EGO 56V Cordless Area Light Illuminates Your Life With Unique Design
The EGO 56V cordless area light launches the popular lawn care brand into the lighting sector for the first time. This isn’t some dinky flashlight, though. EGO came out hitting on all cylinders with a ton of output and a design that’s different from what we’ve seen before.
- Tons of light output
- Diffused lenses soften the light
- Adjustable panels offer versatile light direction
- Long runtime compared to most cordless LED lights
- Cycles through three panel on/off configurations
- Multiple mounting options
- Onboard USB port
- Heavy for its size
- No hybrid AC connection
Using The EGO 56V Cordless Area Light
With up to 10,000 lumens of LED light, EGO is hitting the ground running. We set the light up in our shop, which is about 1700 square feet, and it absolutely filled the area with light in its brightest setting.
This light has five normal brightness settings with + and – buttons to adjust it. There’s also a Boost mode which temporarily jumps the lumens up to 10,000 lumens for roughly an hour. You might get more or less time depending on the ambient temperature. Once that hour-ish is up, it kicks back into mode 5 from there.
Here’s the output in each mode:
- 600 lumens
- 1,600 lumens
- 3,200 lumens
- 4,800 lumens
- 6,400 lumens
- 10,000 lumens (Boost mode)
You can also cycle some of the lights off. All four panels light up when you hit the power button. Press the mode button and cycle to just the top three panels and again to light just the top center panel.
The LEDs are dialed in to produce 4500K natural white light, which is something we prefer to a warmer or cooler color. Whether you’re lighting up your latest project or your backyard party, colors appear the way they’re supposed to.
The light incorporates diffuser lenses to soften the output. While they limit the throw distance some, it makes it much easier on your eyes compared to the harshness of lights with ultra-clear lenses.
Expect more than 35 hours of continuous runtime on low with a 5.0Ah battery. Here’s the full runtime breakdown based on several battery options:
|Level 1||18 hours||36 hours||72 hours|
|Level 2||8 hours||16 hours||32 hours|
|Level 3||4 hours||8 hours||16 hours|
|Level 4||2.5 hours||5 hours||10 hours|
|Level 5||2 hours||4 hours||8 hours|
We tested using a 5.0Ah battery in Boost mode and got a total of 2 hours and 24 minutes. With our ambient temperature at 75° F and plenty of airflow keeping it cool, it stayed in Boost for well over an hour.
Size and Weight
At full spread, the light stands just short of 18 inches and it’s 21 inches wide.
Its weight is on the beefy side. Bare, it weighs 9.6 pounds, and the 5.0Ah battery we used pulls it up to 14.5 pounds.
There are four total panels and the orientation is worth noting. Facing the same direction, there’s one bottom panel attached to three panels above it.
Pivot points on each panel connection give you the option to collapse them in a way that protects the panels during transport, flip them to direct light exactly where you want it, or even create 360° lighting.
Positioning the light panels is a cinch. Start by loosening the tensioner knob on the top handle and adjust the panels where you need them. Once they’re in position, tighten the knob and you’re good to go.
The panels also have the ability to fold back into a triangular orientation to give you the 360° illumination we mentioned before. The cool thing is that you get the benefits of a dedicated work light as well as a capable area light.
EGO includes a few helpful mounting points on this light. A set of retractable steel rafter hooks let you hang it on 2x material or cable. There are also 1/4-inch and 5/8-inch threaded tripod mounting points in the base that let you gain some elevation and greater visibility.
- 1.5-amp USB A-Port lets you charge your devices when the light is in use
- Compatible with all EGO 56V batteries
EGO 56V Cordless Area Light Price
The EGO 56V Cordless Area Light retails at Lowe’s for $149.00 as a bare tool and carries EGO’s standard 5-year limited warranty.
The Bottom Line
As its first entry into the lighting category, EGO’s design team did a nice job making the 56V cordless area light extremely useful. From a wide range of brightness settings to the versatility of its panel positions, it’s one more piece that makes EGO’s 56V system a top choice for homeowners.
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EGO 56V Cordless Area Light Specifications
- Model: EGO LT1000
- Power Source: EGO 56V battery
- Max Lumens: 10,000
- Color Temperature: 4,500K
- 360° illumination
- Weight: 9.6 lbs (bare), 14.50 lbs (with 5.0Ah battery)
- Warranty: 5-Year Limited
- Price: $149 (bare)