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#39043 - 06/08/04 10:13 AM Work Lights
sbw010 Offline
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Registered: 05/19/04
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Loc: Houma, LA, USA
I was just curious as to the type or work light everyone uses. I have been using incandescent drop lights for a while. I was considering trying a fluorescent one. Any thoughts?

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#39044 - 06/08/04 10:56 AM Re: Work Lights
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1428
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Stan, First off... Welcome to ECN

I work mostly in residential/commercial service.. So I end up pretty much anywhere at anytime! I get the most use out of my Mag-lite over anything! I have a 500W halogen I use if I need to lighten up a larger area (panel change at night) but this puts out alot of heat! I've used the incandescent work lights before & they did alright as long as I used a rough service lamp inside.. The small flourescents seem to be the way to go nowadays for getting light into attics or crawlspaces & such! They seem to be built pretty tough & very little heat is produced.. Which is VERY appreciated when that attic is about 150²F already!!!

#39045 - 06/08/04 01:26 PM Re: Work Lights
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Welcome to ECN!

In response to your question, I use the DeWalt swivel head work light that uses the 14.4v batteries from my drill.

Other than that, for area lighting I use a standard Quartz/Halogen floodlight. I used to have one on a tripod that I salvaged from a jobsite, but it got lifted, so I'll probably get another one.

The only poroblem I've had with the standard "garage" style work/drop/trouble light is I keep knocking the lamp and blowing the bulbs!

Maybe I'll invest in a FL hand light...
#39046 - 06/08/04 11:10 PM Re: Work Lights
wa2ise Offline
Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 782
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
The only poroblem I've had with the standard "garage" style work/drop/trouble light is I keep knocking the lamp and blowing the bulbs!

I have an older garage trouble light that I put a compact florescent bulb in. Less heat and it seems to not mind the abuse. Of course the trouble light should be a bigger one so the compact florescent doesn't touch the frame.
#39047 - 06/08/04 11:46 PM Re: Work Lights
frenchelectrican Offline
Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 939
Loc: Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
i have few diffrent troble light from small battery powered flashlight and cordless dewalt 18 volt fexible neck flashlight for bigger area i have fluorsecent troble light, 500 watt quatzhalogen light and 400 watts MH hid floodlight set up as area light aka large area light also i have monster 1500 watts MH too but big one i dont use it not too often at all due the amout of light and power usage most of the time largest one is allready wired up for 277 volts for big commercal area

merci, marc
Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

#39048 - 06/09/04 08:07 AM Re: Work Lights
kyme Offline
Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 38
Loc: Kentucky
On a project that we may be on for a couple
of evenings i think the temporary string
lights are wonderful. 100' with 10 bulbs
you can light an area really well with those.
they are great for new construction, for other times i have stand lights and i have found that the 18v milwaukee flashlight will
light up a area pretty well.
#39049 - 06/09/04 10:03 AM Re: Work Lights
macmikeman Offline
Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 717
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
I add a pigtail to a recycled 2' x 4" lay in 4 lamp flourescent light from office remodel jobs that otherwise would get trashed. When working late to get a new resturant project open on time or other jobs where lighting is needed but heat isn't , it works great.
#39050 - 06/09/04 01:27 PM Re: Work Lights
SteveMc Offline
Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 62
Loc: Rock Hill, SC
I have one of the new LED headlamps. I love it when working in the attic or crawl, it keeps you hands free and not as cumbersome to drag around as the 18v DeWalt. As an ex-coal miner it just feels natural to have a light on your head when you're crawling on your knees. I also have a homemade 500w quartz light stand that I use sometimes. I used a trouble light a few times and after blowing bulbs on the wrong side of the attic a few times I gave up on them.
#39051 - 06/13/04 09:06 AM Re: Work Lights
classicsat Offline
Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 456
I like those reflector type clamp-lamps.
I own a halogen floodlight, but my brother has it.
#39052 - 06/13/04 09:16 AM Re: Work Lights
mvpmaintman Offline
Registered: 09/15/03
Posts: 123
Loc: Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Its a little pricey but I really like my led flashlights, one runs on three "C" cells, the other on four "N" cells. Throw light about 100' and man are they bright. the small on fits into my headstrap just like a maglite does.

Nothing like being inside a commercail building full of whirling machinery when all the lights go out. (Ever notice they don't put windows in factories.)

Lol Dave
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