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Milwaukee M18 RADIUS Compact Site Light with Flood Mode Review 2144-20

Adapt, Perform, Survive

Milwaukee M18 RADIUS Compact Site Light with Flood Mode Review 2144-20The Milwaukee M18 RADIUS Compact Site Light with Flood Mode is a very stout light that surprised us in its ability to survive serious torture testing and still perform as designed after.  While the Compact Site Light is the little brother to the Milwaukee 2145-20 that was designed to replace the mainstream hanging lights currently found in most construction sites, the smaller version can do most of the same items.  With two different light styles, this LED lighting system has the ability to provide area lighting and flood lighting, each with three brightness levels.  Since most LED lights are pretty intense to look at, Milwaukee has a diffuser over the area LED light to soften it, but it still provides 2,200 lumens on high.  Being a Milwaukee work light means these are a TRUEVIEW light that provides the proper color light for workers to easily see the correct colors in the light provided.
Besides being one seriously tough light, it provides options for the user to configure the light for optimal lighting and runtime.  This is perfect for rooms where the light might be on the floor or in a highly visible area as it will not blind people as they walk into the room.  Since we can use this light off battery or corded power, we are not restricted in runtime.  The upper handle and bottom hook provide multiple areas to hang the light.

Compact Site Light Features

  • Dual Function: 360° Area Lighting, 90° Flood Lighting
  • 2,200 Lumens of Task, Area, and Overhead Lighting
  • High Impact Polycarbonate Lens
  • 2200 Lumens of Area Lighting
  • 1000 Lumens of Task lighting
  • AC Inlet for All Day Runtime
  • 4-1/4″ Hanging Hook for Overhead Lighting
  • 3 Area and Task Output Modes For Optimal Brightness and Runtime
  • High mode: 2200 Lumens for up to 4 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Battery
  • Medium mode: 1100 Lumens for up to 8 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Battery
  • High mode: 1000 Lumens for up to 6 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Battery
  • Medium mode: 500 Lumens for up to 12 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Battery
  • Low mode: 250 Lumens for up to 24 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Battery


For a light to survive in working conditions, it has to survive a drop or two.  Maybe even a few large ones!  We dropped the light over and over from many heights to see if this light would crack or break a piece off.  While this light is not lightweight, it would simply bounce off the floor not showing any damage or signs it had ever been dropped.  When turned on, it worked like normal.  We started to throw the light down to see what would happen and it would bounce around and take the beating.  This light took a massive beat-down and kept ticking without issue.


This light is amazingly bright, tough and kills it at runtime.  Kudos to the engineers at Milwaukee tool for creating such a durable light that we can only assume will be very popular with the construction industry.  Beyond construction, this light would be awesome for camping and other outdoor activities where a durable light is needed!  The tool itself has a 5-year warranty while the LEDs carry a Lifetime Limited Warranty.  We don’t think you’re going to need the warranty.

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