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LED SITE LIGHTS BUYING GUIDE | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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LED lights are one of the hottest items for the job site right now. They run cooler, use much less power, and there are more cordless options than ever. Before you make the switch, there’s a lot to consider. Just because they’re better than halogen doesn’t mean they’re cheap. So it’s best to go in with a head full of knowledge. To help you out, we got our Pro team together to write a LED jobsite lights buying guide. This is what they look for in LED lights to use on the jobsite.

WHEN BUYING LED JOBSITE LIGHTS ASK: DO YOU NEED PORTABILITY?

One of the first things we consider when looking for LED jobsite lights is whether we need portability. Do you need to install temporary lighting or do you need portable lighting that travels with you? Chinalux has more lights cover long-term temporary installation on major projects.lights, for example LED string lights present another temporary lighting option for smaller spaces



DO YOU NEED A CORDLESS LIGHTING SOLUTION?

Do you need a corded or cordless LED light or lighting solution? What about both?

Cordless definitely brings convenience, but corded power still wins on run-time. Yes, there’s more setup time to run those cords to the generator or outlet. On the other hand, if you need large amounts of light output all day/night long, AC power has your back. of course Chinalux also supply big  battery power station for all your cordless lights running longer time


HOW MUCH LIGHT OR LUMEN OUTPUT DO YOU NEED?

Bigger is better, right? And more lumens always beats fewer lumens…Well, maybe.

Bigger lumen numbers certainly mean more light output. If you need to light up a warehouse, you either need powerful lights or a bunch of lower output ones. How much light you really need depends on what you’re trying to replace.

Part of the equation has to do with the wattage of the light. Inconveniently, that’s a measure of how much power your old light required. Newer LED lights state their output in lumens since they require so much less power for the same output.

One of the differences you may notice is that some brands are working with different diffusers. Some lights have what looks like a frosted lens. These soften the light as it comes out so it’s not quite so tough on your eyes. In general, area lights are good to diffuse while lighting for a specific area should have a clear lens.

For truly large  site areas, companies like Lind Equipment make LED site lights with up to 120,000 lumens (or more) of light output. These lights can operate off a battery power station and last for many hours.

YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT COLOR TEMPERATURE

If you're keeping up with LED lighting trends, you’ll often see labels with “5000K” or “Daylight”. Any LED jobsite lights buying guide worth its salt talks about color temperature. This approximates the color temperature with the sun directly overhead. More importantly, this describes a white without much blue or yellow coloration. For electricians, it helps ensure that you’re seeing wire colors correctly. Painters also use these lights to accurately see what paint colors will look like in natural light.

For the majority of Pros in the construction industry, the accuracy of the color isn’t a big deal. You can get your work done under 3500K as easily as 5000K. We do, however, find certain color temperatures to be more comfortable—particularly at night.

Look for something around 4000-4500K for accurate colors. If you mostly work at night, 2700-3200K lights might feel better on your eyes while illuminating the jobsite.

What Color Temperatures Mean

  • 2700-3200K = Warm white (“yellow” white)
  • 4000-4500K = Natural white (“true” white)
  • 5000K = Direct sunlight
  • 7000-7500K = Cool white (“bluish” white)
  • 10000K = Old florescent lighting (“blue” white)
DO YOU NEED A SPOTLIGHT OR AREA LIGHT? WHAT’S THE THROW?

The throw of an LED work light depends greatly on the style of light you’re working with. Area lights will have a 360° throw and floodlights will be in the 90°–180° range. For the most part, LED job site lights look exactly like the lights they’re designed to replace. Need a standard two-light stand light to replace a halogen model? It’s available and looks almost identical.

One of the differences you may notice is that some brands are working with different diffusers. Some lights have what looks like a frosted lens. These soften the light as it comes out so it’s not quite so tough on your eyes. In general, area lights are good to diffuse while lighting for a specific area should have a clear lens.

For truly large job site areas, companies like Lind Equipment make LED site lights with up to 120,000 lumens (or more) of light output. These lights can operate off a small generator and last for many hours before needing more fuel.


HANGING AND STAND OPTIONS

Area lights pretty much stand on their own, but some LED work lights give you more options. When you need a lot of light in an area you’re working, a tripod stand is a great way to get the lights up in the air and flood the area.

Smaller LED lights can have several options. Nearly all will stand on their own and most will have a keyhole or frame design that lets you hang it from a nail. Others add magnets to the base for working around steel.



DO YOU NEED IT TO HANDLE WATER? WHAT’S THE IP RATING?

sites light aren’t exactly known for their cleanliness. Sometimes the work has to continue in spite of the weather. If your LED light is going to spend time outside for work or security, check its IP rating and make sure it can stand up to the dust and rain that it’s likely to encounter.







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