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Milwaukee M18 Trueview LED HP Flood Light Review

Light It Up

Light_Up_BarnMany of us gearheads and DIY’ers started out working with an incandescent bulb inside a work light that had a metal cage and a hanger.  How the times have changed!  The new Milwaukee 2360-20 LED HP Flood light is not only powered with Milwaukee Tool’s M18 battery line, but it can also use 120v power run from an extension cord.  This technology is not new, but this technology in a light this versatile and bright is.

When the light is first picked up, the weight of it is surprising.  There is some beef to the light, cooling fins, roll cage and head rotation system.  As a note when un-boxing this unit, be sure to remove the plastic cover on the lens of the unit.  We missed it on the first use and there was no harm done, but it is pretty clear and hard to see.

Features

  • 20% Brighter than 500W Halogen Flood Light
  • Three light output modes for optimal brightness and runtime
  • High Mode: 3,000 lumens for up to 2 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Pack
  • Medium Mode: 1,500 lumens for up to 4 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Pack
  • Low Mode: 650 lumens for up to 8 hours with M18 XC 5.0 Pack
  • High Definition Output with true color, even beam, and natural light
  • Dual Power Source: M18 or Corded
  • Light Head rotates 240° with positive stops
  • Three integrated keyholes for hanging horizontally or vertically
  • Durable Roll Cage protects light head

Trueview

Milwaukee_LED_Flood_2360_RollcageWith almost all LED lights, we recommend that you never look directly at them.  This one is no exception because on high the flood light is putting out 3,000 lumens.  Our shop is 2,992 square feet and this light was able to put out enough light on one side of the shop for me to walk around with enough light to see exactly what we was doing.  That is simply amazing!  This light could easily be the single source of light for people working in a basement or crawlspace.  The downside that we mentioned earlier, do not look directly into the light.

Milwaukee Tool has tagged this as a Trueview light.  Trueview is a term for Milwaukee Tools to describe what they call “best in class” light quality with a true representation of colors and details.  So for an electrician, it would mean that the light would not distort or change the color of wires.  Pink would be distinguishable from red just as if it was daylight.  This ability to have a light that is comfortable to use and allow users to be able to discern colors is important on the jobsite, but also nice for other uses as it does not stain your eyes.

To get a bit more technical on Trueview we have to look at a color rendering index.  This is a measuring index that describes the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects in comparison with an ideal or natural light source.  The highest score is 100, and would only be given to a source identical to standardized daylight.  Most LED lights will fall in the upper fifties and lower sixties, but Milwaukee’s Trueview products reach the mid-eighties.

Best Milwaukee Flood Light to Date

Milwaukee_LED_Flood_2360_LightWhile there are varying abilities of each work light, for general use, we believe this to be the best general purpose work light that Milwaukee Tool has produced to date.  The build quality of the light is excellent.  The three modes offer a wide variety of lighting and battery life.  If needed, this light can be used all day long with the use of an extension cord and an outlet.  The 240 degree swivel head and the ability to hang this unit on the wall allow the use of this light in many places and positions.

Overall, Milwaukee hit all the main items needed in a spectacular work light with this unit.  Even if you are not an owner of a single Milwaukee M18 battery, we would highly suggest this light as a corded work light for most uses.  From unlit jobsites to outdoor adventures, we will have this light at our side.

 

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