LED Work Lights for Low Light and Night Time Projects


Many people have to work the night, third or better known as the graveyard shift. With other factor being the same, keeping yourself awake and copying with lack of sleep is perhaps one of the biggest challenges of working on night projects and jobs. That’s why lighting is so important in night timings than day timings when there is plenty of light available.

This post primarily focuses on the lighting equipment and includes some value-packed recommendations that make night jobs more productive and help you get things done.

To deliver your full potential the work environment around you needs to be pleasant. Some people love to work in the office while some of them prefer to work remotely from home with tools such as Microsoft Project which can be used along with windows virtual desktop based on Windows DaaS to deliver their full potential.

The products have been selected keeping value-on-offer in mind, not just the price or brand name.

LED Work Lights

An LED work light is perhaps the most important piece of equipment you need at a project site when working a night shift. The type and brightness of lighting mainly depend on the kind of work you are doing as lighting meant for an office certainly won’t work for construction sites. Although we have carefully chosen some feature-packed options, you still need to consider your work environment and other factors before buying one.

Where to Buy
PowerSmith Dual-Head Work Light
Snap-on LED Work Light
CAT Rechargeable LED Work Light
BigBright 360-degree Work Light
Southwire 50-feet String Lights
KTI Inspection Light
Neiko Handheld Work Light
Honorable Mention: Swannies Blue-light Blocking Glasses

1. PowerSmith Dual-Head Work Light

This dual-head work light comes with a lamp housing and telescoping tripod so you can get some serious work done in proper lighting conditions. The powerful 4,000 lumens output makes it suitable for a variety of small and medium duty tasks that require a bright light. The LEDs are rated at 50,000 operational hours, which translates into long life and maintenance-free operation.  

The 9-feet cord should be adequate enough for most work sites and saves you from having to use tangled extension cords. It can be adjusted up to 90-degree up and 30-degree down, allowing you to position it exactly where you want. The metal tripod makes it super easy to adjust the height so you can see everything clearly. An IP65 waterproof rating means it’s resistant to dust and sprays. However, you still should not submerge it under water or take it outside in heavy rain.

Key features and specs

  • 4,000 lumens
  • Operating voltage: 120V
  • Wattage: 20W x 2
  • Weight: Approx. 10 lbs
  • Temprature: 5,000K
  • 9-feet chord length
  • 50,000 hours LED life
  • Adjustable tilt
  • Height adjustable, metal tripod (47-inch tall)
  • IP65 (dust tight, water spray resistant)
  • Stays cool
  • Sealed on/off switch

2. Snap-on LED Work Light

This snap-on LED work light can get as bright as 2,000 lumens, is suitable from light-duty tasks and is a much better option than halogen bulbs. It’s made up of 46 small LEDs that can last a long time and are power efficient.  The on/off switch is sealed to improve safety and avoid any work hazard in tricky working conditions.

The work light is easy to carry around using the padded and ergonomic handle. This makes it suitable for a variety of jobs as well as using in the garden, parties etc. where you can place it almost anywhere you want. The 1.8-meter cord might not be an ideal cable length for all types of work, but you can use an extension or keep it near a power socket. The work light is suitable for work projects at a dry location (not waterproof) where you already have a power supply as it does not come with a built-in battery.

Key features and specs

  • 2,000 lumens
  • Dimensions” 10x10x4 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 4 pounds
  • Operating voltage: 120V
  • Wattage: 25W
  • Temperature: 5000K
  • 3-pring, grounded cord
  • Adjustable angle knobs for tilting the light
  • Padded, ergonomic carry handle
  • Sealed on/off switch
  • Cool operation, stays cool to the touch
  • Lowe power consumption

3. CAT Rechargeable LED Work Light

This work light by CAT is suitable for small projects where you don’t need tons of brightness. 11100 lumens of brightness (or the amount of light) should be sufficient for small work places (something like 20×20 area), especially if you are doing work around a table. It might not be the most cost-efficient option, but works well for people who want the CAT durability and longevity.

Weighing just a bit over 1.5 pounds, it’s very easy to carry around and can also be used for outdoor adventures. The work light is more of a super bright flash light without a bean that can lit small and medium spaces. LED’s different uses include lighting up the basement, garage and other dark areas of the home and workplaces. It still does not carry a water-proof mark so avoid spilling liquids onto it or using it in wet/rainy conditions.

