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



    drop lights that are bulky or require an electrical outlet can be a P.I.T.A. to use, but having a pair, that you can drop in a pocket and almost forget your carrying is an advantage.
    some times you find a tool that makes your job a bit less of a problem and its not all that expensive, to acquire, or difficult to use or maintain.


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  3. john66

    john66 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 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 mechanical engineer. 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.
    after using it awhile I purchase two more, so I had one at home and two in the shop.
    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 turns out it holds a charge and remains bright about 5.5-6 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 third duplicate light
    today in june 2018
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  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.


  9. dawsonc

    dawsonc Member

    I have a Nebo Larry COB light. Wifey gave it to me as a gift. It is not the brightest drop light but its size makes it really useful.
  10. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    COB LED Lights Cordless is the way to go Grumpy.
    Still expensive.

    I love my Cordless Milwaukee M18 Cube COB LED Light.
    3 years later still works great.
    Brighter still than anything Snap On, Matco, Mac tools and all others have up to $500.00.
    It amazes all that sees it working.
  11. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    I’m trying to find that light on Milwaukee’s site (Cordless Milwaukee M18 Cube COB LED) is not found. Can you point out which one you are referring too?
  12. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Let me look.
    Be back soon.
  13. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

  14. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Only bad thing intial Richard it comes with no M18 battery pack or Charger.
    I already had M18 tools before I bought this Milwaukee COB LED Light.
    The 5 amp battery pack will run the Light all workday for me on low setting. Still plenty bright.
    High setting 4-5 hrs run time.
    They make a big 9 amp battery pack I do not have.

    Its been dropped a thousand times.
    Gasoline, motor oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, and diesel fuel on it.
    Still works.
    Wipes clean.

    Buy a M18 Milwaukee Drill on sale.
    Get a battery pack and charger.
    The M18 COB light is worth it Richard to have and use.
  15. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    I made a hook out of coat hanger wire.
    Hangs on underside of cars and pickups then.
  16. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Ed got one too.
    Use his and mine Race car fabricating in his garage all the time.
  17. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Thanks Brian, 1,300 should be bright enough and the best way to know is to give it a try.
    I already ordered one, it’s in stock so I just need to pick it up tomorrow.

    Just a quick question - how long has this Milwaukee series of tools been out? I have a value set I bought years ago. Came in a big Red and Black heavy canvas bag, circular saw, drill gun, reciprocating saw and battery with charger.

    I stopped using because the batteries went dead from sitting too long off the charger, when I tried recharging the batteries didn’t hold a charge. I bought a replacement battery but it’s been too long since it’s last use, so it’s likely the same thing all over again.
  18. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    4 or 5 years now.
    I have had my M18 Cube light for 3 years now. No issues.
    The New M18 are new Gen Lithium ion batteries.

    You have the old Nickle Cadium Batteries.
    Not so good.
    Where Milwaukee screwed up in the past.
  19. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    No let downs now.
    Let me know how you like that M18 COB LED Light.
    Try it out at night too.
    Brighter than many car headlights on high beam.
  20. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    I have a big box of failures, some were not very bright and got worse with age, some get to hot and someone could get burned, others just failed after being bumped once too many times.

    LED is the best tech so far but in retrospect the prices seemed to move downward fast, but anymore they seem to have leveled out.

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