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Offline Flatsawn

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Festool Work Light inquiry
« on: October 11, 2016, 09:31 PM »
The Festool 769967 Syslite Duo LED Work Light has been out for awhile now. Does anyone care to state their experience using it?    Has it been worth $435 I guess I'm asking.
I'm considering getting this one but would like to hear from users. Has the tripod proven to be a worthy purchase?

Mark

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2016, 09:51 PM »
Love mine, well worth it. Illuminates the area well, adjusts easily, easy to carry.

Biggest issue I have is I forgot it on a job I really need it.

Tom

Offline Paul G

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2016, 10:15 PM »
$435 would buy a lot of Milwaukee lights. Or even less money is Costco has some cordless LED work lights going for around $30-40.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2016, 10:23 PM »
$435 would buy a lot of Milwaukee lights. Or even less money is Costco has some cordless LED work lights going for around $30-40.

It would take $1000.00 worth of Milwaukee Tri-Pod work lights to equal the lumens of the Syslite Duo. The CRI of the Duo is better than the Milwaukee also.

https://www.ohiopowertool.com/p-14893-milwaukee-m18-cordless-trueview-led-stand-light-2130-20-bare-tool.aspx?CAWELAID=120016460000024531&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=19370293450&CATCI=pla-149250971770&gclid=CjwKEAjwm_K_BRDx5o-sxq6ouXASJAC7TsFLvXOsEni4x2IrqQtmwVwZqYTa4YBu3y2PqlXXHFilTxoCbwzw_wcB

I have the work lights you mention, very poor light and CRI. Waste of money in my opinion.

Tom

Offline erock

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 10:30 PM »
 
NO......NO.....NO.......  DO NOT BUY THE SYSLITE DUO !!!!     What you need to buy is the Festool headlamp !!!!!!





Hold up.......You can't........LOL !!!    [tongue]    [big grin]

Funny thing is......I know in one of my drawers in my shop I have an unopened Festool headlamp I bought a few years ago.

Maybe I'll put it on eBay and retire early.    [embarassed]  [tongue]

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Offline antss

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2016, 11:04 PM »
Does CRI really matter to a tradesman on a jobsite?

If the work being does require accurate color readings,  then the room's lighting should be installed and energized prior to that work commencing.

The DUO is very powerful and has maybe the best packaging of any of these type lights and is competitively priced.  That said, they are raping us with that $200 tripod.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2016, 11:18 PM »
Does CRI really matter to a tradesman on a jobsite?

If the work being does require accurate color readings,  then the room's lighting should be installed and energized prior to that work commencing.

The DUO is very powerful and has maybe the best packaging of any of these type lights and is competitively priced.  That said, they are raping us with that $200 tripod.

CRI is important to me, we do a lot of painting and finishing. When I'm matching stains in the shop the Duo has made it easier to distinguish which tone/shade/color is off.

I think they went a little heavy with the trip-pod. May have been better tho go with a lighter build to bring down the cost. I will say it is very sturdy.

Tom

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2016, 12:38 AM »
I think they went a little heavy with the trip-pod. May have been better to go with a lighter build to bring down the cost. I will say it is very sturdy.

It needs to be sturdy to support its new found shelves...

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2016, 12:42 AM »
I think they went a little heavy with the trip-pod. May have been better to go with a lighter build to bring down the cost. I will say it is very sturdy.

It needs to be sturdy to support its new found shelves...

Mine hasn't found it's shelves.....yet. ;)

Tom

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2016, 01:01 AM »
Mine hasn't found it's shelves.....yet. ;)

It's probably just a matter of time Tom before that tripod becomes inquisitive enough to be on its own...and to find its own.  [smile]   Who'd have thunk?...
« Last Edit: October 12, 2016, 02:14 AM by Cheese »

Offline rst

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2016, 07:25 AM »
I bought the Duo and love it, it's a great addition to the cordless Milwaukee lights I use.  I did not want the tripod as I already had several; a shorty...camera style, a light weight one and a commercial heavy weight elevator for my lasers and optical.  I made a base from 3/8" acrylic to mount the Duo.  I actually had to make bases for the Milwaukees also as they also had no standard tripod screw mounts.

