It has been nearly a year since Dewalt first announced their 20V Max DCL043 LED spotlight, a cordless worklight meant for throwing gobs of light at a distance. At the time, I considered that perhaps the new LED worklight might not be suitable for indoors spaces, due to the tight and bright illumination that spotlights typically deliver.
The Dewalt DCL043 throws a whopping 1,000 lumens of bright white light. That’s right, a thousand lumens. That’s a pretty bright output, and since this is a spotlight, that light is focused into a narrow beam with tight spread.
I really thought that this would be best suited for inspecting outdoor structural areas, and for things like that. What use would 1000 lumens be in doors?
But then I had to inspect a few things in a dimly lit and dark-floored basement. Scanning the floor was a lot easier with the DCL043 than a handheld flashlight. To be fair, the other flashlight was a Maglite 2D LED, which is far from being the brightest flashlight I own. But it’s what I had around before I went back and loaded up the Dewalt spotlight.
I was extremely surprised at how comfortable I was using the Dewalt spotlight indoors. It was very bright, no doubt, but not uncomfortably so. Make no mistake, this is not a close-up worklight. But it’s also not the long-distance-only flashlight I though tit was.
For now, I think I can comfortably recommend it. I want to run the battery down a few more times with normal use before abandoning all reservations. Don’t do as I did and assume that it’s not suitable for your needs because it’s a spotlight with very high output rating. Unless you need a floodlight, this might make for a pretty good medium-distance worklight.
The DCL043 cordless LED spotlight can of course still be used outdoors, for inspections, maintenance tasks, and other sorts of applications and activities you might want a bright spotlight for.
I really liked that I could rest the LED spotlight down on a flat surface, and that I could pivot the lamp head horizontally, vertically, or in between to shine light exactly where I need it. I haven’t made use of the hanging hook yet.
Runtime is said to be 4 hours on high, and 13.5 hours on the low 90 lumen mode.
Speaking of which, there are no true “high” and “low” power modes. At high power mode, the 3 topmost white LEDs are illuminated. At low mode, the bottom red LED is illuminated.
While red LEDs are great for use at night to help preserve night vision, I don’t find them as useful during the day. Because of this, I wish there was at least one other mid-level white light brightness mode. Also, the brightness modes always cycle, and so to turn the spotlight off you have to momentarily turn that red light mode on and then off.
Dewalt’s cordless LED lighting products have impressed me in recent years, and continue to do so. Next, I want to see Dewalt come out with a floor-standing cordless LED worklight, similar to Milwaukee’s upcoming M18 tripod worklight. It would be even better if it collapsed into a ToughSystem tool box for storage!
At around $79, the DCL043 LED spotlight isn’t cheap. And don’t forget – that’s for just the worklight. You’ll need to add your own L-ion battery and charger.
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Thank you to Dewalt for providing the review sample unconditionally.