Item# 03473903000 Mfr. Model# 73903 -- Great light especially when you catch it on sale for $16.99. The 15 foot cord should provide sufficient length under most circumstances.In the event you need the extra length any 16 gauge cord will do since it is an LED light. Working in confined spaces such as a crawl space, attic, plumbing or automotive you will appreciate the fact that there is not a heat issue. Positioning may present an issue to some so a little on the fly ingenuity may be required on the part of the end user.
First, allow me to say that I love LED work lights. With that said, I entered into this deal expecting great things from this light. LED lights are extremely simple and very durable as a general rule. There are drawbacks to LED lights (inherent drawbacks of LED's narrow degree of light dispersion and the necessity for many LED's to create a decent amount of light) but the advantages (low power consumption, great operating temperature range, low heat generation) in my opinion outweigh the drawbacks.
This work light seems to suffer from one major flaw and it appears to be one most likely in the manufacturing process. After discovering a problem with the light flickering when in use and being moved around, I began to think that there might have been a problem with the switch since it is a little picky with its operation. Others also seem to have the same flicker problem, so I decided to try to find out what was going on with this light. Upon taking the light apart (warning, yes this will void your warranty and is not recommended for novices) and taking a closer look at the power switch I found that there was a problem with the wiring in the first six inches or so downstream from the switch. My best guess is that when the wire is pulled through the rubber boot at the base of the light when being manufactured, the stress placed on the cord causes an internal break. Inspection showed that the wire was heating up and the few strands of copper that were still held together had even generated enough heat to become discolored. My solution was to de-solder the power cord from the circuit board, cut back the power cord till the wire was solid and intact, then re-solder and re-assemble the light making sure to place a decent amount of wire pull lube on the cord to keep stress down when pulling the cord back through the boot, and finally placing a zip tie around the strain relief portion of the boot to keep the power cord from placing strain on the internal circuit board. After the repair, the light has functioned flawlessly.
Needless to say, with the number of discussions I have shared with others about this light. I don't feel that the problem is an isolated one. My recommendation for this light would be to design a more user friendly power switch, securely support the circuit board and LED's within the light tube so it does not rattle, and fix the power cord issue.
My overall recommendation would be to pass on this work light and look closer at the rechargeable 35 LED work light model number 73904.
I misplaced my old Sears LED work light, so I decided to go back to the tried & true standard. There isn't anything like this light at this price point. I'm glad that Sears still carries this excellent work light. I mainly use this to work on my vehicle. Quality is 4.9 out of 5 stars.
not bright at all??
Bought this in store over Black Friday weekend. Horrible switch design - you have to use 2 thumbs to press the switch on... and then the lights appear quite dim. Returning to store. Waste of my time and money.