Outdoor headlamps as light sources for macro?

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Outdoor headlamps as light sources for macro?

Hello everybody,
I use Canon EOS 6D and I'm soon buying Canon 65mm 1-5x Macro lens. I did take some macro photos before and I want this particular lens because it will enable me to take some really unique shots in this incredible magnification. Essentially, my largest macro interest are still "nature"objects, most importantly: water in all the forms (water drops, snowflakes, etc.), but also others such as grass, leaves, etc.

Now, I did a lot of investigation and it seems to be that for this Macro lens
and my future usage, some external light source is a must. Initially, I thought of getting the Yongnuo YN-24ex twin Canon replacement (has positive reviews and is much cheaper than the original Canon Twin LiteMT-24EX).

However, I'm wondering if it would be a better idea to simply use my current outdoor headlamps. I have several ones, including Petzl Tikka and Black Diamond Icon Polar (they give up to 320 lumens), and I'm also planning to get one more that gives even 1500 lumens. They are really powerful and have one more advantage: I sometimes take shots in VERY low temperatures (for example -40 C) and these headlamps have accumulators that are detachable and can be stored in a pocket, thus they do not discharge quickly.

However, I have no idea in practice how the "quality" of light differs between such headlamps and dedicated twin light. Headlamps give you a lot of flexibility (I don't have to wear them on my head of course, I can put them anywhere near the object), but still having a light source attached to the lens seems like something that may be much better in lighting up a given object.

Any thoughts and advice?

I could in principle get this twin light as well, but hey, it's always better to minimize the stuff you carry (if reasonable), and if this headlamp would give me the same "light-power" as this twin, then why even bother taking twin...

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