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    Exclamation Cheap workbench lamp

    I used a cheap lamp to bring more light for some specific jobs at the workbench. I bought around eight years ago in a B&M shop near our work offices a lamp to use in a small desk in our bedroom. The lamp was reasonably constructed but the base was a crap piece of molded plastic that wear with the time until it broke some days ago.

    Well, I thought, why not to create a base to use it at workbench? As its is supported by an embedded metal round tenon of 12 mm (1/2 inch) I had the idea to construct some kind of wood sleeve to use with 18 mm (slightly less than 3/4 inch) holes in my workbench but for my surprise it wasnīt needed as the lamp can be very stable even when its 12 mm tenon is using a 18 mm hole for its geometry. I found close similar lamp at amazon in the US at this link - the same stuff except for the base. Even new it is only 18 USD there (of course I paid considerably more eight years ago in my our country in a B&M shop but after all that time used in our bedroom it is completely "amortized").

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    All the best.

    Osvaldo.

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    Osvaldo,

    That looks like it is doing a good job as a light for your workbench. It looks like it can be set so it is not in your way when working.

    I tend to love finding things that will work well, whether designed for the exact purpose I use them for or not. Good job.

    When you looked on Amazon, what words did you use for the search? I am interested in looking into one of those.

    Thanks and regards,

    Stew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew Denton View Post
    Osvaldo,

    That looks like it is doing a good job as a light for your workbench. It looks like it can be set so it is not in your way when working.

    I tend to love finding things that will work well, whether designed for the exact purpose I use them for or not. Good job.

    When you looked on Amazon, what words did you use for the search? I am interested in looking into one of those.

    Thanks and regards,

    Stew
    I used "articulated desk lamp" in the search in amazon. It is supposed the link I provided conducts to the result.
    All the best.

    Osvaldo.

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    Someone else came up with this idea a few weeks back. Using scrap PB I made the cradle too short and not deep enough to ride on the floor of the tool tray so it wobbles a bit. Eventually it will fall over one too many times while sawing and I'll make a better cradle. It puts light just where needed and now has a dairy queen energy saving bulb. LED's are HOT!

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    I have a similar light attached above my bench. The issue I have is that it does not extend far enough over the bench to shine at the work piece from a long level. It also cannot create raking light.

    My solution is to have another on a movable base, which allows the light to be directed where it is wanted. You can see it here - at the side of the bench, unused at that time .... it is never the focus of my photos ...



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    A few of my lamps are the same as yours. My solution was to make a bench dog with the top as a lamp holder:

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    A couple of other places have either a block with a 1/2" hole in them or some of my bench tops have a hole in them for holding a lamp.

    jtk
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    There is a bench for the mitersaw, behind my main bench ( only?)
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    Drilled a hole in it's back corner...not only for lighting the main bench..
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    But can be swung around to light up the mitersaw..
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    And move around to provide a back light to the bandsaw blade.
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    Which helps out the bandsaw's own work light...

    Added an even cheaper, clip on a joist spot for over the sanding center..
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    Seems to do the job fairly well..
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    Because when I open the Tool Cabinet door....it blocks the overhead T8 shoplight from lighting up this spot.

    Don't need much in my small shop, just a few spots is all.

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    This little guy can go anywhere. Runs on three AA batteries of which I keep a little plastic drink cup full of rechargeables always ready for various electronics. Has a hi/low setting and the beam can be focused or broad. Probably not as much light as a wired articulating lamp, but itís easier to move around and no wire to tangle myself up in (I use both sides of my bench).

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    This one wasnít cheap, but Iím really happy with it. I got it from Lee Valley, along with a metal bushing for a dog hole. So I just drilled a new dog hole along the back of my bench for it and I can move it around if I really need to. It has enough reach that I donít really need to move it around except in unusual situations.

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    I have been looking at your light the past week Osvaldo.

    I have one like it but red in color that belonged to my wife. I have built another bench and will order this light today.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    I use both types of lights. The articulating arm light I found to be too low so made a post it fits on and the post can be put in any of the dog holes.

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    And the magnetic lights are placed on recessed fender washers or on an old cast iron iron that I made a walnut base for so it can go anywhere.

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    I figure I'm a couple of years away from the light with the magnifier. Just a matter of time.
    If it wasn't for the "last minute", nothing would ever get done.

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    I have something similar; I purchased two of them in 2013. The light is pretty narrow, but I mostly use it for cutting dovetails.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055IVM1I

    They are now between $27 and $30 depending on the color, but it was cheaper 7 years ago and there were fewer options available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris carter View Post
    This little guy can go anywhere. Runs on three AA batteries of which I keep a little plastic drink cup full of rechargeables always ready for various electronics. Has a hi/low setting and the beam can be focused or broad. Probably not as much light as a wired articulating lamp, but itís easier to move around and no wire to tangle myself up in (I use both sides of my bench).

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    Chris,

    Yep, that's my light, too. Twenty bucks on Amazon; Lee Valley sells a nice metal plate for $5. I have one light and (so far) two base disks. I don't need any other task light! But I might buy another one for two-way light on work requiring close scrutiny.

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