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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 12-14-2009 05:20 PM 1779 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Originally submitted at Woodcraft

Buy Both and Save! Includes the LED Dual Power Shop Light and the LED Dual Power Shop Light with Magnifying Glass.

WoodRiver® Shop Lights

These are Great!

By cmckerliesr from Aberdeen,NC on <abbr class=”dtreviewed” title=”20091214T1200-0800”>12/14/2009</abbr>

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Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Assemble, Clamp, Lights Work Area Well, Excellent clarity

Cons: Lenght of Arm, Clamp

Best Uses: Work Area, Gifts, Drill Press, Scroll Saw

Describe Yourself: Midrange Shopper

I Am A: Couple No Kids

I have had these for only a short time, but in that time I have already come to really love these lights.

I mention the clamp as a pro and a con, because it holds the lights in place really well. But the con is that if you have a scroll saw like mine (an older Dremel). Then the only place you can clamp the holder too, is about a quarter of inch to small. I had to add a quarter inch spacer to be able to tighten up the clamp. Because of this, it became clear real quick that the light and clamp were in my way. Since there is no metal to stick the magnet too on my scroll saw, I had to attach the clamp to a near by work surface. Then, stretch the arm out.

The magnet is more than strong enough to hold the light and or magnifying light. Once the magnet grab a hold of the clamp or a suitable metal surface, it was pretty much stuck.

The magnifying glass is clear and of excellent quality. If there was one thing I would change, it would be the length of the adjustable arm. While it works great, I just wish, that I could get an inch or two of length added to the arm. It would be a great help. But I can also say that if I did not have a couple of issues with where I had to place the mounting clamp, this arm length would not be an issue at all.

If you are not experienced with using a magnifying light, it takes a little getting use to. I cut out a puzzle using the magnifying glass (it was my firs time using one). I was pleased with how well I was able to see the blade and such, but, as I was cutting out the pieces I noticed they were much smaller than what I usually cut. But that is not not a knock against the magnifying light. As I said it takes a little getting used to and practice.

The light it self is bright. I took the plastic defuser off, because I preferred the way it lit the work area without it. The magnetic base held the light and magnifying light to my drill press exceptionally well.

One thing I really like is the fact that the base for the lights can be mounted using the clamp or using the magnet, attached to the drill press or other metal surface.

I have not used AAA batteries in the lights yet so I can not speak to how long or well they work. But based on my experience thus far I am sure I will not be disappointed once I get around to it. When I do, I will be sure add more review comments.

I could go on about how I did not like using the AC adapter (provided). But since I bought the two lights I got two adapters. I kept one plugged in by my scroll saw and the other by my drill press. Yes I did have to move one a couple of times, when I decided to try the magnifying light in other locations. I am sure this is where the use of the AAA batteries would prove useful. But in reality I am more inclined to use them in only the two locations. While I do have other uses for the magnifying lamp, I will probably just buy another one for that use rather than move the one I currently have around.

To sum this all up. I say if you are in need of a work light or a lighted magnifying work light. Buy these!

Battery door:
I fiddle with things once I get them especially if I plan on using all the available accessories. Even though I did not have any AAA batteries I removed the battery doors on both units. The door did not go back on easily, it took some moving around before I was able to get the two tabs at the bottom of the door to align with the slots.

So that I could close and latch the door. Although, once I got the hang of it, it quickly became a none issue.

I could easily blame all the little issues on bad design, or the lights themselves. But the truth is, I have some unusual circumstances in my small shop which are not the fault of the lights. With little effort I was able to maneuver the lights around to a spot I was comfortable with and complete my tasks. Yes it would of been nice to have an extra inch or two on the arms, and to not have to use a spacer for the clamp in one instance. But I am absolutely 100% satisfied with my purchase and will probably buy a couple more.

Once mounted they stay in place.

Seem to be of good quality.

Strong magnet

Magnifying Glass, clear and good quality.

LEDs bright, not a lot of glare.

Could use a bit more length in the arms.

Clamp should be redone to resolve not being able to clamp it to anything less then a half inch (for most users this will probably never be an issue).

I hope all this helps and that I did not ramble on too much. As soon as I am able I will add pictures too.


-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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