Irwin’s Strait-Line Grip Light fluorescent worklight features a sliding hook clamp, making it well suited for tasks where you need both hands to be free. It can be clamped to solid objects, hung from electrical panels, doors, car hoods, and other such things, or simply placed on the floor, where a flip-down stand helps keep it propped up.
The Grip Light has two 13W shatter-resistant bulbs for a total draw of 26W. Each bulb lasts for up to 10,000 hours before needing replacement. Clamp capacity is about 10″, which should give you a sense about how big the worklight is, and a built-in outlet allows for you to daisy-chain multiple worklights if needed.
I could not find any information about how long the power cord is, but one reviewer on Amazon said it’s quite short at about 6-feet. In other words, you’ll probably want to use this with an extension cord.
Although LED worklights are all the rage these days, I find that fluorescent worklights tend to provide softer and more even lighting. That, coupled with this light’s various clamping options, make it a nice option for automotive work and other close-up applications.
Update: It’s no longer available, and we can’t find a suitable alternative to point out.
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The Grip Light is currently priced at about $30-50 with shipping.
This post was originally published on Dec 30th, 2008, and rewritten on Jun 15th, 2013.
Thanks, Stuey! I don’t usually make impulse purchases, but this was just too damn useful to pass up.
I have two of those, love them. Could have sworn they were discontinued though.
It seems to have been discontinued a few years back, but after I spotted them for sale again I thought it would be worth it to rewrite the original post.
Can’t seem extract and replace bulbs. Any thoughts ?
Can you remove the guard in any way? What about what looks to be a rubber cap at the top? Can that be removed to slide the guard out?
The rubber end cap comes off. The plastic guard slides out the front exposing the tubes.