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Old 12-23-2016, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default The work light thread. What do you use/like?

Post up you favorite or hated work/shop lights.

Here are mine.

Larry C work light.
•170 lumens
•3 AAA batteries.
•Pocket clip has strong magnets, with swivel.

By far my favorite light!!!!
Great light output and really brightens up the work space.
This thing is versatile, easy to place anywhere on/under the car (except the aluminum hood, but the splitter, latch and hinges work).
I don't yet know how well the battery life is. So far 8+ hours on the batteries.
They make a 400 lumen one too!!! I'm definitely going to get the 400 lumen one!




Craftsman work light Model#: 73904
•No lumen rating given except 35 individual LEDs.
•rechargeable (110 v or 12 v adaptors).
•4 light modes (main panel, spot, panel/spot combined, flashing)

It's a good overall light. It bathes the area overall but it does not truly give the brightness I like.
The magnet is just ok. It slips and does not rotate well enough.
The battery life is only about 4 hours, so it'll leave you dark on the big jobs.
I hate scrolling through the modes to turn it off.
I do use it, but there are much better out there.




Defiant LED Flexible Work Light
•200/250ish lumens (I can't confirm).
•3 AA batteries
•Flexible wand with good strong magnets at base.
•3 light modes (bright, dim, lamp modes)

I lucked out and found this light in an abandoned building. It's versatile and has a very good output. The battery life is good at around 8 hours on the bright mode. Having to scroll though all the modes to turn it off is annoying though.
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Old 12-25-2016, 01:30 AM   #2
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this in fluorescent, its better than the led version.

https://www.amazon.com/ATD-Tools-800...der+hood+light

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Old 12-25-2016, 10:38 PM   #3
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That looks fantastic.
It's probably not the best at tight spots but that looks like it really lights up the work area well.
It's definitely a shop only light. You can't keep that in the glovebox, but that's not what it's made for.
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Old 12-26-2016, 01:29 AM   #4
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That looks fantastic.
It's probably not the best at tight spots but that looks like it really lights up the work area well.
It's definitely a shop only light. You can't keep that in the glovebox, but that's not what it's made for.
yeah its not an end all solution, but for any under hood or interior work, its about the best there is. after its clamped on the hood or roof, it can rotate quite a bit to aim the light where you need it.
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Old 12-26-2016, 01:39 AM   #5
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I use these and really like them
Nebo Workbright

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Old 12-27-2016, 11:31 AM   #6
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I use these and really like them
Nebo Workbright


That looks good. They have a rechargeable model or a AAA battery model.
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:39 PM   #7
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That looks good. They have a rechargeable model or a AAA battery model.
I use the rechargeable ones and they so far so good
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:31 PM   #8
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Post up you favorite or hated work/shop lights.

Here are mine.

Larry C work light.
•170 lumens
•3 AAA batteries.
•Pocket clip has strong magnets, with swivel.
does this one come with those garden gnomes in the background?
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:42 PM   #9
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I'm using the Nebo (2 of them) as well as another brand that I'll look up. Reason for two, no warning when the charge is expended. Light just abruptly turns off. Has caught me a couple times. I'm also using headlamps by various companies. I might order the Nebo headlamp and try it. Also have an old rechargeable underhood light, but it won't stay on for more than 3-4 hours now, down from 8 plus hours new.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:36 PM   #10
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does this one come with those garden gnomes in the background?

Ha, they like to show up sometimes.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:39 PM   #11
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I'm using the Nebo (2 of them) as well as another brand that I'll look up. Reason for two, no warning when the charge is expended. Light just abruptly turns off. Has caught me a couple times. I'm also using headlamps by various companies. I might order the Nebo headlamp and try it. Also have an old rechargeable underhood light, but it won't stay on for more than 3-4 hours now, down from 8 plus hours new.

Yes it's a great idea to have backups. I've been left in the dark on a few occasions.
I have a Black diamond headlamp that I like. I should have posted that too.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:40 PM   #12
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Default The work light thread. What do you use/like?

i use the same thing as your crasftman stick light but mine is made by mastercraft. aside that i have a few plug in spot lights hanging in my garage that suck way too much hydro for not enough light lol...

i like the stick light though. mines got a magnet bottom so i can stick it lots of places. i might get a few more as they were $30 and provide alot of light for what they are.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:48 AM   #13
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Default The work light thread. What do you use/like?

Well I got the Big Larry by NEBO.
It's slightly bigger than the Larry C I have but is more than twice as bright.
Very strong magnetic base.
3 light modes
400 lumen for 4.5 hours
160 lumen for 15 hours
Red flash for 40 hours.
3 AA batteries.

This thing is BRIGHT!!!


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Old 12-29-2016, 02:49 PM   #14
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Okay, I'll be that guy.

You're a dummy if you're using anything other than this type of rig.

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Old 12-29-2016, 11:27 PM   #15
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Okay, I'll be that guy.



You're a dummy if you're using anything other than this type of rig.




I use one for work. Fenix makes great lights at a reasonable cost.
Headlamps are great and I like them, I just never used one while working on a car.
I will say there is something to be said about bathing an area with light that does not move around when you move your head.

I'll try one next time.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:01 PM   #16
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I bought a couple of these LARRY Boss Nebo lights, magnetic base, flashlight and magnet in the end. I like it very much. And I picked up a Nebo headlight going to try that as well.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:09 PM   #17
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I use one for work. Fenix makes great lights at a reasonable cost.
Headlamps are great and I like them, I just never used one while working on a car.
I will say there is something to be said about bathing an area with light that does not move around when you move your head.

I'll try one next time.
I supplement the headlamp with smaller work lights when needed, but that has been exactly 0 times in the past year.
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:44 PM   #18
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Zebralight H600F headlamp

Never had a need for anything more. Being able to adjust the angle of the light has come in handy more than once.

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Zebralight H600F headlamp

Never had a need for anything more. Being able to adjust the angle of the light has come in handy more than once.


I looked it up, that's a cool light. Nice.
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:54 AM   #20
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Nebo big larry is really bright but not that tough. Mine lasted 8 months in a hobby garage environment.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:39 PM   #21
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Nebo big larry is really bright but not that tough. Mine lasted 8 months in a hobby garage environment.

Crap! Oh well let's see how mine holds up.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:11 PM   #22
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The red blinker went out first. .. now it is intermittent at best
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Highly agree. It's an excellent work light. Really baths the engine bay in light.

True, it doesn't get into every nook & cranny, but does a pretty good job of lighting up everything else
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:06 PM   #24
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Zebra light broke sitting in my car. Went back and forth with them to get a replacement, they had me send it back. Returned it to me saying nothing wrong and I used the wrong 18650 (wrong, I measured and used an 18650 meeting their spec's). They shipped it back with their battery. It worked, for like 3-months.... I use cheap dual 18650 Chinese head lamp for daily and kept the Zebra in the car for emergencies; since its better, because it cost almost 4x what my china light cost, and must be reliable, right? Im on my second China lamp in 6 years, first one just gave up last year. Before 18650's I used a Petzl head lamp and it held up for several years.
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I'm another proponent of using a head light.. Life saver in most cases. I've got a cheapy off of Amazon, but its the most handy yet. It always shines where you are looking

My other work light is the run of the mill Craftsman LED shop/drop light. These put out a TON of light, don't really get hot, and are pretty durable to getting dropped or banged around.

Don't overlook good lighting in your shop/garage in general. I have a couple of the 8' high output florescent light fixtures mounted in my garage that provide GREAT light.
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