I am looking for a very lightweight headlamp with a moonlight/ firefly mode to use to light up a non backlit tablet keyboard of my at night. I have a Nitecore Nu25 and the weight is perfect. The lowest mode is 1 lumen which is doable. I’m looking for something as lightweight but with sub lumen option. And since I would only use this for indoors and typing, I’m fine with it being cheaply made. Anything like this exists?
PS I also tried some clip on keychain red led lights (I clipped it to the tablet pointing towards the keyboard but it wasn’t floody enough).
Yeah, something like that you could even rig up something on your own. 5mm LED cut flat to be more of a mule (“dedoming” it, in a sense), through a resistor, into a set of AAAs or something. Batteries in/out is the switch.
I actually did take a 5mm LED (this was æons ago) and would lightly touch it against a grinding wheel to see just how small I could make it. Shaved the sides so much that I actually nicked the “cup” that the chip sits in. Shaved down the top part, being careful to not nick the bond wire. Worked fine. Forgot what I did with it, but I just did that to see if it could be done, and how far I could take it.
Or wait a month or two and pick up some LED Christmas lights. The white ones are generally either flat-tops or actually dimpled to spread light rather’n focus it. Philips usually comes out with them, and the WW ones are surprisingly nice, lightwise. 60 in a box or thereabouts.