If you work in construction – either as a builder, architect, designer, installer or inspector – you know that your most important possessions are your tools. With the a set of well-maintained, quality tools you can find work in any corner of the world. They are your passport so to speak. The tools don’t make the man, but they come close. They signify that you are a craftsman. They prove you know what you’re doing and can be trusted on a job site. Without them, you’re just another day laborer.
Those in charge of the construction of homes and workspaces know the importance of quality tools. So, if you’re willing to pay top dollar for a hammer or level, you should be willing to do the same for a quality flashlight for the construction site, right?
But which one?
Well, let’s look at a few tasks that you might employ a flashlight for on the construction site and maybe we can figure it out.
Reading Plans in the Early Morning Hours
Work starts early (ok not so early that we wake the neighbors though) on the jobsite, and in order to proceed in an orderly and effective manner, you need to make a plan. That involves reading plans. A quality flashlight with the ability to mount a diffuser – a lens that spreads the light out – will help you read your plans and formulate a work strategy.
Depending on the job, the structure could be almost completed before the power is turned on. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to inspect the progress of your workers. This often means going into those dark nooks and crannies yourself. Take a light that is strong enough to light up a room, but not so bright as to be overpowering.
Building or Installing
If you work in plumbing, electrical wiring or HVAC installation, you know that you often have to work in a crawl space or other ill-lit space of a job site. Having a light that can be affixed to a wall or mounted via a head strap – like a head lamp – make working in these spaces much easier.
So, given these three situations, you need a high-quality flashlight that allows you to select beam strength, can fit a diffuser and is compact enough to work in tight quarters and possibly be mounted to a headband or hard hat. Also, consider the environment you work in, investing in a light that is tough enough to take being jammed in a tool belt full of steel tools or dropped from a height every now and again would be the smart choice.