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Quote from: Moab on September 04, 2023, 12:18:15 AMThank you so much! I still have my four huge and heavy, way to hot, halogen shop lights that seem to go thru bulbs like water. Added the Warsuns to my shopping list. Welcoming myself to the new century.
Quote from: EBuff75 on September 03, 2023, 10:41:34 PMLutec 6290Max Work Light - 5/5Lutec Lighting has been around since 2010 and makes some nice stuff. The 6290Max is their top-of-the-line work light (unless you switch over to the Porter-Cable lights, which they also make) and it cost more than everything else I've reviewed here combined, even on sale. This is less of a "prepper tool" than a general tool, but I bought it with an eye toward being able to use it during power outages, or for CERT events as well. Now that I have this, I'll get rid of the old halogen monstrosity.You cannot view this attachment.Let's get the big one out of the way. This thing is really bright. It's rated at 11,000 lumens, and I don't doubt that at all. Here's my house at night with just this light sitting out at the sidewalk, running off of one of my power stations. Yeah, that'll do.You cannot view this attachment.The entire light folds up into a sort of cylinder shape, with the two light heads folding inward and attaching together via small magnets and the tripod legs folding up as well. There is a built-in cord wrap location, including a catch for the end of the cord to keep it from unrolling. A handle is built into the middle of the light, opposite the cord storage, and is nicely placed right in the center of gravity so that the light balances front-to-rear when carrying it. There are also grab handles on each light head to move them around while operating, or to pick the light up vertically. The tripod and light heads are aluminum, while the handles and cord storage are plastic. There is a hex key included for adjusting the tension on the light heads and it has its own storage slot where it is held in place by magnets. There is also a cord catch at the base of the tripod when the light is unfolded, so you can run the cord down the light, loop it through there, and then run it outward to plug in. That keeps the cord down low when plugging the light in, reducing the chance of it getting caught and reducing the likelihood of the light tipping if the cord is yanked. The tripod is wide and quite sturdy, with plastic feet on each of the legs. The power cord is 8ft long and the light has a 3 year warranty from the manufacturer.You cannot view this attachment.The main power switch is on the body of the mount, just above the main carry handle. Once that's turned on, you can adjust each of the lights individually with a single control. By clicking the red button/knob on the back of each light you can cycle it through high-low-off for each head. Or, you can turn the knob to adjust the color temperature from 3000K to 5000K. For a color snob like me, that last item is one of the best features! I've got them set to about 4500K, which provides a nice, white light, without being too yellow or too blue. I found that the light draws 96w on high, with each individual light head being half of that (i.e. if I turned one of them off, the power draw dropped to 48w) and changing to low output dropped the watts by half again to 24w. Thus, you could have an output of 25% (one light on low), 50% (one light on high, or both lights on low), 75% (one light on high, one on low), or 100% (both lights on high). The color temperature didn't make much difference on the draw. Okay, so this light might be a bit of overkill for most people. I saw reviews from people using it for things like studio lighting or paint correction on vehicles, where the variable color temperature was quite important, as was the ability to alter the output, based on what they were using it for at the time. I like the adaptability of the light. I can use it for working around the house, out in the garage, or even doing yard work at night. If we have an outdoor event, it doesn't draw much power and I can run it for hours off of one of my portable power stations. The biggest drawback is that the friction locks for the tripod aren't strong enough. Even with them locked down, I can pull the light up or push it down without too much effort. They're strong enough to hold the light at whatever height I set it, but that's about all. And as is the case with most of these tripod lights, I do wish that it could go up another foot or two. The distance to the top of the lights is 68 inches, which puts them right at face level. Having it up at 80+ inches would be much nicer, but that's true of almost all work lights like this. It would also be nice if it came with a bag to carry it, but I imagine that they figure most people will be using it more than storing it and that there just wasn't any need. I did see a recommendation to get a tripod carry case to store it in, so I may do that.Would I recommend it? If you don't mind the price and you have a need for a very bright work light with variable output and color temperatures, then absolutely! This thing just blew me away when I set it up outside and used it to light up my entire yard / house / driveway. My old halogen is probably technically just as bright, but seems much dimmer due to the very yellow light (it's probably around 2700K) and is a much bigger struggle to set up and store. The Lutec is just so much better all around. Overall, it's Lutec for the win!
