The test pro­ce­dure

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Product Test -

It would be straight­for­ward to com­pare the in­spec­tion lamps and head­torches based on their spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Data con­cern­ing lu­mens out­put (bright­ness of the light pro­duced), how long a battery lasts and how long it takes to recharge could eas­ily de­ter­mine the best prod­ucts. Add the re­tail price into the mix and the win­ners and losers would be easy to spot, but there’s one ma­jor point miss­ing: us­age.

So we vis­ited our lo­cal garage and handed over all the in­spec­tion lamps to an MOT tester. We gave all the head­torches to a cou­ple of me­chan­ics and left them to com­plete a va­ri­ety of jobs in­side en­gine bays, un­der­neath ve­hi­cles and in­side whee­larches. Their real-life com­ments were in­valu­able be­cause they brought up is­sues we hadn’t con­sid­ered, such as the ease of switch­ing a light on and off when wear­ing oil­cov­ered gloves (es­pe­cially im­por­tant with a head­torch). They found that some lights dimmed af­ter an hour, de­spite the spec­i­fi­ca­tion quot­ing sev­eral hours of battery life.

Mag­netic backs and bases on the in­spec­tion lamps were put to the test with some in­ter­est­ing re­sults, ques­tion­ing whether some of the prod­ucts had ever been tested on a ve­hi­cle be­fore be­ing launched.

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