A battery-powered workshop lamp recommendation.

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bobnewboy

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Jul 2, 2014
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Hi All,

We moved down to the rural south west two and bit years ago now. It sounds daft, but I had no idea just how dark the garden and sheds etc would be at night. One night, shortly after we moved in, I arrived home on the KTM, and on switching the bike off I realised I couldn’t see anything. Not even my hand in front of my face. Pitch black.

After that, I made sure that I would always have light in the workshop, and I bought one of these:

Diall 23W work lamp at B&Q.

When I got it home, I gave it a full charge and put it in the workshop. It works really well, and I generally only need to use it on half power as it is so bright.

Today, while tidying the workshop, and putting the KTM away for the winter (the shame....), I picked up the lamp, and then I realised that I had never re-charged it since. So I hadn’t charged it in 2 years and three months. Even so, it still works perfectly - just as bright as it ever was. The battery status indicator still reports a full battery even (??). I have used it dozens and dozens of times, for anything up to 30 minutes at a time. This afternoon I brought it back into the house for a full charge as a little present to it’s Li-ion batteries.

In a world where battery-powered gear is usually really over-rated by the manufacturers, this unit has been a genuine surprise. I recommend them to anyone looking for something like this.

Cheers, Bob

Edit: Looking at the reviews, it does look like the product quality slipped in the last couple of years, but mine was made in mid-2018 and works perfectly. Honest :)
 
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Broch

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Jan 18, 2009
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Mmmm.... that's a mains powered light you've pointed to! No wonder the batteries haven't run out :)
 

bobnewboy

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Jul 2, 2014
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North West Somerset
Mmmm.... that's a mains powered light you've pointed to! No wonder the batteries haven't run out :)
I know, my bad. I dont know how I managed that but I have updated the link, and added a PS :) :) My workshop doesn’t have any permanent mains installation, so I think I would have noticed the lamp being less than useful.... heh heh.
 

Nice65

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Apr 16, 2009
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For safety in the bell tent, and more so the campervan, I bought the Sofirn LT1. It does a hell of a lot if you want it to, but the main controls I use are brightness and tint (cool to warm). This reviewer grates a bit, but he’s part of the development team so knows the light well. Mine gets a lot of use, even in the house doing jigsaws, and I’ve added a small collapsible silicone dog bowl with the base cut out to make it easier on the eyes.

 

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daveO

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If you're lucky enough to use Makita 18v tools then the LED lamp they sell to use those batteries is amazing and not very expensive as a bare unit. It's the DML801 that I've had for a few years now and I can't recommend it enough.

 

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