WORK LIGHTS and TROUBLE LIGHTS ARE A HEADACHE ...the bulbs break, the power cords get tangled up around the work area and it seems like I'm always tripping over them - the light never stays where I put it, it always seems to move around and half the time it ends up shining in my eyes, not where I want it!
Is this what you think about trouble lights and work lights? Work lights are tools, and like all other tools, they are not all created equal. If you are an automotive, truck, equipment, aircraft or industrial technician, I think you know what I mean.
For example, would you expect a $6.99 ratchet to work well and withstand the rigors of everyday shop use? Would you rely on a $9.99 multimeter from a hardware store to give you accurate readings and perform reliably day after day, month after month? Of course not!
So why do some techs seem to think that they can get away with a Chinese-made $30 trouble light? Why would any mechanic NOT spend $100 on a tool that they use every day?
Personally, I think that this mindset is left over from the old days when a drop light was an incandescent 60 or 100 watt bulb in a metal housing, with a 20 foot cord that cost about twenty bucks. For years, technicians burned themselves on the metal housing, bought bulbs constantly, tripped over the power cord (or got it shredded in the engine fan!), and constantly moved and turned the light in order to get the light pointed to where it was needed.
Well, incandescent bulbs are now unacceptable for shop use due to the safety risk and many people have switched over to fluorescent work lights. These are safer, but they still have a power cord, the bulbs still break easily (and cost way more than the old incandescent bulbs!), AND it is still not easy to direct the light exactly where you need it. So - is there an alternative?
Yes - reference the resource links and see how the new, state-of-the-art LED work light can help any mechanic perform his job easier, safer and more efficiently. It is a 21st century solution to a 20th century problem.