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September 26, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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)?

Coast HL8 LED Headlamp Preview

Coast HL8 LED Headlamp Preview

When I go camping, which I love to do, I notice that some people bring a gun. Others, CS gas or some other bear-deterrent. Me? I like to bring along my brightest headlamp, previously the HP7 flashlight by Coast (which is in the family of the HL7 Headlamp in terms of features). But now, Coast has upped the output of its newest headlamp, the HL8, to over 300 lumens. I guarantee you shine that into the face of anything and you will put it down long enough to at least get a head start running… and as the saying goes, you don’t have to be the fastest runner, just faster than the slowest guy in your group. In any case, the HL8 is a high-powered LED headlamp designed for industrial applications and professional-level outdoor use. They don’t mention bear-attack prevention, but we’re going to add it to the list anyway. This light is BRIGHT.

Mac Tools Cordless 3.6V LED Worklight TL98268 Preview

Mac Tools Cordless 3.6V LED Worklight TL98268 Preview

We cover a lot from Stanley Black & Decker, but one of its other family companies, Mac Tools, just came out with something pretty cool this week. Mac Tools introduced a Cordless Rubberized LED Worklight (model TL98268). The TL98268 is designed to be both versatile and durable – two features that are pretty important in a workshop or garage environment. It features a polycarbonate casing with TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) textured coating finish. This outer coating is a sort of rubberized coating that gives the flashlight good grip as well as protection from falls. Of course, while that’s impressive, Mac Tools also made the new LED Work Light water resistant – the switch is 100% sealed from water, dirt and dust. Mac Tools, of course, backs all this up with an IP54 rating.

Leviton's New Universal LED, CFL, and Incandescent Dimmers

Leviton Universal Dimmers for LED, CFLs, and Incandescents

One interesting thing has been coming to light regarding the recent push for more energy efficient CFL and LED bulbs: traditional dimmers simply don’t cut it. Even if you don’t get the out of control flickering and lack of low-power start-up that is possible when combining a traditional dimmer with an LED bulb, you will, […]

Festool Debuts SysLite LED Worklamp KAL 100

Festool SysLite LED Worklamp KAL 100

When the little ‘ole Festool SysLite LED Worklamp KAL 100 was announced we decided to give them a look. The new Festool SysLite LED Worklamp (model KAL 100) includes the lamp, a wall charger, car charger and a carrying bag. It’s simple – or at least it looks simple on the outside… which is just how Festool likes […]

Coast EAL20 Emergency Area LED Light Review

Coast EAL20 Emergency Area LED Light Review

Coast’s Emergency Area Light (EAL20) is a simple, yet effective product. This is the kind of light you want to spend the money on simply because it works, it won’t break, and it’ll last forever. Forget the outdoor or camping lights of the past, Coast has brought the lantern into the 21st century. It’s got LEDs, standard ‘D’ cell batteries, durability, and stamina to last for around 100 hours. We’ll break all this down for you, but I have to warn you – it’s a light. This isn’t a terribly complex review, nor does it need to be. When a product works as advertised, and it’s impressive, the review sort of writes itself.

Gyros 58-23672 Magnalite Pro Cordless Work Light Review

Gyros Magnalite Pro Cordless Work Light Review

The Gyros 58-23672 Magnalite Pro Cordless Work Light makes working in the dark an almost pleasant experience thanks to its portability, flexibility and the large amount of light it puts out. This work light can easily replace most automotive drop lights, flashlights and even camping lanterns – and yet it offers cool-to-the-touch bright light to illuminate any task. With a slender size and lithium-ion battery power, there are many things to like about this work light.

Coast HP7 LED Flashlight Review

Coast HP7 LED Flashlight Review

Everybody we talk to loves LED flashlights. Coast just came out with its new HP7 which boasts 207 ANSI lumens – that is bright! The flashlight is also becoming popular due to Coast products showing up all over Lowe’s. More and more people are becoming familiar with the brand and, as a result, it’s extensive line of high-end LED-based flashlight products. The HP7 has some impressive specs and features, even beyond the bright output of the Cree-style LED. We were more than happy to lend our critique to the new flashlight and see if it’s array of features, functions and flash were as impressive as we were hearing about.

DeWalt 12V Lithium Ion LED Work Light Preview

DeWalt 12V LED Work Light Preview

DeWalt announced the launch of a 12V MAX Lithium Ion LED Work Light (DCL510) as part of its new 12 Volt MAX cordless platform. With a 130-Lumen LED light and a head that rotates 360-degrees and pivots, the DCL510 provides bright illumination to maximize visibility and accuracy on the jobsite. The product will come with a three-year limited warranty, one year free service contract and 90-day money back guarantee.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Work Light 49-24-0171 Review

Milwaukee M18 Work Light 49-24-0171 Review

We got to take a look at the Milwaukee M18 Cordless Work Light (49-24-0171). Initially we liked the basic design of the work light, but had to complain, respectfully, that any stand-alone light in this day and age should include a new super-bright LED bulb. Milwaukee sells both an LED-based Work Light 2735-20 ($55) and a 50,000-hour stand-alone LED upgrade bulb 49-81-0090 ($30).