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Old 09-21-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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For years I used my Dads old "trouble" light. It used a regular bulb and had to be positioned "just right". The thing has to be almost 50 years old! A few years back I bought a new light. I bought a halogen work light. It is a rectangle box with a cage, really common. The thing puts off fantastic light but I swear you could melt iron with it. Today I was up in the attic getting a tan from it and I decided I hate that thing. It's nice for outdoors or garage work but in close quarters it's unbearable. I was wondering what some of you use and recommend.


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I agree, fluorescent is the way to go. I have three of them. One is the retractable type mounted on the ceiling in my garage. One is a small 13 watt that is great for getting into tight spaces and one is a 26 watt good where there is room for it to hang or lay on the floor of a cabinet like under a sink. I really like that they are cool to the touch after having been branded by my old style work light a few times. I have been tempted by the LED lights but I hate the color of the light and they seem to be very directional.

I also have a two of the halogens, one is a dual light, 1000 watt mounted on a stand and the other is a 500 watt light that just sits on a counter or floor. They get hot enough to heat up a room in no time. I was stripping wall paper that landed on one of the halogens and it turned the paper brown and started smoking in no time... maybe 5-6 minutes. It would have only been a matter of time before it caught fire.


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Old 09-22-2009, 08:25 AM   #4
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I use these

They take the same batteries as the Makita tools I already own and come in 12, 14. and 18v .
Of all the cordelss tools I own, these are the ones I use more than any others
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I saw Florescent lights and wrote them off as too fragile. I guess not. I'll have to take a closer look. Thanks.
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Here is a sample of lights in the low-end price range:
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:46 PM   #7
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I use a 65w CFL floodlight, I have maybe 3 of them
I rigged them up to be portable
They put out a lot of light


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