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Need more shop light for tired old eyes! What kind are you using?

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I am leaning toward the 8' high output with the single-pin ends to make bulb changes a snap.

 

If you are happy with your shop lights please tell me full details!

 

Thanks,

Dave

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im looking at the new led lights very clear light from them, right now im using compact florescent incandescents in swing arms and a 48 inch dubble fixture over the main bench thats the grind shop the forge is all compact florescence ill switch to led hopefully before winter as the compacts take a bit to come up to full brightness but i dont want the light to bright or to white less i have to reteach my self the forge colors again

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I have the eight foot overheads, and I put full-spectrum daylight (6500 K) tubes and cold start ballasts in them. Very clean white light. But, as Brandon noted, I had to readjust my eyes to the new forge colors. Only burned up three hawk heads in the process...

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I've had it with flourecent tubes, they tire my old eyes as they do flicker...never noticed it until I was given a 5 watt led, now my vice work is a pleasure, and I can keep at it a lot longer! And in the event of a power failure (common here!) I can hook up to a 12 volt battery...useful! So I'll be fitting my shop out with them!

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my workshop lighting is entirely LEDs, but that's because I'm off grid and strip lights don't play well with battery banks or generators :( Mostly I work by daylight courtesy of a lots of skylights in the roof, it does mean that the leds are pretty rubbish until it gets properly dark outside though. LED spotlights are great and i have them set up above machines, they work well even if its a sunny day :)

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Sunlight in the windows, good old incandescents throughout the shop, and 2 4-foot flourescents (one I had to learn to wire up myself) over the workbench. And the glowing light of my forge! So...pretty much whatever I can get my hands on.

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LED shop lights and four hallogen spot lights one in each corner of my shop can get a bit warm but its not to bad makes it look like high noon at midnight

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So- here is what I ended up with. I have 6 of these in my 20 x 30 shop and used the Phillips super-daylight bulbs. Way more light than before and easier to see flaws and scratches. These exceed my expectations.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-Industrial-6-Light-High-Bay-Grey-Hanging-Fluorescent-Fixture-IB-632-MVH/202193185

 

Dave

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