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Having a good pair of surgical loupes is sometimes not enough. When performing different dental procedures and examinations, it is also very essential that you have enough amount of light. Having proper illumination does not only help you clearly see the true color of the teeth and the actual condition of the oral cavity of the patient, it likewise helps you get rid of getting eye fatigue or strain. Proper illumination also helps you make it sure that critical details are not missed or overlooked which normally happens when there is only little light available.
Buying a new dental headlight can be a bit challenging. There are a few important factors that you need to consider in order to find the right LED headlight. To make your shopping easier and to help you make the right decision, we have come up with this informative blog post.
Light Intensity Level
Which is considered as the best level of light intensity, 45,000 Lux or 90,000 Lux? This is one of the important questions asked by many dental headlight shoppers. Actually, the light intensity level entirely depends on your personal preference. However, studies reveal that in order for you to see every critical detail in your field of view or in the area you are working on more clearly and more vividly as well as to greatly enhance the quality of your working experience, you will need to pick the headlight with over 40,000 lux. Be informed that, in most cases, those cheaper lights are the ones with lower light intensity level or lux.
Another important factor that you need to take a look at is the headlight's battery system. When it comes to the battery system, consider both the recharge time and the battery life. Choose the one with a short recharge time and a long battery life. This allows you to use the light for a longer period of time without worrying about charging it every now and then or swapping batteries. Also, it is recommended that you pick Lithium-Polymer battery over the traditional Lithium-Ion battery. The Lithium-Polymer battery has a charge memory and it does not radically deplete even if it is half charged. And if possible, opt for the headlight with hands-free on/off power control.
Color of Beam
One important factor that you need to consider when choosing a new headlight is the color of the beam. Among the beam colors available in the market today, the best one to choose is the pure white LED or those that produce a natural daylight illumination. Pick the beam that measures 5500 degrees Kelvin.
Pure white beam color allows you to see the natural or true color of your patients' teeth. Since pure white resembles a natural daylight illumination you can be able to clearly see everything inside the mouth or the area you are working on without any color distortion. Although they are more affordable, you must avoid buying the LED headlights with a blue beam as they result in severe color distortion.