November 18, 2013

Festool SysLite High-Intensity LED Work Lamp - Review


A while back Festool released a little worklight, called the SysLite. They sent us one a looong time ago and we haven't gotten around to reviewing it until now. This is actually pretty strange. It's not like we've forgotten about the light. How could we? We use it for literally everything.

Most work lights don't offer much beyond, "here is the bulb and here is a swivel adjustment." Not so with the Festool. The SysLite is a whole different animal.


First off, is there anyone out there who actually likes halogen work lights? We all use them because they're bright, but beyond that, they're pretty skimpy in the "redeeming qualities" department. The bulbs are fragile, you can't touch them during install, and once they get cooking, the entire lamp and housing are untouchable due to the egg-frying heat. The Festool is an LED light so it has a hard time lighting up an entire room, but for task lighting, it's a fantastic option.

So digging into the tool, here's what it offers. It has six LEDs with two brightness settings. The Festool can be powered and charged any number of ways...pick one: internal battery, car charger, wall charger, or Festool battery (as a back-up to the internal one). There's a nifty little pivoting hook that can be flipped up from the back so you can hang and position the light how you want it.


Where the tool really shines (haha, get it? a light...get it? Hello?) is with the side positioning. The two long edges of the light bevel away from the front at a different angles. So if you're working on the floor, you can choose the side that sends more light downward. The same goes for if you're working up high. When we first got the light in our hands, we thought that the side angles wouldn't make that much difference and it was only Festool over-engineering themselves. But that's not the case at all. The difference in angle is significant and really makes the light useful in a variety of situations.

Like we said earlier, we've been using this light for everything. After his rough-in, our electrician for some reason didn't leave us with too many lights, so without the Festool, there would have been problems. Because it's so small and easy to use, it was a no-brainer for it to become our go-to light source. Basically, it's great.


We also really like that it comes in a nice little zippered case with enough room for the light and all of the charging equipment.

This is a very high quality light and it comes with a high quality price. Ready? It costs $175. gulp. Is it worth it? Well, honestly, it would have never occured to us to purchase a work light at that price, but since we've been using it and we've discovered how useful it is, it's tough to argue against it.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 18, 2013 7:09 AM
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