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08-05-2019 04:38 PM
Knothead47 DRT, and I thought I was cheap! Good idea, though.
08-04-2019 07:56 PM
DesertRatTom My small band saw needed a light, so I got a gooseneck lamp from Goodwill, dismantled it and drilled a larger hole in an L bracket, screwed the base of the gooseneck into it. Drilled two small holes in the upper wheel case, bolted the other end of the L bracket in and strung the power cord around to a plug. Works really nicely. Put an LED spot into it and voila. High visibility. Out of the way. Cost about a buck.
08-04-2019 01:37 PM
Knothead47 I have a benchtop BS and DP, right next to each other. The flex light on the DP doubles as a light for the BS.
08-04-2019 05:55 AM
mr happymoose Here's how I solved the problem. My work space is shall we say...tight and my band saw has to sit on my workmate which only has one place it can go. This particular spot is of course just right to cast shadow from both lights in the garage. Whilst lost in Ikea one day I spotted their JANSJÖ USB powered spotlights which were just a couple of quid. To be honest I wasn't expecting much for the money but I was actually very surprised with the light output. A bit of sticky back velcro and a cheap USB powerbank and it was all sorted. Total cost with one light and the powerbank was about £6 if I recall correctly and I can also use it anywhere else I need a bit of extra light.
04-18-2019 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by Chris Hachet View Post
having a neutral with a 220 circuit is a nice simple upgrade.

Besides, if I ever upgrade the shop with a rotary phase converter, I then have another conductor to run a three phase tool...
I guess to add a neutral you need to go to a 4 prong plug? I don't know if it would be code to use ground for neutral. It would probably run.
04-12-2019 05:20 PM
sgcz75b I realize this is an old thread, but if you want an inexpensive 6 watt LED light that provides good light, has a magnetic base that sticks fast to even thin vertical sheet metal, flexible gooseneck, and for less than 12 dollars, look at this one.

I have three; one on a drill press, and two on my bandsaw (one positioned below the table to see to adjust guides and bearings).

Small enough to not be in the way, yet bright enough to work nearly anywhere in the shop.
04-06-2017 07:09 PM
BrianS I solved this problem by purchasing one of these: Delta light It has a magnetic base, so can be easily moved to other tools if needed. I know, this is the Canadian side of Amazon, but I'm sure it's available on .com as well.
04-06-2017 12:30 PM
Chris Hachet
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
sure ya can...
just use one leg of the 220V feed for power and supply a neutral for the other leg...
having a neutral with a 220 circuit is a nice simple upgrade.

Besides, if I ever upgrade the shop with a rotary phase converter, I then have another conductor to run a three phase tool...
04-06-2017 12:28 PM
Chris Hachet
Originally Posted by mgmine View Post
What I found to work the best for me as well as being the cheapest is a goose neck desk lamp that got from Goodwill for $1.00. I attached it to the ceiling above the saw with one screw through the base. I can point it in any direction that I want and often do so when I need the light on something else . I have a similar set up above the table saw only with that light I use a floodlight bulb.
One of the real benefits of a basement shop....with 10 foot ceilings, this would not work so well for me.
04-02-2017 11:11 AM
CharleyL The attached light is available from Lowes for $19.97 and may be available elsewhere.

I've found them to produce a nice bright and very white, shadow free light without getting more than just mildly warm after being on for several hours, so no more head, face, and arm burns. The rubber lined spring clamp holds very well to anything that is about 1" thick. I now have these on several of my tools including my band saw, grinder, belt sander, one drill press, two on my DeWalt scroll saw, and I have several more that move around the shop wherever I need extra light. I removed the spring clamps from two of them and attached them to a bracket that fits around the upper arm of my scroll saw so I have one of these lights mounted on each side of the upper arm. Light from both sides of the blade completely eliminates blade shadows, making it much easier to cut tiny work more accurately.

Lowes also sells this light with a weighted base instead of the clamp for the same price. If you are planning to remove the clamp and attach the light and goose neck to a shop made bracket, do not purchase the weighted base version, as the bottom end of the goose neck is different and it will be much more difficult to use it. The end of the goose neck on the clamp version is threaded and attached to the clamp with a lock washer and nut, so you only need a hole in your bracket to attach it.

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