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For some of you, grilling weather may be approaching or already here. For others, there’s no such thing as “grill weather” or “grill time,” since ALL the time is grill time. As a member of the latter group, I was researching grill lights since it’s often already dark outside by dinnertime. Until now we’ve been relying on a giant, 20-lb., retina-searing emergency lamp, but it looks like more fitting options can be had.

The Weber 7516 Grill Out Handle Light, pictured above, runs about $25 and gets pretty good reviews at Amazon [What’s This?]. The Weber light is made for Weber grills, of course, and has a sensor that turns the light on and off automatically as you open and shut the grill lid. A few reviewers mention that you need to remember to turn off the power switch on the light so it doesn’t drain the batteries.

The Brinkmann LED clamp-on grill light [What’s This?] runs about $23. The manufacturer claims it’s fine in wet weather, and it comes with 3 AAA batteries.

The 6-LED clip-on grill light from Chefs Basics [What’s This?] is less expensive at just $12, has a wide, flat grip spring clamp, and a long bendable neck. Plus, it looks a lot like Johnny-5 (or WALL-E for you young’uns), and that alone is a positive for me.

The Maverick GL-03 Cordless LED light [What’s This?] is a similar wide-clamp style, bendable-neck type with a stainless office-lamp looking head. Maverick’s name is well known in barbecue accessories, but more than a few Amazon reviewers commented that theirs died suddenly within the first few weeks.

Other options include tinier clip-on lights for around $10 all the way up to $80 LEDs that look similar to those mentioned here. There’s also the miner-style light on the helmet, or the good old MagLite tucked under your arm. And yes, you can learn to tell when meat’s cooked by poking at it with tongs. But whatever your preference, get out there and grill, and don’t let the cold or the dark stop you.

BBQ Grill Lights [Google Products]
BBQ Grill Lights Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Some Varieties of Grill Lights [Shopwiki.com]


13 Responses to You Light Up My… Steak

  1. Joe Sainz says:

    I needed one of these last night, I couldn’t tell when the burgers were getting burned.

  2. fred says:

    My Weber grill came with one of these as standard equipment. It works pretty well – but seems to pop apart from time to time – requiring a good squeeze to get its clamshell-like case to seat together again. I’m a bit reticent to try a more permanant solution (adhesive) or tape beacaue I’m not sure how either would fare in the long run.

  3. ShopMonger says:

    But what about the BEAT DOWN FACTOR……..?


  4. tmib_seattle says:

    The kind with the magnetic bases are also useful as lights for shop machinery. Put one on your drill press, lathe, mill, etc.

  5. Gregg says:

    Head torches!

    you also have the added bonus of being able to interrogate people on how want their streak.


  6. Nick says:

    I guess this is a necessity if you don’t have outdoor lighting.

  7. steve says:

    so…..uh did this website go out of buisness or something?

  8. PutnamEco says:

    did this website go out of buisness or something?
    Maybe to much green beer? LOL

  9. Racker says:

    I also use a head lamp.
    started using one for camping/backpacking trips and keep finding new uses for it every day.

  10. Cameron says:

    It’s been quite around here…
    They were talking about an overhaul…perhaps they’re gearing up for a new look…

  11. nnx says:

    Hello, someone here?
    Did you guys die or something?
    no update for a week now, thats scary.

  12. Rock says:


  13. Old Coot says:

    Guess we just have to keep commenting about those stupid lights.

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