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Apr 16, 2018 - 10:26:46 AM
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rudy

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12747 posts since 3/27/2004

Anyone on the fence about going to LED shop lighting take note...

I installed these 5000 lumen 4K bright white color LED shop lights to replace existing florescent shop lights and can report the difference as nothing short of stunning!  The run about $30 per fixture so are pretty economical considering the replacement costs of standard bulbs.  It's also very interesting to walk in when the shop is COLD and have full brightness lighting immediately.

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:49:46 AM

2282 posts since 2/18/2009

The light and the lighting look great, good for you. Back in the fall I went from 6 CFL bulbs to 6 LED bulbs in the shop and it is much brighter. I'm sure that with the long bulbs the difference would be even greater, I just have 6 of the screw-in type of fixtures in the ceiling. I also have LEDs in a couple of little gooseneck lamps that I move around where they're needed, but I still have an incandescent bulb in the drill press, I don't know if the vibration would harm an LED and I don't have it on for very long at a time.
Zach

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:50:05 AM

409 posts since 8/7/2017

As I get older, I need more light. Thanks for the recommendation, Rudy.

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:24:28 AM
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RioStat

USA

4568 posts since 10/12/2009

We jut switched from fluorescent to LED in the lab where I work, and yes, it is almost hard to describe the unbelievable difference.

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:25:25 AM
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706 posts since 12/8/2014

I've replaced my 4' bulbs in the laundry fixture with LEDs and the difference is amazing. Each bulb had its own, built-in power unit. My neighbor, an electrician, just hard wired the fixture, threw out the ballasts, and snapped in the bulbs. He said the bulbs will last longer than I will. Comforting! Regards, Dave L.

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:36:37 AM
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rudy

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12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

The light and the lighting look great, good for you. Back in the fall I went from 6 CFL bulbs to 6 LED bulbs in the shop and it is much brighter. I'm sure that with the long bulbs the difference would be even greater, I just have 6 of the screw-in type of fixtures in the ceiling. I also have LEDs in a couple of little gooseneck lamps that I move around where they're needed, but I still have an incandescent bulb in the drill press, I don't know if the vibration would harm an LED and I don't have it on for very long at a time.
Zach


I also switched to the LED replacements for the 60 watt incandescent bulbs in all the power tools.  No problem at all with the bulbs, they seem quite robust and the bright white color is much easier to see with.  I waited until the price dropped to a couple bucks each.  When they first came on the market they were something like $20 a bulb so the cost/benefit ratio wasn't there yet. 

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:54:15 AM

1632 posts since 1/10/2004

I'm replacing everything with LEDs as they fail, once my incandescent stash started to dwindle and the LED prices have finally come down. I get 20 year LED bulbs at the dollar store for $2.50 ea. and wonderful bright light. My old 8' florescent lights in the shop are pretty meh, and I always hated CFLs for the house and refused to use them.

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:53:43 PM

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I changed all of my shop light to LED lights and all noted a dramatic improvement in visibility. As the bulbs in my portable lamps burn out I am also replacing them with LED lights.

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:35:48 PM

1832 posts since 1/21/2003

Rudy, awhile back I did exactly what you did in the small work area in my garage with the same results. I had already begun replacing the bulbs inside the house and everything is much brighter. Highly recommended,

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:41:10 PM

6818 posts since 1/7/2005

I picked up a fixture similar to the ones you show for my shop a few months ago. It was about $30 from Costco. It has an added feature of a motion detector that turns it on instantly if you enter the room. And it turns itself off shortly after you leave. A truly excellent light.

DD

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:49:54 PM

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Good lighting, a tool that we don't see if we don't have it.  smiley

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:25:03 PM

454 posts since 7/30/2012

I recently rewired my garage, and I've taken the opportunity to redo all the lights to LED as well. I'm very happy with the results!

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:35:04 PM

Kimerer

USA

853 posts since 2/17/2006

I have replaced every CFL in the house with LED bulbs. Then, I took all of the CFL bulbs to the recycling center and got that HAZMAT out of my house. There is no point in waiting until the old bulbs burn out or break. We are all LED now. Marvelous technology. No mercury. Instant light.