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2016, 02:25 PM »
I was given the Duo and tripod as a gift, so I can't speak for price or value, but it is by far the best light I have ever owned.

I have 4 near-new work lights that will probably go on Craig's List because the Duo out performs each of them in their own forte area. I have a pair of 500W compact lights (3-foot tall tripods) that were great for being compact and quick to set up. I also have a massive 4-light, 1500-watt work light with a massive tripod. It's so large that I only use it when I need tons of light. The Duo and Tripod are more compact and easier to handle.

In all cases, the Duo has far, far more light than all of my lights combined.

Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2016, 02:33 PM »
Absolutely love my Duo. I bought it without tripod, using it to bounce light off adjacent walls reduces the chance for being blinded by looking directly at the light.

I might get the tripod as I'd prefer to keep my high end tripods for Photography only. Job site work would just be too dusty for the fine mechanics in the ball heads etc.

I'm still seriously thinking about getting the Syslite Kal2 for smaller quick mobile usage.
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Offline Discap

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2016, 02:37 PM »
Love it, even with the 500 lb tripod.  Way better and actually more affordable than the Milwaukee version.  Also love the Syslite 1(?) the handheld one.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2016, 03:56 PM »
Absolutely love my Duo. I bought it without tripod, using it to bounce light off adjacent walls reduces the chance for being blinded by looking directly at the light.

I might get the tripod as I'd prefer to keep my high end tripods for Photography only. Job site work would just be too dusty for the fine mechanics in the ball heads etc.

I'm still seriously thinking about getting the Syslite Kal2 for smaller quick mobile usage.
  I thought the Festool Tri=pod was the only tri-pod that fit it since it doesn't use a standard camera thread like on the Syslite?  Yes, no?
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Offline Svar

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2016, 04:04 PM »
I thought the Festool Tri=pod was the only tri-pod that fit it since it doesn't use a standard camera thread like on the Syslite?  Yes, no?
Yes, Festool, as usual, made sure it's incompatible with anything standard + lacks functionality of ball pivot.
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/syslite-duo-with-tripod/
Shouldn't be difficult to make an interface bracket though.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2016, 04:07 PM by Svar »

Offline Alicurly

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2016, 04:32 PM »
I bought the syslite duo and tri-pod and it is by far the best work light I've used, tried dual halogen, the 4' wobble lights and various rechargeable led lights, nothing comes close to the light given off by the duo.

I usually set my mine up in the corner of a room with the light as high up as I can get it, keeping the footprint of the tripod small and extending the bar all the way up. This easily lights the whole room.

Showed it to decorators that came on site after me and they were amazed by it, asked where theyould get one, then asked "how much?". I told them and they said I must be making too much money. I'm not, but I do like to invest in things that make work more pleasant/easier.
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Offline RKA

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2016, 05:16 PM »
It's interesting that Tom's reaction to the Milwaukee tripod light was so dismal...I am thrilled with it and thought the quality if light was much better than the little syslite I have (1st version).  The only frustration is the cheap clamps that hold the column/head.  Hopefully I can demo it at ToolNut next month.
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Offline Svar

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2016, 05:48 PM »
If the work being does require accurate color readings,  then the room's lighting should be installed and energized prior to that work commencing.
You'd want either natural light or lighting with high CRI, unless the room never sees sunlight.

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2016, 06:11 PM »
Not many lights make it past this unfortunate test (if you are a light). Sys-Duo passes this all day long. And brighter than the headlights on most of our cars.


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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2016, 06:45 PM »
I thought the Festool Tri=pod was the only tri-pod that fit it since it doesn't use a standard camera thread like on the Syslite?  Yes, no?
Yes, Festool, as usual, made sure it's incompatible with anything standard + lacks functionality of ball pivot.
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/syslite-duo-with-tripod/
Shouldn't be difficult to make an interface bracket though.

