When working on a project, in addition to the right tools, you need good lighting. Sometimes room lighting is not enough and a little extra brightness can make your work go quicker, easier, and more safely. These days, LEDs are are a great way to go, and hands-free products have obvious benefits. Which do you prefer to use more, headlamps or cordless work lights?
The main benefit of a headlamp is that the beam moves with you and can be perfectly aligned with your vision. A major downside is that headlamps are limited in how large and heavy they can be.
Cordless, or even corded work lights, can be a lot larger and brighter. Many offer multiple support and positioning options, but must still be carefully aimed at the work area. Depending on the surroundings, this can sometimes be tricky.
My preference? I tend to use work lights for larger projects, but whip out a headlamp for quicker projects or tasks. Overall, I use headlamps far more, with my current favorite being the Petzl Pixa 1.
Petzl Headlamps (I’ve got 3 of these and love ’em!)
Dewalt 12V Max LED Worklight (My favorite work light, but it’s sold without a battery. It’s one incentive to buy into the Dewalt 12V Max lineup. Second-favorite is a Craftsman 12V fluorescent model.)