If you are hosting a barbecue event, you are probably going to need a grill. This helps cook your meals outdoors. However, seeing as though the lighting conditions may not always be ideal in your backyard, you are better off investing in a grill light. These attachments come in handy when darkness starts to creep in. From what we know about barbecue events is that they tend to extend into evenings. Besides if a few grown-ups are involved, nobody wants to go back to their homes at the first sign of darkness. Often the best grill lights can be attached to the body of a grill for the optimum lighting vantage point and can be the reason your party keeps going.
Also, with the business competition nowadays you can bet that there are quite a number of grill light options available. As such, choosing a product for you may not be as easy as grilling that burger. You have to see if the construction of the light is durable enough. Here, you will likely see two options in the making of the lights, namely aluminum and fiberglass. Additionally, the power supply of each device determines how long it can stay on. Remember you want a tool that you can use in almost any situation and so the position and orientation of the bulbs may be worth looking into. Also, how does the gadget attach to your grill?
With most of the information about these gadgets available on the internet, countless hours have been spent checking and verifying information about particular models from manufacturer websites. Vendor sites also played a significant role in authenticating claims, primarily due to the reviews and comments section. What you get from these endeavors is a table of grill light options as well as a section for the analysis of products. After that, a buying guide suffices which consequently makes it almost impossible to make the wrong purchase.
You are better off noting that most grill lights will be priced between ten to thirty dollars with a few exceptions. This item falls on the higher end of that range and so could be one of the pricier models in the market. What you get with the purchase is a two-year warranty along with a few useful features. One impressive one is the magnet base. More often than not, grills are going to have at least a few metal parts. You thus do not need to drill holes for attachment to the grill as long as the magnet is powerful enough to hold on to the surface of the grill. Also, if attaching to a magnetic surface is not an option, the clamp then comes into play.
Additionally, you get a long gooseneck that holds the light up. This part is adjustable so you can get close to a particular piece of meat or you could elongate the device to provide even lighting. Where powering the device is concerned, you need at least three AAA batteries. The first batch of these is included in the package. Nevertheless, you should have a spare set handy just in case the first one gets drained as you are cooking.
Also, despite being thin, the device ranks high on the durability chart. This is due to the aluminum construction that also happens to be weatherproof. As such, the only thing stopping you from cooking in the rain is the grill going off or your food getting soggy.
The FIREOR Barbecue Grill Light is another option that is remarkably similar to the Yukon Glory Bright, and Durable Magnetic LED Grill Light featured as our editor’s choice. Among the key differences is the light head. This model features a round head with nine LED lights incorporated. Where the device gets similar to its predecessor on our list is with the inclusion of a 360-degree gooseneck that makes it a versatile tool. You can rotate the device up, down and sideways to get a better lighting point.
Another similarity you are likely to take note off is the magnetic base. While this makes the device ideal for a metal grill, it does also make it usable in a couple of other scenarios. One is where you are trying to study and have no other light option. Another is where you are working on a project in your garage and need a close-up light. consequently, it would be a waste to only store it close to your grill. Carry the device around with you as there are bound to be some situations where the light may become a lifesaver.
Unfortunately, there is no clamp for situations where there is no metal surface to attach the device on. The aluminum alloy construction of the device is a plus as it ensures the light’s longevity. Consequently, the FIREOR bbq grill light can withstand extreme heat conditions and harsh weather. Even though this is a much cheaper option, you still get three AAA batteries to start you off. The total life expectancy of the device is 100,000 hours. However, the warranty is not as impressive, only giving you a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The IMAGE Magnetic Ultra-Bright Barbecue Grill Light is another variation of the magnetic grill light. You can get this product for a little under 15 dollars, and it represents an affordable option as well as excellent value for money. Apart from your barbecue at night, you are bound to find a few other useful applications for the device where the only requirement is for you to find a place to position the device. The gadget has 360-degree lighting capabilities as you can tilt the head whichever way you want, letting you angle the beam according to the shape of your grill or according to your intended use scenario.
Where the magnesium alloy chassis comes in handy is in ensuring the device works even when heat levels rise. As you are no doubt using it around a fire, the temperatures can rise quickly, and that may cause other tools to malfunction. Nonetheless, this won’t be the case for this light. Additionally, the device is weather-sealed against the elements. That way it doesn’t suffer from periodic corrosion caused by sunshine or droplets of rain.
Another useful feature is the two lighting modes for the LEDs. These are the 50% and 100% lighting options. Just like the image provided suggests, these devices come in two packs. To power up these devices, you might need three AAA batteries that you will have to buy elsewhere. You would be wise to be sure of the magnetic properties of your grill before deciding on the purchase of these gadgets. Some aren’t magnetic, and as such, the purchase would be wasted.
Our next option, the RVZHI Barbecue Grill Light, is the first non-magnetic base light on the list. You will also see a lot of firsts with this device in comparison to the other ones previously mentioned. For starters, the construction is entirely different. While other models include aluminum construction, this one features nylon glass fiber.
Nonetheless, this is not to mean that the device is any less durable. It seems that it holds its own rather well in extreme heat situations and even has some light weatherproofing. As such it can bear with a bit of rain before you have to change your grilling station.
From the 10 LEDs provided, you can pretty much light up the whole grill. Of course, you have to find a suitable spot to attach the grill that the clamp can attach on. Often this is the grill handle, but if you can find a better vantage point, then you can use it. This device makes it challenging to change batteries due to its weather sealing. You have to unscrew the case for the battery compartment then screw it back in when you are done with the replacement. The manufacturer even provides you with a screwdriver for this purpose.
