RIDGID LED Lighting Solutions

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RIDGID LED Lighting Solutions

RIDGID Tools 18 Volt LED Lighting Solutions

In the remodeling world, having portable LED work light that works off of your tool battery platform is a must. We often find ourselves working in dim light or dark areas. Running a power cord and string lights is always there. The problem is the work may be short lived or you may be moving around too much for string lights.  Additionally, you may find yourself simply in an area not conducive to running a power cord. That’s where RIDGID LED lighting solutions really shines! pun intended.

RIDGID LED Lighting Solutions

RIDGID came out with a slew of lighting solutions that work off their 18-volt platform this year. These lights allow you to illuminate areas without the hassle of cords and outlets. There are several new tools coming out, but three but three of them really shine, they are:

  1. RIDGID GEN5X 18V Flood Light R8694620B
  2. RIDGID GEN5X 18V Hybrid Folding Panel Light R8694221B with tri-pod.
  3. RIDGID GEN5X 18V Dual-Power Light Cannon R8694220B

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RIDGID GEN5X 18V Flood Light R8694620B

The GEN5X 18V Flood Light comes with a light cradle to pivot and direct the light pattern as needed. A lever allows this light to be removed from the cradle, creating a super compact light. The flood light is powered by 18 volt batteries, and puts off 1200 Lumens. There is a variable power button, allowing adjustable light output. The flood light will run for 20 hours on low setting, with a 5 Ah battery. This light sells as a bare tools for $69.00

Features

  •  Detachable 180 Degree Swiveling Light Cradle
  •  Up to 1,200 Lumens with Variable Power Dial- Powerful output with adjustable lumen level to match brightness to the job
  •  Compact Profile – Designed for easy transportation and storage
  •  Variety of Hanging Options- For ultimate versatility on the job-site
  •  On-Board 1/4-20 Thread – Easily mount the unit to the RIDGID® Universal Tripod
  •  Dime Screw Slot – To easily tighten and lock Flood Light into place
  •  Temperature control electronics- Protects LED from overheating

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RIDGID GEN5X 18V Hybrid Folding Panel Light R8694221B

The GEN5X Hybrid Folding Panel Light reminds me of a video film, studio light. It has folding panels that callow you to achieve 360° of light output. Able to run AC/DC, this light  puts out a 2500 Lumens. On its lowest setting it can run up to 14 hours on a single 5 Ah battery charge. It can also be plugged into an outlet with an extension cord. It retails for approximately $ 99.00.

RIDGID LED Lighting Solutions

Features

  •  Folding Panel Design – Fold outward for 360° light output and fold inward for protection when not in use.
  • Hybrid Technology – Powers light with any RIDGID® 18V battery or extension
  • Extended Run-Time- Up to 14 hours of continuous run-time with Variable Light Power Dial
  •  Up to 2,500 Lumens with Variable Power Dial- Powerful lumen output with the ability to set at variable lumen levels to match the brightness with the job
  •  On Board Tripod Mount- Easily mount the unit to the RIDGID® Universal Tripod
  •  Temperature Control Electronics- Protects LED from overheating and keeps the light cool to touch
  •  Rugged Design- Durable, lightweight material designed to withstand tough job-site conditions

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RIDGID GEN5X 18V Dual-Power Light Cannon R8694220B

The GEN5X 18V Dual-Power Light Cannon, is a hand-held spot light and puts out a powerful 2500 Lumens. The head swivels 180° to direct light where it’s needed. On its lowest setting it can run up to 30 hours on a single 5 Ah battery charge. It comes with a 12-foot 12V Car Adapter which can be plugged in to operate with out the battery.  The light cannon makes this a great light of vehicle or boat use. It sells for approximately $89.00.

Features

  • 80 Degree Swivel Head – Unit can be positioned in multiple orientations to direct light where its neede
  • Dual Power Compatibility –Works with RIDGID® 18V Battery or included 12V Car Adapter
  • Up to 2,500 Lumens with Variable Power Dial- Powerful output with adjustable lumen level to match brightness to the job
  • Extended Run-Time – Up to 30 hours of continuous run-time with 5.0 Ah battery
  • On-Board 1/4-20 Thread – Easily mount the unit to the RIDGID® Universal Tripod
  • On-Board Cord Retainer – For hanging the light upside down to illuminate hard to reach areas

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RIDGID GEN5X Universals Collapsible Tripod Stand R9937

The GEN5X 18V Universal Collapsible Tripod Stand is an innovative solution to mount almost all of the RIDGID lights available. The stand can hold up to 3 lights at one time. It has four ¼-20 threads [4 thread count] and collapses for easy transport and storage. It sells for approximately $80.00.

  • Maximum holding power- Uses 4 mounting points to hold up to 3 lights at one time
  • Maximum reach- Telescoping rod reaches up to 7 ft. high to illuminate hard-to-reach areas
  • Collapsible Design- For easy storage and transportation
  • Cam Lock design- Stabilizes the light when rod is extended
  • Extreme Stability- On-board bubble level, ballest hooks, and adjustable leg keep the stand secure on the job-site
  • On-Board Handle- For easy maneuvering on the job-site
  • Rugged Design- Durable, lightweight material designed to withstand tough job-site conditions

Conclusion

Ive been using these lights on the job site as well as in the shop, to see how they operate and perform.

The RIDGID GEN5X 18V Flood Light R8694620B was great for small area work lighting or close up task lighting. Its size alone makes it a valuable addition to your tool bag or truck.

The GEN5X Hybrid Folding Panel Light is an innovative, versatile and flexible light. In the shop I used it instead of my 500 watt Halogen light.  While 2/3  less lumens than the Halogen, theHybrid put off cleaner light.  There was no fire hazard, because of the heat and the flexibility of light adjustment was amazing. I envision these lights replacing all of my halogens. I’d like to see RIDGID offer them as a permanent light fixture! Move over BigAss light!

I did not use the GEN5X 18V Dual-Power Light Cannon at work and envision this as an emergency light or inspection light. It’s too big for me to take on estimates, as I use a small but powerful flashlight for that.

RIGID is obviously looking to up their game in the lighting category and these three tools are the starting lineup.  Well done #TeamRIDGID.

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