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Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297138
Fri Feb 01 2019 05:06 AM
Fri Feb 01 2019 05:06 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,969
Virginia
Thanks Grigg. I placed my order before I saw your discount code. Oh well.
I got the bulbs, bypassed the ballasts and put the bulbs in place. Got light and no fire. Woo hoo!
I went for this change over to avoid the crappy ballast issue that I have had on a continuous basis. These bulbs are less expensive than new LED fixtures and less work to do the change over than to change out entire fixtures.

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297153
Fri Feb 01 2019 01:32 PM
Fri Feb 01 2019 01:32 PM
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Apache1  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 299
Whitwell, TN
WalMart>they sell a 4' LED plug and play fixture that has plenty of lumens. No bulbs to contend with. I had a 30 x 30 garage built recently and wanted something other that the same old run of the mill fluorescent tube style lighting. Never liked the fact that when the gas got cold during the winter months they performed poorly...but to mention they are phasing out tube fixtures.
No ballast to fool with...light weight...extremely bright...in fact don't look directly at one or you get that camera flash in the eye effect.

19.00 bucks + tax ea. Operating for a year now w/o issue.

Worth checking out

Last edited by Apache1; Fri Feb 01 2019 01:34 PM.

1959 Apache 3100 Fleetside SWB Resto-Mod



Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297189
Fri Feb 01 2019 10:54 PM
Fri Feb 01 2019 10:54 PM
HandyAndy  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 605
SE Iowa
I have a 4' fluorescent light fixture over my workbench in the garage. It was getting difficult to start with this cold weather and always seemed kind of dim to me.

Today, I headed out to one of the big box stores and bought a couple type B LED T8 replacement lamps. I removed the ballast and re-wired the fixture as per the instructions. The new LEDs are 2200 lumens and 4100K cool white. What a tremendous difference the LEDs make.

Thanks for all the great information. Let there be light!


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297195
Fri Feb 01 2019 11:26 PM
Fri Feb 01 2019 11:26 PM
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mick53  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 397
northern Indiana
My friend installed them in his shop. They make his radio buzz. I have LED's pointing on my polishing machine and they make my radio ear muffs buzz.


Old enough to know better, too young to resist.
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297199
Fri Feb 01 2019 11:53 PM
Fri Feb 01 2019 11:53 PM
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Apache1  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 299
Whitwell, TN
There is one unusual occurrence that I never experienced using these LED fixtures. When the 5hp Air comp cycles on the lights go into what I suppose can be referred to as stroboscopic effect. Its hard on the eyes so much I turn out the lights when working in the shop during the day. My sky lights afford me that. Don't know if it alters the incoming 100 amp service from the main house or what. Alters the cycles, frequency issues, etc. I was told by the electrician who wired the new garage its a common problem with LEDs and its not a safety concern. So I guess I live with it while using my air tools. :>(

Last edited by Apache1; Fri Feb 01 2019 11:57 PM.

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Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: HandyAndy] #1297207
Sat Feb 02 2019 12:33 AM
Sat Feb 02 2019 12:33 AM
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52Carl  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,969
Virginia
Originally Posted by HandyAndy
I have a 4' fluorescent light fixture over my workbench in the garage. It was getting difficult to start with this cold weather and always seemed kind of dim to me.

Today, I headed out to one of the big box stores and bought a couple type B LED T8 replacement lamps. I removed the ballast and re-wired the fixture as per the instructions. The new LEDs are 2200 lumens and 4100K cool white. What a tremendous difference the LEDs make.

Thanks for all the great information. Let there be light!

Hey Andy,
Which Big Box store? Lowes and Home Depot don't carry type B around here.
Carl

Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297211
Sat Feb 02 2019 01:05 AM
Sat Feb 02 2019 01:05 AM
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Lugnutz  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,761
South Carolina
I bought 3 sets of these for the shop.LINK HERE
The “built in switch” is actually a corded switch. You can link them end to end, link with cords, or use as a single light. Enough cords for each light if you want to have a switch for each light.
I use them over the workbench and tool boxes. I have some mounted along the wall for side lighting too. I am very happy with how easy they are to install.

Last edited by Lugnutz; Sat Feb 02 2019 01:11 AM.
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: 52Carl] #1297268
Sat Feb 02 2019 02:56 PM
Sat Feb 02 2019 02:56 PM
HandyAndy  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 605
SE Iowa
Originally Posted by 52Carl

Hey Andy,
Which Big Box store? Lowes and Home Depot don't carry type B around here.
Carl


Carl,

It was Menard's.

Sylvania 48" 32W White Equivalent Linear Cool White Ballast Bypass T8 LED Light Bulb


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams
Re: LED Workshop Lights? [Re: Paul_WNC] #1297372
Sun Feb 03 2019 02:38 AM
Sun Feb 03 2019 02:38 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,969
Virginia
I was gonna guess Menard's. They aren't out this far east. They seem to be centralized in the sod buster region of the country. smile

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