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Mosley writes: “This little guy only weighs a little over 8 oz.  It has a steel base, so all you have to do is add a magnet — you know you’ve got one laying around the shop — to have a magnetic halogen worklight for your drill press or anywhere else where there’s some steel to stick it to. The only downsides are that 1) you have to have access to an Ikea store to get one, and 2)  it has a wall wart the size of a small fist.  But for $9.99, I can deal with that.”

I love this for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that I love the idea of bending some Fight-Club-esque stuff into a tool for the shop.  What’s cooler than flinging cutting oil all over an Ikea lamp?  Nothing, I tell you.  Nothing.

Sadly, there’s an Ikea about five miles from our offices.  I’ve managed to pretty much steer clear since one visit when it first opened — imagine thousands of suburbanites plowing through “the path” like cattle while children scream, women openly breast feed their babies and change diapers in the open on a bed, and I come to the slow realization that their “simple one-path layout” means no exit.

Now I might have to go back.

VIRA Work Lamp [Ikea]


2 Responses to Reader Finds: A $10 Halogen Work Light from Ikea

  1. nrChris says:

    Seems like a good deal, if I manage to find one in my local Ikea, I will report back on the magnet idea. Right now I am experimenting with magnets and 18ga steel sheets as an alternative to pegboard.

    Which leads me to think that for low money I could have a totally modular magnetic lighting setup over my workbench.

  2. Paul says:

    I love my spot worklights. I have them over lots of work stations. I like the spring-arm lamps usually. They all seem to have some sort of an endemic problem with their rotary switches. So I see lots of these lamps disposed of, and can pick them up for free. A simple removal of the switch, and bridge out where it was, and let there be light!

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