• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.
  • PLEASE: Read the FORUM RULES BEFORE registering!

4

Why are halogen gooseneck lights so expensive?

3
Like what you see?
Click here to donate to this forum and upgrade your account!
10

whitmore

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Mar 3, 2017
Messages
173
Likes
92
#2
Ikea JANSJO isn't pricey. And, it's available in colors...
be prepared to replace the switch, though: mine has issues.

Halogens sometimes bother me; working close to the lamp,
the ozone isn't always negligible.
 

markba633csi

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
1,317
Likes
526
#3
Looks like LED is an easier path and they are plentiful, I just don't really like the quality of the light. I'd rather have a CFL.
I never noticed the ozone from my 50 watt halogen desk light- my senses must be failing at this extreme age (61) :crushed:
 

chips&more

Active User
Active Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2014
Messages
2,041
Likes
1,372
#4
I couldn’t believe it! I just bought the other day 10 each 35W replacement bulbs for the halogen gooseneck light from China. All for 3 bucks and free shipping! And they work great! Took about 10 days in the mail.
 

kd4gij

Active User
Active Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2011
Messages
3,980
Likes
1,246
#5
Machine lights are marketed to industry. And a one time perches, Just replace a cheap bulb once in awhile.. And the fixture is very well made .And last for years in harsh environments.
 

whitmore

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Mar 3, 2017
Messages
173
Likes
92
#6
Looks like LED is an easier path and they are plentiful, I just don't really like the quality of the light. I'd rather have a CFL.
I never noticed the ozone from my 50 watt halogen...
An hour under the car, fiddling a few inches from my 500W worklight convinced
me that (1) jackstands aren't tall enough, and (2) the UV from the light was
generating enough ozone to make me feel ill.

Halogens are great for color rendition, but for something that works
next to my drill press or grinder, rugged counts. Rugged LEDs are cheap.
Rugged halogens, not so much. CFL is scary around rotating machines,
much worse for strobing than a good electronic-ballast fluorescent.

The LED lamps that use a regulated power brick are GREAT.
My drill press got much more accurate when that lamp was installed.
 
Last edited:

4gsr

HM Chief Foreman
Staff member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2011
Messages
4,404
Likes
2,665
#7

Attachments

markba633csi

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
1,317
Likes
526
#8
Ah that's more like it Ken
MS
ps Yes whitmore I can see the flicker even on full-wave rectified LED lamps, that's why a regulated brick supply would be better, pure DC, no flicker.
 

playfulplans

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2017
Messages
25
Likes
8
#9
An hour under the car, fiddling a few inches from my 500W worklight convinced
me that (1) jackstands aren't tall enough, and (2) the UV from the light was
generating enough ozone to make me feel ill.

Halogens are great for color rendition, but for something that works
next to my drill press or grinder, rugged counts. Rugged LEDs are cheap.
Rugged halogens, not so much. CFL is scary around rotating machines,
much worse for strobing than a good electronic-ballast fluorescent.

The LED lamps that use a regulated power brick are GREAT.
My drill press got much more accurate when that lamp was installed.
Helpful info,thx.
 

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#10
I know you're asking about halogen (I don't have a clue why they're so expensive), but someone here recommended these little LED gooseneck lamps from Ikea for $10. I picked up 3, and will be buying a bunch more. The light quality is good, they stay in position, and the price is definitely right!
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169658/
 

kd4gij

Active User
Active Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2011
Messages
3,980
Likes
1,246
#11

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#14
Yep, shows they're in stock locally, but not available online? Bummer. Guess I'll have to head to E. Palo Alto. Wish me luck!:gangster:
 

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#15
I was able to find 5 white ones. Now I just need to get time to get them out of the box and set up!
 

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#17
Does a single one put enough light where you want it?
They are amazingly (surprisingly) bright and effective. I've used one on my drill press and will add two to my bench grinder. I've got one as a spot light on my lathe, and another one on my wood bandsaw. Well worth the $10. I actually like them better than the $50 one I got from Highland Woodworking because the goosenecks are more rigid and the lamps are lighter so they actually stay in place.
 
Last edited:

Splat

Active User
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2012
Messages
1,026
Likes
115
#18
I checked those Jansjo Ikea lights out and wasn't impressed. As for halogens, no thanks. My G4003G's halogen light got so hot the other week it burned the outer plastic hood and switch. I'm gonna retrofit it with a 12V LED. Less heat and same light output. You can't go wrong with LEDs for lighting up the work.
 

markba633csi

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
1,317
Likes
526
#19
But a Jansjo light is an LED. Only 88 lux/ 2 watts though apparently. They do have one that is 3 watts that looks better, 39 dollars though and not available online, only in store.
Mark S.
 

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#20
But a Jansjo light is an LED. Only 88 lux/ 2 watts though apparently. They do have one that is 3 watts that looks better, 39 dollars though and not available online, only in store.
Mark S.
Mark,
I was skeptical, but they actually do a pretty good job putting light where I want it. Pretty amazing for how puny they are.
Evan
 

markba633csi

Active Member
Active Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
1,317
Likes
526
#21
I bet they would pay you for doing an endorsement. Of course you'd have to change the word puny. Diminutive, perhaps.
Mark
 

ACHiPo

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
279
Likes
181
#22
I bet they would pay you for doing an endorsement. Of course you'd have to change the word puny. Diminutive, perhaps.
Mark
That's why I stick to knuckle-draggin' rather than marketing! By the way, I learned about them from someone on here (I think), so I'm just a copy-cat endorser.
 
6
5 7