A few years ago all you had for a light was some crappy incandescent light that pivoted up and down. They sucked battery juice like it was going out of style.  LED technology has really improved in tool lights the past few years.  They run cooler, have better battery life and are starting to replace even halogen work lights.  Milwaukee started the trend of these new lights and DeWALT recently hit home with the DCL050 light.

Now they have released the DCL061 a 1500 lumen light that can be powered by a multiple of sources.  18V XRP, 20V MAX and even AC power are all viable power sources for this light.  The design of the light is a bit out of the norm , it is designed to lay flat and shine the light up.  When you need to shine the light down you can stand it up although I don’t think it is designed for that as it doesn’t sit level with a 20V battery installed.  Runtime is roughly 2.5 hours with a 4.0ah battery.

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I found myself using it more in the up position when I was doing a wood floor project.  The light is really bright and has a good natural color temperature of 6100k.  To turn on the light you just rotate the side dial, it clicks on and also rotates the light.  There is only one high setting.  Overall it is a great light with the exception of the way it stands up, although it does have some holes on the back to hang it from a nail.  DeWALT covers this light with a 3 year warranty.

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Check out the DCL061 via Amazon