Magnetic Work Light
This handy magnetic work light features flexible gooseneck arm and a strong magnetic base. The base has optional mounting holes which allow the lamp to be mounted on a table or bench top.
Uses a standard 40W bulb.
(Mounting hardware and bulb not included)
Well done. Lots of lite for my handsaw and drill press.
overall fabrication acceptable, best results when using LED mini spot light
I have it attached to my drill press and it seems to hold. I had to tighten the flexible neck out of the box.... it's good now.
Solid for the price
People expect a $100 item for $20! This is a great deal for $20, not sure what all the fuss is about. Magnet for plenty strong for my applications and it's a standard light. Fellow at the store told me they sell thousands of these, hardly any complaints. I would recommend.
Good basic work tool light
I have read the reviews on here and have to agree with some of the criticism but not all. Yes, the magnet could be a lot stronger but you'd probably have to pay a premium for the light. I checked into it and the light I was interested in would have cost 3 times as much money. The guy who was doing body work and complained about filings being attracted to the magnetic base, give your head a shake. I just took out the little 40 watt clear bulb that was in the housing and installed a 45 watt reflector flood. Wow, light galore. As for the magnets I'm going to yank them and replace them with a couple of round magnets from Lee Valley plus a pair of specially made cup washers that the magnets nest inside. That will give more than adequate holding power for attaching the light to my band saw and drill press. I am using one as is but with the little reflector flood bulb on the deck of my Delta 18" scroll saw. What a difference that make. The saw comes with a 7 watt bulb that may be alright for in a night light but no good for us old farts with dimming eyes. Anyway, those are my two bits worth. Am ordering up two more of these lights while they are on sale. I can see clearly now!
Only 40w bulb max?
Nice light, great concept. Mine states 40W max though. But being so close to the work on my lathe, the 40w bulb seems to be enough and doesn't get as hot.
Don't pay regular price.
At $40.00 the price of this lamp is absurd. It in no way performs up to that level. Wait for a sale. When placed on a horizontal surface the magnet is sufficient, anywhere else is a recipe for disaster. The gooseneck might as well be a real goose, if there's any vibration present it's not going to stay where it's positioned. Other than these 2 problems it's a great little lamp.
Use an LED bulb with a focused beam
This light is expensive compared to many. (buy it on sale!) However, it it the only one worth owning of the various ones I've bought. (I bought a lot of cheaper ones hoping they would do and they are garbage) The Magnet is OK is the surface is flat. The arm stays roughly in position but don't expect precision. I used a focused LED bulb (~$10 on ebay direct from HK) and that works well. I wouldn't use it with a conventional bulb simply because of the heat. But I also believe LED bulbs might solve the other commentator problems. Also LED basically doesn't burn out so I really think its worth it to reduce the amount of stuff you have to upkeep in your shop. To be clear, it doesn't come with a bulb but it uses standard E27 screw in bulbs (the most common style) My use is on the side of my mini-Mill. Sometimes I move it onto a metal table or stick it to a large ferrous tool like a vise. However since it plugs in it isn't handy to move it and I mostly just leave it on the mill. I wrote this review because I am going to get another one (on sale :-) and think it a decent product. I also got the magnetic battery LED one also on busybee hoping that would be similar to this but more portable. Don't get that battery one it is useless. If you can plug in your light then this is the item to get. I would prefer if the magnet were a little stronger as well but it mostly works fine though if you knock it it can fall if not mounted upright.
A good concept that works poorly
I bought this light to assist welding on the car I'm restoring. The magnetic base works passibly well if it is afixed to a perfectly flat and clean surface. If the surface is even a bit irregular and off horizontal the magnet is not nearly strong enough to hold the light in place. Grinding near the lamp causes the base to collect debris, further reducing its magnetic grip. The consequence is with any gentle nudge the light will detach from whatever it is on, fall and break its lightbulb. I've gone through dozens. Even rough service bulbs don't last long because I'm constantly knocking the light over or it slips and falls on its own. Last time it fell it snapped off its switch, fortunately in the ON position so I can still kind of use it. If you're going to use this on a drill press or bandsaw as depticted in the photo, fine. If you're going to use it for autobody work, it is marginally useful.