Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 7
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by woody Works well for some purposes
Reading the other comments I get the impression there is an over expectation of performance from this unit. Optimistically the 65 W florescent bulb puts out approximately the same as a 300 W incandescent bulb. So, what I am hearing is this light doesn't perform as well as a halogen unit which are typically 500 W units and have a very focused light beam. This translates to very bright cone of light which is good but has it's drawbacks which are some of the reasons I bought this light.
A very focused bright light beam, such as from a halogen light casts shadows, harsh shadows. This light casts a much more diffuse light cone which reduces the shadows which, for me, is a good thing. I work on airplanes in a generally dimly lit hangar and I need enough light to work but not so much light that I get harsh shadows. For that purpose this light works very well.
Another reason I bought this light and continue to like it is the low power consumption. The hangar only has one electric outlet and I have to be careful about how much load I put on the circuit. I can't put a lot of halogen lights in there. Working from a small generator, one would find a similar problem.
Yes, this thing has so cons. As said before it is top heavy and can be very tenuous so care has be taken when setting it up. I agree with the feedback on the switch. Mine is very poor in it's function. I'm never really positive that it has "clicked". I also don't like the tilt limit. Drives me crazy because I often want to point the light downward but can't. I like the detach and floor feature a lot. This makes it work well for my purpose.
In summary, if you're looking for this to light up your outdoor work site, it isn't your light. However, if you're like me wanting additional supplemental light enhancement, this light will work well for you. I am buying another one.
March 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by VoithFS Husky 65 watt fluorescent work light (tripod mount
My business is industrial equipment repair, working in areas that are poorly lighted. Prviously I used the 500W halogen work lights to light my work areas. These lights provide lots of light but also produce lots of heat and the light housing gets very hot which can cause bodily injury if accidently touched. The halogen bulbs are dilicate and do not have a long service life. I recenly swithched to the Husky 65 W fluorscent work light and find they are easy to set up and handle and are durable. They provide ample light for my work areas with almost no heat out put. The light housing stays cool enough to be able to touch or carry about with out danger of bodily injury from burns. I do believe a 100 W bulb would be more beneficial. I highly recommend this work light for work area lighting.
June 23, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by drwise Husky Light Set (get what you pay for)
Returned first one, didn't work..
Second Light Set works but is built cheaply, thus the low price. One of the clips that holds the glass in place falls off when you open the cover. This was true on both Light Sets. The on/off switch is mushy rather than giving you a good crisp click. I agree with the other review about having a 100watt light. If the original 65watt bulb goes out I'll try the 100watts bulb. If you need written instructions and can't figure it out by looking at the picture on the box, you're out of luck. Instructions are very poor.
All-in-all if you're a weekend DIYer and it will see limited use, it's a average light set for a low price. If you need something that's going to get a lot of use, I'd invest in something more rugged.
Pro's: Cheap and doesn't heat up
Con's: Latches and hardware cheaply made
April 2, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LouTheArtist I love these lights!
I bought 2 of these and I love them so much that now a year later I'm buying 2 more to make sure that I never not have these. The ones I bought last year are still working great and I love the tripods it goes really high when I need it most. I use these lights for everything. I love them.
April 29, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Joseph It's Okay as a Shop Light
I bought this light for my shop which is in the repair industry. I was in a pinch and needed a light that could provided close overhead lighting for a good price. I jumped on this guy mainly because it is florescent which means a cooler burning light. We have hot summers here in south Texas and being in a non insulated warehouse, it is typical to see 120 degrees inside the shop. So halogens were out of the question once I found this one. I agree with most if not all of the other comments here. The tripod is cheaply made and a bit rickety when extended. One thing to keep in mind is the light is a bit heavy due to the transformer needed for the florescent light bulb. Which will mean that the setup will be top heavy. The light output is okay for direct lighting and close use. However, I would NOT even attempt to use this for lighting broad areas including rooms and walls and it's about useless outdoors. You can get a bigger bulb which will help a bit, but my Home Depot did not have the one I needed. Another issue I found that was not mentioned was the downward viewing angle is terrible. You can telescope the light fairly high, but yet the light can only shine straight ahead or upward. Since I needed downward lighting, I modified the bracket to allow the light to angle down enough but not nearly as much as I would have liked. Down the road, I may make a whole new bracket to allow the light to be much more usable as an overhead light. As one mentioned, the push button is also not too great, it is hard to push in and tends to cause more pain than it's worth. So I simply unscrewed the plastic nut which holds the button and weather guard, and I removed the weather guard (the rubber piece) and put it back together. Now the button itself is exposed and is much easier to use. I would NOT do this if the light will be outdoors or in wet areas. Water can now seep in and cause electrical hazards. I may change the switch out to a flip style weather switch. I like the fact that the light can easily be detached to be used as a floor light. I feel however, that the latch could have been much more sturdier. The light tends to have a bit of movement which can cause a problem with an unsteady tripod, especially when fully extended. Overall, I think this light is more user and job specific. You get what you pay for, but I think that a lot of the cons could have been easily fixed and the overall design was not thoroughly thought through. Once again this light is useful when UP CLOSE and DIRECT lighting is needed. DO NOT use this light for broad range even in a small room.
December 12, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John The Light is fine for it is is made for.
I have seen about other users wanting to change out the 65 watt bulb for a 100 watt bulb, and I don't think they make a T4 bulb in 100 watt. Even if you find one, you will also have to change out the ballast in the case to be able to use the 100 watt vs the 65 watt bulb.
February 19, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by LongTimeDIYer Absolutely Useless
Like others, this light appealed to me because of the promise of cool (as in low temp) alternative to traditional work lights that run super hot. When my halogen gave up the ghost, I was willing to give this a try. I have know idea why anyone would rate this product above the lowest possible star count, if basing said on its effectiveness for the purpose for which it was designed. The quality of all the physical components is pretty good for the price, but that's where the joy ends.
I guess it makes a great light if you use it at noon on a sunny day with access to lots of unblocked windows; or if you happen to have some infrared night vision goggles to use at night in conjunction with this, "light" (using the term loosely). Otherwise, color it, useless. I have a tiny book light that clips on to an e-reader that puts out more light this thing.
Don't waste your time or money on this dud, unless low temp lighting is your main priority and you're willing to by 10 of these to light an apartment sized living room to paint at night.
November 6, 2011