I’ve been accused of overkill when it comes to lighting. Yes, I like a LOT of light- it makes almost any job in the shop easier and more enjoyable (even if it’s just looking for that open end wrench you can’t find). When it comes to reloading ammunition proper lighting becomes a safety issue. Spotting a squib (no powder) load or a double-charge could save you and your gun from major damage. So for a long time, I’ve wanted a better on-press lighting solution and now I’ve found it: the UFO Press Lighting System from KMS Squared! Let’s check it out.
*Note- after installing the small zip ties, you’ll see a separation of the vertical run of the LED strip from the press frame- I noticed this later, and after pressing it back down, it stayed adhered to the press.
What’s In the Box
With each UFO lighting kit, you’ll have everything you need to install the lighting system on your press, including surface prep supplies and mounting hardware. Here’s what “in the box”:
Pictured above: (starting at top, clockwise)
- Packaging (Hornady Lock-N-Load AP UFO lighting kit shown here)
- 12V 1A AC Adapter (120V AC)
- Inline switch
- LED assembly
- Scotchbrite pad, alcohol wipe, zip ties, zip tie mounts
As you saw in the video, installation takes only about 5 minutes, and when you turn it on for the first time it may be a good idea to wear sun glasses. That’s my kind of lighting!
UFO Press Light In Use
Yes, it’s bright- but how does it change the reloading experience? It’s amazing. I’ve resorted to bore lights, hand held lights, and even head lamps in an effort to more effectively check powder levels when reloading. This new light is a game-changer. For everything from setup to loading, this is going to be a great benefit for both the reloading experience, and for safety.
The picture above shows what you see when looking at the die stations- you don’t see the “bare bulbs” of the LEDs when reloading which is good because they could be distracting. It’s like taking your press out into the daylight, but not having any shadows. Pretty amazing.
Here you can see what a first-person powder check looks like for 22 Nosler (yes, that’s coming to UR!). 22 case mouths are particularly challenging for powder checks because of the small diameter- but you can see here just how easy it is to see the powder granules (Varget shown here) when reloading:
I’m glad I got the KMS Squared UFO press light kit for my Lock-N-Load AP- in fact, I’m thinking to upgrade quite a few presses with this light kit. David from KMS Squared makes the following kits:
- UFO Press Light for the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP (shown in this article)
- UFO Press Light for the Dillon XL-650
- UFO Press Light for the Dillon RL-550
- Universal Press Light
Look for more KMS Squared features and deals coming up!