I'm a big fan of Black Diamond's Spot and Storm headlamps. The new Storm has adjustable red lights in addition to its normal white modes. It's also waterproof. It retails for $50. I'm not sure if that's high dollar to you or not. Last years model is out there for about $35.
I too am a big fan of Black Diamond headlights. I've used them underground for years and had very good luck with them. I have two Ions that are at the top of their price scale, but well worth it. I think they run around $80 and I bought them both at REI. The run time is really good on them and I can easily get an 8 hour cave trip in on a set of batteries, running on it's brightest setting.
petzl is another reliable headlamp i used back in the pre-LED days. i only switched to BD because they were making some really good, well designed, well priced, ultra light ones back when i was looking.
Not a fan of my cheap Black Diamond. I added one to my cart on a whim, it was one their cheapest headlamps about a year ago. It does not work in temps below ~45. It turns off immediately in the cold and is extremely frustrating, the battery cover also is flimsy-avoid their most budget model!
Princeton Tech (Princeton Tec |) has always been good to me. Good warranty, good products, and made in the U.S.A (if you call jersey usa)
I am pretty happy with my Petzl. 10 years at least and still going strong. I broke my wifes and tried to order parts - the guy sent them for free and wouldn't bill me. I told him it was my fault and in no way a failure of the headlamp. He still sent it. It's the little one with three AAs. Actually my really old one still works too but it is all stretched out. My daughters were like a neck light.
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