18 Sep A Magnetic LED Task Light for Machines Such as Lathes and Router Tables
Rockler’s new magnetic base lamp (item 68061, $49.99) could make a big difference for bowl and vessel turners on a lathe, both when turning and sanding. It delivers a broad or concentrated beam of light right light where it’s needed most. The magnetic base clings to one of two included screw-mount docks, or to a clamp-mounted bracket. It’s easily adjustable to shed bright task lighting wherever it’s needed. The docking ports or bracket can be installed at key locations in the shop, so the woodworker can move the light from place to place as work progresses through a project. Without the mounts, the lamp itself will attach to anything made of steel or iron, which are not difficult to find in a wood shop. Thanks to the flexible gooseneck, it can be lowered to create a raking light that exposes finishing and sanding flaws, or it can be raised for a broader beam to locate layout pencil lines or do fine work with a chisel. High and low settings plus flood and spot adjustments provide further flexibility. The flexible neck is 17-1/2” long (the overall length of the light is 24-1/2”), and the light has two settings: high (300 lumens) and low (100 lumens). The switch is easy to find and use, and the bracket clamps onto surfaces up to 2-1/2” thick. The light requires four AAA batteries (not included).