Forget the old halogen work lights that used hundreds of Watts of electricity, and heated up so badly they tempted many folk to wonder if it was hot enough to fry food on. Modern LED lights use significantly less energy, and with these work lights they have cool operating temperatures. They’re better than ultraviolet radiation emitting fluorescent lights for UV sensitive work like painting arts. Not to mention fluorescents contain mercury, highly toxic for people, animals and the environment. Work lights are supposed to be more rugged, adjustable for directions, and portable compared to regular house lights, lamps and flashlights.
Snap-On 922261 2000 Lumens LED Work Light
Featuring 46 LEDs with 25 Watts of brightly focused eye irritating light rather than widely spread out light, with color temperature at 5000k. The integrated special LED design seems to make it impossible to replace the lights. A buyer claimed the light was “blinking” after a year. Another said that after 11 months the light was less intense for a period every time it switched on. Someone had a breakdown after one day.
It should be kept dry, you mustn’t use it near liquids. It’s lightweight, yet rugged save the glass, and portable. It has a handle for carrying with padding for comfort. The light uses low power and doesn’t heat up. It can be tilted at angles with a knob. The power cable is 6 feet long, and it’s grounded for extra safety, with a third prong on the power plug. Warranty is only for direct purchases from Snap-On.
Hallomall LED Work Light
This portable lightweight light has 24 LEDs running at 15 Watts, with selectable brightness modes, and 6000k color temperature. The light spreads out well. It’s about as bright as a 100 Watt halogen light, just like the number one light in this review. It runs at cool temperatures. The base of the device is magnetic, it can be hung, and rotates 360 degrees.
There’s two USB sockets providing 1 ampere for recharging gadgets. Inside are two lithium rechargeable batteries. There’s no overcharge protection. It can shine for hours if run only from the batteries. The package includes an AC adaptor and USB cable. It consumes 1.6 amperes of current when connected to a mains power supply. There are flashing red and blue hazard lights for emergencies. It has an IPX5 waterproof rating. The adjustable screws can self loosen. There’s aluminum housing with a glass light cover, but glass is fragile.
Nebo Big Larry Magnum COB LED Work Light
Besides the bottom magnet, it could easily fall over on a non-magnetic surface. The strong magnet can stand the light at any angle, according to one buyer. This might work on a tripod with an adjustable angled magnetic platform. You can easily rotate the “stick” body pivoting on the magnetic base, left or right and hopefully it won’t scratch what it’s standing on.
It has a very bright emergency flashing light, but only red. The really bright COB white light can be switched to either 400 lumens or 160 lumens. It looks plastic, but it’s actually aluminum that’s anodized, the same grade used for aeroplanes. There are small parts, which could be choked on by children below three years of age, warns the vendor. It’s somewhat waterproof. The light runs on three “disposable” AA sized batteries, which are included. Several customers said they had faulty issues within days or weeks.
What to Look For
Some of these lights don’t spread out light widely, but rather concentrate it in a small focused intensely lit area. With such lights a number of people have recommended pointing them upwards onto a white ceiling, to light up the room without shadows, and avoid intense light irritation for eye care. But if you’re working outdoors, an LED with a good floodlight effect will be more handy.
The top ranking lights were not dependant on magnetic surfaces. Surprisingly all the extra bells and whistles of the second ranking light didn’t propel it above the top boring light, which didn’t even have a magnet. Both those lights are of the same type, but the simple, significantly more expensive and seemingly less reliable Snap-On, was the champion. The lowest ranking light looked like a futuristic version of an ancient torch. But it appears too awkward to use it like a flashlight.