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I have seen some handy man workers have a portable light projector for rooms/areas with poor lighting. What is the name of such a light as I am interested in buying an affordable one.
Googling for light projectors or similar gives night lights for the bedroom or reading lights

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  • Maybe try to edit your question and explain and give more information. Most handymen use work lights for more light, but do not think this is what you want or either holiday light projectors.
    – crip659
    Aug 17 '21 at 11:17
  • @crip659: instead of a flashlight I have seen a big square lamp placed on the floor that is very luminous. I don't know what's that called
    – Jim
    Aug 17 '21 at 12:56
  • That is a work light, usually made a bit tougher than a regular floor/desk lamp, and usually able to be much brighter(also use more power). Usually halogen and can put out a lot of heat.
    – crip659
    Aug 17 '21 at 12:59
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    The word "projector" is what's throwing you off. Most search results for "projector" will get you something that you plug an HDMI cable in so you can show a movie on the side of the barn. You could use it for lighting up a work area (just display a picture of a snow man on a snowy hill in a blizzard), but they're rather expensive and full of very fragile electronics and not really designed for a work area.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17 '21 at 13:09
  • I use an old bed sheet. Should I get a barn?
    – jay613
    Aug 17 '21 at 14:16
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Sounds like you want a "work light". Don't use "projector" in your search, that will get you lots of other things but not what you want.

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  • Is the lumens or the Watts what is important to understand how bright it is when choosing one?
    – Jim
    Aug 17 '21 at 12:57
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    More lumens equal more brightness/light and usually more watts. Different types of lights, LED,CFL, halogen. LEDs usually more light for less watts/power.
    – crip659
    Aug 17 '21 at 13:06
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    @Jim incandescent bulbs were always rated in watts - the more, the brighter. Now that incandescents are an endangered species, bulbs are usually rated in lumens (which is probably a more accurate rating). Again, the more the brighter. I will caution, though, that too bright a light can make it difficult to work. For example, in my crawlspace, too much light on the work area creates very harsh shadows and any area that's in shadow is essentially blackness because my eyes adjust to the brightness of the lit area.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17 '21 at 13:07
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    Cost is totally off-topic - it varies from day to day and location to location. How bright is too bright is also up to you. It can also depend on the tasks that are to be accomplished. I've got 6 x 5000 lumen overhead fixtures in my garage, but this is broad area lighting. It works well for me but my eyes are getting a little tired. In the dark crawl space, that would be way too much. My suggestion is to buy something cheap and see how you like it. If it works, job done, if not, buy another and/or better one.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17 '21 at 17:02
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    @FreeMan: Thank you for your help and explanation
    – Jim
    Aug 17 '21 at 18:16

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