black diamond spot headlamp on work table

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Review

Whoever invented the headlamp needs world recognition and some sort of prize for best invention ever. 

The headlamp reigns supreme over all other lighting devices. Whether you’re a mechanic, outdoorsman or a service member, the headlamp is one of your best friends in a dark environment, especially when you need both hands free to perform a task. 

For any household, I would recommend having at least one headlamp on each level of your home as well as one in each car.

Now, one of the main purposes of a headlamp is to use in an emergency or task where time is of the essence. 90% of the time I’ve grabbed a headlamp it was because something broke and needed to be addressed NOW.

In using the Black Diamond Spot, there are three words that come to mind:

Worst. Headlamp. Ever.

Another thing that comes to mind is this must have been a headlamp designed for millennials by millennials. The is because of the touch screen-like controls on the side that trigger different things to happen. Both the top button and touch control are overly complicated when you’re simply just trying to get a light fixated on what you’re doing.

black diamond spot headlamp on work bench with white light on

When a complicated task presents itself, the last thing you want is to mess around trying to get your headlamp doing exactly what you want it to do. Very annoying.

How do the controls operate? If you want to go from white light to red light, you have to turn off one of the colors and then hold the button until another color comes on. This is confusing because until you figure it out, you’re accidentally turning on and off other lights while some other light is dimming.

black diamond spot headlamp on table with red light on

Then there’s the side touch button which is used for the white lights. This feature does the same thing the top button does as far as turning different white lights on and off. Why it has to be there is uncertain but it makes for interesting marketing towards the younger crowd at least.  

black diamond spot headlamp shining on carpet

The lighting intensity is very nice. For the 2018 model, it’s 300 lumens which is a jump from a previous version of the Spot. For headlamps of this size, that’s pretty good. The only complaint in the lighting department would be the pattern. It was neither great for near or far range.

black diamond spot headlamp red light shining

black diamond spot headlamp shining on door

The sad part is Black Diamond could have made the Spot a better headlamp if they only followed a more simplified design. Is there anything wrong with having just one button to select between low, medium and high?

Why does everything we create have to be overly complicated? 



Very lightweight.

Decent brightness of light.



Overly complicated controls.

Lighting patterns could be a little better.


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