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Old 02-11-2014, 04:12 AM   #1
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Default The GREATEST workbench light you'd NEVER buy!

I was digging thru my stockpile of stuff in the second garage, and came across this.





It is an LED PAXlight...
Designed for disaster relief / combat field hospitals. Dust proof, highly water resistant, accepts 100-240VAC input, and has battery backup if the power goes out...

Damn thing MSRP's for over $4,000... eBay has two listed right now for $1900 apiece. Ridiculous.

It has a couple of different settings, varying from dimmer-brighter and cooler-warmer.

I picked this up about 2-3 years ago... For a GREAT price of a case of beer. I figured one day it was going to be perfect for a drill press, bench grinder, etc. It was always on the back of my mind, but never could pick that perfect mounting spot for it.

It's freezing down here, but this weekend is supposed to hit the 70s so I was trying to decide what project I want to start... I'm thinking this one.

The problem is mounting it... It came with 2 different mounting options.

Option 1: It comes with a 3/4" thick, 6" long steel pin that inserts into the base of the post... This would require drilling a 3/4" diameter, 3" deep hole in my butcher block top.... This is the method I like cause it's a very clean install, but the drilling into my top is NOT HAPPENING.

Option 2: it has a clamping system that also screws to the base of the arm, but the clamp is designed to accept any type of ROUND rail (3/4"-4" diameter)


I was thinking maybe construct a "handle" out of a 12" piece of galvanized steel and two 90 degree fittings for it to clamp to, then lagging this handle to the side of the bench. The 12" length would allow moving the lamp base almost like its on a track... Ideal for pushing it rearwards on the bench for storage out of the way...If that makes sense.

Maybe something like this?



I don't suppose anyone has gotten extremely creative with a boom light?


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Old 02-11-2014, 04:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: The GREATEST workbench light you'd NEVER buy!

have you checked to see what perimeter of light it actually emits ? I was wondering if it concentrates its beam into a small area, like a dental light. If so, it would be perfect for a drill press. But not so much for a workbench. (lots of shadows). Good luck with whatever you do with it. Its cool as hell.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:55 AM   #3
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have you checked to see what perimeter of light it actually emits ? I was wondering if it concentrates its beam into a small area, like a dental light. If so, it would be perfect for a drill press. But not so much for a workbench. (lots of shadows). Good luck with whatever you do with it. Its cool as hell.

I have used it on an old workbench I had at like 6' above the work surface for a floodlight affect, and I've also used it about 3 feet off the workbench for pinpoint lighting.

Haha, I guess if it's designed for open chest surgery it should be ok...?

It will not shadow at all, I tried when I first got it because that's important to me... It's designed that way according to the PAXlight website... each LED "cluster" is at like a 30 degree inward angle and all 3 of them are like 11" apart. Even directly above my head by a foot and a half, ZERO shadow on the work surface.


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Old 02-11-2014, 05:56 AM   #4
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How heavy is the light? Could you make a weighted base? This might make it more mobile in case you wanted to move it from the bench to the drill press to under a car hood. You could make a section of pipe that removes from the base to go from sitting on your bench to floor standing. Another thought is weld a 3/4 diameter pipe to a mounding plate so you could mount it to the wall just above your workbench and use the clmp to attach. I don't blame you I wouldn't want to drill into you bench top.
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Default Re: The GREATEST workbench light you'd NEVER buy!

Had the chance to pick up some operating room lights for free. after realizing the amount of installation needed and the awesome yet very focused in small area of light projected thought twice and passed. Great for working on surgical area be it human or project based but a lot to go through for limited return...
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Default Re: The GREATEST workbench light you'd NEVER buy!

I'm with ducksface, I would ceiling mount or possibly wall mount -- depending on your layout.

But honestly, having a bad ass $1,900 light isn't high on my priority list. If it were mine, I'd sell and buy more tools and goodies for the garage.
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I'm with ducksface, I would ceiling mount or possibly wall mount -- depending on your layout.

But honestly, having a bad ass $1,900 light isn't high on my priority list. If it were mine, I'd sell and buy more tools and goodies for the garage.

I'm with ya man...
But seriously, who would buy this?!?!
It's awesome, but NO frickin light is worth $1900 let alone the $4000 MSRP!

Unless your offering... I'll cut you a great deal... Say $1000?


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I'm with ya man...
But seriously, who would buy this?!?!
It's awesome, but NO frickin light is worth $1900 let alone the $4000 MSRP!

Unless your offering... I'll cut you a great deal... Say $1000?


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Maybe I misunderstood you. I thought you said a couple were going for $1,900 on eBay? I take it they were listed only with 0 bidders?
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:55 PM   #9
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Haha, sorry...
Two SEPERATE auctions, $1900 apiece.

No bidders, but they may have been "Buy It Now" I don't remember.

EDIT: I stand corrected, they are $2000 apiece... With people watching the auction... See for yourself!

It's Ebay item number: 110963132687


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Thanks for the input folks, I'm gonna do some more thinking on it. I'm torn between a ceiling mount or the previous posters suggestion of a smaller footprint base mount.


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Sell it for $500 and get a seriously awesome light meant to do what you want it to do. Using this for your purpose is sort of like using a Ferrari to haul 2x4's.
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