RIDGID 18V LED Spotlight Review

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RIDGID 18V LED Model R8699 Spotlight Review

18V Cordless LED Spotlight

Manufacturer: RIDGID
Model number: R8699
Price: $99.00
Power source: 18V Li-Ion Batteries
Weight: 2.1 Lbs. (Bare Tool)
This tool review features the new 18V LED cordless spotlight from RIDGID. The model R8699 is a Home Depot exclusive offering that features a max output of 3,200 lumens of light. That is an incredible amount of light output in a compact package. Overall I am very impressed with the performance and utility of RIDGID’s new spotlight.


The pivoting head of the RIDGID light helps to illuminate enclosed interior spaces.

  • Max Lumen Output: 3,200 Lumens
  • Brightness Settings: 3
  • Light Type: LED
  • Published Runtime: 8.5 Hours W/ 6.0 AH MAX Output Battery
  • Beam Throw: 670 Yards
  • Head Pivot Range: 190°
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement

Pivoting Head Design

The head of the RIDGID R8699 pivots a total of 190° allowing users to pick a position that best suits where they are working. This feature is invaluable when working in enclosed interior spaces such as attics or utility rooms. By positioning the head straight up, the RIDGID performs a technique called umbrella lighting. The spill from the LED light beam bounces off the ceiling and illuminates the entire space. With one handheld tool, I can perform the job of a larger folding tripod light.

Beam Pattern and Runtime

The RIDGID easily lights up the entire run of a residential attic space.

The RIDGID is described as a spotlight instead of a floodlight. This means the beam pattern is tighter and more focused than a large area light. Because it is more focused, the R8699 has a higher level of candela than other lights. Candela is the measurement of a light’s intensity at a fixed spot. Combining the 3,200-lumen total output with an intense beam pattern for maximum throw gives the RIDGID the ability to light up and identify objects at great distances clearly.

The “V” shaped tree in the photo is approximately 100 yards away.

Runtime is excellent on the RIDGID 18V LED spotlight as well. I ran the light primarily with 6.0 MAX Output batteries because they balanced the tool nicely and kept it stable. In addition to stability, the 6.0 AH packs provide a full day’s worth of intermittent use.

Overall Impressions

Upon opening the box, I looked at the RIDGID and thought oh great another flashlight. However, once I inserted a battery and started using the light I was blown away by its performance. Many cordless battery-powered lights on the market provide absolutely terrible light output. The new R8699 from RIDGID defies this trend and offers exceptional performance with a well-designed head.

The RIDGID 18V LED Spotlight is currently available exclusively from Home Depot and retails for $99.00 as a bare tool. Based on my experience, this is an excellent value for anyone on the RIDGID 18V platform or anyone looking for a high-performing cordless light for their vehicle, workspace, or outdoor activities. Follow the Buy Now link below to purchase this light now.

18V Cordless LED Spotlight

About the author

Wes Bartosik

Wes Bartosik is a Connecticut native with strong family ties to the construction world. Wes’ father and grandfather both were builders and developers and taught Wes the values of doing things right from an early age and getting hands on experience with every facet of the construction industry. Wes apprenticed with a carpenter throughout high school and would later attend Central Connecticut State University earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management all while working for a large excavation contractor throughout. Wes would go on to work for a local heavy-highway construction company and gain further experience with all the skilled trades associated with large civil engineering and utility projects. Though working as a manager now, Wes’ true passion is working in the field alongside the tradesman and laborers on site. Wes has been involved in community based service projects throughout his life as well as emergency services. In his spare time he takes on serious DIY projects for himself, friends and family. He is a firm believer that with a quality tool in your hands and some grit, you can accomplish anything.

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