Updated February 14, 2019 by Joseph Perry

The 8 Best Cordless Under Hood Work Lights

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This wiki has been updated 2 times since it was first published in January of 2019. When you're shoulders deep in the engine bay of a car, surrounded by tools and half covered in grease, the last thing you want to have to think about is the light that illuminates your work. Flashlights are too dim and occupy a hand or roll away. Hanging bulbs light up only part of your space. That's when you reach for a light that is designed specifically to brighten everything under the hood. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cordless under hood work light on Amazon.

8. TruePower 30-3000

7. Performance Tool W2404

6. Aain LT002

5. Neiko 40447A

4. Nextool NextLED

3. ATD Tools 80357

2. Nightstick SLR-2120

1. OEMTools 24604

Editor's Notes

February 09, 2019:

These are must-have tools for anyone who spends a lot of time working on cars (though, of course, they're good for other uses, too). You'll work more efficiently when you can see what you're doing. While all selected models are designed to mount on hoods with magnets or hooks, we really like the versatility of the Nextool NextLED, which can break down into two hand-held lights you can use anywhere. Unfortunately, though, that also means you have to fuss with two chargers.Of our top favorites, the OEMTools 24604 stands out because of its extra long battery life, which can keep your space lit for even the longest jobs.


Joseph Perry
Last updated on February 14, 2019 by Joseph Perry

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.


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