Quote from: EBuff75 on September 03, 2023, 10:35:48 PMPartphoner LED work light with stand - 5/5Take the Partphoner brand name here with a bit of salt, as this is another light which appears under a variety of different brands, all of which appear to be selling the same light. In fact, neither the box nor the instructions have any brand info on them at all, and the customer service email address is a generic one that doesn't have any branding either.I almost skipped this one when I was shopping. There were a variety of different versions from various companies, with pricing scattered anywhere from about $80-150 for what appeared to be the same light, just in different colors. I found one of the $80 varieties that was on sale and took a chance.This one surprised me.You cannot view this attachment.First, the specs. The tripod extends up to 67 inches, the light has a claimed 8000mah battery and output levels of 500 / 1500 / 2500 lumens. The claimed run time at each of those levels is 20hrs / 10hrs / 5hrs. If you have it on high, the light will slowly dim down, but it's a gradual thing and you may not notice. Testing the high mode, I did get just over 5 hours, but with the dimming noted above. By cycling through the settings, you can turn it back up to high again if needed. The light can also alternate between 4000K and 6500K color temperatures. I do prefer the 4000K mode, as the 6500K mode is too cold / harsh for me, but that's up to you. Lighting up the driveway.You cannot view this attachment.One nice thing – whatever output level you're at, once you've stopped at that level and left the light on for a few seconds, one additional press of the power/level button will turn the light off. No need to cycle through the modes. There are three heads, each of which can be swiveled / tilted. It takes a bit to get used to how to move them, but it is possible to get them all pointed in the same direction (toward one side, up, down, or out), or however you need to get them aimed. The overall build quality is excellent, particularly the tripod. The tripod is mostly metal (aluminum) and the feet lock into place and have to be released with a lock button on the bottom. The top is threaded and it's actually metal here too, rather than plastic. The light has an opening to screw onto the tripod and again, this is a metal insert for the female threads. Each of the heads of the light snap into place when stowed, so that they won't shake loose. When adjusting the light heads, they have fairly strong detents as you move them, with the detents at about 45-degrees each in both axis of rotation. It comes with a zippered carry bag with a shoulder strap. Charging is via USB-C and the port is bi-directional and can be used for charging other devices. The light can be used while charging, but is limited to low output if you do this. There is a dust cover for the USB port, but the light is not waterproof. With the light unscrewed from the tripod, there are three magnets which can be used to affix it to a steel surface (they are strong enough to support the light on a vertical surface). There is also a swiveling plastic hook that is the weakest point of the light. The only gripes that I have are that the threads for the tripod appear to be 5/8", rather than the advertised 1/4", and the tripod feet don't lock when they're deployed (although they're still quite sturdy and won't willingly fold up until you start to slide them all back up). I've already used the light when I was performing the maintenance check on the truck yesterday. It stands up tall enough to illuminate the engine compartment on a 4wd Suburban and was bright enough to see clearly while I was working. In fact, the picture that I posted was actually with the light on low. Here is a picture of what it looks like on high. Would I recommend it? Yes! If you would like an easy to carry, fairly bright (I'm warped in this regard – most normal people would probably consider 2500 lumens to be VERY bright), battery-powered work light that can be used with or without the included tripod, has two color modes, three output levels, and good build quality. Look for one of the cheaper models and see if you can catch it on sale if you want one.
Quote from: Moab on November 02, 2023, 03:16:08 PMI bought the Innofox set last week. It was onsale for $19.99 for two. (My apologies for not posting that deal. I used camelcamelcamel to track pricing and got a notification email. If your not using camelcamelcamel you should be. Just copy the share link of the Amazon product your looking to buy, search for it on www.camelcamelcamel.com , then set a discount price you want to buy at. When it goes below that price you get an email. You can also see a graph of the oroducts orice hisotry - from high to low.)You can buy the Innofox model on Aliexpress for around $19.99 for a set of two. They are sold under a few different brands. But they are all the same light.I'm really impressed with these. Especially for vehicle lights. As they are quite small and lightweight. They could easily be taken camping or backpacking. As they are just a bit bigger than a pack if cigarettes. And weigh maybe 6 ounces?They throw off a ton of light. I put one in my console. With the magnet on the back and wire hanger they are perfect for vehicle repairs and maintenance. But the uses are endless.Thank you so much for turning us on to these!