On Lail Shabbat (Fri. night) Someone attends a shul that is some distance away from his home. The way home has no street lighting or other form of lighting (e.g. no full moon and few houses).

There is no eruv on his way home, and he has put on the headlamp before Shabbat began. Can he wear this handlamp to light his way home?

Consideration factors

  • Is the headlamp considered muktzah?
  • Is wearing the headlamp similar to wearing jewelry, which is permitted on Shabbat? I.e. is he violating the rule of carrying?
  • Other problems / violations not mentioned

Please do not factor the notion that he should stay home and not go to shul, altogether. Assume that he was a guest who went to shul and didn't know how dark it was on the road and there happened to be a lit headlamp available for him to use.

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    Without getting too much into it, "a need for him to be in shul" is no excuse to carry on Shabbat, unless the need is to treat a congregant who's having a heart attack. – Double AA Jun 9 '16 at 16:34
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    If you were to wear a headlamp and it went out during the walk, you would be able to see far less than if you had not worn a headlamp in the first place. It is better to let your eyes adjust to the darkness......then eat carrots when you get home. – HaLailah HaZeh Mar 6 '17 at 5:08
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    @HaLailahHaZeh This may be true. However, the purpose of the head lamp, here, is more to prevent danger on the side of the road. Drivers need to see you walking on the side of the road. – DanF Mar 6 '17 at 15:59
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    @danf for drivers to see you one can wear a reflector strap. That is 100% permitted. – Gershon Gold Jan 31 '18 at 23:36
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    @GershonGold Yes, but it doesn't light up your way on the road. – DanF Jan 31 '18 at 23:41

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