Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light DML811 Job Site Lighting Reviews

Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light DML811


Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light Produces 3000 Lumens and Paves the Way for Lighting Expansion

As the first of several new LED lights, the Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light DML811 gives you up to 3000 lumens of output with multiple power source options.

10-Second Summary

  • 750/1500/3000 lumens
  • Makita 18V LXT battery or AC power
  • 3 hours on high or 13 hours on low with 6.0Ah battery
  • IP65 rating
  • $175

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Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light DML811

How Bright is the Makita DML811?

This model is capable of producing up to 3000 lumens on high. There are three total modes with low giving you 750 lumens and medium hitting 1500. That’s a pretty solid sweet spot for work lights. 3000 lumens is great for filling a wider space while being able to drop down 1500 or 750 is a huge benefit when you want to keep the light close or the space you’re working in demands you do.

How Long Will It Run?

Runtime estimates with a 6.0Ah battery are 3 hours on high and 13 hours on low. With the more popular 5.0Ah battery, those times are roughly 2 hours, 30 minutes on high and 10 hours, 50 minutes on low.

If you’re close to a power source, you can use AC power to run the light as well. Makita includes a cord and cord wrap to keep it under control. If you’re further away from an outlet, just add an extension cord. If the power happens to go out and you have a battery installed, the light will automatically switch to battery power without interruption.

Obviously, the near-infinite power from an outlet is great. When you don’t have that luxury, the runtimes here are solid. 750 lumens for 10 – 13 hours easily covers you for a long shift. When you need the full power of the light on an overnight shift, 3 hours (or 2-1/2) gives you more than enough time to cycle a pair of batteries on Makita’s Rapid Optimum Charger.

Can it Survive a Jobsite?

The exterior of the build includes substantial rubber overmold to protect the light against drops and strikes on the jobsite. Internally, they’ve sealed it off well enough to earn an IP65 rating. That’s essentially dust-proof with seals that can handle jets of water. Dust, rain, or snow on the jobsite won’t shut this one down.

Makita Cordless/Corded Work Light DML811

How Much Does It Cost?

The pricing is expected to be around $159 when it hits full retail, though we’re seeing initial prices closer to $175. Even the typically low-priced Amazon has prices that are a bit inflated right now.

What Else Is Coming?

Following this launch, Makita has several other lights that we know about. The big one (DML809) is similar to the DML811 but has a much higher output at 10,000 lumens. It’s also a hybrid power design that can run on AC and one or two 18V batteries. This one should retail around $229.

Both of these lights are compatible with a tripod that Makita has coming as well. Using it sets up a replacement for a standard 2 light halogen tripod setup.

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The other light we know is coming soon is a handheld spotlight/flashlight. It boasts 700 yards of throw and has a pivoting head to position inline like a standard flashlight and swing to 90º.

Makita Corded/Cordless Work Light Specifications

  • Model: Makita DML811
  • Power Source: Makita 18V battery or AC power
  • Output: 750/1500/3000 lumens
  • Weight: 10.4 pounds with battery
  • Dimensions: 9-3/4″ x 11-7/8″ x 14-1/4″
  • Expected Retail Price: $159

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