October 3, 2007

Husky 84-Watt Portable Tripod Fluorescent Work Light - Review

light_compact.jpgHusky has just released a new tripod work light and they were nice enough to let us try out. It's an interesting design, and one we've never seen before.

The light comes folded up, looking sort of like a camera tripod with a very large central shaft. At the end of the shaft is a small light. Once the legs of the tripod are set up, the shaft stands upright with the light on top. When you plug in the light (which is made easy by a nice 12' cord), the light on the top lights up (it's blue). Now, here's where it gets interesting. At this point, you find a little locking tab that you press and once that's done, you can now grab the little blue light and pull the main light out of the central shaft, where it's been nicely protected. Once the light slides up to as high as it will go, it locks into place and automatically turns on. This, we weren't ready for.

To say that this light is bright is an understatement. To say that it is approximately three times brighter than the sun is probably more like it. We've stared at welding arcs that weren't as bright as this light. In fact as soon as we turned it on, every moth in a three town radius was immediately drawn to it and died of sheer pleasure upon seeing it. There is no doubt that this light will indeed light up a room.

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With this light, there will be no more fussing with multiple work lights; looking for a place to clamp them, moving them each time your work takes you to a different part of the room. Now, you can just plant this puppy dead center in the room and the entire space will be brighter than if the noon sun was coming through the skylights.

The light does need a lot of room to operate. Sitting on the tripod, with the bulb extended, it stands 5' 4" high, making it difficult to use in cramped spots like crawl spaces. Although you could fold up the tripod and go in with what essentially looks like a shoulder mounted light cannon, that's pretty impractical. But that's sort of the point; small work lights are designed for crawl spaces, but not large rooms. Finally, here is one that is designed for illuminating an entire room (think something the size of St. Peter's Cathedral).

light_in_darkness.jpgWe set it up in the yard and if you check out the photo (click to enlarge), you'll see a tree with a chain hanging off of it. That tree is about 30' away from the light. Even though the pictures do little justice to how bright this light is in person, you should be able to get a sense of what this light is capable of (i.e. extending our horseshoe playing well into the evenings)

The Husky Fluorescent Work Light comes with a shoulder strap for easy portability and one set of bulbs. The whole deal costs about $60 and is available exclusively at Home Depot. Sure, it's a lot more than your standard work light, but this is no standard work light. If you're in a situation where you think you might need it, you probably do and it will be worth it.

Blue_light_top.jpgOne more thing worth noting: operating this light, you feel like someone out of a science fiction movie disarming some sort of pulse beam of mass destruction; sliding cylinders, things locking into place, strange blue lights emanating from the top of the device. It's all very satisfying to your inner nerd.

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Recent Comments

I've had this light since 09'. Good light, but my fuse fell out. Anyone know what size it is?


Posted by: mark at August 5, 2013 9:21 PM

We bought our lights 2 years ago when we were building our house. We love them. Now we have been camping and brought them along. Everyone bragged that they liked them and everyone wanted to steal them.


Posted by: Michelle at February 5, 2012 2:05 PM

For those who can find the information helpful, I'm just back from my Home Depot (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) and was told these lights are discontinued. They are Husky model WLB3-H and manufactured by ELM Technologies LLC in California. Good Luck, Luc


Posted by: Luc at December 20, 2010 1:39 PM

By the way, if you want to complain to Home Depot and ask them to bring this product back, use the Customer Service, Contact Us link at homedepot . com.
The Home Depot SKU number is 272931 and the UPC code is 805673010338.


Posted by: D B at March 13, 2010 3:49 PM

By the way, if you want to complain to Home Depot and ask them to bring this product back, use the Customer Service, Contact Us link at www.homedepot.com.
The Home Depot SKU number is 272931 and the UPC code is 805673010338.


Posted by: D B at March 13, 2010 3:48 PM

FYI I just called Home Depot corporate customers service and the representative was very helpful. Unfortunately, she said this item was discontinued and put on clearance in all stores as of Dec 2009. So it looks like everybody who bought this is scrwed - good luck getting any replacement parts or even bulbs.

What's wrong with companies today? Nobody makes anything to last. Things are made to be marketed and sold, and nobody cares about after-the-sale anymore. Sigh. This was a neat product, I hope Home Depot starts making them again, but I'm not holding my breath. This will probably get lost in the shuffle of their acquisition of the Husky brand.


