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OTC recently introduced a new family of Spectrum Series cordless work lights, powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. Three new work lights, including the Spectrum Solar (P/N 5550), Spectrum Trio (P/N 5551), and the Spectrum 30+4 (P/N 5552), each feature waterproof LED lighting, a hanger hook, a pivoting magnetic base, a main face light and a top light. The entire light body is rubberized for superior grip, and the construction is designed for impact resistance. Each work light includes both AC and DC chargers.
The Spectrum Solar features a 10W LED main work light and a UV LED top light designed for use in leak detection, tracing and smoke detection. The Spectrum Trio combines a 9W LED work light with a 3W LED top light that provides an intense mini spotlight. The Spectrum 30+4 offers a broader, wider light with 30 LEDs on the face and 4 LEDs on top.
After being introduced to these lights, which debuted at the recent Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX), I couldn’t wait to test one. I flipped a coin and selected the Spectrum Solar (P/N 5550).
The pivoting magnetic base is very handy, and the magnet is definitely strong (this won’t accidentally fall off), allowing you to attach the light on any steel surface, angling the light to your target area. The angle adjustment allows forward or backward angles of up to 60 degrees, with angle adjustments incremented (the base angles and “clicks” into position in 20-degree increments for a solid lock at any of the selected angle settings).
The Solar unit’s main light mimics VERY bright natural sunlight (maybe 10W doesn’t sound like much at first, but believe me, you don’t want to stare straight at this light! It’s definitely bright, with a high “WOW” factor), and provides a very nice, broad illumination area. The UV top light lens housing is about 5/8-inch in diameter and provides a strong, clean concentration of ultraviolet (blue) light of about four inches in diameter at a distance of about 12 inches (progressively narrower beam at closer distances and wider at greater distances).
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