Skip to main content

Tired of crappy work lights, a former auto mechanic designed a big-ass solution

big ass light bar work porsche repair
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If you go through work lights that break, wear out, or just don’t do the job, listen up. Big Ass Solutions, the parent company of Big Ass Fans, has a work light with no compromises. The Big Ass Light Bar, currently on an Indiegogo campaign, was built to handle the toughest, nastiest, dirtiest, and most demanding jobs you’ll ever have. Designed specifically to withstand the challenges faced by mechanics, contractors, truckers, oil rig workers, and first responders, the light can also meet the needs of auto enthusiasts, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Big Ass Light Bar’s LED lamp has six brightness settings from 80 to 5,000 lumens and a right-angle light so it can illuminate an entire room. The light’s high-capacity battery lasts for 48 hours at the dimmest setting and 90 minutes turned all the way up, according to the company. An octagonal-shaped body prevents it from rolling away when dropped, and if you do drop it, the light takes a lot of punishment.

The body is made from extruded aluminum, high-quality polymers, resins, and rubberized components that can take hard impacts, dust, grime, and chemicals. The Big Ass Light Bar has an IP66 wet rating, which means you can scrub it, hose it, and use it in the rain.

Big Ass Light Bar - Final

The work light is a labor of love for Big Ass Solutions employee Keith McKay who was an auto mechanic for seven years before joining the company to work in sales and business development. Apparently, McKay landed in the right environment to solve a problem he knew about from his former career.

“Task lighting was a constant source of problems in the shop. Typical flashlights and LED wands aren’t bright enough for detailed work, and plug-in work lights have limited mobility and create tripping hazards,” McKay said. “All of them are so cheaply made, they break the first time they get dropped, or when they get covered in dirt and grease.”

After six months of talking with customers about their work light needs, McKay and some of Big Ass Solutions’ engineers took on the project, bringing it from concept to working prototype as a side gig in about two years.

The Big Ass Light Bar will launch in early 2017 with a list price of $500, including a battery charger and a carrying case. The company is running the Indiegogo campaign to get feedback and to boost interest in the final product. Funds from the campaign will be used to make any final changes and to kick off production. Pre-orders and volume orders on Indiegogo will have discounts from 15 to 45 percent.

Bruce Brown
Digital Trends Contributing Editor Bruce Brown is a member of the Smart Homes and Commerce teams. Bruce uses smart devices…
Best Ring deals: Save on Ring doorbell and Ring alarm bundles
Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring is probably one of the most well-known brands and one of the best video doorbell brands on the market, so it would make sense if you want to get yourself a Ring camera, especially if you're in the Amazon ecosystem. Luckily, there are a lot of options out there, whether you want a video doorbell or floodlight security camera deals, and while not all of them have deals, you can always find something refurbished or in a bundle that should save you a bit of cash. That's why we've gone out and collected the best deals we could find for various Ring product and collected them below. Make sure to compare these with the similar Google Nest deals.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (refurbished) -- $58, was $90

The Ring Stick Up is a good security camera for indoors or outdoors. It can go almost anywhere, and allows you to hear and speak to people on camera from your phone or tablet. You can customize the motion sensors to focus on specific areas of your home, and it has a Live View that allows you to watch over your home in 1080p Full HD resolution at any time. It even works with Alexa, allowing you to hear audio announcements when motion is detected. The Ring Stick Up sets up in minutes and it charges easily with a removable battery pack. This is a great option if you’re looking for something capable but versatile.

Read more
Robot vacuum deals: Roomba, Shark, eufy and more
iRobot Roomba 694 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum cleaning up spilled cereal.

It can be disheartening to come back home and have to deal with cleaning up a whole apartment, especially if it's been a very long work day. Luckily, robot vacuums can come to the rescue, and while even some of the best robot vacuums won't fully clean your home, a lot of them can handle dirt and other reasonable messes on the floor. Since the robot vacuum market has boomed in the past few years, there are a lot of great options out there; it can be a bit hard knowing how to choose a robot vacuum. That's why we've gone out and collected some of our favorite robot vacuum deals and collected them all here to make it easier for you. We have the big names like Roomba deals, as well as some smaller robot vacuum brands. If you have areas of your house that a robot can't reach, such as staircases, check out general vacuum deals and cordless vacuum deals too.

Ionvac SmartClean 2000 -- $69, was $129

Read more
Best Treadmill Deals: Get fit from the comfort of your home from $270
NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill

Cardio exercise is probably one of the most important to keep you healthy, and one of the best ways to do that is with a treadmill. Of course, there is a huge variety that you can go for, with everything from under-desk treadmills to high-end NordicTracks being available. While there are a lot of options, and some are quite expensive, we've gone out and collected our favorite treadmill deals that we think will give you the most bang for your buck. That said, if you don't quite find what you're looking for, be sure to check out these alternative fitness deals, such as NordicTrack deals and elliptical machine deals.
Costway 800W Folding Treadmill — $270, was $310

This one is a bit smaller in size (and can get even smaller by folding) but if it is the right size for you then this could easily qualify as your personal best fitness deal of the moment. The Costway 800W Folding Treadmill has a running area of 39 x 14 inches and a weight capacity of up to 220 pounds. If you can fit it, you'll enjoy its LCD display, where you can find out information like your heart rate, current speed (this treadmill goes up to 6.5 MPH), total distance, and calories burned.

Read more