I recently came across the Streamlight 45670, a rechargeable “LED portable scene light,” a portable light that deploys into a tripod-style adjustable work or area light.
The light is extremely compact when closed, making it highly portable.
With the legs folded out and the lamp head fully deployed, that’s when the Streamlight resembles a modern tripod-style LED light.
The light delivers up to 5300 lumens of brightness, and its beam can reach a distance of up to 410 meters in its highest output mode.
Its lamp head has a 90° swivel range and can be raised to a height of 72 inches. An extended height version has an 84″ extension pole.
There are 3 brightness settings – 1300, 2500, and 5300 lumens, with runtimes of 18hr, 9hr, and 4hr, respectively.
Additionally, there are two user-selectable diffusers, which Streamlight says allows for two beam widths that can work in any of the brightness modes.
It has an IP67 rating, meaning it’s dust-tight and waterproof to 1 meter depths for 30 minutes, and can withstand up to 40 mph wind conditions in all directions with the head fully extended.
The light is powered by a sealed lead acid-type 12V battery, and it can also be plugged into AC power. The battery charges in 10 hours.
COO: Made in USA
Looking online, replacement batteries (Streamlight 45630) are easily available. Images show a 12V 7.2Ah battery, and with the Streamlight Scene Light spec’ed with a 12V 14.4Ah battery, this suggests there are (2) batteries installed into the base. Streamlight’s product specs and online manual don’t clarify upon this.
Streamlight’s fact sheet says their light is aimed at the following applications and industries: Fire & Rescue, Military, Utilities, Law Enforcement, Industrial Safety, Construction, Emergency Medical Services, Sporting Goods.
They say it is “ideal for field maintenance, inspection of construction sites and remote equipment, military operations, and general scene lighting.”
Compare: Milwaukee M18 Rocket Dual Pack Tower Light
The Milwaukee M18 Rocket Dual Pack Tower Light comes to mind as a like-styled competitor.
It delivers up to 5400 lumens of light at high, and its runtime can greatly exceed that of the Streamlight, depending on your choice of M18 batteries.
There are 3 output modes, set to 5400, 3100, 1600 lumens by default, and these can be customized via One-Key. (One-Key allows for select Milwaukee tools to be customized, tracked, or managed via smartphone app.)
The Milwaukee can be extended to 5’5″, and is also IP67-rated, or waterproof up to 1 meter.
It can be powered using one or two M18 batteries, but not AC.
Price: $699 (tool-only)
I find the Streamlight “Scene Light” to be an interesting design. Its lead acid battery (or batteries as it seems) is a weak point in my opinion, but there benefits. For one, the battery pack(s) should be easily replaceable.
If Streamlight could retrofit this design to work with a cordless power tool brand’s batteries, would that boost its appeal?
Here’s another look at the Streamlight’s form factor. While I haven’t seen the light in person yet, its images suggest a compact design. Streamlight says it can deploy in less than 30 seconds.
In comparison, the Milwaukee boasts a 7-second setup time.
The lower profile of the Streamlight tripod, combined with the weight of its gel cell batteries, might make it more stable than the Milwaukee. I wouldn’t mind having either one, though.
That Streamlight isn’t new. Used to have one by work at least 6 years ago.
stoopid money for that. insane. These brands are now off my radar full-stop. Big Dud (in red). $699 tell me I’m not living in bizarro land.
If you think those are bad, take a look at Pelican’s overpriced lineup.
ps I love the sci-fi object. Would buy for $129 (tool only)
My rescue company has had a few of the stream light scene lights. However, we have had 3 of ours burn out charging circuits right after the warranty runs out. We found them to be heavy and slow/cumbersome to deploy and have replaced the stream lights with Dewalt DCL079B. Yes, less lumens but faster deploy from the truck, runs on our batteries we use for multiple tools and cheap enough where we can buy 3 for the price of 1 stream light.
Amazon will sell you a medium riding mower battery for about $60, a 2-pack of 6700 lumen LED floodlights for $56, so $28 each, a DeWalt TSTAK toolbox for $36, 1/2′ EMT is about $7 for 10 feet, 1/4″ beam clamps are about $2.50 each, a 150 watt 12v to 120v inverter for $18, lessee, carry the one……that’s $154.
