The work light will stand in the upright position or can be attached (from the bottom ) to a tripod or anything else with a 1/4 x 20 thread.
The narrow beam and shadows on the left are typical of flashlight-style work lights. The large shadow-less beam on the right is from the WorkStar 2000. Both lights are 24" away from the inside of a garage door.
A pair of powerful magnets on the back of the light allow it to be attached to ferrous metal. Shown here on the underside of a hood, it could just as easily be attached to the housing of an appliance or piece of HVAC equipment that was under repair.
A retractable hook allows the tool to hang like a trouble light--but with a pivoting head that makes it easier to project the beam onto a particular area.
Late last year Maxxeon sent me one of the WorkStar 2000 floodlights, a rechargeable LED work light designed with the repair techs in mind. It stayed in the box for several months but when my truck’s electrical system began to act up I took it out and began to use it. Once it was out I started using it for other things that required a work light.
The light is configured something like an old-fashioned military flashlight, with a vertical grip and belt clip on back. But that’s really the only “old-fashioned” thing about it. It contains a single LED bulb and is powered by a proprietary replaceable battery pack containing AA cells. The on/off switch is on the front: press it once and the output is 270 lumens; press it again within two seconds of turning it on and the output is 90 lumens.
Aiming is easy because the head can be rotated 360 degrees and tilted 180 degrees. The unit can be placed upright on flat surfaces, hung from a retractable hook, screwed to a tripod (or anything with a 1/4 20 thread), or attached to metal with magnets. The magnets are on back and can be accessed by removing (no tools required) the belt clip. The belt clip can be used for transport or you can work with the light on and attached to your belt or the bib of your overalls.
The defining feature of this light is the wide angle beam, which unlike the beam of a flashlight (and many work lights) has no rings or shadows within it. That might not sound like a very big thing but when you’re working in tight quarters, the last thing you want is for the beam not to illuminate the entire work are or for a shadow to fall on a critical part.
Runtime seems reasonable, though I didn’t keep track because I’ve used the light an hour here and an hour there. According to the manufacturer, the runtime is 2 hours on high and 8 hours on low. The battery takes 3 hours to charge and can be charged with an included AC adapter or 12-volt auto adapter (which would come in handy for the tech who needs to charge between service calls).
The more I use the WorkStar 2000 the more I like it; it has a wide beam and there are many ways to mount it. The only thing I don’t like about the light is rechargeable battery pack. It’s an internal pack and cannot be switched out during the job—and the light won’t come on while the pack is charging. It would have been better if the pack contained individual rechargeable cells that could be replaced at will. It’s minor complaint, because in most circumstances the light will be run intermittently so there should be ample opportunity for charging.
WorkStar 2000 Specs
Batteries: NiMH; proprietary pack
Brightness: 270 lumens high; 90 lumens low
Runtime: 2 hours high; 8 hours low
Recharge time: 3 hours
Fuel Gauge: Bicolor LED flashes green and red to estimate level of charge
Web price: $50-75