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 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.