time 3.4h and 11h respectively
  • Two red beams (4 and 1 lumens)
  • Two AAA batteries
  • IPX4 (water resistant)

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.