Tool Review: Ledlenser AF4R Work Area Light

June 6, 2024
Reviewed by Jaime Lazarus, retired technician from Ocala, Florida.

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Q: How did the tool function as far as saving you time?

A: Having a well-illuminated work area is vitally important from a safety standpoint and is important when considering job completion time. The Ledlenser AF4R Area Light will help save time when the technician has the ability to change not only the work environment’s illumination level (brightness), but its light color as well. 


Q: How has using this tool impacted your shop’s profitability? 

A: The Ledlenser AF4R Area Light is portable and cordless -- or corded -- which means the tech doesn’t have to waste time stringing extension cords, finding a usable power outlet, etc. (affecting job completion rates). The amount of area the light covers far exceeds most other work lights, so fewer are needed for the same work area (decreased lighting investments). 

Q: What kind of setup was involved before using the product? 

A: Minimal setup was involved. All I did was charge the unit completely the night before using it for the first time. 

Q: How easy was it to use? 

A: I’ll admit, I eventually read the manuals that came with it, but only to ensure I wasn’t missing any features. It’s very easy to use. 

Q: How was its packaging? Did it come with any accessories?

A: The Ledlenser AF4R Area Light was packaged in a way that ensured an undamaged product was delivered to the end user. It comes with an AC power supply and a USB-C to USB-C cord. There are several optional accessories that were not included in this package but could be purchased separately. 

Q: Was there a manual included? If so, did you use the manual, and was the manual easy to understand?

A: Yes, a manual is included, which is actually a large piece of paper folded 7 times, that has pictures of the product’s use that describe various functions. It was easy to use.

Q: What features did you like? 

A: Where do I start? I liked the ability to adjust the color temperature, as well as the light intensity, so that when I have different lighting needs I can easily adjust the lamp to meet my needs. I like that the magnetic handle will not just “fall off” any ferrous material you place it on. The magnets are strong enough to hold the lamp even if bumped! The battery life is extraordinary. The controls are well thought out. The handle swivels, as does the directional light output. 

Q: What types of jobs/repairs did you use this tool for?

A: I used the lamp in my unlit attic first, just to get used to it. Then I used it during the whole time I was replacing the four lamps in my utility room. I had no qualms about using it in either case. I think it would be an ideal fit in a paint/body shop environment where color matching is so critical. 

Q: How does this tool compare to other tools you’ve used like it? 

A: This Ledlenser AF4R Area Light operates much cooler than tripod-mounted halogen lights I've used, has more light output adjustments, and can operate either by its own battery power or connected to a wall outlet power supply. 


Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this tool overall? Why? 

A: Quite frankly, this light is so easy to use and understand, I’ll rate this Ledlenser AF4R Area Light a 10. With all the engineering put into this lamp (it has water resistance, too!), I see there was considerable thought prior to bringing the product to market. 

About the Author

Jaime Lazarus

Jaime Lazarus retired in 2020 after 41 years in the transportation repair sector. Throughout his career, he filled such positions as “lube tech", mechanic, technician, shop-owner, inventor, automotive technologies instructor, and published author. Also known as “The Car Whisperer”, he was widely diversified in automotive diagnostics. Lazarus focused his career on emerging automotive technology, recognizing early on that the biggest challenge for automotive repair technicians is diagnosing electrical systems and electronic components. He was a four-time certified ASE Master Automotive Technician that had held the L-1 (Advanced Engine Performance) certification since the test's inception.   

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