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post #1 of 7 Old 03-04-2018, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Lighting Upgrade

Amazing what a little extra light will do for an old mans eyes.

Finally did an upgrade in my shop to T8 LED Lights.
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I replaced all the T8 fluorescent tubes in my shop (~40) with Hyperikon LED tubes a couple of years ago. No regrets at all. I especially like the fact that they come on right away when the shop temp is in the 30s as it is often in the winter. And I don't mind that I use 1/2 as much electricity.
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Rick, I'm going to use that photo to light my shop!! LOL! Looks nice.

We actually have plenty of light with 7 four-lamp T8 fixtures in three zones in a two car garage/shop. But when the box of extra tubes run out I may consider going to LED.

Did you use Daylight or Bright White LED's?

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Rick, I'm going to use that photo to light my shop!! LOL! Looks nice.

We actually have plenty of light with 7 four-lamp T8 fixtures in three zones in a two car garage/shop. But when the box of extra tubes run out I may consider going to LED.

Did you use Daylight or Bright White LED's?

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I used daylight LEDs because I wanted as "natural" color rendition as I could get. I have several task lights over tools like drill press, router table, and miter saw, that are "Bright White" or warm white LEDs and they look positively orange by comparison. But task lighting isn't color sensitive so I'm not worried about it.
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Gotta love the LED lighting options we have now. I did my new shop with 17 10 watt (60 watt eqv.) Daylight GE BrightStiks (no longer available as GE went out of the lighting business), and I can see clearly now. SWMBO says the shop looks like the Vegas strip, but I can see lines on boards and that's what counts. It'll be even brighter once I get the walls and soffets painted white like the tool cabinets.
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My double car garage only has 2 single bulb light fixtures about middle of the garage. Bought 2 screw in fixtures each had places for 5 LED bulbs in them. Purchased the LED light bulbs..best memory was when all 5 are on it's less than 60 watts. Light went from dark to light by just screwing in light bulbs and the 2 fixtures. Then over the double garage door I hung a Lowes LED series string that cost about 60.00. All already wired I just used cable ties and tied them to existing shelving and garage door brackets they hang and are meant to hang. Kind of like contractor temporay lighting in a work area. Work great. When all the lights are on they are still less than two 60 watt bulbs but the lumens are so great there are no dark places in my garage. Best thing I bought next to the Dust Deputies as far as shop improvement.

One do something simulair by screwing in several double light bulb double slots into these fixtures. It's a bit more in price than the one fixture that puts out 5 bulb sockets. Add in the LEDs and the garage will go from Dark to LIGHT!
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