I came across this Husky LED lighted socketed extension and had to take a double take. Is this really a socket extension with a built-in LED? Yes it is.
The 3/8″ drive LED lighted extension is 2″ long and is said to have an easily replaced battery. Its red power switch is easy to find, and should be easy to press.
The idea is that the light will shine through attached sockets to help illuminate fasteners and dark work areas. There’s a 3-minute auto shutoff to help conserve battery life.
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I find myself between two completely different perspectives. First, I wonder if this is just another random lighted hand tool that has an LED just to have an LED in it. Then, I think about how many times I’ve worked on fasteners in nooks and crannies that I couldn’t easily illuminate even with a flashlight or headlamp.
Part of me wants to dismiss this as a consumer gimmick, the other part of me wants to acknowledge that there are legitimate uses for a tool like this.