A Revolution in Work Lighting for Painters…

Written by on October 26, 2011 in Lighting with 4 Comments

fluorescent lighting …Is BADLY needed…Hello Festool Syslite!!!

[Update Jan ’13: Festool Syslite Review Published]

We have switched the majority of our jobsite and shop lighting needs to the Festool Syslite.

Previously, fluorescent and halogen was about as good as we could get. It wasn’t good enough. Call it the three year itch in the relationship with the Husky Telescoping Tripod, which replaced the miserable halogen twin head tripods, which replaced the ridiculous singles.

Should go without saying, but it is very difficult for painters to properly prepare surfaces, inspect and paint them without good quality lighting that can stand up to the rigors of being part of a travelling fleet of tools in a paint contractor van or truck.

Maybe it’s the season. Yes, it is partly the season…cold gloomy mornings and earlier sunsets in the afternoons these days, so that might be contributing a little bit to this lighting rant. But still, some manufacturer out there must have the engineering wherewithall to solve this problem. If you are reading this, please contact me now.

Halogens are out of the question. All set with halogen. When we transitioned to the Husky light in ’08, it was an improvement.

What we liked about the “Bazooka”:

  • breaks down into compact, easy to transport package
  • sets up easily on the job
  • doesn’t take up much space
  • bulbs last longer than halogen and don’t break as easily
  • looks cool and generally does its job ok

What we didn’t like:

  • not rugged enough to be thrown in trucks with other gear over time
  • bulbs and other components break too easily
  • parts that break are not replacable or repairable (that we know of)
  • fluorescent is not the ideal quality of light for surface inspection or color representation

There has to be a better way than the options currently available to painters. We left no stone unturned. For two years, the Syslite has filled the need with no broken bulbs or downtime. Just good, cool white light.

If you are a painter with opinions on lighting, please speak up!

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. Rod says:

    Wobblelights! forget about halogen. We use the wobble light jrs.

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