Work Lights Information

Selecting work lights


Work lights are portable luminaires employed in places with dim or no illumination. These are temporary, versatile devices that enable activities when daylight or artificial light is inadequate.




Work light fixtures are deployed when personnel need to complete tasks in a dark location; they are essential safety equipment. Light sources are typically incandescent, fluorescent, or LED technologies. Luminaires are mounted on a pole, tripod, base, clamp, or suspended to provide basic overhead illumination. Some lights can be handheld and may feature an articulating support or joint to focus the light.


These instruments are reliable in providing continuous and steady radiance. Their affordability and ease of use make them a preferred choice in carrying out inspection, repair, maintenance, and other tasks. The tools occupy minimum space and limit superfluous heat generation. Work lights are relatively inexpensive and easy to setup. Work lights require an electric power supply that can come from mains electricity, a battery, generator, or vehicle.






Base-mount and tripod: These devices are useful for generating overhead light in large sites and possess robust stability. This type works well in outdoor environments, and also provides intensive radiance.


Hanging and handheld: These are types are slung or maneuvered by hand. They are most effective at illuminating concentrated areas, such as an engine compartment or basement area.


Clamp mount: A spring or screw clamp attaches the luminaire to an object ad hoc and a joint allows the light to be focused. This construction is ideal for use in workshops or other multi-function areas.


Magnetic: A high strength magnet integrated in the base allows the light to be affixed to most horizontal and vertical metal surfaces. Along with an axis, this enables versatile positioning and focusing. They are common in small spaces, workshops, industrial plants, and maintenance applications.


String: multiple lights are positioned at intervals along a conduit and are useful for illuminating perimeters


Fixed: The lamp base is permanently mounted, often for a specific utility, but may be articulated for flexible illumination.


Light technologies


  • Incandescent: inexpensive; creates a fair amount of heat; halogen bulbs are exceptionally bright
  • LED: most efficient (less waste heat); typically used as arrays; large selection of sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns; individual bulbs sometimes addressable with a controller.
  • Fluorescent: more efficient than incandescent, less so than LED; wide variety of colors; bulb is cool to touch



  • Construction
  • Fishing
  • Warehouses
  • Manufacturing
  • Military
  • Aircraft and aerospace
  • Marine
  • Emergency shelters
  • Utility markets
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial truck
  • Material handling
  • Mining
  • Off-road 4x4
  • Power sports
  • Railroad
  • Specialty vehicles
  • Walkways



  • Rechargeable: an integral battery offers aditioanl portability
  • Enclosure: the light source is features some type of mechanical protection, including housings with lenses or simple bulb cages
  • Quick disconnect: the light is easily disassembled
  • Ratchet adjustment: a ratchet mechanisms ensures fixture positioning
  • Weatherproof: the light is optimal for outdoor applications
  • Thermal switch: the light has overheating protection
  • Handle: the light has a handle for ease of handling

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