Milwaukee M18 Stand Light 2130-20

Milwaukee M18 Stand Light 2130-20

Manufacturer: Milwaukee M18 Stand Light 2130-20
Model number: 2130-20
Power source: 18 Volt

Milwaukee M18 LED Stand Light 2130-20

Getting portable, dependable lighting on a jobsite can sometimes be a challenge.  For years I’ve kept a variety of halogen and incandescent lights in my trailer for this purpose. I’m always finding myself in a basement, attic or crawlspace and they’re NEVER lighted!

The problem with using halogens was they run extremely hot and have cause burns and create a potential fire hazard.  And my issue with incandescent bulbs, well they just plain suck.  They blow out easily when bumped or dropped and always seems to break when needed the most.


When LED lighting started showing up on the jobsite as a work light I was a fast convert, seeing big benefits and no downsides.  LED lighting is safe, energy-efficient and have powerful light output.

Not to mention that LED Light technology products last up to 50 times longer than the typical life of an incandescent bulb (1,000 hours) and 5 times that of the average compact florescent (CFL, 10,000 hours).

My search for LED job site lighting led me to the Milwaukee tool company who sell a high quality line of LED lighting

Compact and Durable Design

The Milwaukee stand light has an impact resistant, tri-pod leg design that results in a low center of gravity for sturdy deployment.  The light head is protected by an impact-resistant lens and bezel, and it secures and stores into a protective shroud for secure transport and storage.

The LED head tilts 90-degrees and pivots 180-degrees allowing focused, direct lighting or indirect light, it attaches to a telescoping mast which can extend from 4-feet up to 7-feet. Cordless, hands free lighting at it’s best!

the telescoping mask is controlled by locking levers and the mast slides easily up and down to adjust the lighting height.

The stand  light folds up quickly and easily by depressing the “leg release button.”  Once folded up it measures 40-inches and can be easily transported by its integrated upper handle.

It weighs 14.15 pounds and additional 2 pounds when the 5.0 Ah battery is attached.

Light Output

The Milwaukee stand light provides 2,000 lumens of high definition light output for in its high mode, 1,300 in medium and 850 in low, and it can run for up to 4, 6, or 10 hours with an M18, XC 5.0 battery pack.

  • High:                   2,000 lumen  – 4 hour runtime
  • Medium:             1,300 lumen  –  6 hour runtime
  • Low:                     850 lumen     –  10 hour runtime

While not as bright as a halogen light, it is more durable, runs much cooler, and there are no cords to trip over.


Light Quality

This is where Milwaukee engineers really geek-ed out.

They engineered this light with high quality LEDs with a neutral white color and a high color rendering index.  They call this technology “Trueview.”  The light head has a specially designed reflector to produce an even beam pattern.

The result is of this high definition lighting technology is that it delivers a true representation of colors, optimized color temperature, and an even beam.  Contractors that work with wires will appreciate the true color representation.


The one area where I think Milwaukee missed the mark was on the power source.  I’d prefer to see a dual source power, similar to their Trueview LED Flood Light 2360-20, which has a recessed,  male plug that can easily attach to an extension cord.

Milwaukee M18 Stand Light 2130-20


  • Rotating and pivoting head is extendable from 4-7’
  • Compact 26” footprint with low center of gravity
  • Three light output modes
  • High Mode: 2,000 lumens for up to 4 hours
  • Medium Mode: 1,300 lumens for up to 6 hours
  • Low Mode: 850 lumens for up to 10 hours
  • High Definition Output with true color, even beam, and natural light
  • Low battery indicator alerts users when the battery is nearing end of charge
  • Tri-pod leg design

Overall Impression

I really like the durable, tripod design. It’s a versatile and efficient light, that is super fast to deploy!

This tool puts you in the BEST LIGHT for getting work done – consider yourself ENLIGHTENED!!

Milwaukee M18 Stand Light Video Review

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Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob Robillard

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  1. Justin Kendall

    I can’t wait to get one of these to play with. I had the chance to see it at a tool expo in Florida two weeks after you guys had the chance to see it at NPS15. I didn’t get a chance to really use it but it does look rather impressive. Plus it seems a lot lighter and quicker to setup than the Streamlight Portable Scene Light that I’ve used in the past.

  2. Bill

    I got an led light and stand at Home depot on sale for $40, well I have two of them. Great lights,bright enough to land a plane, and they’re perfect, but come on over $200 for lights?????? How is a guy to be making money?? Why are you guys reviewing stuff like that anyway,the Husky lights outshine the Milwaukee any day.

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