Useful tips before buying a LED work light
Lighting is a very important part of any work and living environment. Good lighting is also a key element when working in a garage, construction site or doing household works. Poor lighting conditions increase safety risks. There are numerous smaller and bigger work accidents every year, which are connected to poor lighting conditions.
When searching for a work light you can find many options on the market. But are they all suitable for the work environment?
There are work lights on the market with incandescent, fluorescent or halogen bulbs which are not efficient, they can brake easily, and their lifespan is short.
LED lighting is the way of the future.
LEDs use up to 90% less energy than incandescent lights and they produce much less heat than other light sources. LED lighting is durable because there are no delicate parts that can break meaning LEDs can be placed in abusive environments. LEDs have also a long life span.
LED brightness is measured in lumens. If you were used to buy 500W incandescent work light, then you should look for an 8000 lumens LED work light.
No name LED work lights often promise unrealistic lumen outputs. Do not be surprised, if the 500-lumen no-name work light emits less light than the 300-lumen professional work light.
Power Source – Corded or Cordless
LEDs can work on both AC and DC power. As LEDs are very energy-efficient, innovative producers offer cordless work lights that use a rechargeable battery for the power supply. Cordless LED lights are generally smaller and easy to transport.
In the case of rechargeable LED work lights, you should pay attention to battery type. You can find work lights with a Lithium-Polymer Ion battery (Li-Poly) and a Lithium-Ion battery (Li-Ion). Li-Poly Ion battery will provide longer battery life and are comparatively much safer than a Li-Ion battery.
Still, some LED work lights have only an AC power option. This solution is usually found on LEDs with higher lumen output (8,000 +).
Waterproof, Dustproof & Impact Resistant (IP and IK Ratings)
When choosing a LED work light consider the environment in which it will be used. Dust and water are the two elements that typically cause damage to electrical equipment. For a harsh environment look for LED work lights with IP and IK ratings. These ratings demonstrate the degree of Impact Protection (IK) and Ingress Protection (IP).
IP rating defines how protected the work light is from solid or liquid elements. For example, a LED work light with an IP67 rating means it is fully protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in about 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Whereas a light with an IP65 rating means it is protected from dust and against low-pressure spray.
IK ratings measure impact resistance. The higher the IK rating, the higher the degree of impact resistance. IK ratings range from IK0 to IK10. For example, a rating of IK07 means the light was tested to withstand the impact of a 1.7 kg mass dropped from 40 cm above the impacted surface.
Innovative work lights are also packed with features which means you could benefit from the light even more.
If you find yourself working in confined spaces or just need both hands to do your job, having a work light with a magnetic base and versatile hook options is ideal. It allows you to attach the light to the drywall frame or a nearby pipe. Think about how often this feature could have come in handy.
Not all worksites have a place to charge your cell phone, laptop or other devices. Having a power bank feature on your work light can really be a lifesaver.
Bluetooth speakers on a work light are not essential, but it sure is a pretty cool feature! Playing your Spotify or Soundcloud playlist will make the workday go by faster and make it more enjoyable—while illuminating your worksite.
Battery Level Indicator sounds like it should be a standard feature on all work lights, but that is not always the case. Knowing the charge level of your battery is a very useful feature to extend battery lifetime (charge only, when it is needed) and avoid unexpected situations with empty battery.
Have you felt the need to adjust the brightness of your work light while you are on scaffolding or in a garage grease pit? With the most modern work lights you can now connect wirelessly to your LED work lights using an app. That gives you the ability to control the on/off and brightness.
Compatibility with Tripod & Stand - often an overlooked feature until you need it. These accessories will allow LED work lights to be mounted at different heights giving the ability to illuminate a larger area and certainly beats having to use bungee cords or duct tape.
Brightness & Adjustability
If you need a light source that provides different brightness levels, look for LED work lights that have selectable lumen output settings. Work light may feature two or more different lumen output settings.
PRO TIP: look for work lights that have a wide range of brightness settings for example 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 2000 lumens. This way, the light can be set for the proper amount of brightness needed depending on the work environment
Professional work lights reduce safety risks, are packed with the latest technologies, and should offer you more than just good lighting. When selecting a work light make it an investment, not just an expense.