A retractable LED work light is safer than incandescent drop lights and a pocket LED puts light right where you need it in tight quarters.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2008
and work safer
with a new
Compare LED light brands to make sure they focus the light well.
It’s easy to burn
you’re using a metal
drop light in tight places.
But the bigger danger with
these old-style lights is the possibility
of blowing yourself sky-high by accidentally
breaking the bulb near gasoline. It’s time
to start working safer with LED lighting. It provides
just as much light as your old drop light but without any of
the safety concerns. Here’s what to look for:
LED light manufacturers promote their products by the
LED count alone. That’s important, but not nearly as
important as the ability to focus all those LEDs on your
work. There’s no specification for that. If there are working
display models at the store, compare how well each one casts
its beam. You may find that the bargain LED lights aren’t such a bargain after all.
Take this pocket
LED light with
you the next
time you crawl
you put light
right where you
Check out the latest pocket-style LED
lights. They’re perfect for lighting your way in cramped
areas like under a dashboard or around contorted hoses and
wires in the engine compartment. Look for a pocket LED
light with a long, flexible neck and a switch that allows you
to lock it in the “on” position. Also, make sure it uses batteries
that are readily available.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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