The 10 Best Lamps For Machine Tools
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2019. It's hard to do a good job when you can't see what you're doing. Luckily, these lamps can help illuminate your machine tools so that you get a clear view of the task at hand. Most attach easily to a lathe, milling machine, or other device, and their flexible necks allow you to position the light exactly where you need it. Unfortunately, now if you mess up, you can't use darkness as an excuse. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best lamps for machine tool on Amazon.
April 17, 2019:
One of the first things to decide before making your purchase is how you want the light to attach to your machine. Many use magnets, while others come with clips, and still more are purely handheld. Whichever one is right for you will depend primarily on what you'll be using it for, but it's worth noting that some magnetic options — like the BinFU Gooseneck, for example — have magnets that can be turned on and off, giving you even more versatility.
The Fulton Woodworking Tools 1294 is a little larger than most of the other selections on this list, as it looks like a traditional lamp. The large shade helps to focus the light and contain any heat, but it also makes it bulkier than most of the snake-like options listed here.
The power source is another important consideration. Many of the items on this list are battery-powered, which saves you from having to sidestep any power cables but also limits how long you can work before needing to swap out fuel cells. Others have traditional power cords, while the FishNu Rechargeable is USB-powered. We personally feel that dedicated machinists will find a power cable to offer more pluses than minuses, which is why our top choice comes with a wall plug. Users who will only need their lamp occasionally might feel differently, however.