How to Choose a Jobsite Work Light?
There are many factors that go into choosing the right jobsite lighting. These include: cost, efficiency, safety, ease of use and much more. There are several types of work lights available such as halogen bulbs, LED’s and other kinds of lamps. Some work lights have built-in fans or even motors which can make them very efficient at using electricity while others require batteries. All these factors affect the price, but they all play an important role in making your job easier.
If you are looking for cheap jobsite lights then there are plenty of options out there. You will not only save money on labor costs, but you may also get some great deals if you shop around.
However, it is always good to do research before buying anything since sometimes manufacturers overcharge for their products and you end up paying more than necessary.
The following list contains a few of the most popular brands of work lights. Each brand has its own advantages and disadvantages so you need to decide what works best for your needs.
Halogen Lights – Halogens are the cheapest type of work lights available today. They come in various sizes ranging from small (like the one shown above) to large (such as those used by mechanics).
Though the larger ones use more energy than your house, they can easily illuminate an entire street.
Though their price is cheap and they are very efficient in terms of lighting up a dark area, they also have significant downsides. First of all, halogen lights get extremely hot, so hot in fact that you cannot touch them until they have been running for a good while.
Even then, it is not recommended that you touch them at all.
This means you either need to buy a special type of light (such as one that locks in the upright position) or you will have to buy a clip to clamp on to something. The other downside to these lights is that they are not very portable since you’re often stuck using a clamp and cannot move it around too much.
LED Lights – LED stands for light emitting diode. These lights have been around for awhile now and their prices have dropped significantly over the years.
They are very efficient when it comes to energy and do not get very hot at all, even after hours of use. Since they do not get hot, there is no need to worry about special lighting or the addition of a fan (though you still might want to add one if you want to prolong the life of your light).
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