New Member Building A New Shop
Hello. I'm new here and a refugee from WoodOnline, which is closing next week. I was a host there for nearly ten years back in the 90s and on. I was also the forum administrator/moderator for the Ryobi Tool Forum before it was withdrawn. I am building a new shop in the basement of our new home. I had to pack up my old 12'x12' shop of 30 years in our old home. The new shop is also in the basement, but is 12'x22' this time. It will be laid out pretty much like the old one with a few changes to fix things from the old shop. Right now, I have the walls framed and am in the process of wiring the shop for power and lights. One of the big changes in the new shop is LED lighting. I am using 17 daylight "60 watt equivalent" (5000K) LED GE Bright Sticks arranged in three rows down the length of the shop with four 75 watt track mount floods on a separate switched line for color balancing during finishing. The middle LED row is centered in the 12' wide shop and the outer rows are 3' on either side, staggered from the center row. Spacing is such that if you draw a 4' diameter circle around each fixture, the circles will just touch each other. Two of the LEDs are positioned directly over the work bench at the end of the shop. The floods will cover the middle 3/4qtrs of the shop floor, but they are aim-able in a 360 degree horizontal circle and 90 degrees up and down. The ceiling of the shop is 7' from the floor. That's a gotcha you get with a basement shop. The LED light fixtures cost $4.50 each with the bulb. I found the LED bulbs on sale for $1.50 each. The 17 LED bulbs cover everything in the 12'x22' shop and there's no shadows no matter where I stand. The four 75 floods mute the daylight bulbs and provide a raking light for finishing. It will get better when the walls are painted CHB (Chicago Home Builders white), but that will be awhile. The cost was 1/3 of what seven LED tube lights would have been and a bit less than seven fluorescent fixtures would have been.
I've gone out to find myself. If I return before I get back, have me wait for me.
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