Photolysis of complexes of the type M(2)(CO)(6)(RC(5)H(4))(2) (where M = W, Mo, Cr and R = H (Cp) or CH(3) (Cp')) leads to the production of short lived 17-electron radicals. Direct electrochemical characterization of these intermediates has been achieved using a technique known as photomodulated voltammetry (PMV). The results from PMV analysis are in excellent agreement with literature estimates for CpMo(CO)(3)(*) and CpCr(CO)(3)(*). However, CpW(CO)(3)(*) is found to be shifted oxidatively 115 mV relative to previous literature estimates. The change in the value for the tungsten complex changes previous estimates to the bond dissociation energy for tungsten metal hydrides by 3.0 +/- 0.9 kcal/mol. Lifetime information on the radicals is also reported based on the phase shift of the electrochemical signal observed by PMV under limiting current conditions.