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Shop trouble lights

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J. Schwiebert

11-23-2013 08:51:43
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With led's low energy bulbs and everything I want a GOOD trouble light for shop use to put on my Christmas list. What are you using that you like? Thanks in advance. J.




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Inno

11-24-2013 06:15:37
70.49.42.242



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I'm going to submit that it's all going to depend on your intended use. The headlight might be great for some but if you're working in tight quarters like under the dash of a vehicle, you might find it in the way. I use two of the florescent trouble lights, one on a retractable reel hanging from my garage ceiling and one that's "portable". I also have a rechargable LED stick light with but I'd recommend having two of those so you always have one charged when you need it.
This one is by far my favorite as it's pretty versatile. I can also just plug it in to my portable power pack which is a booster with build in inverter and it hardly draws any current. It also has a receptacle on the other side so I'm not dragging two extension cords around.
This post was edited by Inno at 06:16:44 11/24/13.

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Hobo,NC

11-23-2013 21:40:09
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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to John Fulton, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
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I vote for the headlight... I have 3 nice florescent reel types hang'n from the ceiling I can not remember when i used them last.. .... I have worn out more trouble lights than most have ever seen I doubt I will ever buy another one...
Headlight wins hands down...



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fixerupper

11-23-2013 19:36:07
100.42.83.15



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I hold a little LED flashlight in my mouth. Haven't choked on it yet! Jim



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jeffcat

11-24-2013 15:32:03
75.151.154.114



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to fixerupper, 11-23-2013 19:36:07  
Boy do I agree with you! Those harbour freight ones work just dandy. I like the two pack with red and blue lites. Now for the down side. It ain't fun when you are working and the next thing you know you are drooooling all over the place! jeffcat.



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showcrop

11-23-2013 19:27:54
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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I use one like J Wondergems. It works pretty well but there is still the old problem of no mater how you place it with the hook, it always wants to turn around into your eyes. maybe I need to get a magnetic one



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bill in in

11-23-2013 17:44:57
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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I got a 2 LED Cap free from Menards to which I added my 5 LED cap light. The combination works unless the bill gets in the way or the help gets blinded....



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Bob M

11-23-2013 14:36:06
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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I rarely use a trouble light anymore. Rather I switched to use an LED headlight.

Best I've found is the Rayovac "Indestructable 3AAA" LED. It's crazy bright (the 'hot spot' brighter than any trouble light) and it always shines where I'm looking. Also it's very easy on batteries, it fits easily in a pocket and it seems indestructible as its name implies.

It's the best work light I've ever used. And it cost less than $15.

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IH2444

11-23-2013 13:40:38
98.65.229.35



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I have the old metal types and just put squiggly flourecent bulbs in em, love no more burns from a hot bulb.



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J.Wondergem

11-23-2013 11:08:59
70.210.66.102



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  

I use a double fluorescent bulb plug in. Has a switch for each bulb so you can use just one, or both, depending on how much light you need.



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notjustair

11-23-2013 11:03:10
174.250.176.11



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I bought a good one at Menards. It's about the best I have had since they quit making them all metal. If you see one of those at an auction I'd be buying it - there are none better. Folks covet those about like metal fuel cans.



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Harvey2

11-23-2013 09:59:34
74.138.175.233



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
The trouble light causes trouble when you look for trouble that the trouble light is causing all the trouble.

I have been using a rechargable led trouble light that I bought at the freindly NAPA store. It has a magnetic base and a hook on the end. The first one lasted aboot 2 years and it quit, took it back to the store and they replaced it free of charge, they are guarnteed for life.



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Zachary Hoyt

11-23-2013 09:04:01
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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I have one with a neck that swivels in four places and a magnetic foot. It is very handy but it came from an auction and does not have any information on it. The strength of the magnet is important to me, I had another one that was magnetic but not strong enough to hold itself up.
Zach



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jCarroll

11-23-2013 09:01:17
99.88.140.78



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to J. Schwiebert, 11-23-2013 08:51:43  
I put a CFL bulb in my old trouble light.

Put an LED flashlight on your Christmas list.



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JF in CT

11-23-2013 10:59:29
24.151.105.39



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 Re: Shop trouble lights in reply to jCarroll, 11-23-2013 09:01:17  
I did exactly that. I replaced all the bulbs in my Mini-Mags (I had a lot of them) with LED replacement bulbs. Also measured the amperage difference. The "A" battery flashlights were twice as bright using 1/3 less amps. The 3 cell "D" flashlights were the same brightness but used 1/5th the amps.



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