The Philips brand launched into the workshop lighting sector a decade ago, having extensively researched what workshop professionals needed by way of lighting.
The range of Philips lights for the workshop has long included a headlamp – in addition to the Philips penlights, handhelds, multi-unit systems, under-bonnet and stand lights.
Lumileds, who are responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing all of Philips Automotive products are constantly researching the market and developing new products – the latest of which is the new Philips HL22M motion-sensing, rechargeable headlamp
In fact, the capacity and versatility of the HL22M is huge for such a small unit – and it is packed with useful features.
The HL22M offers a bright, clear white light of up to 6500K and performance of up to 300 lumens.
In real terms this means that it can illuminate objects up to 70 metres away.
It has three different light strength settings, 50, 150 and 300 lumens, so the user can vary the amount of light on offer dependent on requirements.
The HL22M has a wide, 110-degree beam angle and the light module itself can be tilted through 45 degrees, ensuring light is available exactly where it is needed.
The HM22L offers a motion sensing mode, which is triggered by waving the hand in front of the unit.
This means no fiddling with the switch – the user can turn it on and off, when desired, with a simple motion, so they don’t have to put down a tool, or remove working gloves in order to turn the light on.
It is vitally important that a workshop light is capable of being used for long periods throughout a working day and the HL22M delivers around three hours of use on full power and as much as 12 hours on less powerful settings, all from a single charge.
Recharging, which is done via any Micro-USB charging connector, is rapid, taking only three hours to fully charge the unit.
The Philips HL22M is extremely durable.
It is both dust and splash proof, and the casing has been built so that it is strong enough to withstand the sort of knocks that are commonplace around the workshop.
It conforms both to the IP 67 standard for resistance to liquids and IK07 for impact resistance.
It also has a comfortable anti-slip headband, and is provided with extra clips, in different colours, to offer a little individual style and to make one unit instantly distinguishable from another.
Richard Armstrong of Lumileds said: “Headlamps are always popular among workshop lights as, of course, they allow a technician to work hands-free and still focus light exactly where it is needed and this ease of use is, of course accentuated by its motion sensor switching.
“With the HL22M it really is a case of great things coming in small packages.”