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UER Forum > Private Boards Index > Flashlights, Torches and Light Painting > Commercial Electric 30 LED (Viewed 3036 times)
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Commercial Electric 30 LED
< on 3/12/2010 11:53 AM >
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So, I've been on the search lately for some nice lights to illuminate some larger underground rooms in drains that I really haven't been successful at photographing yet. I first went with some GE battery powered fluorescents which were meant to be used as closet lights. They were nice but after a couple uses became sacrifices to the sewer gods when they jumped out of my backpack and down an interceptor tunnel. Also, the on/off switch sucked and loading a lights with 8 AA batteries a piece is not fun. So I as back on the market for some new lighting.

I've since come across some new lights by Commercial Electric. I think this model might have been released fairly recently as I don't see them anywhere on the internet and CE's own website doesn't have them on there either; only what looks to be an older model of the light.

The light is a 30 LED rechargeable work light. It comes with both AC wall and DC car chargers. Battery life is supposed to be 4 hours on full charge. When charging there is a nice 31st LED which changes from red to green when it's full. The rubber grip is nice; it's really 'grippy'. The glass is supposedly shatter resistant and the polished 'aircraft quality aluminum' is very solid. The weight seems balanced and everything has a nice feel.

I was initially going to try and buy some nice rechargeable fluoro's, but anything nice is like $50 USD and you're lucky if that includes a battery. These caught my eye at $19.95. I purchased one at home depot to test out and took it on a drain excursion. I was very happy how it lit this side junction room. They're no too cool/blue like some other LED's I've seen. I did find however that the light naturally has a bright spot in the middle of its field. The reflective backing behind the LED's somehow seems to focus the light a little bit even though to the eye it all looks flat. I was able to solve it with two wraps of Glad Press n' Seal which is a great light diffuser. I also use it on my 2M candlepower spot and some other small flashlights.

After liking the trial run of the light in the drains, I pushed all in and purchased three more of them. It's kind of humorous having 4 of the same charger and instruction manual. The picture was before I wrapped the last two up with the Press n' Seal.



I really like the hex bolt styling on the ends. It lets you lay it on it's side on a slope - very common in drains. Normally with a flashlight you have to rig up some way with the lanyard to keep the flashlight from rolling away. The light doesn't have a hook on it like a lot of work lights to, but It looks like you'd easily be able to lean or set this light in creative places. I was thinking about clothes hanger hooks that I could attach. I don't think not having a hook would be a problem though.

I'll hopefully get some pics of them all in us uploaded this weekend.



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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 1 on 3/12/2010 11:58 AM >
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Looks awesome! Get those pics happening

Hopefully this different gear means you'll end up with something a bit different to everyone else, too.




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 2 on 3/12/2010 12:50 PM >
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Looks awesome! Get those pics happening


Keep your fingers crossed. I'm scheduled to visit the 'titanic room' tonight and unexplored 1800's sewer tomorrow. Both of those will really put them to the test. Now if I could control the damn rain we're scheduled for...

From their website this is an Aussie company. Ever hear of them meta?




Also, I just stumbled upon an Amazon.com review of a similar Bayco light but the reviewer starts rambling on about this Commerical Electric one:

http://www.amazon....ight/dp/B001QXDOHG

I've been looking at a lot of cordless LED work lights lately. I nearly bought this on Amazon w/SS shipping, then saw it in Wally Mart for $29.98. I picked it up and compared it to a Commercial Electric brand unit I got from the Depot a week earlier for $19.98 [sku 574-242] in the electrical dept. Here's the run down:
Bayco...
PLUS: light weight, has flip up hook, compact for number of LED's [61], claims hi/180 lumen, low/120 lumen, top has flashlight [also LED] 65 lumen, one switch controls all. Keep in mind I did not verify lumens [report/observe only]. comes with both wall charger and 12V, both appear to be coiled wire [nice!]

Minus: Light weight...feels just heavier than a childs toy. One drop in a shop environment and you we either be replacing or doing some creative reapir. Clear lens' are a thin plastic. Although this one has double the LED's they are SMALLER and have significantly less output even in hi-lamp mode, oddly the single flashlight style LED at the top is the brightest in comaprison. I carry a small pocket size hi-power light [200 lumen] so this mode is useless to me.

Comercial Electric...
Plus: Solid! top/bottom caps and body are "aircraft" grade aluminum. Don't know if claiming this inspires added confidence unless the world ends and I need to build an aircraft! It does inspire the feeling that it can take some abuse though. Charges up from dead to done in 2 hours. came with both 120v & 12v cords. Top and bottom caps are large hex style which is great so it will not roll around. SUPER BRIGHT!!! only 31 LED's but they are larger. price at $20 plus tax this is literally a STEAL!!!

Minus: Weight, fine for sitting on a bench/toolbox for shop use but add weight for my service bag, or when camping when you want the lightest gear. NO hooks, loops, etc. for hanging use. Not enough meat on ends to drill my own hole for lanyard. Strictly stand-up OR lay down use.

BOTTOM LINE: CHOOSE YOUR OWN SPECIFIC NEEDS. For me, side-by-side my choice is the Comercial Electric. Sturdiest/most Light/Biggest BANG for the Buck. Sorry Bayco. Hope you all found this review helpfull!


I also agree with that review.




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 3 on 3/12/2010 12:57 PM >
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No, I haven't even seen worklights like that that have aluminium bodies - all the ones I've encountered here have been plastic. Aircraft-grade aluminium indeed...




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 4 on 3/12/2010 8:40 PM >
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I need to find one of these for working outside at night.




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
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I need to find one of these for working outside at night.


If you can use a wired a wired light go with that. It's a lot cheaper and more reliable. I think I'd still rather have fluorescent wired for that over LED cordless.

Not that LED's are bad though. As for cordless, LED is much more efficient on power. My 12" fluoro took 8 AA batteries! And the ones with built in NiMH batteries are like $50-60 minimum and you're lucky if it comes with a battery.

Just search the Google for 'work light' and you'll be overwhelmed with choices.




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 6 on 3/13/2010 12:19 AM >
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I have corded lights, but I hate extension cords. I've destroyed 3 over the past year or so. I like being able to toss the light in my truck and use it in a parking lot.

My corded spotlights do most of what I need, but I need something without cords for under my cars.




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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 7 on 3/13/2010 3:12 AM >
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Hmmm... I'm still contemplating.... But here's a peek into some of today's shots.

The Titanic Room at the Bendsmore drain.

1.


2.


3.



All orange light is the famous B&D 2M candle spot. All three shots are using all of the new lights. The first one has an additional 2 other LED flashlights I had. All orange light was me frantically running to light behind the areas while in bulb mode. It'd take about 45 seconds each shot minimum. Ahh the grain.





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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
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Oh, I forgot to mention that while shooting here I knew there was going to be a few inches of water in a lot of places where I'd want to put lights. I took some empty bottled water plastic containers and cut the tops off. The lights were just the perfect size to 'pop' into the bottle and stay attached to it. Then I could stand the lights in inches of slow moving flow.



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Re: Commercial Electric 30 LED
< Reply # 9 on 3/13/2010 3:45 AM >
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Oh, I forgo to mention that while shooting here I knew there was going to be a few inches of water in a lot of places where I'd want to put lights. I took some empty bottled water plastic containers and cut the tops off. The lights were just the perfect size to 'pop' into the bottle and say attached to it. Then I could stand the lights in inches of slow moving flow.


Clever. I love a good ghetto solution.




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