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Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? #5282780 12/02/19 10:33 AM
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I'd like to purchase a LED work light. I had a older Halogen thin bulb light and besides putting out too much light and being very bright, it's hot, too hot for the summer.

I'm divided between a USB rechargeable light with a lithium battery, which I always have electricity, because it is smaller and lighter than 120v and easily charged on the job if needed; or a 120v light then I never have to worry about a battery failing and the unit becoming a throw away.

Next, how many lumens should I be looking at?

I'm looking using it in areas where I'm doing sheetrock, taping, painting, plumbing, replacing a hot water heater in a darker basement, working on a lawn mower or a snowblower in someone's garage, on the occasion that I need extra light. I don't need to light up the whole room, I can turn it, move it, but it should light up most of the wall.

Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5282813 12/02/19 11:07 AM
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Buy the brightest one you can get / afford .


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Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5282836 12/02/19 11:24 AM
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If you have some battery powered tools probably check if the brand also make led lights that uses the same batteries.

Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5282837 12/02/19 11:25 AM
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I bought one from Harbor Freight that seems to be decently bright for the price. I've only used it maybe 10 times so far but it seems to work well.

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this is the one I have:

https://www.harborfreight.com/lighting/work-lights/1000-lumen-led-work-light-64738.html


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Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: jeepman3071] #5282851 12/02/19 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by jeepman3071
I bought one from Harbor Freight that seems to be decently bright for the price. I've only used it maybe 10 times so far but it seems to work well.

https://www.harborfreight.com/lighting/work-lights/1000-lumen-led-work-light-64738.html


It's truly a miracle at Harbor Freight. The LED work lights have nothing but 4 & 5 star reviews.

Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: wkcars] #5282853 12/02/19 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by wkcars
If you have some battery powered tools probably check if the brand also make led lights that uses the same batteries.


Great idea. Thanks.

I just checked and Ryobi sells a hybrid work light, that takes my 18v battery and has a removable plug in 120v cord for $70. More than I want to spend but may be worth it however for the same $70 or less I can buy 2 lights, a USB lithium rechargeable and a 120v corded.

Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5282862 12/02/19 11:50 AM
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I would shoot for at least 800 lumens but more is desirable if the budget will stretch, but if you go for a generic you may find that the lumen rating is greatly exaggerated.

A primary consideration is exactly how you'll use it. Those little tabletop lights are handy but often you may find that you want it mounted on a tripod (or hack out some way to get it at the height and position needed for the work) whether that tripod comes with it, or it has a mount for one, or you drill a hole for a DIY mount.

Try to avoid those with low CRI or much over 4500K color temperature for painting or any electrical work where you need to discern wire colors.

As far as what a good value is today, I've no idea as new makes and models are popping up all over the place and going on/off sale.

Be weary of those that have a disproportionately high lumen to rear heatsink area. They'll run hot and be shorter lived. LEDs don't produce nearly as much heat as incan per lumen but some designs out there definitely won't last for several years of use.

I don't have hands on experience with the Harbor Freight light to know how hot it gets but I do notice that all the reviews for it are recent (past two months). It could burn out in a single year of use and nobody had it long enough to reflect that in the review... not to single out that light, any built to a low price point could have this issue. Again consider the heatsink to lumen ratio and if it seems to run too hot, return it for a refund.

Re: Need a LED work light, # of lumens? Recommendations? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5282962 12/02/19 01:39 PM
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lumens vary with the type of lighting, a cheap hot 500 watt quartz halogen puts out 7000 lumens or more!! lots of options for sure. on the job out drywall finishers aka spacklers carried a cheap 250 watt incandescent inspecting the finish up close!! different lights for different uses + its said LED lights in general are NOT good for eye health!!

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