Work Lights (Auto Repair)

Whether you plan to work on your car in your home garage, in your driveway, at the curb near your house, or in the auto shop at a local school, you’ll find that the lighting will be inadequate once you get under the hood — or under the car, if you’re that adventurous. A work light can provide all the illumination you need and enable you to shine the maximum amount of light right on the work area and not in your eyes (see Figure 2-18).
A work light.
Figure 2-18:
A work light.
When you shop for a work light, be sure to get one that has a protective cage around at least half the bulb and a cord that’s long enough and properly insulated. (Go for at least a 25-foot cord. Lights with shorter cords are cheaper, but if you need to buy an extension cord to get the light to your car, you may end up spending more in the long run.) Also look for the Underwriter’s tag to be sure that you’re getting quality.
The typical work light cage has a hook at the top so that you can hang the light inside the hood of your car or on a nearby part. The hook is very handy, but don’t hook the light to anything that carries electricity!.
You’ll find that a work light is useful for a variety of home repairs and for outside work at night, but if you’re going to be working far from an electrical outlet, you may need a long extension cord in addition to a work light. Luckily, neither a cord nor a work light is an expensive item. You may also want to consider a work light that gets its power from your car’s battery. I’ve also seen portable battery-powered fluorescent lanterns that are useful for night work and for camping.

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