Work/Trouble Light suggestions

I am looking for suggestions on what type of work light or trouble light to buy.
I usually end up buying regular incandescent bulb work lights, but I am sick of the bulbs burning out because they are so fragile. Seems light just a little inadvertent tap and the filament breaks. I have also tried using CFL bulbs in the same type of work light, but the lighting seems less bright, and those bulbs also seem to break fairly easily -- just not as easily as the incandescent bulbs.
I don't think I want a halogen light because, even though they are much brighter (which I definitely like), they get too hot.
One type that I have not tried yet are the fluorescent light type of work lights. I wonder how bright they are, and I don't know if they are any more durable than incandescent of CFL bulb work lights.
LED work lights don't seem to be very bright, at least from what I read in reviews, but I assume they would be more durable.
It sure seems like they must be a good work light out there that is bright and durable.
Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.
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On 11/19/11 6:32 PM, Ron wrote:

Four years ago I paid about $25 for a Vector Power on Board Bright Bar. It has 26 LEDs and produces such an even light that sometimes I can work under the hood better if I wait until dark and use this light instead of daylight. I use it every day. A charge is good for about 12 hours and so far I haven't had battery trouble.
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Thanks. I did a couple of searches for Vector Power on Board Bright Bar and so far haven't found where I can go to see one at a store to check it out. I only see them for sale online. But I'll keep checking.
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On 11/19/11 9:19 PM, Ron wrote:

I didn't find it either, although it's still for sale at a local shop. At Amazon, they have reviews of the Black & Decker Bright Bar. It seems to be identical except that it's orange instead of yellow, and apparently it's no longer available.
Amazon mentions a similar Stanley light. Both are run by a pack of three AA NiMH cells with solder tabs. The only thing I'd change about my light would be to use a compartment for replaceable AA cells instead of a pack. I could keep a charged set in my pocket, and I wouldn't have to worry that someday I'll have to replace the battery pack.
It has been a durable light, and it's easy to spot when I need it. It's easy to hang or lean or lay so it throws light where I need it. I don't know what brand or model is best, but a trouble light with a lot of LEDs has served me well.
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Have you tried a higher power cfl that is encapsulated in an outside glass capsule. Or, maybe a cfl spotlight, the cfl is encosed there also.
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Been using one like this for about 5 years. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Bayco-FL-506-Fluorescent-/130397894080?item 0397894080&vxp=mtr
I don't know about price - but this seems reasonable. My son bought the one I have. It's been knocked around quite a bit and still works. For any lengthy work in an engine bay, we hang a 2-bulb 4' shop light tight under the raised hood with S hooks or coathanger wire.
--Vic
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Bayco-FL-506-Fluorescent-/130397894080?item 0397894080&vxp=mtr
Thanks. I may try something like that. I haven't tried this type of fluorescent light yet. I saw one like it in Home Depot, but I thought the hooks looked weird and flimsy and I wasn't sure how well those hooks would work. There is also a brighter version with two fluorescent bulbs with maybe a better hook that I saw online -- not sure where they sell them. The fact that you said that yours has been knocked around some and still works is a good sign. That's a big issue for me -- getting one that won't just break in a short amount of time. Does yours seem bright enough? I assume it is since you didn't mention otherwise. After I get one, I'll post here how it seems to me.
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I forgot to add a photo:
http://www.budgetlighting.com/gfx/bayco/fl908.jpg
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This is the exact light I have. http://preview.tinyurl.com/75yehe6
Got an outlet in it, and we've used that for a drill. The hooks aren't flimsy, and work well. Easier to latch onto something than the typical full hook. What I don't like about them is they're an eye hazard as a "helper-held" light. A couple week ago I was holding it for my son as he was bent over the engine while we changed a crossover pipe. He straightened up and turned around fast and the hooks came closer to his eyes than I liked. That's when I stopped work and took the 3 minutes to hang the 4-footer on the hood. The light is fine if you handle it yourself,
It's shines plenty of light , about the same as a 60W bulb work light. It's not a flood, and is for location work. It's not clear from the picture, but it's directional - one side is covered by a "use" and bulb changing instruction label. Normal, so it doesn't blind you.
Wraps in a tight package with the 6' cord. We always use an extension with it. Except for the bulb lasting much longer, and no fear of dragging it around under a car or such, pretty much the same as a bulb work light. Like any fluorescent, takes a while to put out full light if it's cold. Couldn't find the word "Banco" on it. Only found "Made in China." No surprise there.
--Vic
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I have always used rough service bulbs. Lasted good for me. WW
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I use a miniature 60 watt equiv cfl, works fine for me. Takes a bit of time. I use it in the same light fixture I've had for many years. Larger bulbs may hit the back reflector.
You can also try an led, some are plenty bright.
Greg
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