The stand idea is good even for one light, otherwise you’ll have to place the Snap-On light on a shop cart or tool box.
If it’s on the floor, the light casts a lot of shadows, which isn’t optimal for working on a motorcycle.
The best thing about the Snap-On LED Work Light is that it runs very cool compared to those old halogen work lights.
The halogen lights run so hot they’re actually pretty dangerous to use in a garage, especially around a motorcycle and/or fuel.
In fact, I trashed mine as soon as I realized how much cooler the Snap-On light is when it’s on.
Some assembly is required for the Snap-On light; you’ll have to attach the base, but that’s easy enough.
The light tilts back and forth but the one criticism I have is that it can’t be angled forward far enough.
I was walking around Costco one day and found this light for $29.99.
In the U.S.A., Snap-On is known for very high-quality and very pricey professional grade hand tools, so the familiar Snap-On red packaging immediately caught my eye.
If it’s Snap-On, it has to be good, right?
Actually, the instruction manual lists Alltrade Tools, the privately held holding company that owns the Snap-On brand, as the manufacturer.
I grabbed one, thinking it was some kind of promotion that would quickly expire, as often happens at Costco.
But as far as I know, Costco members can still score one for that price, although you’ll have to pay five bucks shipping if you don’t buy it at the store (it’s currently still listed on the Costco website).
30 bucks is a screamin’ deal, but non-Costco members can also buy it through this link to Amazon.com (webBikeWorld Affiliate), where it gets 4.7 out of 5 stars from 576 reviewers as of this date.
On Amazon.com, it’s currently going for $37.88, which is still a good deal (made even better if you can meet the $49.00 free shipping total).
For some reason, this work light doesn’t show up on the Snap-On website or the Alltrade Tools website (both of which have absolutely awful internal search engines and search results).
So who knows if it will last? If you want one — and you should — grab it while you can.
The Snap-On LED Work Light
The light is very well made, unlike most of the cheap ‘n’ cheesy junk you find at this price, made by some fly-by-night company in who-knows-where.
It’s probably not a Snap-On “pro” level of quality, but definitely good enough for us nimrod wrenches to use in the garage.
The light is made mostly from some sort of very heavy-duty plastic, although the base parts and the reflector are metal (and the LEDs are covered by what appears to be a polycarbonate clear plate).
There’s not much to running it: plug it in, turn it on, it lights up.
Oh, but first you’ll have to attach the base, which has 4 washers including two lock washers which, curiously enough, go on the head side of the bolt rather than the nut side, according to the instructions.
Once tightened, the base is very sturdy and it has 4 rubberized feet for good grip.
It’s also easy to loosen the two big friction dials on either side to tilt the light. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tilt very far forward, while it tilts almost all the way back (see photo), which isn’t as useful.
If it tilted farther forward, you’d have a more useful light when you mount it on a light stand or shelf. The tilting issue is due to the design and the way the light body is molded.
The instruction manual is way more detailed than you’d expect for a product like this and it’s printed in English and Spanish.
It has a heavy-duty grounded three-prong, permanently attached electrical cord with a quality connector where it enters the back of the light housing.
The on/off switch is in the rear, it’s a bit difficult to access and it’s covered by a clear plastic square that maybe keeps out errant drips of fluid, but the light is definitely not water-resistant.
It could probably take a few sprays of something but don’t mix water and electricity.
The only other quirky feature of the Snap-On light is the on/off switch, which could be larger or easier to operate.
It’s sort of hidden behind a protective barrier and it has a clear plastic water droplet cover over the top.
Both of those features make it difficult to find the switch without looking and to figure out which side to press to turn it on or off.
There’s also a slight delay when the light is first turned on, which was disconcerting at first because I thought something was wrong. But so far, after several weeks of use, it hasn’t failed, so I guess that’s normal.
The tilt range of the Snap-On LED Work Light.-On LED.
Overall, the Snap-On LED Work Light is a very useful tool in the garage. It’s nicely made and has better quality than other work lights I’ve seen or used for around the same price.
The light output is broad and even, although you will have to figure out a way to raise the light because sitting it on the floor just isn’t very effective for working on a motorcycle.
The light is very cool when in use, which is a significant benefit.
For roughly 30 bucks, the Snap-On LED Work Light is a good bargain and a useful tool for the shop.