The light head tilts and rotates so that you can position it for optimum lighting purposes. In addition to that, the manufacturer realizes that regular buttons may provide a way in for water droplets. As such, they have incorporated a touch button to turn the device on or off.
In comparison with the rest, the Light Accents Barbecue Grill Light is priced a bit higher with a tag of over 20 dollars. This is only for the one-pack whereas you can opt for a two-pack as well. It is expected that if you choose the two-pack option, the cost of owning the device will go up. Surface attachment is limited to a few areas on the grill due to the clamp. However, with the grill handle available, this is no cause for worry. The clamp on the device swivels 180 degrees, and in addition to that, the light head can rotate a full 360 degrees ensuring your light is directed where it is most needed.
Also, the device incorporates both aluminum and plastic in its construction. It as well has an IP44 rating which is fancy talk for weather resistance. The 10 LED bulbs on each of these gadgets require 2 AA size batteries to power them up. These are not included with the initial package, and so you will have to buy them as well.
This is a more traditional style grill light that attaches to the grill handle. It is also capable of lighting up the whole grill surface from a single point. If you are wondering how to attach it to your grill the device clamps in place and it is recommended that you use your grill handle for this purpose.
Also, while most of the body is made of polycarbonate, some elements like the clamp are made from aluminum which is a sturdier material. You can expect this light to give you service for about 100000 hours. Couple that with the auto shut-off feature and you have a device that will serve you for a long time to come. Where the batteries are concerned, you might have to buy 4D batteries as additional accessories. This puts a pricier dynamic on an already expensive device. Also, with such a price tag, it would be difficult to make a case for purchasing the product if it wasn’t weatherproof.
The cordless grill light you get with this device is designed more like a flashlight. The spatula, of course, comes with the purchase and the light integrates seamlessly with it. Once you attach the light, you will be able to easily see the meat you are grilling as well as turn it at the same time. However, the spatula and light are detachable since one of these will be coming into contact with food. As such, you will be able to clean it regularly in the dishwasher without worrying about the light’s integrity.
The light, on the other hand, is powered by AA batteries which are included with the initial purchase. Also, you don’t have to keep the light on for the whole grilling period. You can turn it on only when you need to see how well your food has cooked and where you need to flip it. This makes the 20000-hour bulb life seem even longer.
Where you feel that picking out a model is a rather complicated process, you will be glad to know that you can make it simpler. All you need is a list of key features and to understand what they mean. Once you have them down, you will be able to use them to see the viability of each model for your needs. If a device has all the features you need, and at a reasonable price, you should buy it without hesitation. Nevertheless, life is rarely that easy. You either find a good combination of features with a high price point or an affordable price point with missing features.
You will thus have to decide which is more important for you between features and pricing. Also, it is vital to rank features according to their importance in regards to your situation. This way, you decide beforehand which features are optional and which ones are a must. Such information might help eliminate countless options, and that will make selecting from the few that remain inherently easier.
What is the device made of? This is a question that you have to answer if you are going to determine the longevity of a particular tool. Some of the tools available are made of aluminum alloys like the FIREOR Barbecue Grill Light. These are considered to be sturdier and have better weather and heat resistance properties. They thus have a high likelihood of lasting longer and that in itself is one reason to buy these products. You will also not need to look for another model for a while to come, which helps save money.
Other construction materials are also used in the making of these devices, and they include fiberglass as well as plastic. Plastic devices are, of course not as sturdy and may take damage easier.
The Yukon Glory Magnetic LED Grill Light, as well as a few other options on our list, use AAA size batteries to power up. These are rather common and as such easy to get. You might also be served better by a rechargeable light as that would remove the cost of buying batteries altogether. We currently don’t feature any of these on our list, but they are available. Other models like the Handle-Mount Grill Light use 4D type batteries. Availability of batteries is a crucial factor, and if you can’t find the ones you want in your home vicinity, you are better off choosing another type of barbecue light.
Price has always been an important factor and one that you will need to take into account as you make the purchase. Fortunately, most of these lights fall within the affordable range. The Handle-Mount Grill Light is an exception and one that will cost you a pretty penny. As such, you have to think about the value for money that you are getting. If you feel that the extra money is worth spending for the features, then go ahead.
Also, pay attention to warranty details. Some devices come defective from the manufacturer. With a warranty, such a thing is easily corrected with the only cost being time. However, if you are past the warranty date, repair or replacement will cost you more. As such, more extended, more comprehensive warranties are ideal.
The Yukon Glory Magnetic LED Grill Light is an ideal light for any cooking situation. The gooseneck is rather long and seeing as though it rotates you have more options as to where to put the device. This is emphasized by the clamp mechanism in addition to the magnet base. Consequently, this is one of the more versatile tools on the list and all at a reasonably affordable price.
You also don’t have to worry about money if you pick the FIREOR Barbecue Grill Light. The device is durable and easy to use. It comes with a couple of features that encourage you to purchase it. Among them is the gooseneck that gives you positioning freedom. Another plus is the magnetic base. Perhaps where this tool falls short is by excluding a clamp. Nevertheless, the low pricing makes up for it.
The Yukon Glory Magnetic LED Grill Light is also a solid choice. You get enough light and a durable, weather-resistant body. If you can get past the process of replacing batteries, there is no reason not to pick this model. Grilling shouldn’t only be a daytime activity. Pick a model from the above options and extend your cooking into the night.