This rechargeable light from Cooper Lighting is a truly well-designed piece of equipment. It’s probably the most versatile work light out there, able to be set in a variety of ways. To start with, the light hinges, allowing it to be its own stand. An integral swivel hook makes it possible to hang it, just like a trouble light for working on cars. It’s also got magnets in the case, allowing you to stick it to the underside of a hood. The 80 LEDs provide ample lighting for a variety of tasks and the Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries ensure that it will run for plenty of time. Chargers for both home and auto are provided.
This cordless looks like a corded unit, but don’t let that fool you. The only cord it has is for the recharger. It has 150 SMD LEDs to provide plenty of lighting for your projects. While not as bright as the Ecozone light, with its 1600 lumens, it provides plenty of illumination for most close-up applications. The light comes with a stand, allowing it to be adjusted both for angle and direction. It will run about 2-1/2 hours between recharging, powered by a 3.7 volt 4000mAh Li-Ion battery.
This light provides 120 lumens of illumination when used as a floodlight and 12 when used as a spotlight. The magnetic hook can be placed in two separate positions on the rugged housing for horizontal or vertical mounting. It will run four hours on one charge in floodlight mode or 18 hours in spotlight mode. It also comes with both home and car chargers.
Like all of Snap-on’s products, this one is designed specifically for automotive work. That’s why it’s shaped much like a standard trouble light; even to the point of having a hook to hang it under the hood of a car. However, instead of an incandescent light bulb, it uses 25 LEDs for illumination. Considering Snap-on’s reputation for quality and that the LEDs are rated at 100,000 hours, you’ll probably never need to replace this one.
This is a little bit different sort of light than the others on this list. It’s not the brightest by any means, with only 20 LEDs, but it designed so that it can be used virtually anywhere. Three flexible legs can be used as a tripod, or wrapped around any conveniently located object to hold the light in place. If that doesn’t work, the lamp head has a magnetic back to hold it in place in tight locations. A flashing mode is available for emergencies. It comes with an AC charger to recharge the 3.6 volt, 1.3Ah NiMh battery.
This amazing light produces 1600 lumens of illumination. Thats enough to temporarily blind you if you look at it. I have a 600 lumen tactical flashlight, which will stun you if you look at it, so I can just imagine what this light will do. All that illumination, and it only weighs one pound and consumes 64 watts of power. If you've got a project going on and need area lighting, this is about as good as you can get. Not only is it bright, but the case stays cool, so you dont need to worry about burning yourself when you move it around. It is designed for use either indoors or outdoors, with a weatherproof power switch. About the only thing I could say bad about it is that it only has a 6-foot power cord.
This fluorescent provides the equivalent lighting of a 250 watt incandescent bulb, but only consumes 52 watts of power. While not as energy efficient as the Ecozone, it still saves you a lot of power and produces a cool light that wont increase your sweat factor. It comes with an adjustable stand so that you can set it where you want, or even mount it on a wall. There are dual power switches so you can control the two sets of bulbs separately. It comes with an eight foot power cord.
This is somewhat of the classic portable fluorescent light design, with a light tube mounted in a plastic case. However, thats where it ends. There are telescoping hooks on both ends of the light, so that it can be hooked onto any car engine hood from 47 to 75 inches wide. The hooks are rubber-coated to protect the cars paint job and prevent slipping. The 30 watt bulb produces about as much light as a 150 watt incandescent bulb. The light comes with a nice long 25 foot cord, so that you dont have to run a separate extension for it.
This is a hand-held portable, much like the old incandescent trouble lights in its form. However, it comes with two 13 watt fluorescent lights installed. The power rocker switch allows two lighting levels, by illuminating one fluorescent tube or both. At the higher setting, this light is providing about as much light as a 125 watt incandescent bulb. A 25 foot power cord and two built-in hooks make it convenient to use.
I almost didn't include this light, because the halogen bulbs create a lot of heat. However, there are times when this is an even better choice than the 1600 lumens LED light in first place. The stand makes this light ideal for use in construction areas, where you need to provide lighting to an entire room. Setting a light on the floor in those cases provides very unnatural lighting, casting shadows on the upper side of everything. The telescoping tripod allows these lights to be as much as 68 inches off the floor. Twin switches allow you to use the lights together or separately. Each lamp lead can be individually adjusted for best illumination. It comes with a 5 foot power cord.