A new Milwaukee’s M12 LED Stick Light (2351-20) came in last week for testing, and it took me just 2 minutes to fall in love with it. Well love is perhaps too strong of a word, but it’s safe to say I think this is a fantastic compact work light.
The Stick Light is priced at $79 for just the work light, and you will need to supply your own M12 Li-ion battery and charger.
There are three bright white LEDs that deliver 220 lumens of illumination. This is a lot of power, and glare could be an issue if you bring your face and the work light too close to highly reflective objects. There’s no dimmer or brightness control, so keep in mind that this is not the best LED light for closeup work.
Beam spread and diffusion are excellent, and small baffles between the three LEDs help improve the quality of light.
You get a nice even distribution of light, perfect for automotive shop use, which seems to be what Milwaukee was going for.
The Stick Light feels quite solid and almost begs for abuse.
The clear impact-resistant lens (polycarbonate?) is user-replaceable, which initially had me worried, but after testing the light I cannot imagine that the lens could be physically damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced. What I’m thinking is that perhaps Milwaukee was thinking that solvent damage or corrosion might be an issue. Certain automotive and industrial solvents can be harsh on clear plastic.
There are a few places where I couldn’t help but think ooh that’s a nice touch. You get an M12-standard built-in battery fuel gauge with 4 LEDs, a comfortable handle, a sealed easy-toggle switch that’s guarded against accidental presses, and an adjustable hanger.
On the back of the Stick Light there is also a metal 1/4-20 threaded mount for the optional magnet attachment (sold separately for ~$20). This opens up the potential to use 3rd party equipment to mount the LED work light in other ways.
Judging by some of the comments to the LED Stick Light preview post, the $79 price tag is a big detractor for some users. It’s hard for me to comment about the price, as I did not pay for the test sample, but I really do think that you get your money’s worth with this work light.
The LED Stick Light is a solid-performing wide-beam work light designed for industrial, automotive, and high demand work environments. If you already have a couple of Milwaukee M12 Li-ion cordless tools and batteries, you might want to consider the Stick Light for your lighting needs.
The days of cordless work lights only existing to increase the tool count in combo kits are over. Definitely, a lot of effort went into making this a robust and useful work light.
I will be testing the Stick Light further and will report back with any new findings. While I don’t expect my impressions of it to change, anything’s possible. If there’s a testing scenario or application you want me to explore, please let know and I’ll see what I can do.
Thank you to Milwaukee for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.