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11 Products That Help You Work in the Dark

Under the sink, in a crawl space, up in the attic or out in the woods, lighted tools and equipment help you work better in the dark.

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LED Light Gloves

Free up all 10 digits for the task at hand when you don a pair of LED Light Gloves by Mudder. Made of breathable, elastic fabric that’s soft to the touch, they feature a hook and loop design that can be adjusted to comfortably fit most people. It’s great for working in small spaces or when no one’s around to hold the flashlight for you. The two LED lamps — one mounted to each index finger — run on two button batteries (not included) that last up to 30 hours.

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DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag

When you need a tool, you need it pronto! The 57-pocket DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag was developed in conjunction with Custom Leathercraft to keep pros and DIYers organized and productive.

Point the built-in LED light (39 lumens of output) toward the jobsite or into the backpack to help you find what you’re looking for. Constructed of heavy-duty material, the tool bag has 48 internal and nine outside-facing pockets to hold your most frequently used tools.

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Cordless Lighted Screwdriver

No hobbyist or household fixer-upper will be left in the dark if their tool bag includes a General Cordless Lighted Power Screwdriver. Squeeze into awkward spaces where it’s difficult to see — the bright LED floods the tip of the tool in light while it applies more than 100 rpms of torque to turn the screws on most light-duty jobs. This mini-power screwdriver comes with a handle, six bits, a hard rubber bit organizer and two AAA alkaline batteries.

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Klein Tools Pro Work Light

Part of the beauty of the compact Klein Tools Tradesman Pro Work Light is its unbeatable versatility. Two brightness modes to beam light into small spaces. Attach the magnetic clip to any metal surface or use the hook to dangle it from a pipe. Slim enough to hang on your tool belt or slip easily into your pocket, this battery-powered LED light is encased in rubber molding so it’s super-durable.

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Rechargeable Headlamp

There are a whole bunch of reasons why we like the lightweight Rechargeable Headlamp by Outerdo. For one, it’s waterproof, so it’s ideal for working in the field or at an outdoor jobsite during damp weather conditions. For another, the headlamp blasts eight LEDs in eight modes covering a massive 600 meters, so it can bathe your yard, garage or shop in light.

Plus, its ergonomically-designed elastic headband adjusts for hours of comfortable and hands-free wear. It even has a red safety taillight for an extra layer of warning when operating a forklift in a dim warehouse or lumber yard.

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Klein Tools Lighted Aluminum Torpedo Level

No need to squint and strain to “get it straight.” This compact Lighted Billet Aluminum Torpedo Level may look like an average carpenter’s tool until you discover its large-view windows lit with LEDs make it easy to see the “bubble” in dim conditions from multiple angles.

Pro contractors and do-it-yourselfers appreciate the powerful, patented magnet track that secures the tool to any metal surface (especially great when you’re working alone), ensuring the most precise and accurate level or plumb reading possible.

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Lighted Mechanical Pickup

The days of “MacGyvering” a clothes hanger to fish your wrench out of the garbage disposal are over. Find and retrieve items from dimly lit and hard-to-reach places with this Lighted Mechanical Pickup by General.

This ingenious tool combines a bright-white LED light bulb and a four-prong, spring steel retrieval claw at the end of the 24-inch flexible and corrosion-resistant shaft. Squeeze the ergonomically designed hand controls to rescue socks from behind the dryer and screws from dark nooks and crannies.

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Indoor USB Rechargeable Lights

GlowRight Indoor USB Rechargeable Lights are an all-purpose lighting solution that requires no electrical wiring to install — just peel off the 3M adhesive magnetic strips and stick the lights inside storage closets, garden sheds, along basement stairs or over a workbench. The auto on/off sensor is triggered by movement, so no more fumbling to find the light switch in a pitch-black room.

These lights offer many options — three mode settings (motion-detecting, continuous lighting and flash lighting), three sizes (8-, 12- or 20-in.) and two color temperatures, warm or cool white. Note: Mimicking natural daylight, “cool white” is the optimum color temperature to safely light work and construction areas.

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Magnetic LED Work Light

The EVISWIY Sewing Machine LED Light is a multi-functional, portable work lamp with a strong, magnetic base that securely attaches to your sewing machine, workbench, lathe, drill press or other metal machinery. It won’t break loose, even with the most intense shaking and vibrations.

The flexible gooseneck rotates 360 degrees to direct the 30-piece LEDs at any angle, giving off 5,000K of bright-white daylight that won’t bother your eyes because there are no harmful UV rays present.

One satisfied Amazon reviewer remarked, “I snapped the magnetized base to the side of my drill press and it lights my work surface perfectly.”

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Helping Hands with LED Light

If you work alone, we recommend the Noevsbig Soldering Helping Hands with LED. Great for jewelry crafts or repairing motherboards, the metal base is made of aluminum alloy for stability. The soft rubber pad keeps everything from sliding around — vital when working with hot metal. And so is seeing what you’re doing!

The 3X magnifying glass with LED lamps has three lighting modes, 10 brightness levels and three temperatures: warm light, warm-white light and white light. That’s 30 illumination modes in all. A six-piece universal joint pipe, five alligator clips and an iron tip cleaner are included.

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Lighted LED Safety Glasses

Protect your eyes while you work in the dark with Panther Vision Lightspecs LED Safety Glasses. Don’t let the playful camo motif fool you — these are some serious impact-resistant, anti-scratch lenses, with frames constructed of strong polycarbonate. The ultra-bright LEDs embedded into the temples emit 32 lumens of light canted inward, making them perfect for close-up, detailed work.

One Home Depot five-star reviewer hailed the glasses, saying, “I can actually do a lot of tasks without the use of a handheld light because the light is right on my safety glasses.”

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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