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:51:18 PM

3652 posts since 11/29/2005

What changes had to be made to make the switch? I have a 4' fluorescent fixture in the Master BR walk-in closet that I am getting ready to replace. It would be great if I could just switch bulbs, but I expect there is more to it.

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:48:47 PM

blm10jn

USA

598 posts since 10/28/2010

I made the change back in November. Made a big difference in the big shop so I put LEDs in the basement work space. I am happy.

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:56:57 PM

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I wanted better lighting over my work bench and put in some LEDs. Man, what a difference! The light is so much whiter! Now I really want an LED bulb in the light on my bandsaw, but also wondering if they can handle the vibration. 

Edited by - Quickstep192 on 04/17/2018 18:57:57

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30:27 PM
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rudy

USA

12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Quickstep192

I wanted better lighting over my work bench and put in some LEDs. Man, what a difference! The light is so much whiter! Now I really want an LED bulb in the light on my bandsaw, but also wondering if they can handle the vibration. 


LED lighting is all solid state, no delicate gas-filled tubes, so you shouldn't run into any problems.  I have two small gooseneck spots that I added to my band saw years ago when I first got it.  They shine on the work area from each side of the blade.  I put LED bulbs in both spots and they work fine.  I think the LED bilbs I use are something like 13 watts, and produce the equivalent light of a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

I have the same bulbs in my stand grinder and drill press and I haven't noted any problems there, either.

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:37:08 PM
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rudy

USA

12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by banjo_brad

What changes had to be made to make the switch? I have a 4' fluorescent fixture in the Master BR walk-in closet that I am getting ready to replace. It would be great if I could just switch bulbs, but I expect there is more to it.


There are two ways to swap out your lighting.

1. Replace the entire fixture

2. Use your old fixture, but this requires a bit of work.  You remove (or bypass) the original florescent ballast, swap a few wires around, and replace all four sockets with new ones that are designed to hold the retro-fit 48" LED tubes.

Unless there's a specific reason for keeping the old fixture I'd always opt for replacing the entire fixture.

Option #1 isn't all that difficult, but I worked with electricity and electronics for 30 years as a vocation so my thoughts might be colored by that.

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:48:50 AM

3652 posts since 11/29/2005

Thanks, Rudy. I worked in telephony & computers for my first career, so I'm not afraid of a little work, but, the littler the better now-a-days.

I'll need to do some measuring to see if I need to repaint the ceiling, first.

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:22:45 PM

KCJones

USA

325 posts since 8/30/2012

You can also buy LED tube bulbs that go right into your existing ballast. No rewiring necessary.

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:25:14 PM
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rudy

USA

12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

You can also buy LED tube bulbs that go right into your existing ballast. No rewiring necessary.


That's great. I have not seen those replacement bulbs.  The only downside would be that the ballast would still be converting a portion of the electrical energy into heat, so that would be wasted energy in most cases.

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:54:05 PM

3652 posts since 11/29/2005

I'll look for those first. Thanks, Steven.

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:29:37 AM

1532 posts since 2/16/2017

I swapped out my regular incandescent bulbs in the basement/shop with these LED units a couple years ago.  They screw in like a bulb and make an absolute world of difference.  They can be found at the box stores or online.  Can’t remember the make on them.

 

I still have a number of 48” fluorescent tubes down there including over my bench.  I wasn’t thinking about replacing them until this thread…

 




Apr 19, 2018 - 4:01:49 PM

Kimerer

USA

853 posts since 2/17/2006

I searched for a fixture like that and did not find anything. Can you remember the name of it or where you got it? It looks like just the ticket for over my bench.

Thanks

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:15:03 PM
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rudy

USA

12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Kimerer

I searched for a fixture like that and did not find anything. Can you remember the name of it or where you got it? It looks like just the ticket for over my bench.

Thanks


HERE is the first thing that popped up with a Google search.

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:41:14 PM

Kimerer

USA

853 posts since 2/17/2006

Hmmm. I guess it depends on what you use for search terms. I should get some remedial Google training.

I have a 100 Watt equivalent bare bulb over my bench now, so this would probably not provide any brighter light.

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