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No matter how hard we try, we always seem to end up in front of the BBQ after dark.  And while night-‘quing makes it easier to see if the charcoal’s fully ignited, it makes checking the state of the food a bit tricky — unless you have a BBQ light.  H. Wesley wrote in to tell us about the LED light pictured above, which we fully intend to add to our grilling arsenal.

The pictured version comes from the “Designer’s Edge” catalog and features six LEDs.  It’s available in either a clamp or magnetic version with separate models of each offered for use with AC and battery power.  (Personally, we’d go for the clamp-on battery powered version and just leave it attached.)  Apparently these were originally intended as “workbench lights,” but they’ve been “reappropriated” for BBQ use.  Good call!

A word of caution, though, when shopping for one of these: prices seem to vary wildly.  One crack-smoking place we saw on Froogle wants $110 for it, and most of the “BBQ specialty” shops ask $75 — but there are plently of online vendors happy to sell it to you for $20 — including Amazon. 

Or you could try the poor man’s solution and just slap the magnetic lamp you keep on your drill press on the grille.  Use ’em if you got ’em.

6-LED Magnetic/Clamp BBQ Light [Designer’s Edge]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]


6 Responses to The Perfect BBQ Light

  1. luthier58 says:

    I have this light, wife got it at Lowe’s- don’t know how much, but I’m sure it was pretty cheap. It works great, batteries last forever, and it’s been rained (and snowed) on several times to no effect. It also makes a handy clamp-on adjustable work light; I’m thinking about getting another just to keep in the truck.

  2. ba614 says:

    I got one from Lowe’s … it was great when it worked … which wasn’t but about twice … it was never left on the grill overnight and was stored inside a shed so it was protected

    I guess it was just my luck to get the one that didn’t hold up

  3. Chris says:

    I bought three of these at Target for $5 each. They were 75%off! Target often has great clearance prices on discontinued items. They have weak magnets and a clamp. The light is bright enough, but the gooseneck is flimsy and starts to unscrew at each end if twisted slightly. I have one in each car and one in the shop.

  4. Kurt Schwind says:

    I’d like to hear more stories about how robust (or not) this is. I’d consider getting one, but I don’t want to get one twice a year.

  5. John Eisenhower says:

    Mine held up for a year…before my house burned down. Anyway, it is very bright. I work till 11pm and would BBQ till 1am with this. The magnet IS strong, I’m guessing the commenter above was using it on a stainless grill etc. because it really stuck good to my steel Chargriller.

    The one ‘con’ is that since it uses LED’s in the white/blue spectrum it doesnt make it easy to see if your steak is medium well, or well done.

  6. Wesley Phillips says:

    They also make a 110VAC powered version. I didn’t search for where you could get it though. I use mine inside and out.

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