Uberlight 9000C LED Task Light Review - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Bright white light for outstanding illumination at your workbench.

Uberlight 9000C LED Task Light

Uberlight 9000C LED Task Light



Swing-arm clamp-on lamps are fairly common in workshops. They're relatively inexpensive, can be easily attached to most work surfaces, and have a flexible neck – making them ideal for task lighting. I've used them in my shop for decades. I've gone through several of these lamps, and in general have found that they aren't particularly robust, as the arms are made of thin tubing, while the plastic gussets at the pivot points often break. Over time the lamp begins to droop – no matter how much I tighten the bolts at the pivot joints. I also find that when I'm working on my benchtop vibration can cause the head on the swing-arm lamp (and consequently the light it casts) to jump about, which is somewhat annoying.

Recently I had the opportunity to try a new task lamp from Reliable Corporation – the UberLight 9000C.

reliable_UL9000C_5
(Top) Swing arm lamp; (Bottom) UberLight 9000C

All clamp-on lamps consist of three basic components – a lamp head, arm, and clamp. The neck on the UberLight is 28" long, roughly the same length as a swing-arm lamp. However, the arm is constructed of a thick flexible metal tubing. You can bend the arm in any direction, and once positioned, it remains firmly in place. And, because the head on the UberLight is so light in weight, it doesn't cause any deflection in the arm.

Reliable_UL9000C_8
Easy to adjust UberLight clamp

The UberLight has 1-3/4" of clamping capacity. My benchtop is 2" thick, so I needed to screw a small block to the back, underside of the bench to mount the lamp. The bar on the threaded bolt makes it easy to apply ample pressure to secure the lamp firmly in place. However, it would have been nice if the lamp came with an option for mounting in a bench dog hole.

reliable_UL9000C_4
28 LED bulb head

The UberLight head consists of 28 surface mounted LED bulbs and has a user selectable output of either 200 or 500 lumens. It uses 2 watts of power (in the 200 lumen mode) and 5 watts (in the 500 lumen mode). According to the manufacturer, the LED bulbs are rated for a 60,000 hour life span. At 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, that's about 20 years of service. This makes the UberLight one very cost-efficient lamp.

Reliable_UL9000C_7
(L) On-off switch; (R) Brightness switch

The on-off switch is located on the base of the unit. Reach across the work bench to access the switch can be a bit awkward when the bench top is in use. The light intensity switch is conveniently located on the top of the lamp (where I would rather the on/off switch be located).

reliable_UL9000C_2
(L) UberLight; (R) 23W CFL light

As you can see in the photo above, LED light is much closer to daylight than the light you get from a CFL (Compact Florescent) bulb, which has a distinct yellowish tinge. I find it much easier on my eyes. Of course if you have a swing-arm lamp that you're content with, an option is to purchase an LED bulb to replace your existing incandescent or CFL bulb.

Reliable_UL9000C_6
Superb lighting for close-up work

I quite like the UberLight 9000C. The flexible arm is very durable and holds the light rock steady. The LED bulbs produce a very bright light that is easy on the eyes, yet doesn't heat up very much. If you really want to light up your work, then get consider upgrading to the UberLight. That beautiful bright white light will last you a lifetime and cost you pennies a day to operate.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Brightness: 200 and 500 lumens
  • 28 LEDs
  • Up to 60,000 hours LED life span
  • Power Consumption: 2 to 5 watts
  • 28" flexible gooseneck
  • 1-3/4" maximum clamping
  • 1-year warranty
COMPANY:Reliable Corporation
MODEL:9000C
PRICE:$95.00 (free shipping)
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Find Your Store

Author: 
Carl Duguay
Discover more great woodworking reviews!
Subscribe Now and get instance online access to our library filled with exciting woodworking information.
Continue to stay connected to the latest tool reviews with our bi-monthly woodworking magazines!