Im looking at buying either a helmet light or a right angle flashlight for my jacket, im leaning more towards the helmet light because of weight. Could you share your experience with both or which you prefer? Any help would be appreciated.
Both, plus a spare flashlight in a turnout pants or coat pocket.
I use both - a Big Ed right-engle on a coat clip, an Eveready LED white/red helmet light, and a hazardous locations-rated Pelican flashlight as a backup. I also carry three or four green chemlights. Can't have too many lights.
Current technology LED lights add only a few ounces of weight and don't really increase entanglement hazards. The trade-off is having a light source that points wherever you are looking.
Given that minimal trade-off, why not wear a helmet light? Being able to see where you're going will keep you out of way more bad situations than will a totally clean helmet. Wearing a big light on your body is at least as much of an entanglement hazard as is wearing a small LED headlamp.
And...if you wear a traditional helmet with the big frontpiece, your helmet really isn't clean and equipment-free anyway.
I carry both a helmet light and a light on my jacket. I use the helmet light not to see, but so others can see me.If you are worried about a flashlight weighing your jacket down, get rid of some of your stuff. a flashlight is paramount!
I started with a right-angle-light and found that when I'm crawling, it doesn't do much for me in the way of lighting my path. What I've done is keep that light, but I bought a Streamlight helmet light (miner style) for the front of my helmet. Its brighter than hell and the Streamlight brand stands up to heat REALLY well.. GO FOR IT!
i know that a helmet light has worked better for me so i would suggest using one of those. and when you get a light i dont recommend leds. they dont work very well in smoke. but thats just my experience.
During our training, we have demonstrated over and over again that a clean helmet is the safest way to go. We have had numerous firefighters loose their helmets due to entanglement during these exercises.