Ridgid has been hitting the market hard with new lights and new solutions for the job site. We all know what it’s light when you trying to work and you just don’t have enough light. It’s enough to dry you crazy. So far, the new Ridgid lights have been awesome. They have been tough, very bright and we are seeing great run times with their 18V lights. So today we are going to show off yet another light from Ridgid, the Ridgid 18V Hybrid Upright Area Light. This light may remind you of another light out there, but we feel this one is much better. So let’s jump into the Ridgid Hybrid Light Review model R8694820.
You may notice this light has a very unusual design to it. In fact, it reminds me of a toy I had when I was a kid. It was a clown punching bag. When I punched it, it would hit the ground and always come back up so I could beat it again. Well actually I think I lost a couple of fights to it, but I think you get the point. This light is designed the same way, but without punching it. If you accidentally knock the light down, it will come right back to the up right position. Personally, I think this is a pretty cool idea. The Ridgid Hybrid light is an upright area light which does a great job by shining light in all directions. The light is diffused, so it’s a soft light and not one of those glaring lights that blinds you. Ridgid designed this light to produce 1,000 lumens, which is pretty bright. While the lumens is impressive, it’s not the most impressive feature of this light. What I found impressive is the ability to run up to 75 hours on a single charge using a Ridgid 5Ah battery. Of course, this is on low.
To turn the light on and off, there is a dial towards the top of the unit. This is the same dial you can also adjust the brightness from low to high and everything in between. OK, maybe I lied. While I find the run time to be awesome, the coolest feature of this light is the ability to run it off a battery or an outlet. In order to run this light off a battery, just open up a compartment door which is located in the center of the light. Here you will also find a smaller door to plug your extension cord into the light and run it off 100v. For those who love to use the light and charge a battery, sorry you are out of luck. This unit will not charge you battery while plugged into the light.
The whole light seems very durable and solid, so I don’t forsee any issues with it breaking easily on any job site. A cool item they designed into this light is an integrated cord wrap. So if you do have an externsio0n cord and are planning on power the light with the cord, you can always wrap the cord around the light so they are always together.
Bottom line, this is a great light. With 1000 lumens and the ability to run up to 75 hours on a single battery is pretty awesome. With a lifetime warranty, it’s hard to go wrong. Now this light isn’t for everyone, but those look for a nice solid, dependable light, this would be a great option.