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ILLUMAGEAR Halo Light Keeps Workers Safe in Dark Environments

 
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Overview
 

PPE:
 

Positives


Helps workers see in dark situations and be seen from more than a quarter mile away. Provides light in all directions. Lightweight and has a long-lasting battery.

Negatives


The user must wear the battery on his or her waist. The quick-release cord prevents safety issues, though, and the headpiece is lighter because of the battery's location.


Bottom Line

The Halo Light is an oval-shaped light that attaches to any hard hat and provides 360 degrees of light. It makes a worker visible from over a quarter mile away and illuminates the immediate area out to a worker’s visual periphery, making it ideal for those who work in construction, mining, warehouses and other dark areas where a person needs extra light to get the job done.

PostedAugust 11, 2014 by

 
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Workers who need to see and be seen in dark environments don’t have a lot of great safety options. Headlamps provide a beam of light, but they don’t illuminate a large area, they go through batteries quickly and they don’t make the wearer much more visible. Reflective clothing can help make workers visible, but only in the presence of another light source. On-site lighting will light up an area, but it’s not mobile and can require cords that cause tripping hazards.

ILLUMAGEAR, a Seattle-based company that strives to make products that will improve safety in dangerous work environments, has created the Halo Light to solve this illumination problem. According to the company’s CEO, technological advancements in personal safety equipment have been lagging, and we need more innovative products to keep people safe on the job.

The Halo Light is an oval-shaped light that attaches to any hard hat and provides 360 degrees of light. It makes a worker visible from over a quarter of a mile away and illuminates the immediate area out to a worker’s visual periphery, making it ideal for those who work in construction, mining, warehouses and other dark areas where a person needs extra light to get the job done.

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The Halo Light works well for work indoors as well as outdoors. Photo: ILLUMAGEAR

How the Halo Light Works

The Halo Light is designed for tough work conditions and it’s easy to use. The LED headpiece is lightweight and fits snuggly to a hard hat using a spring-mounting system. Installation almost doesn’t warrant the term “installation,” as all the user needs to do is put the light over the top of a hard hat and make sure it clips on. Once the light is in place, the user only needs to press one button to turn on the device.

Pressing the button additional times will cycle through the Halo Light’s four modes: Halo (normal), Hi-Alert (the light moves around the halo to alert others to the worker’s presence), Task (which focuses the light in front of the worker) and Dim (for when the worker is conversing with others).

The Halo Light’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery will last for 12 hours. The battery is worn at the waist and is connected to the light by a cord. (If the cord gets caught on anything, it will quickly release, so it’s not a safety hazard.)

The light’s brightness is also noteworthy; it puts out 276 lumens (in Halo mode), which is significantly brighter than most other headlamps.

The Halo Light Case Studies

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The Halo Light is especially useful for crews working on highways at night. Photo: ILLUMAGEAR

The Halo Light, which first became available for purchase through the company’s website in late January of this year, has been tested at a number of worksites across the country (and even in Canada and Australia). For example, it was used by road construction workers who were resurfacing highways at night in Snoqualmie, Wash., by carpenters during a renovation project in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and by carpenters and laborers at an off-shore oil project in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Thus far, testers have found the Halo Light useful for work at night and during the day in poorly lit indoor locations.

Early Praise for the Halo Light

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The Halo Light is designed for use with almost any hard hat. Photo: ILLUMAGEAR

The Halo Light has won several design awards in the past year for its unique approach to safety. It was the Professional Winner in the Equipment Category at the Core77 Design Awards and received the Silver Medal in Industrial and Life Science Design in the Safety Design subcategory at the 2013 IDA International Design Awards. It was also named a “Product to Watch” by CONEXPO 2014.

The Halo Light offers a new kind of safety technology that both helps the wearer see and makes him or her visible to others. It is well suited to workers in many industries, and it seems especially useful for road construction workers who work at night and need to be seen by drivers.

The Halo Light is available through ILLUMAGEAR’s online store for $229 (which includes a battery pack, charger and user manual). Replacement accessories can also be purchased through the company’s website.

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