Key features and specs

  • 550/1100 lumens
  • Rechargeable
  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • 2.22x11x13.4 inches
  • Built-in lithium ion battery
  • Operating voltage: 12v
  • Wattage: 75W

4. BigBright 360-degree Work Light

This radius work light is suitable for work areas where you need a consistent spread of light such as workshops, garages, back yards, parking lots and drive ways. 6,000 lumens can properly light up a 4-car garage and equivalent area while consuming 54 watts of power. It’s light weight and easy to setup without compromising on durability. A 7-foot chord is good enough for most situations, while the hanging strap offers more and works well in a variety of situations.

Key features and specs

  • 360-degree lighting
  • 6,000 lumens
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • 5x5x12 inches
  • IP62 spray and dust proof
  • Operating voltage: 120V
  • Wattage: 54W (162 small LEDs)


This radius LED comes with a built-in lithium-ion battery and the MILWAUKEE quality promise (you are paying more for a reason). Three brightness levels (1000/2100/4400) allow you to adjust the luminosity level according to the work environment, which also impacts the battery runtime (8/4/2 hours respectively).

The high-impact polycarbonate lens translates into durability and longevity and provides peace of mind in rough working conditions. Other protection features include protected AC plugs and security cable. The work light is suitable for light to medium duty tasks and overhead applications.

Key features and specs

  • 1000/2100/4400 lumens
  • 8/4/2 hours battery life
  • Total weight: 12.65 pounds
  • 10.5×9.2×10.5 inches
  • Built-in battery
  • Polycarbonate lens
  • AC in/out to string more lights (up to 10)
  • Protected AC plugs
  • Self-centering hang hook
  • Security cable

6. Southwire 50-feet String Lights

Also available as a 100-feet variant, the string lights deliver a total of 4,000 lumens (8,000 lumens if you buy the 100-feet variant). The IP65 work lights are dust and water proof, but you shouldn’t use them under water. The modules have LEDs on both the top and bottom, so you get an all-around lighting for a variety of work environments.

You can also daisy chain multiple strings if you want to cover larger areas, but it’s better to go for the 100-feet variant in the first place. These lights can also be used in conjunction with a motion detection system for security purposes (e.g. lit-up the entire driveway).

Key features and specs

  • 4,000 lumens (8,000 @ 100-feet)
  • Total weight: 7.72 pounds
  • 5 light boxes (33 smaller LEDs each)
  • 10-feet wire separation (total length with modules is around 60-feet)
  • Wattage: ~40W
  • Temperature: 4500~5000K
  • Can cover large areas and driveways

7. KTI Inspection Light

The rechargeable inspection light is suitable for reaching tight corners and checking work closely. It’s a little bright light that comes handy in places where your arms are occupying majority of the space. The LED can be packed into most tool bags so you can carry it around anywhere, while up to 8 hours of battery life means it can last quite some time before requiring a recharge.

Key features and specs

  • 200 lumens
  • Very slim, ¼-inch thick head
  • Up to 8 hours battery backup (2200maH)
  • Micro-USB receiver
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

8. Neiko Handheld Work Light

The hand-held portable LED stick features Chip-on-board, which is considered more energy efficient than regular SMD LEDs and delivers better per-square-inch luminosity. The multiple luminosity levels allow you to adjust brightness according to work requirement (250/11.5 hours, 400/6.5 hours, 700/4.2 hours). A detachable magnetic base and two rotating hanging hooks allow you to attach or mount the LED anywhere, making the work light suitable for auto shops, garages, camping, self-repairs and home.

Key features and specs

  • 250/400/700 lumens
  • Up to 11.5/6.5/4.2 hours battery backup
  • COB technology, more energy efficient
  • Detachable magnetic base
  • All-angle, rotating swivel hanging hooks
  • Easily mountable
  • Impact-resistant aluminum housing
  • Polycarbonate lens
  • 3.7V/4,400 maH
  • Wattage: 2, 4 and 7 Watt
  • Low battery indicator
  • USB charge and cable

9. Honorable Mention: Swannies Blue-light Blocking Glasses

Working all night under bright lights can be challenging and can also affect the sleep cycle. You can put these glasses on around two hours before going to sleep. The anti-glare lens coating is applied to prevent Macular Degeneration and Insomnia. The glasses can help you fall asleep quickly, which is kind of a blessing for night-time workers. They are also useful if you are not working night shifts and suitable for people who spend a lot of time staring at their computer/smartphone displays.

In addition to the practical applications, the glasses also look cool and are made using acetate frames, which shape according to your face. The product is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) registered and the manufacturer provides full money-back guarantee if you think it isn’t worth the asking price.