Task Lighting Ideas

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 08-02-2014 12:26 AM 1278 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Keifers nice light thought it would be good if some of the rest of us would share ideas. So here is some of mine. These can be used if you don’t have the best if lighting or your eyes don’t see as well as they used to or you just want work by spotlight.
Drill Press spot lamp wired direct to DP switch for on/off. Arm is adjustable.

Lathe spot lamp works well for the inside of bowls. Roll switch for on/off. Mounted on a hinged are and can be pushed back out of the way.

Band Saw spot lamp wired directly to BS switch for on/off. Is adjustable.

Radial Arm Blade Led spot with button top for on/off. Mounted to guard bracket with a heavy rubber band. Really shows up that dark place right where the blade comes thru fence.

Table saw blade and router table spot lamp is mounted to an expandable swing arm. You can put the spot on either the blade or the bit. On/off by a roll switch.

Small band saw LED spot mounted to blade guard. On/off button on lamp body. This works much brighter than original factory light.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 04:12 AM

great set ups on your lighting.thanks for sharing been thinking on ways to get more light on my bs,this helps out!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 03:57 PM

I came up with similar soultions. I bought several of these cheap goose neck lamps:

I mounted them directly to my machines by drilling holes through the metal and wiring them internally including dedicated switches. The range of the neck is a bit limited but everything is out of the way.

And I always have a small torch light around.

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 05:23 PM

I see you have lights everywhere. Better that loosing a finger. I’m not too far behind you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 08-02-2014 07:43 PM

Great ideas.
Too bad more manufacturers don’t get of board with these as standard equipment…..................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 08-02-2014 08:34 PM

They are great ideas, agree the cost would be minimal for the manufactures to include

-- Norman

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#6 posted 08-02-2014 10:06 PM

These are a lot of great task lights. By the way where did you find the expandable swing arm and light? I would love to have one over my Router Table.
Thank You

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 12:43 PM

Good stuff Vernon. I like the led flashlight right on the bandsaw cut. You can get a zillion of those free flashlights at Harbor Freight and strap em anywhere.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 08-05-2014 04:53 AM


Thanks for sharing these great ideas for lighting up all us elderly folks’ shops!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 08-05-2014 01:58 PM

Thanks for starting this blog Vernon .
There are some interesting solutions being posted and I would like to add my latest solution .
My bandsaw light .

A LED chip with 24 lights very compact and attaches with a self adhesive backing and is powered by a 12v transformer ,comes on when the saw is switched on .
Cost me $4.25 and I love the low profile and the light output is amazing .

-- Kiefer 松

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