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Offline RonWen

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2012, 06:30 AM »
This may seem a bit late for this thread but...

I went across to the workshop this morning to continue my work. The sun was shining, almost horizontally, through my french window and illuminated a large flat piece of oak that I had sanded yesterday. I was horrified by the rough appearance and then realised that the light coming from such a low angle was highlighting the flaws. In normal overhead light (and to the touch) one could not tell that there was a problem.

I then thought about the syslite (which I do not have) - what a great tool to use to check out the quality of surface finish, not just lumps of wood but , say, after using the planex.

I am sure that someone has mentioned this before - if they have forgive me.

Peter

I'm quite sure your're correct that it's been mentioned but the Syslite does work great for checking surfaces, moving it around to different angles etc.  [thumbs up]

(Whoops, double posts).  [unsure]  [unsure]

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2012, 07:24 AM »
Excellent Tim. I will be doing a sanding video in the New Year and will try to borrow a syslite in order to demonstrate the priciple.

Peter

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2013, 07:16 PM »
 Well I just got a new bathroom vanity with the extra large bowls, so I gotta lay on my back and install two three hole faucets in that little bitty totally dark space. I looked at everything that Grainger had to offer, so I decided to bite the bullet and pay the $175.00. I was bitching at myself all the way to Woodcrafter's over the price. Bought it, go home and charged for three hours. What I can say is if you can afford it, this is probably the best portable area light you can get. I set it on it's back in the corner of the cabinet, and with the light on the low setting is way bright enough for general work like plumbing. To give you an idea of how bright it is on the high setting, I shined it on my wife during the daylight and she yelled at me lol. It did give me several hours of great light on low setting, and right before it go out it dims a bit to warn you. But when it dims you only have about 30 seconds before it goes out, so you don't want to be in the crawl space as you only light cause you won't have time to get out with it. They do give you a nice carrying case, but my only complaint is once you snap the AC adapter prongs in place it really doesn't want to fit the case anymore. So I would like to see a bit bigger case for the money. Otherwise, this is my go to portable light for everything now.

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2013, 07:21 PM »
welcome sky guy

i would love a syslite
i have a floresant light for my dewalt batteries. when that gives up i will buy one
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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2013, 07:23 PM »
Well I just got a new bathroom vanity with the extra large bowls, so I gotta lay on my back and install two three hole faucets in that little bitty totally dark space. I looked at everything that Grainger had to offer, so I decided to bite the bullet and pay the $175.00. I was  at myself all the way to Woodcrafter's over the price. Bought it, go home and charged for three hours. What I can say is if you can afford it, this is probably the best portable area light you can get. I set it on it's back in the corner of the cabinet, and with the light on the low setting is way bright enough for general work like plumbing. To give you an idea of how bright it is on the high setting, I shined it on my wife during the daylight and she yelled at me lol. It did give me several hours of great light on low setting, and right before it go out it dims a bit to warn you. But when it dims you only have about 30 seconds before it goes out, so you don't want to be in the crawl space as you only light cause you won't have time to get out with it. They do give you a nice carrying case, but my only complaint is once you snap the AC adapter prongs in place it really doesn't want to fit the case anymore. So I would like to see a bit bigger case for the money. Otherwise, this is my go to portable light for everything now.

Alan beat me to it - Welcome  [welcome] Welcome to the FOG!  The Syslite grows on you like many of the Festools.

Peter

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2013, 07:44 PM »
You guys really need to stop making me spend money  [scared]

After i get my new drill the Syslite is next on my list  ;)
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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2013, 07:47 PM »
The world kind of does need a video that shows the syslite in a bunch of real world, on the job inspection tasks. Would be great as a finish inspection light too.

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2013, 09:12 PM »
if you face the light away from the divider,undo the velcro,the plug can stay attached,with the prongs at the velcro

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2013, 10:46 PM »
I have two Syslites. On low, the Syslite is similar in output to my 13W CFL desk lamp (OTT-Lamp brand). On high, perhaps twice as bright. That makes sense, as we're talking 18W of LEDs. Don't forget that LEDs do generate some waste heat, which absolutely must be conducted away from the LED chips, or they will cook themselves. Thus, the metal sides of the Syslites appear to be the heat sink, along with a temperature sensor.

The color accuracy is good, which helps your visual acuity. I'd say they are close to indirect noon-day sun, say from a north facing window.

I also think they are priced appropriately for a German-made 18W LED ruggedized cordless work lamp. It is not a $2 HF plug-in trouble light... though one could arguably get similar lighting output with an 18W CFL in said $2 light fixture, you will sacrifice durability, convenient size, and cordless attributes (let alone, you won't be docking your extra drill battery in said $2 fixture). The Syslite has more in common with the high-end LED video lights sold in photography shops... and even then, Festool didn't cheap out on the LEDs, where-as all the video lights I saw are still messing around with massive arrays of cheap 5mm white LEDs... you can bet out of a hundred or so LEDs in an array, there will eventually be failures.

For comparison, the $60 under cabinet LED lamps I just installed output similar light using SMT LED chips, but are already showing poor engineering choices with one LED chip fading, probably from insufficient cooling and overdriving. On the other extreme, I just dropped $360 each (!) on two articulated counterbalanced reading lamps for the living room. Similar level of light output, halogen, made in China, yet none of cordless, ruggedized, or portable attributes... but very nice for what they are. Do you know how hard it is to find decent reading lights? So much junk out there.

What is better than a Syslite? Two of them.

Perhaps I'll post some photos of using the Syslights. I think Festool's photos are already fairly representative of what to expect, though.

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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2013, 11:09 PM »
The world kind of does need a video that shows the syslite in a bunch of real world, on the job inspection tasks. Would be great as a finish inspection light too.

Like these?  [poke] If not, ahem, what are you waiting for Scott?  [big grin]



You can even mow the lawn with it...





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Re: Syslites (two of them) - 5 days owned, 3 days on job sites
« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2013, 06:02 AM »
Jeepers. You're right Shane. I guess I need to get out to youtube more often. It looks as if everything's been done under the sun. Reinhold even mowed his lawn at night with it. Hopefully Peter Parfitt can find some angle that hasn't been done yet.

Who would have thought that darn hook would have been such a feature? And the humor of guys dropping the thing just never gets old.  [big grin]