Milwaukee has come out with yet another new LED worklight product – an M12 Underhood LED worklight, meant for automotive work.
It sounds redundant for me to tell you it’s an underhood worklight and then describe it as being for automotive work, but that’s to avoid any confusion as to what it’s designed for.
Runtime is said to be 8 hours when paired with an M12 4.0Ah XC battery pack. The worklight features Milwaukee’s TrueView accurate color technology, and an extending clamp.
The clamping bar can be extended from 47″ to 78″, allowing it to attach to the hoods of all kinds of cars and trucks.
The underhood worklight can be rotated, slid, and even removed from its clamping attachment and then hung from its stainless steel hook. The hook was designed for mounting underneath the car for hands-free use.
The LED housing is made with an aircraft aluminum frame and impact-resistant polycarbonate lens. The lens is also chemical-resistant, helping it to stand up to common automotive fluids.
I’d guess that the power handle is also designed to stand up to automotive fluids, but Milwaukee hasn’t commented about this specifically.
This isn’t a “pack in your tool bag” kind of light, but it does look like a good shop solution.
I wonder how well it would handle being clamped to a long shelf of cabinet, aimed downwards.
It doesn’t look like it’ll fit in tight spots, but the underhood work light looks reasonably slender with the lamp removed.
The hanging hook looks functional. I wonder if Milwaukee considered adding a magnetic mount.
- 600 lumens light output on low, 8 hrs of runtime with 4.0Ah battery
- 1350 lumens light output on high, 4 hrs of runtime with 4.0Ah battery
- Weighs 4.63 lbs (bare tool)
- 47″ to 78″ extendable clamping length
- “FinishGuard” hook
There will be a kit, 2125-21XC, which comes with the light, (1) 4.0Ah battery pack, and a charger, and also a bare tool option, 2125-20.
Pricing: $250 for the kit, $200 for the bare tool
ETA: June 2017
There have been a number of times when I wish I had something just like this – a cordless wide-area worklight that could just be clamped to the hood of my car.
Who’s buying one of these under-the-hood LED light bars when they come out?