Milwaukee has come out with a new compact M18 lighting product, appropriately named the Radius Compact Site Light, model 2145-20, and it can provide a full 360° of light coverage. Or, you could use the controls to turn it into a directional task lighting. This means you only use the side of the light you need, extending runtime.
Milwaukee is also releasing a One-Key version of the Radius M18 Compact Site Light in October, but we’ll wait a little closer to the launch date to talk about all the extra features of that version. Milwaukee might still make changes to the One-Key Radius Site Light, but you can probably imagine what kind of features and controls an app-connected worklight will offer, such as wireless activation.
The M18 Radius Site Light has three brightness levels:
- 4400 Lumens on high (2 hours of runtime)
- 2100 Lumens on Medium (4 hours of runtime)
- 1000 Lumens on Low (8 hours of runtime)
They don’t say with what battery they are getting that kind of run time, but every Radius light at Milwaukee’s product event was paired with an M18 XC high capacity pack, probably 4.0 or 5.0 Ah each.
The Radius light can be powered by an M18 battery pack, OR by plugging it into the wall using a standard 3-prong extension cord. As you can see in the images, there’s plenty of room to fit a 9.0Ah battery in the battery bay.
The Radius also has a built-in outlet, so you can daisychain a number of lights together from a single AC plug.
It’s not the best picture, taken through the fog in a dark room, but here’s a look at the LED module for the Radius light. We were told it can output 6700 lumens, but with the Radius’ high impact Polycarbonate diffusion lens, you get more uniform lighting at the cost of some brightness. With the diffusion lens, peak brightness is at around 4400 lumens.
At the Symposium, it was mentioned that a clear lens might be available at some point, to take advantage of the full illumination output of the LED module, but the light coverage wouldn’t be as uniform.
This 10.7 lbs light can be hung upside down via a folding metal hook, or horizontally from its “integrated hanging features,” which are mounting holes on the bottom of the housing. The light is dust and water resistant to IP54 standards.
The LED array has a limited lifetime warranty and the whole light features a 5-year warranty.
ETA: July 2016
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The Radius seems like a really useful multipurpose site light, and the amount of light it puts out was impressive. They were using a single Radius to light up a dark and foggy room in the demos.
I think this light really will shine when the One-Key version comes out. The remote control and programability that One-Key brings to this light are some of the most practical uses I’ve seen from One-Key so far.
Stuart’s Take: I also had a chance to demo the Milwaukee M18 Radius Compact Site Light recently, and found myself impressed with 2 things. First, the light was diffuse enough so as to avoid, either mostly or entirely, the multi-shadow effect that sometimes plagues lighting products that have many multiple LED elements. Second, the light is a lot more compact than I thought it would be from its images.
One really nice touch are the spring-loaded outlet covers, which have seals to help maintain the light’s water resistance rating.
I would like to see Milwaukee come out with a wobble base attachment, but the unit’s robustness would likely make it too top-heavy. Darn the attention given to ensuring excellent build quality.