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Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1295345
Fri Jan 18 2019 10:59 PM
Fri Jan 18 2019 10:59 PM
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klhansen  Offline
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Eagle River, Alaska
Andy
The ones I got just directly replaced the tubes. No ballast removal at all.

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Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1295379
Sat Jan 19 2019 04:33 AM
Sat Jan 19 2019 04:33 AM
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Grigg  Offline
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Posts: 8,954
Lexington, VA
If you have T5 fluorescent don’t buy new fixtures.

Many of the new “LED” fixtures are same old fluorescent fixtures simply without any ballast.

If the LED tubes you choose will operate without a ballast, most will, then you’re better off sniping out your ballast and wiring direct. You don’t need to physically remove it if you don’t care to.


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
---All pictures---
"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1295536
Sun Jan 20 2019 01:53 PM
Sun Jan 20 2019 01:53 PM
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Paul_WNC  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 2,456
North Carolina
Hey all,

Thanks for the great input on the LED lights. Good to hear that those that have made the switch are happy with the light quality produced from the LED style bulbs. I went to our local Lowes yesterday in attempt to see some LED shop lights on display. Unfortunately in spite of the giant size of the store, they had little LED shop light inventory and no working display. They were not cost competitive with online vendors either. As of now, I believe my choice of direction is to replace all of the old fixtures with ones that are designed to function with LED bulbs as my existing fixtures are the simple (cheap) units that hang from a chain. The problem is that I have (16) - two bulb fixtures so it will cost a bit to make the change. You all have equipped me with much more information and resources to study, now all that is needed is some comparison shopping. Thank you to all that have responded.

Paul

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1295580
Sun Jan 20 2019 06:48 PM
Sun Jan 20 2019 06:48 PM
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Grigg  Offline
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Joined: May 2005
Posts: 8,954
Lexington, VA
Do your existing fixtures have 4’ bulbs? If so probably don’t have to change the fixtures.


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
---All pictures---
"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1296460
Sun Jan 27 2019 05:24 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 05:24 PM
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52Carl  Offline
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Posts: 7,962
Virginia
Where do you find type B bulbs? Home depot and Lowes only carries type A, which only work with the ballast connected. I currently am steadily having more and more ballasts going out on me.
I like my fluorescent lighting just fine. Multiple failing ballasts, not so much.

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1296468
Sun Jan 27 2019 05:50 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 05:50 PM
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sstock  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,225
Gig Harbor, WA
Carl, you will like the instant bright when turning the LEDs on.
A buddy of mine just put some on the wall to help with painting the sides of his car, he was more than happy with the amount of light a definite plus over the fluorescent lights.

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Grigg] #1296497
Sun Jan 27 2019 09:14 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 09:14 PM
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Grigg  Offline
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Lexington, VA
Originally Posted by 52Carl
Where do you find type B bulbs? Home depot and Lowes only carries type A, which only work with the ballast connected. I currently am steadily having more and more ballasts going out on me.
I like my fluorescent lighting just fine. Multiple failing ballasts, not so much.

Originally Posted by Grigg

These bulbs, https://www.prolighting.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=GL07103-2M
We chose the 4000 instead of the 5000 because the softer (less blue) seemed better...
These bulbs wire from one end or both, direct wired 120V or with existing ballast. Keep it simple and more efficient by direct wiring them, from one end.



1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
---All pictures---
"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1296504
Sun Jan 27 2019 09:45 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 09:45 PM
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52Carl  Offline
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Posts: 7,962
Virginia
Thanks Grigg!

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1296508
Sun Jan 27 2019 10:03 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 10:03 PM
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Grigg  Offline
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Lexington, VA
You’re welcome, and try this.
7% off coupon code GARAGEJOURNAL


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
---All pictures---
"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1296608
Mon Jan 28 2019 03:24 PM
Mon Jan 28 2019 03:24 PM
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VEW  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 678
VA
I put the FEIT LED's in my shop a couple years ago. Started with just two and then just kept adding them because I "saw the light". I've got them everywhere now. A tube in two of the fixtures failed several months ago. I didn't think they were supposed to do that. They are self contained, so not replaceable (they say). Anyway, I contacted FEIT just for the heck of it. Their rep confirmed that my thinking was correct. They asked where I got them (Costco), how many I have, and asked for my address. They sent me two new ones ----no charge!


Victor

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55 Grumman Kurbside (Doughboy) 235/3 on tree w/ OD
57 3100
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