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  • #254717
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    My T8 bulbs need replacement about every 18 months or so if you want to keep them in top shape.

    Yer right about them yellowing, I was so surprised last year of the difference when I had to replace a couple tubes.

    Guess the yellowing kinda creeps up on you. I have some pretty old tubes, guess I’ll check them out.

    Yes it does, I painted my shop brilliant bright white gloss. It was the brightest whitest color I could find, I get a lot of nice reflection from the lights anyway but man I had no idea they were so yellowed.

    #254725
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    Same with my shop. Highgloss “bone” It was insane for the first couple of years and then it just sorted died off.

    Then my first bulb went after about 5-6 years and the light went off… Literally.

    the bulbs are yellowed and lost a ton of their lumen.

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #291813

    I remembered this thread when I saw both TIA and Toolguyd mention the infamous Big A Light:

    http://toolguyd.com/big-ass-light-garage-led-fixture/
    http://professional-power-tool-guide.com/2015/03/big-ass-light-best-shop-light-ever/

    John S

    #291929
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    The BA lights are just so expensive.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #291935
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    The BA lights are just so expensive.

    Way overpriced in my opinion.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #292035

    The BA lights are just so expensive.

    Way overpriced in my opinion.

    Especially since it seems like there are other LED options out there for $50-100 each, so you could have a much wider spread of light for the same price. I would bet the technology continues to improve in quality and also comes down in cost, so this sort of high quality light may not be too far off from being more affordable.

    John S

    #292084
    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    we have flourescent lights in our shop and white paint on the walls.. its much much brighter than our old shop which was one of those metal hanger style buildings

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #292095
    woodman_412
    Moderator

    I had T8 fixtures in my shop and I painted the ceiling a cream colour to give a warmer feel to the shop and the walls were wood. All the windows provided a lot of light but even at night just the lights provided plenty of light.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #294527
    woodman_412
    Moderator

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains. I picked one up and hung it in my basement shop space tonight and I’m really happy with it so far. Great light output, really light weight and costs next to nothing to run. Also no worries about bulbs burning out or ballasts going kaput. It’s light enough and easy enough to transport that I think I’m going to take it with me when I need lighting in another space that I’m working in. If you’re looking for a shop fixture these seem to be great.

    As you can see in the first pic it puts a good amount of light onto a work surface. As it turns out, an MPT is the perfect work surface for assembling a Bosch router table 🙂

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #294598

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains.

    From your pic it really looks like a solid option.

    I had T8 fixtures in my shop

    Back then, what made you pick the T8 over T5s?

    John S

    #294607
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains. I picked one up and hung it in my basement shop space tonight and I’m really happy with it so far. Great light output, really light weight and costs next to nothing to run. Also no worries about bulbs burning out or ballasts going kaput. It’s light enough and easy enough to transport that I think I’m going to take it with me when I need lighting in another space that I’m working in. If you’re looking for a shop fixture these seem to be great.

    As you can see in the first pic it puts a good amount of light onto a work surface. As it turns out, an MPT is the perfect work surface for assembling a Bosch router table :)

    Looks like it has good light output.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #294662

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains. I picked one up and hung it in my basement shop space tonight and I’m really happy with it so far. Great light output, really light weight and costs next to nothing to run. Also no worries about bulbs burning out or ballasts going kaput. It’s light enough and easy enough to transport that I think I’m going to take it with me when I need lighting in another space that I’m working in. If you’re looking for a shop fixture these seem to be great.

    As you can see in the first pic it puts a good amount of light onto a work surface. As it turns out, an MPT is the perfect work surface for assembling a Bosch router table :)

    Looks like a good find for some light .

    Always willing to learn .

    #294699

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains. I picked one up and hung it in my basement shop space tonight and I’m really happy with it so far. Great light output, really light weight and costs next to nothing to run.

    Thanks for that info @woodman_412 I need something like that. It looks like the fixture is one strip of LED lights with the fixture about 4″ wide. I am curious if they are made wider with another row of LEDs. We have a Costco under construction in our community. Can’t wait for it to get done.

    #294768
    woodman_412
    Moderator

    woodman_412 wrote:
    I had T8 fixtures in my shop
    Back then, what made you pick the T8 over T5s?

    John, that was what my electrician had spec’d so that what I went with. To be honest I didn’t really think too much about it at the time. I was really happy with the fixtures though, they gave off great light.

    I need something like that. It looks like the fixture is one strip of LED lights with the fixture about 4″ wide. I am curious if they are made wider with another row of LEDs. We have a Costco under construction in our community. Can’t wait for it to get done.

    Lon, I might pop the cover off later to see what’s inside for LED’s. They didn’t have anything wider at Costco but I’m sure something would be available somewhere else.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #294776
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Dan, that is exactly what I am looking for. Do you remember who made them? price? What about the light compared to a regular fluorescent fixture?

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #294789
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    Dan, that is exactly what I am looking for. Do you remember who made them? price? What about the light compared to a regular fluorescent fixture?

    HD has a 4 ft led shop light for $50. With 3200 Lumens

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-4-ft-LED-White-Shop-Light-54103161/205331022

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #294801

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OM8XVMA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I bought this one but….you actually have to modify the shop light and direct wire it into the supply by getting rigid of the ballast. It didn’t say this when I bought it on the original post but for the price I’ve decided to keep it. I will buy a new shop light and remove all the innards to get this guy going but for the price it ain’t a bad option. When I finally do it I’ll post pictures but I just put in the last Freau light in my shop and really like them.

    #294803

    We were at Costco today and I noticed they have LED shop lights that are sort of the LED equivalent to the 4′ fluorescent plug in shop lights that you hang on chains. I picked one up and hung it in my basement shop space tonight and I’m really happy with it so far. Great light output, really light weight and costs next to nothing to run. Also no worries about bulbs burning out or ballasts going kaput. It’s light enough and easy enough to transport that I think I’m going to take it with me when I need lighting in another space that I’m working in. If you’re looking for a shop fixture these seem to be great.

    As you can see in the first pic it puts a good amount of light onto a work surface. As it turns out, an MPT is the perfect work surface for assembling a Bosch router table :)

    Boy oh boy Dan, can’t wait to see that table up and running!!!! Thanks for the lighting tip too on the paint.

    #294818
    woodman_412
    Moderator

    Dan, that is exactly what I am looking for. Do you remember who made them? price? What about the light compared to a regular fluorescent fixture?

    Bill, it’s made by Innova and it puts out 3150 lumens. Costco has it for $55 which is pretty decent when you compare fluorescent fixtures plus bulbs.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #294837
    TimelessQuality
    Pro
    Central America, (Kansas)

    I’m finding LEDs a little too blue for my liking… Maybe I haven’t tried the right ones yet.

    I put LED in some 6″ cans in the kitchen I’m working on.. They grey color that the HO picked for the walls turned almost purple in the LED light.. 🙁

    --Steve

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