Damage-Resistant Safety Lights Stand Up to Everyday Use


Farms are rugged environments and can be hard on expensive work lights. A solution comes from U.S.-based company Trouble Free Work Lights, which offers products in the original CFL versions and new LED versions.

  • CFL: The 20-watt lamp is 33% brighter than a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. The CFL lamp is rated for 8,000 hours of life, which lasts about eight times longer than standard incandescent trouble lights and uses one-fifth of the energy of a 100-watt incandescent bulb.
  • LED: The LED lamp is nearly twice as bright as the CFL version and is rated for 35,000 hours. The light uses only 8 watts of energy.

Both versions are rugged and resistant to bangs, bumps and drops, according to the company. The lights have rubber, shock-absorbing washers that cushion against the scrapes that happen in everyday use.

The CFL light’s glass is treated with “Tuff-Coat” material for strength and shatter resistance. In the LED version, all of the circuitry is encased in polycarbonate plastic, and the light contains no glass.

There’s also an optional steel cage to help protect against light impact.

All Trouble Free Work Lights are safe to touch and won’t burn a user’s skin when working in tight spaces. The electronics are tightly sealed and water resistant, so there’s no need to worry when it gets a little wet.

They are also more convenient and can be quickly retrofitted onto an existing cord/base/handle combo or pull-down reel, and are easy to upgrade. The company explains:

“With your cord unplugged, simply remove the existing cage and use the included clamp in the place of the cage to prepare the cord. It may be necessary to lift up the terminal in the socket. Then:

  • Slide on the impact-absorbing, waterproof rubber washer.
  • Screw in your new Trouble Free Work Light.”

The lights also come with a 360° rotating hook for convenient use.