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Old 12-21-2018, 08:59 PM   #1
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Hi Folks, first Post..

I'm starting a project in a large space and need more light..just finished taking down most of the surface lighting and need light

I usually carry 2 or 3 job site lights but they're beat to death..ten years old and limping, mish mosh of products.. This place has 13 foot ceilings and is about 1600 sq feet..im working near the ceiling for the first leg of this project..my old eyes need light..

I was going to add to them but deciding now to replace everything with 4 or 5 of the same product..better stand system, same bulb, decent spread and intensity of light,, better all around. Im ok with LED as long as i can get a bulb that is somewhat warm..i can't stand being around that super cold looking LED..prefer closer to halogen in color / light temp.

I don't want to spend too much money but enough to get me into a decent setup..good stands, solid lock downs that dont lose grip..it would be nice if the bulbs were fairly standard and available..

hoping some of you are using that you'd recommend..thanks.

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String lights with LED bulbs?

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lol..that's a few more than i need and the tangles and endless holiday drinking on the job would kill me..

unless you're talking the construction version (thought for sure this was a holiday joke)...i think i prefer to have a movable set for many things..one light source for mudding topcoats..nice to be able to move lights close to work tables etc

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String lights with LED bulbs?

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Still my favorite option. 100W equivalent warm white will do what he wants. Cheap replaceable bulbs if they break or get painted over, unlike a newer style led string light with fixed bulbs.
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lol..that's a few more than i need and the tangles and endless holiday drinking on the job would kill me..

unless you're talking the construction version (thought for sure this was a holiday joke)...i think i prefer to have a movable set for many things..one light source for mudding topcoats..nice to be able to move lights close to work tables etc
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I have used those string lights, Tom. I actually cut a 10 count set into a 4 & 6 set for versatility reasons.

They work great with led bulbs in them.

I think the OP is looking for "up lights" since he stated he is working near the ceiling for the first leg of the project. String lights hanging are not going to help him.

I'd look for some LED lights on stands or wall mount that can be directed where needed.
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Get a couple of these. 14,000 lumens. I have a 5000 lumen model and it is BRIGHT.

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I have used those string lights, Tom. I actually cut a 10 count set into a 4 & 6 set for versatility reasons.

They work great with led bulbs in them.

I think the OP is looking for "up lights" since he stated he is working near the ceiling for the first leg of the project. String lights hanging are not going to help him.

I'd look for some LED lights on stands or wall mount that can be directed where needed.
Yep, exactly..but also i use them to 'rake walls' when im mudding n repairing...helps to get a single, bright light source close to a wall..to reveal surfaces..for now i need 'up' light but I'll be working my way down these old plaster walls making a lot of repairs.

i also want to be able to move them to various workstations, saws..im 58 and my eyes need brightness and contrast..even with my readers on..

String lights are fine for overall room light, no doubt and I might add a set or two for general light here..normally don't need em as im usually working in normal sized rooms..

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Get a couple of these. 14,000 lumens. I have a 5000 lumen model and it is BRIGHT.

https://www.menards.com/main/lightin...887033&ipos=14

This is what im looking for but at that price im very suspicious of the quality of the stands..been through a few like this over the years and they usually get sorta frustrating..especially after the dust gets in the works.

I'll pop over to Menards and see if they have em in the store..Thanks!
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No suggestions for Rocket lights? That would be a no brainer. They light up a room. Not much point in any other lighting unless it is string lights, which work for semi permanent lighting on a jobsite.

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I've tossed all my halogen lighting. Can't stand the crap.

I spend 100 bucks on a stand light, and the stand is garbage. They eat bulbs, and bulbs are 9 bucks a piece.

The sockets break constantly. The bulbs blow up. All of this was a regular occurrence, as I used them for 15 years.


But as LED has improved, I've now switched over. I have this as my main work light, and if I ever needed more lighting, I'd buy a couple more.

This light is awesome. Cord connected, or battery. The light is not too cool. Durable, very bright, and no more bulb changes. And I'm already on the Milwaukee M-18 platform.

Unless I was doing a large outdoor job at night, and then I'd probably go with the Wobble Light.


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I was too slow. Those and the various other versions of cordless system lights are the way to go. Not much reason to go corded, unless it is a hybrid like those, or a permanent workstation setup.

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This is what I've been using and I like it.

https://www.festoolusa.com/products/...--duo-plus-usa

Pricey, but nice.
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https://www.festoolusa.com/products/...--duo-plus-usa

Pricey, but nice.
I use the same. Price scares most away.

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No suggestions for Rocket lights? That would be a no brainer. They light up a room. Not much point in any other lighting unless it is string lights, which work for semi permanent lighting on a jobsite.

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I've tossed all my halogen lighting. Can't stand the crap.

I spend 100 bucks on a stand light, and the stand is garbage. They eat bulbs, and bulbs are 9 bucks a piece.

The sockets break constantly. The bulbs blow up. All of this was a regular occurrence, as I used them for 15 years.
I quit using the halogen also, they get hotter than heck and will roast you if you have to work in front then, burn you if you need to grab it and move it around after it's been on for a while. I hate 'em.
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Yep, exactly..but also i use them to 'rake walls' when im mudding n repairing...helps to get a single, bright light source close to a wall..to reveal surfaces..for now i need 'up' light but I'll be working my way down these old plaster walls making a lot of repairs.

i also want to be able to move them to various workstations, saws..im 58 and my eyes need brightness and contrast..even with my readers on..

String lights are fine for overall room light, no doubt and I might add a set or two for general light here..normally don't need em as im usually working in normal sized rooms..

thanks guys..
Color temp is about 2500K out of the range you are looking for.

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Because he mentioned price. otherwise it would have been my 1st suggestion.
They are cheap for what they do. They pretty much do everything he wants. Add in a Rover and you can light up the area and use the Rover up close on the left with you.

I have seen some corded LEDs at the local big box, but they aren't cheap either, unless you get the small ones and then you aren't going to light up a large high ceilinged space.

I was fortunate to get mine for 129 each. I've seen the Dewalts here at the same store for 99 bucks. I almost picked a couple of those up as well, but am moving away from the Dewalt stuff. Just depends on what battery platform he uses.

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I use the same. Price scares most away.

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It's a great light. I have to admit that I would've shied away from it also.
But thanks to CT and Festool, I now have one.

And now I don't know what I'd do without it. It's gonna really suck when I have to replace it.

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