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“Light saber” work lights are cropping up all over the place nowadays, and there’s a good reason for that. Light-emitting diodes are durable, cheap, and very bright, making them perfect for a hard service life. Fluorescent tubes, on the other hand, are fragile, fairly dim, and notoriously power-hungry. LED lights draw so little power that even a cordless trouble light with a hundred of them can run for six hours on a charge.

Jack’s Tool Shed has a $35 trouble light available, which is a pretty low entry price for one of these beauties. It’s a bit sketchy, since the manufacturer isn’t listed (unless “Professional Mechanic’s Ultra-Bright” is a maker I’ve missed), but having laid hands on similar units, they’re plenty good for occasional use. If online tool purchases aren’t your thing, you can find similar units all over the place, right up to trouble lights with multiple modes and three-digit price tags.

Mechanic’s Ultra-Bright Cordless 100-LED Work Light [Jack’s Tool Shed]

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3 Responses to 100-LED Work Light

  1. Toolaremia says:

    Fluorescent tubes are notoriously power-hungry? QUICK! Somebody tell Greenpeace they’ve got it WRONG! Picket Wallmart until they stop carrying the planet-killing energy hogs! 😉

    The head on this looks a tad big, but the price is very nice if it actually produces bright lighting and lasts anywhere near five hours. My old-school drop light with it’s highly-efficient plastic-coated 60-Watt incandescent bulb is getting long in the tooth and isn’t always long enough. I may buy this LED thing and try it out.

  2. Lex Dodson says:

    Alright, so fluorescents aren’t exactly killing the planet single-handedly. 😉

    If you get it, let us know what you think. I’ve been in the market for something like this for a while.

  3. Toolaremia says:

    So I went looking to buy it, and came up with $13 to ship it to my house. Ugh. $50 for this thing, delivered, gives me a little pause. Especially when a more compact rechargeable is on-sale at Sears for $20 ($21.60 with tax). Probably a lesser light, but from a (mostly) reputable name, nearby, at less than half the cost. So now I’m in a pickle…

    http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_03473904000P

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