Construction Work Lights, What are the Best?

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  1. Flying-Dutchman

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    I am tired of using old floor lamps for a painting project.

    What is a good brand for a construction light?
     
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    Everyone uses LED's now.

    In the winter, I carry (I work outside) a 600W halogen light, just to warm my hands with. It's ~4" x 6" and works great, as long as there is someplace to plug it in.
     
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    Be careful with using LED lights, they're great for bright, low-power lighting but the color of the light, measured in Kelvin can change the tint of your paint. It might change the way you look at your paint while applying it. If you would like to use LED lighting the warmer temperatures tend do a better job of rendering the colors. Meaning getting in the 4000 degree range. This will probably be hard to find as most high power work LED lights tend to be above 5500 K range. Halogens have always been good at what you are trying to do. Good luck.

    Sorry,

    It will change YOUR perception of the tint, they will not change the paint color.
     
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    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    Just get the cheapest things you can find. They're not designed to be stowed in a manner that protects the light, so invariably they become damaged in short order. "Throw-aways" run about $30.
     
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    I call those "Mini Suns" because they get so damn hot. LED would be the way to go nowadays though.
     
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    That is what I will do then. Buy a cheap LED to get the job done and if it breaks then it breaks.

    Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    Pelican is making some cool looking work light products.
     
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    I bought Snap on led work light from Costco for 35 bucks. Works nice so far, especially in smaller rooms because it doesn't get so hot!
     
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    Those are the type I have seen pros use. Some of the reviews on Amazon say some of them are flimsy but if they get the job done that is OK. Currently I am using floor lamps and a Fenix LED flashlight to look for imperfections.
     
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    You said you used floor lamps so I'm assuming there's electricity. That in mind I'd suggest going for the cheapest Amazon has without an "it caught fire" review. If you think you're gonna need battery operated in the future buy whichever is compatible with the battery packs you already own for your tools. I do everything Milwaukee. Their battery lights are great and they use the same battery as my circular saw, grinder, impact driver etc.
     
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    In the winter the Halogens give off some pleasant radiative heat.
     
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    I guess after 15 years in construction I could be misconstrued as a "pro." I've used those stand-mounted lights because that's what has always been around. I hate them though. At the highest adjustment, they're right at eye level and blind you. They're hot, which means you can't adjust them while they're on. The bulbs aren't cheap - like a third of the price of the light. If you have one, and you're careful with it, and probably only use it yourself, it may be okay.

    Something with LEDs, a taller stand, and a durable housing, that held the legs would sell like hotcakes.
     
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    One night wiring a house up late that I had to get done I used halogen lights. The next morning as I jumped in the shower my arms, neck and face were burning. Those lamps gave me a really bad sunburn type burn. No fun! Use leds.