The TSTAK is 17.3″ x 11.9″ so there’s room for a larger battery, $17 gets a screw-together extendable pole that goes to 53″ in 4 sections, so if you need a higher light buy 2, that’s $34, or you can do the same thing with 1/2″ EMT and threaded adapters (1/2 EMT fits inside 3/4, Tractor Supply sells 1/4″ hitch pins, so a bunch of 16″ 1/2 and 3/4 EMT fits inside the TSTAK and will pin together. Bolt a 3/4″ pipe floor flange to the top of the TSTAK, screw in a 16″ length of 3/4″ black pipe, drop the extendable pole into it. The TSTAK is 13; high, so the top of that 53″ is now 71″ off the floor.
Roughly, maybe a couple hundred bucks for a homebuilt version that’s brighter, runs longer and has easily replaceable parts, most of which are available everywhere. Less if you re-purpose the battery from your boat in the back yard or your son’s motorcycle. Would it look as nice? Be quite as simple to use? Nope, and nope, but photons are photons no matter where they come from.
Rich (above) said “Would buy for $129 (tool only)”. Include the battery and – maybe – I’d be willing to go $169. Maybe. $649? Hard nope.
But this got me to thinking – Ol’ Billy Bob Hammerbanger, a handy metalsmith, could bend and weld some simple bracketry in his spare time and sell it on eBAY with a parts list of what to order from Amazon or Home Depot to build your own. MARKETING OPPORTUNITY ! (And retire to the Bahamas after Ryobi or Rigid buys him out….)
Wow, the fun new ad placement across the whole top of my phone screen is super annoying! It’s terrible placement and it follows you as you scroll. Plus it has the benefit of making your site feel scammy and cheap.
Love the products, hate the price. I’d use a high power headlamp before I purchased either of these. These are for corporate and military budgets.
I think the new hand held Ridgid 18v hand held spotlight is a bargain! Highlights: 3200 Lumens, Tripod capable, Three brightness settings, Rated 4.9 out of 5 in Home Depot Reviews, $99.00, Currently a free tool if you purchase a Ridgid 18v 1/2” High Torque impact through January 30th.
Light model #R8699B. The Ridgid impact light deal also comes with $50.00 off the i1/2” impact! ($269.00).Deal ends January 30th.
I forgot to mention the Ridgid 1/2” impact(1300 ft/# breakaway, 900 ft/# fastening torque), is in a kit. Includes 4.0 ah 18v battery, charger, soft bag. So you will have a battery & charger to use with your free light! The 4.0 ah Battery will probably run the light(steady 3200 lumen setting) for around 20-30 minutes I’m guessing.
I think the battery choice was there mostly to help it’s stability vs the way milwaukee did theirs.
The Milwaukee 18v tower light at Acme( listed on Stuart’s link), has a 12ah battery deal at that price. Looks like the Milwaukee tower light, and the Ridgid light I mentioned are both made in China.
Very expensive, yet at least a couple of people responded having them. Obviously there is a place for these…pros who need and rely on these kind of items. The average homeowner is definitely not the audience Streamlight is looking at.
The wait is both a plus and a minus. For stability on uneven terrain or windy situations, it is a plus. If you do not need that kind of stability, then it is definitely a minus in carrying around the extra weight
The pictures on the acme site show that you can lay the base down flat or use it propped-up by the legs. I guess the trade might be improved stability vs larger footprint and increased height. Interesting…
I am referring to the m18 dual pack tower light.
I bought both my dewalt 3,000 lumen tripod lights for $120 each and they’re fine, though I wish they had an A/C port. I got an m18 V2 6,000 lumens three head light for $150 and that is my favorite light by far and it has an A/C port and charger built in (Normally they’re $350+). These lights are just silly at those prices and for the features they bring.
I really love scangrip worklights they use either plug power or you can buy CAS (Metabo battery platform) versions, very nice lens and build quality. Note Metabo is NOT Metabo HPT(Hikoki)
It’s not for me, but lead acid isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s not quite as energy dense but it has its advantages. The main reason to opt for lead acid would be reliability and they’re not as restrictive as most lithium based chemistries is extreme temperatures. Based on the notable points, it sounds like a good fit for a rapid deployment option that sits around on a trickle charger most of its life. You don’t use it regularly, but when you do it’s going to be fast and you can be confident it’ll work.
Interesting with the SLA choice – seems like maybe a poor idea for an item that is bound to get dropped and knocked around a lot, unless they’ve somehow isolated/cushioned it such that impacts to the battery case are really minimized. Quick napkin math but I wouldn’t expect it to maintain high 5K output for 4 hours. Does anyone know if they have a boost circuit or buck/boost to help maintain constant output?
Price makes it difficult to justify for anyone on a tool-battery platform already, but yeah, the SLAs are fairly inexpensive and simple to replace. Slow charging, however, so for long work times without power it leaves you kind of stuck, or purchasing redundant units (more than normally, for some).