Posted by: D B at March 13, 2010 3:45 PM

Does anyone know who makes this Husky pop-up light? I need parts for it. Thanks


Posted by: GM at January 15, 2010 5:09 PM

I bought one of these lights, took it home unboxed it and it was broken. Took it back to home depot exchanged it for another one, opened the box in the store and everything looked ok. I tool it home finished unpacking it and it was broken also. The top of the light where it lights up blue is apparently very fragile as it was broken in the same place on both of them. If you are looking at buying this i would save your money and buy something else. Another one of the the problems i had was one bulb worked ok and one would only light half of the flourescent tube.


Posted by: Mark Kersey at December 19, 2009 1:10 AM

This is an awesome light- we call it the "alien landing light", because it looks like something to signal the mothership with- and is bright enough to do so. The power draw is low enough that we can run it off a marine deep-well and inverter, which makes it ideal for setting up our merchant tent in the used-to-be-dark the night before the event. We quickly learned to set it up *behind* the tent, so we didn't have every bug on the sixty-acre field come buzz around our roof. I was looking for a second one to help the rest of the group with their setup, but it's not on Home Depot's website.


Posted by: M at December 18, 2009 11:02 AM

A just picked up a couple of these portable work lights from the Home Depot here in Honolulu. If you're lucky to find these in your area, be sure to open the box and inspect the included light bulbs. They come packaged in a flimsy plastic blister package.

As I unboxed the first unit, I could hear the glass clinking around and sure enough there was phospor powder dust spilling out of the lens tube.

Again, I recommend inspecting the the unit before you leave the store or give the box a shake test to listen for broken bulb(s). I didn't notice the clinking until I got home. Other than that minor annoyance, it is indeed pretty bright and used it to tape and mud a room this evening. It is great work light and there is minimal heat produced. My halogen work lights heat up a room in minutes.


Posted by: Angelo Hoolio at September 10, 2009 5:04 AM

I've seen this at Home Depot. _DON'T BOTHER_ until they get work lamp bulbs -- ( "Cool" or "White" light). The design if this work lamp is VERY cool (I'd say sexy, but for a work lamp?). I really wanted to buy it, _until_, I unpackaged it in the store and turned it on to verify it was functional. I'm glad I did. The bulbs only come in "_WARM_ white" -- like what you'd use in the bedroom - not in a work area where 'Cool white' or similar is a standard.

It _might_ be possible to replace the stock warm-white bulbs with alternate-manufacturer bulbs, but the 42W-bulbs in the Husky were very thin, and most high wattage bulbs appear to be wider (not talking about the screw-in part, but the white ballast part above that). The bulb type takes a standard size screw-in bulb -- not a mogul. But possible alternates (maybe I get a chance to do some measuring, I can see if they'd work out). Would be "The Designers Edge", E-410-45W -- a Cool white 3U or 4U bulb (if you can find the bulbs separate from the fixtures). And -- (these two look big), the Eiko 85W CFL Model SP85/50/Med (~$25@ NorthernTool.com) or the replacement Wobblelight Bulb -- another 85W Fluorescent, Model WL62260 (~$40, also @Northerntool.com).

Even _if_ (and that's a big IF, given the size of those bulbs, you have to add in the price of the replacement bulbs to the Husky Light). BUT, if they fit -- the product seems well designed, and is *excellent* in appearance and function (I just cannot stand warm white for work conditions, but this could be a 'personal preference').


Posted by: Linda Walsh at July 15, 2009 10:24 PM

The SKU number is 805673010338 if that helps.
Our Home Depot has them in stock (Santa Clara, CA) but it wasn't on the Home Depot website.
Home Depot has evidently acquired Husky, so there is no more Husky.com website.


Posted by: Judy at March 18, 2009 11:17 AM

Where-o-where are they. Home Depot has no idea what I'm talking about. I even took a copy of this to them and they were confused. Are they available or not? I couldn't even find one on ebay


Posted by: Greg at February 28, 2009 8:07 AM

My company bought a few of these for our shop and we love them! However, now we can't find them anywhere. Husky has no phone numbers listed, and no email address to even inquire about these. We would have bought another dozen or so of these by now easily...where the heck are they?


Posted by: Scott at October 28, 2008 9:50 AM

I can not find the Husky 84 watt fluorescent portable light anywhere!


Posted by: blriddick at September 6, 2008 5:49 PM

Is this available online anywhere? It's a great lamp...I might get it for every day use in the house.


Posted by: Darrel at May 7, 2008 4:31 PM
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