I bought a cheap speaker stand (tripod), and used 1 1/4" dowel as the interface.  The stand was $20 from Amazon.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2016, 09:02 PM »
It's interesting that Tom's reaction to the Milwaukee tripod light was so dismal...I am thrilled with it and thought the quality if light was much better than the little syslite I have (1st version).  The only frustration is the cheap clamps that hold the column/head.  Hopefully I can demo it at ToolNut next month.

Not a dismal review, just pointing out that the lumen difference would require 4 Milwaukee lights to equal 1 Duo. The CRI on the Milwaukee is not good at all (to my eye), I can't find a published number for the CRI.

Tom

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2016, 09:10 PM »
Does CRI really matter to a tradesman on a jobsite?

If the work being does require accurate color readings,  then the room's lighting should be installed and energized prior to that work commencing.

The DUO is very powerful and has maybe the best packaging of any of these type lights and is competitively priced.  That said, they are raping us with that $200 tripod.

CRI allows me to match things in the shop and know they'll match onsite. There may be a difference in how the human eye perceives the colors compared to the shop, but they match, because they matched in the shop.

A match from this week. 3 base/known colors for reference, finished sample.

Tom

Offline Paul G

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2016, 10:24 PM »
Tom, I can definitely respect that aspect of things. I've never needed it for a jobsite work light, but I've spent a small fortune on lighting for photography, prepress and printing and yes it really does matter when doing anything colorwise. I honestly never considered it in a jobsite light before, a very illuminating thread  [wink]
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Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2016, 10:43 PM »
I bought the Festool tripod for the SysLite Duo, I realized it's a must-have accessory. As mentioned above, found it works great to position the Duo in one corner of the room adjusted as high as possible. I'm currently finishing a basement room, 16' x 22'  with 9' ceilings, and the Duo does a great job illuminating the entire room with a pleasing light. If I have any complaints, it is that I wish the tripod would reach just a little taller.

Yup, the Duo and tripod are not inexpensive, but they are also both built really tough and feel like they'll last a long time.
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Offline Flatsawn

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2016, 07:01 PM »
Thanks for all your replies.
 No one complained about the Syslite Duo's plug (on and off switch) guess it's not a big deal.
In Peter's video as he was tossing it about he claimed if it's pointing straight down it can't vent correctly but he didn't say it couldn't be directed straight up. Because there's no swivel abilities on the stand maybe it's suppose to be mostly level?

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Offline Gregor

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2016, 07:17 PM »
No one complained about the Syslite Duo's plug (on and off switch) guess it's not a big deal.

I did. About it neither having an on/off switch, a plugit connection nor a receptible for the 18V battery packs.

Offline Flatsawn

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2016, 07:58 PM »
No one complained about the Syslite Duo's plug (on and off switch) guess it's not a big deal.

I did. About it neither having an on/off switch, a plugit connection nor a receptible for the 18V battery packs.

I don't think I've ever seen a light without a switch. Strange you must plug and unplug. If a guy stands across the room and pulls the plug too many times a plugit cord would come in handy. [big grin]
I have a Milwaukee M18 LED Flood Light with a three setting switch, it will last about 3 hours on high. The DUO might take too much juice for a battery.

Mark

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2016, 08:34 PM »
No one complained about the Syslite Duo's plug (on and off switch) guess it's not a big deal.

I did. About it neither having an on/off switch, a plugit connection nor a receptible for the 18V battery packs.
 
I don't think I've ever seen a light without a switch. Strange you must plug and unplug. If a guy stands across the room and pulls the plug too many times a plugit cord would come in handy. [big grin]
I have a Milwaukee M18 LED Flood Light with a three setting switch, it will last about 3 hours on high. The DUO might take too much juice for a battery.

Mark
. I've seen both sides of the argument about the missing /lack of switch...both good points... [wink]
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Festool Work Light inquiry
« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2016, 03:58 AM »
I have a Milwaukee M18 LED Flood Light with a three setting switch, it will last about 3 hours on high. The DUO might take too much juice for a battery.
Since a TS55C can run from such a battery: drain from a LED fixture should give it no problems at all.

And even if it would run only a limited time, this might be enough to setup your power lines to feed it from the mains and, at the end of the day, collect your power extensions and pack&move out your stuff without having to stumble through the dark.