LED Performance Benefits MRO Technicians
April 8, 2011—Designed for industrial maintenance technicians, the Pocket Floodlight combines the convenience and compact size of a penlight with the light output of a work light. Plant and equipment maintenance technicians often try to use a penlight-style flashlight instead of a work light when working in confined spaces since the flashlights are smaller, and are not tethered to an AC power outlet by an extension cord. However, a flashlight has a very narrow light beam with hot and dark spots which make it difficult to see what is being inspected. Also, the amount of light produced is far less than the amount of light produced by a work light. Maxxeon claims to have overcome all of these issues with their Pocket Floodlight which combines the size of a penlight with the performance of a work light. According to company spokesman John Schira, “This light is ideal for techs. They will be amazed at the massive amount of light that this tool produces. The light output of the Pocket Floodlight is comparable to many work lights, and the tech can carry it around in his pocket all day, so he has it whenever he needs it”. The company claims that the light output of 120 lumens is up to 20 times the amount of light produced by many penlights. The LED has a special wide-angle light beam making it suitable light for up close use. The special design provides a clear, uniform light pattern, without the “hot spots” and “dark spots” that are common to most flashlights. The Pocket Floodlight sells for $29.95 and is available from progressive industrial tool and supply distributors. It is also available with a UV LED for use in dye leak detection and red LED for night readings.
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