Festool SYSLite Duo Video Review
With 8000 lumens, the Festool SysLite DUO is quite possibly the world's best LED work light. The downside is that it costs $300.
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One of the new products we saw on our trip to Festool’s headquarters in Germany was the Festool SYSLite Duo. We’ve been using the Duo for well over a year now. It’s impressive as a work light when there’s a job to do. But the light is so good that we also use them to light our video sets for Pro Tool Reviews and Shop Tool Reviews. Why is that?
To get good lighting on the jobsite (or video set), you need pretty high output. 1000 lumens sounds great, but it’s not going to do the trick when you’re painting an entire wall. The Festool SYSLite Duo packs 8000 lumens to light up your workspace.
Whether you’re talking about a flashlight, work light, or area light, the throw is how the beam is cast. It can be a tight spot that travels a long distance, a broad throw at 180 degrees or a combination. As a work light, the SYSLite Duo casts a broad throw both wide and tall. This gives you the ability to have multiple trim guns working on the baseboards and crown molding at the same time, a drywaller installing or finishing a wall, or a painter covering it.
If you’re new to the light quality conversation, you’re going to hear a lot about 5000K. 5000K (K is Kelvin) is the color temperature and that particular measure falls squarely in the middle of the visible spectrum. Take a cooler temperature and the light heads toward blue. Get warmer and it heads toward orange. By keeping it balanced at 5000K, you get accurate color identification. That’s important when you’re trying to identify the correct wire in a box or see what the paint looks like once it’s dry.
So kick back and check out the video to see what we love about the Festool SYSLite Duo and a couple things you’ll want to consider before making the purchase.
Festool SYSLite DUO Specs
- Color Rendering Index (CRI): 80
- Color Temperature: 5000K
- Protection: IP 55
- Output: 8000 lumens
- LEDs: 2 banks of 40 LEDs
- LED life: 10,000 hours
- Power output: 112 W
- Cord length: 16.7 ft (5.1 m)
- Weight: 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
- Price: $300 ($435 with tripod)