We have 2 older Petzls. One with only 2 bulbs and one with 4. They work fine.
I too ended up with an Actik Core recently. I like it for all the reasons above. It does have a couple of quirks. One is that it always turns back on at the lowest power setting. (Or if you were using the red bulb, it turns back on in red.) I actually like it, as that's how I use the headlamp most of the time--lowest power. But it does slay me that they don't just have it turn back on at whatever brightness setting it was last used at. The other quirk is that it doesn't flip (angle) down as much as I'd like. It really should have one further click. Not a big deal for most things, but it's not very convenient for eating.I like the PETZL ACTIK CORE 450. I use it on night time trail runs, in camp and coming off the water in the evening. It comes w/ a rechargeable battery and you can us 3- AAA batteries as well. max lumens gives me about 2 hours and the low and mid settings go for days. It does have a red light and has been water resistant/waterproof through quite a few rainy runs. They run about $70 and I think it's worth every penny.
Valid point, the over the top super bright flashlight is always a hit.What about flashlights? For some reason I've always coveted a gajillion lumen strong, waterproof flashlight that I could claim to need for boating or off-roading or something, but really just want to randomly illuminate treetops, mesas, and docks a quarter mile away....