drop lights

Discussion in 'Tools and Procedures' started by grumpyvette, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    do your lights have a third lead, the ground? THEY SHOULD!!

    and do you have all your garage electrical sockets on G.F.I circuits?
    theres four BASIC DESIGNS in shop lights



    your standard shop light bulb light, can burn or start fires at times and easily busted


    http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/pc-1451 ... light.aspx

    less light but far cooler temps and harder to break


    http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/pc-1231 ... l-975.aspx

    http://store.summitracing.com/partdetai ... toview=sku

    Ive used these for years



    http://store.summitracing.com/partdetai ... toview=sku

    you can light your ciggaretes of theses suckers, NOT starting a fire with these, if you place them somplace stupid, is an accomplishment

    Ive used those lights for almost 35 years and while Ive had them go BAD , short out or blow fuses and not work Ive never had one BURN??
    G.F.I circuits will pop almost instantly when stupid malfunctions occure, which tends to minimize the fire threat, thats why I have EXCLUESIVELY 20 amp 110 volt G.F.I recepticals in the garage on the 110 volt access points
  2. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    what drop lights do you gentlemen find to be about ideal?

    the ones with easily breakable bulbs are a fire hazard at times, hot and easily busted, and the bulbs don,t tend to last long and broken glass under the cars a P.I.T.A.

    most of the LED versions don,t really impress me with the light they produce, the lamps on the stands like depicted above produce a great deal of heat and you can get burnt plus they are not easy to use in some applications



    http://www.harborfreight.com/fluorescen ... 92079.html
    these go on sale for $9 frequently and at that price are a decent value


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  3. john66

    john66 New Member

    I use the cordless LED, your right that the light they produce isn't as good as other lights but I don't miss the cord at all. Plus I can easily take it out of the shop and use it elsewhere.
  4. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    What's the battery life like ? How long to charge ?
  5. john66

    john66 New Member

    I've had the LED for about a year and a half still on the original battery, still going strong and I beat the snot out of it. Another thing I like about is it doesn't throw off much heat. I plug it in at night so its always charged.
  6. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the input ! No telling how many times I've burned the back of my arm, so no heat is big plus !
  7. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey Staff Member

    my son gave me this rechargeable work light that easily fits in your hip pocket,
    its about an inch in diameter and maybe 7" long and seems well built.
    its rechargeable from one of the ports on the laptop,
    with the same type of connector many cell phone chargers use,
    and its surprisingly bright.
    most of us wish we had a handy light, and it would certainly snap onto a jack-stand, under the hood,
    on a radiator support or firewall, or cars frame when you need light

    obviously since I just got it, I don,t know how long a charge lasts or how durable in use,
    (my son says it stays bright for several hours on a charge)
    it will be but it has a retractable pocket/belt hook and a reasonably strong magnetic base.
    so its obviously potentially useful and something most mechanics will want in a small emergency tool kit,
    in the cars glove compartment , a small tool bag in your trunk, ,
    or your pocket, next to your cell phone, pocket knife and/or leather-man tool
    the magnets fairly useful for picking up small stuff you drop like keys between the seat and center console,
    it also has a blinking red flash mode so if your wife or girlfriend gets stuck ,
    with a flat tire, or dead battery etc. , on some dark road that might be helpful.




    this worked pout rather well, so I just purchased a second duplicate light
    today in june 2018
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  8. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    I do appreciate lots of light when working on a project.
    The two center fixtures are T5 HO lights with 6 tubes each.



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