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Trending in the Aisles: Clamp Lights

When it comes to getting a light where you need it for a low price, it's tough to beat a clamp lamp. While we sell various other types online and at your local Home Depot store, the ones I'll briefly go over in this post are your basic utilitarian types.

I can't tell you how many customers purchase these throughout the year for all kinds of photography sessions, art shows, events, parties, and various other commercial and residential needs.

A few years ago, I was extremely lucky to run into one of my favorite local lead singers whose band needed the lights for an upcoming show. Needless to say, these lights are extremely popular due to their flexibility and ability to go almost anywhere in your home or business.

With any fixture you purchase, even if you use a clamp light temporary, special consideration must be taken to have it run safely and effectively.

Never use a higher wattage bulb than is recommended for your clamp light. The only exception is using a high lumens bulb that is energy efficient. Failure to do so can overheat the fixture's socket, leading to a fire hazard and personal injury.

A great example of this is placing an 300 watt equivalent CFL bulb in a 150 watt clamp light. This is because while the bulb looks 300 watts in its output, it is only consuming 68 watts.

To be sure you are operating the fixture safely within its wattage requirements, always read the light bulb packaging before using it in the clamp light.

With that in mind, always be careful with not just choosing the right light bulb as well as proper placement of the fixture.

Plan where the extension cord(s) will go so that they don't present a trip hazard. These fixtures should only be used indoors. If  you ever decide to use them outdoors, do so for a very temporary duration, and make sure there is shelter above them to keep them out of any moisture/rain.

Below are the 4 basic clamp lights we currently sell in order of size from smallest to largest.

75-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light

null 75-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light

While this is the smallest clamp light we sell, at 6 inches diameter, this means it can go into smaller places easier than its larger counterparts. This makes it ideal for a small working area like drafting or for a illuminating a detailed automotive workbench.

150-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light

This light is essentially the same construction as the 75 watt version, save for it being larger in size and can take a higher watt bulb.

It's diameter is 8.5 inches, which can give you a wider aperture of light vs. the 75 watt counterpart. Use a standard A type bulb in any clamp light; since its light will actually bounce off the reflector better than an R flood style bulb.

To view a video regarding light bulb sizes and shapes, please click here

300-watt Incandescent Clamp Light

HDX 300-Watt Incandescent Brooder Clamp Light

Not only is the largest clamp light we sell, but it's also the only one available in-store that has a porcelain socket. This means its more durable in terms of using 150+ watt bulbs in it than a plastic bakelite version.

This as well as all type of clamp lights have a 6 foot 16 gauge cord that comes with it. Any longer lengths can be remedied with the same or larger gauge extension cord.

75-Watt PVC Clamp Light

HDX 75-Watt PVC Clamp Lamp

The last clamp light available at your local Home Depot is one that is newer than the other versions. We started selling these just a few years ago and they've sold very well.

They are the lightest version of the clamp lights we carry due to their PVC construction. This makes it great for when you need to move the lights around quickly or don't want the reflector to get damaged (the metal aluminum ones can bend easily with enough force).

Of course, these were just 4 of the main clamp lights we sell. We also carry much more in the store and online here. In fact, to view all other clamp light options, please click here to view them.

And let us know if you have any further questions regarding any lighting.


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Posted 2016-01-30T17:57:40+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL