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Job Site Lighting Reviews

When you talk about jobsite lighting, many products come to mind. Our job site lighting reviews including everything from LED flashlights to work lights and other lighting systems. We cover everything for the workshop or job site but also deal in portable lighting, including battery powered and cordless lights. These new cordless lighting products provide hours of runtime. They shine brighter and have more color accuracy than ever before. Newer LED-based lighting products also have the kind of run-time you only imagined a battery-based tool could have. Job Site Lighting Reviews for Contractors and Shop Owners We feel that halogen job site lighting has reached the end of its life. Newer LED-based lighting solutions like the Festool SysLite DUO work light and the Maxxeon WorkStar 5000 work light have made that clear. Even smaller battery-powered products have changed jobsite lighting. A great example includes the RYOBI Hybrid LED work light. Our job site lighting reviews focus on several key elements. What is the light output? How well does the light cover the work area? If battery-powered, does the LED light provide enough run-time? What is the quality of light (hotspots, color temperature, etc)?

Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight application

Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight

There’s no place light is more important than on a jobsite. You have to see the work and you have to stay safe. So Bosch recently announced the 420 lumen Bosch GLI18V-420 18V LED Worklight. We first took notice of the new light at the 2016 World of Concrete trade show event. The three LED-design offers an adjustable light […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Milwaukee Radius Site Light LED shop

Milwaukee Radius Site Light Review

Earlier this year I proclaimed “halogen is dead”—at least as far as it pertains to the job site light. Products like the Milwaukee Radius Site Light just seem to add additional nails in the coffin. We took a look at this light during the 2016 Milwaukee New Product Symposium, and it had a good set of features. […]

DeWalt 20V MAX Handheld LED Light (DCL044) application

DeWalt 20V MAX Handheld LED Light DCL044

Who couldn’t use a little more light shed on the jobsite? The new DeWalt 20V Max handheld LED Light aims to do just that. It provides up to 160 lumens, illuminating dark workspaces with 360° pivoting head. When used with the DeWalt 20V MAX 2.0Ah Lithium Ion battery (DCB203 – sold separately), the DeWalt 20V Max handheld […]

installed Go Green LED T8 retrofit bulbs

Go Green LED T8 Retrofit Bulbs Review

If you’ve been following along for the past year as we’ve built and enhanced our PTR shop, then you know we installed typical 4 ft. T8 fluorescent lights throughout as part of our steel building electrical conduit & lighting project. While those lights served us well, making a change to LED was a simple decision that was made easier by […]

Klein Lighting Group

Klein Lighting Solutions Review

Lighting has absolutely exploded in the tool industry the past few years thanks to the falling cost of LED chips. These light emitting diodes produce illumination at levels beyond what a traditional bulb is capable of at a greatly reduced power consumption. Toss in the fact that they run cooler and you have a revolution […]

Coleman Cable L1324 LED Power Light

Coleman Cable L1324 LED Power Light Review

It’s no secret that LED lights are replacing halogen on the jobsite. Right now you have two schools of thought—cordless and corded solutions—but both still involve LED as the new leader in jobsite lighting. Recently we received a small Coleman Cable L1324 LED power light for review and decided to check it out. We’ve found that […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Maxxeon Workstar 5000 Lumenator LED Light

Maxxeon Workstar 5000 Lumenator LED Light Review

I’ve used a lot of LED job site lights, but it’s been a long time since I pulled out a halogen light to illuminate an area. There’s simply no reason to have to deal with the cool-down time and fragile nature of halogen lamps now that LED has matured enough to be practical and affordable. […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Maxxeon WorkStar 620 headlamp

Maxxeon WorkStar 620 Headlamp Review

Having looked at and reviewed several LED headlamps over the years, like the Coast FL60 headlamp and the Coast HL8 headlamp, we wanted to see how the new Maxxeon WorkStar 620 headlamp would stand up under intensive use and wear. A couple distinguishing features set this headlamp apart form the crowd. First, like a good LED flashlight, […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Coast FL60 LED headlamp front

Coast FL60 LED Headlamp Review

I was an instant fan of Coast products the day I turned on a Coast HP314 LED flashlight and held the smooth, hotspot-free beam on the wall—all 1130 lumens of it. Then I experienced the run-time and the generally solid build quality. I appreciate companies that do a few things well, and Coast doesn’t complicate things […]

electrical wiring quad bend

Steel Building Electrical Conduit & Lighting Installation

The new Pro Tool Reviews workshop and storage facility is handier than your favorite pocket knife. The problem is that—like all construction projects—it’s gone up in stages. Because of this, we’ve used it for weeks on end with temporary power. How? By using a long (really-long) 10-gauge extension cord wired to a quad—and then on to other extension cords. Considering we […]