The Milwaukee USB Beacon Hard Hat Headlamp (2116-21) struck us as a unique tool. The concept of a hard hat LED lamp isn’t new. The “defensive” nature of the light system stood out. Typically, personal lighting is about helping you see. This tool also worries about making sure you get seen.
Milwaukee 2116-21 USB Beacon Headlamp Features
We’ve already reviewed the Milwaukee USB hard hat headlamp. The Milwaukee USB Beacon Hard Hat Headlamp brings some new features. It has what Milwaukee Tool calls “active personal safety” lighting. It sports a red LED light band that goes around the backside of the headlamp. The front light provides 600 lumens in either spot beam, flood beam, or both. This output surpasses anything we’ve seen from Milwaukee USB rechargeable headlamps before.
When working on a job site, LED headlamps let you see the area in front of you. Others, however, can find it difficult to see you, particularly from behind. The red LEDs on the back of the Milwaukee USB Beacon Hard Hat Headlamp give up to 1/4 mile visibility in all directions. With the red LEDs, you also get a solid or flashing mode that makes sure people know where you are on the job site at all times.
The headlamp has both an elastic strap and hard hat clips so it fits all hard hats without adjustment. The new Milwaukee USB Rechargeable 360 Degree VIS Hard Hat Headlamp is powered by a RedLithium USB Battery.
USB Rechargeable and Multiple Applications
Expect to get up to 2,000 charges and fast charging speeds via USB. Milwaukee also gives you a limited lifetime warranty on the light and LEDs.
We could see this used with a hard hat on a construction site, or even with early morning or dusk landscaping crews. This type of headlamp does a great job offering some handy safety features where you need visibility.
The Milwaukee 2116-21 USB Beacon Hard Hat Headlamp costs around $99.