In the dark on a project? These work lights provide illumination.
Best for: Aiming a flood of light into hard-to-reach places, such as under a sink or in a closet; spotlighting a work piece.
Look for: Long-life battery and bright LED or xenon bulb; ability to stand or hang hands-free; long,
easily manipulated neck.
Shown: DeWalt Flexible Floodlight, about $38, plus $79
for 18-volt battery
Best for: General job-site illumination that needs to withstand being knocked down.
Look for: Shatterproof protective cage or dome; cool-burning fluorescent light.
Shown: WobbleLight 120-watt fluorescent light, about $79
Best for: Task lighting that needs to be cool and very portable; general illumination over a workbench.
Look for: Magnetic bracket for hanging on steel studs or pipes; shatterproof cover. Tilting cart accessory makes light mobile.
Shown: WF Harris task/area light, about $196 with cart
Best for: General bright job-site illumination that can be aimed wherever you need it.
Look for: Handle insulated against heat of halogen bulb; shatterproof safety shield.
Some models offer a tripod accessory.
Shown: RAB quartz spotlight, about $25
Best for: Inexpensive task lighting that can move easily from the garage to the bedroom.
Look for: Handle with on/off switch and outlet protected by circuit breaker. Cord reel on some models prevents tangles but adds bulk.
Shown: Craftsman Work Light, about $25
Best for: Hands-free and portable task lighting that will stay cool to the touch.
Look for: On/off switch; grounded outlet in handle.
Shown: 13-watt portable fluorescent work light from Jameson, about $80
Best for: Illuminating a large, dark area—as in an attic or basement—so you can go in to make repairs.
Look for: Shatterproof lens; multiple bright-white LED bulbs; shape designed to keep it from rolling away.
Shown: Craftsman LED/xenon flashlight, about $20
Best for: Spotlighting tasks that take two hands, such as electrical and plumbing work.
Look for: Comfortable strap; tilting light mount so you can direct the light without contorting your neck; adjustable LED bulbs.
Shown: Petzl Tikka Plus, about $33