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Work lamps: Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.
That could be the mantra of any mechanic, plumber electrician or anyone who regularly spends hours toiling away in the garage, workshop or crawl space under the bright light of those caged bulbous things also known as “drop lights” or “inspection lamps.”
Even if that’s not you, I’m sure you’ve seen one hooked at the end of a long cord over a V-8 or under a wheel well down at the local repair shop.
While they shine some amount of light on those deep dark places (often not enough, some say), they come with a couple of big problems. They routinely break when bashed. And they’re hazardously hot. It’s practically a mechanic’s rite of passage to get burned by touching one of these things. In rare instances, drop lights can ignite a fire when exposed to the flammable stuff you might find in a garage.
Lumen LED, a small Hayward, Calif. company, is on the case.