Car mechanics may spend hours at a time underneath cars and trucks, straining to peer deep into engine blocks. A high-quality LED headlamp is crucial in such circumstances. As experienced mechanics can vouch, the cheapo headlamps from drugstores just can’t stand up to the rigors of the car shop. And it’s just plain awkward to cradle a flashlight under your chin while using both hands for repairs. To serve mechanics well, LED lighting must be hands-free and reliable.
If you’re looking for a dependable LED light for yourself or your favorite grease monkey, we recommend prioritizing the following features:
Beam-focusing optics. Sometimes, a mechanic needs an LED light to shine directly on a certain part deep within the engine. In other circumstances, he or she will want a broader beam to illuminate the entire engine bay. Look for an LED headlamp with a beam focusing mechanism, such as our HL27 Focusing LED headlamp.
Lightweight and comfortable to wear. Think especially about how the LED light you’re considering would perform when a person is lying on his or her back. Would the placement of the battery pack be awkward or uncomfortable? If so, it’s not the best choice for a car junkie.
Minimum of 2 hours run time. Ideally, a mechanic’s LED headlamp will have a long enough run time to make it through the lengthiest repair job.
Strong construction. Things get banged around when you’re working in a constricted space. Look for durability features and warranties. (We should mention here that all of our products are covered by a lifetime warranty protecting parts and workmanship.)
Water resistance. Think oil, antifreeze and brake fluid. Chances are a mechanic’s LED headlamp will come in contact with liquids, so it’s important to favor designs that are water resistant or waterproof.
All in all, LED lighting for auto mechanics should be tough, reliable and versatile.