PDR Lights are one of the most important tools for the PDR Professional. Whether you’re chasing Hail storms or running a route, you can’t fix what you can’t see. A good, quality PDR Light can make all the difference to bringing the repair back to new condition. Here you will find some useful information about both Portable PDR Lights and Large Hail PDR Lights.
Portable PDR Lights
Portable PDR lights come in sizes from less than 10 inches long, up to 20 inches long. They are easy to move and typically mount to the vehicle using a suction cup. Pro PDR PDR lights, Elimadent PDR lights, Stuckey PDR lights and Ultra Dent Tools PDR lights are some of the more popular brands, although there are several others in the marketplace.
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Several PDR light companies design their lights to work with compact batteries, specific to their light. These batteries are typically very compact, lightweight and cost effective.
“Power Tool” Batteries
Several PDR Lights use power tool batteries as a power source. Dewalt, Makita and Milwaukee are the most common brands of batteries available. These batteries are useful if you already own and use these batteries for other uses.
Cigarette (12V) Plug
Large Hail PDR Lights
Large Hail PDR lights are typically 36 inches to 48 inches long. They are great for viewing large sections of the car for PDR repair like complete roofs or entire doors. Most Large PDR Lights mount to a portable light stand with various, flexible connections to enable the technician to position the light for their best view of the area to be repaired.
Pro PDR and Ultra Dent Tools PDR lights are some of the more popular brands of Large Hail PDR Lights, although there are several others in the marketplace.
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Traditional Collar (Pro PDR, Dead-On-Dent Tools)
Extendable End Mount (Pro-PDR)
Never-Loose Magnetic Collar
There are several things to consider when selecting a light stand.
- Can the light stand support the light and position it where you need it (keep in mind the roof height of a lifted, 4×4 truck)
- How easy is it to adjust and lock the stand into position to prevent needing to adjust the stand? What about locking wheels to keep the stand in place?
- Is the stand durable and built to withstand moving around a parking lot, garage or transport
- Is weight important, especially for air travel and packaging?
- Do I want to match my company branding with a great color?
An AC-DC Power converter can be used to power the light if properly sized for continuous use. The AC-DC Power converter (think computer power supply) is plugged into wall outlet power and converts the power to 12V to power the light. A 12V, 10amp power converter will typically power 3 strips on a 46 inch light. Consider a larger size if powering more strips at one time.