Adapting the lighting

Lighting can be adapted to different needs by varying two parameters:

  • the pattern of the beam: wide or focused. Different Petzl models offer either one type of beam or the possibility of alternating between a wide or focused beam.
  • the lighting level: most Petzl headlamps have a choice of several modes (maximum, optimum, economic and Boost)


Beam patterns for all uses


Wide beam Faisceau large

It emits uniform, close-range light for stationary activities or those requiring slower movement.

Mixed beam Faisceau mixte

It combines a wide beam for good ground lighting with a focused beam for added depth. This beam is adapted to close-range vision and to moving around.

Focused beamFaisceau focalisé

It concentrates the light to shine long distances and therefore allows longrange, precise vision.



A uniform beam for comfortable lighting

Petzl headlamps:

Perfectly uniform beam: no dark spots, irregularities or blinding spots to impede visibility and reduce visual comfort.

The beams of other headlamps:

Presence of a central bright spot: blinding

Presence of visual defects: lack of precision, discomfort, fatigue




Lighting levels

Lighting performance needs change in different situations. This is why Petzl headlamps offer advanced solutions for lighting management: maximum, optimum, economic and Boost modes.

-Lighting modes

Most of our LED headlamps offer a choice between three different brightness levels: maximum, optimum and economic. This way, the user can adapt the lighting level to the situation in order to favor either light quantity or battery life.
Along with these three levels, there is also a strobe mode, used for signaling location (for rescue, searches, etc.).


-Boost mode

Boost mode is available on certain LED headlamps. It increases lighting strength to approximately 50 % greater than maximum mode for 20 seconds.





Brightest focused beam

Which unit provides the brightest spot beam? What are the photometrics on the light?

photometric values


We use two photometric values to describe our beam of light.

1 - The first one, the luminous flux is the total quantity of light emitted in every direction from a source of light. Luminous flux is expressed in lumens (lm).

2 - The second one is the intensity (in candela, cd) to describe the light power on axis.

This unit is unfamiliar for most people so we had chosen to speak on distances (in meters) using the full moon as reference.

Best regards,

Irregular beam


I bought an Petzl headlamp with three leds two years ago. I used it no more than 100 hours, but suddenly while I was using it and without any knock or shake, the light beam became completly focused in the middle in one point. I thought it was due to the batteries but I changed them for new ones and the light was still concentrated. It looks like the picture in your web page of Irregular beam but still more concentrated. I don't know if the leds are broken or what is happening.


Jose Luis Bayo


Hello Jose Luis,

Our headlamps have a three year warranty, please contact the distributor of your country in order to proceed for a product inspection.

Thank you for your support.

Specification of Tikka XP 2

Goog evening,

I bought today the Petzl headlamp "Tikka XP 2" in shop in Prague.

The paper specification inside an pocket sounds:
a) Brightness: Maximum: 80 h / Economic: 190 h,
b) Distance: 68 m / 21 m,
c) 80 lumen.

But your Web sounds

a) Brightness: Maximum: 80 h / Economic: 160 h,
b) Distance: 60 m / 17 m,
c) 60 lumen.

I see there are much different informations about the same product!

I can add that in the same shop I have seen
some older series of Tikka XP 2 abd its paper speciifcations
were the same like at your Web.

So I ask you: where is the true, please?

Thank you in advance.


RE : Specification

Hello Mirek,

The performance of the Tikka 2 XP have been upgraded, and the correct information is the one on the the technical notice of your product. The information on the web site has not been yet updated and will be done asap. Sorry for the confusion.

Myo XP

I purchased a Myo XP several years ago and it has seen almost zero use (less than 10 hours). However when I attempt to adjust the lamp angle or lighting level the headlamp turns off. I appears that there is a short in the wire from the battery pack to the lamp itself. I am aware of your three year warranty, and while I initially liked this headlamp I certainly would not recommend this light to any of my outdoor friends (or any other Petzl product for that matter). I understand that I have no recourse, but this light is defective and nobody that I have contacted at your company has even attempted to assist me.


Thank you for your feedback.
The products are three years warranty and if you didn't misuse your headlamp then, you can return your product for analyse. You can contact directly your local distributor at the following address:
Staying at your entire disposal.
All the best

Petzl Zipka Headlamp

Can an older petzl ZIPKA headlamp be adapted to provide a RED LED light beam?


Sorry this modification is not possible on that product.
Thanks for your interest.

Red light

A friend on mine gave me a tikka plus a few years ago. I worked well at first but not long after I got it, the red light stopped working. The white light works, as advertised. Is there some way to try changing the red bulb to see if that's the problem? I am still looking but haven't seen anywhere that this can be done.

RE : Red light

Unfortunately, the led can not be replaced.

If your headlamp is still covered by the warranty of three years, please contact directly your local distributor

All the best

regulated light

I just bought a Tikkina 2; how do i turn it to a regulated light?

RE : regulated light

A tikkina 2 can't be turned to a regulated light without the Accu Core.

Red LED output

I would like to have a headlamp with the maximum lumens available for the red LED, but I have not found this specified on any of the headlamps. The unit I have is good for reading at night, but I would also like to use it for beekeeping at night, which requires seeing a wider area in which you are working (honey bees do not see red and so do not fly around, making transporting colonies at night much easier).

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