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dulmer 12-08-2008 08:03 AM

Shop lighting
I am currently building a workshop 24'w x 38'l. It is 11'6" floor to ceiling. Any recommendations for lights? I would like to have lights that I don't have to wait on to warm up....


bradnailer 12-08-2008 11:08 AM

My shop is 21' x 36'. I installed eight 4' two light flourescent fixtures but am disappointed with the amount of light they provide. Before I drywall the ceiling, I will probably either replace them with 8' fixtures or add a few. I will also install some task lighting over my work areas. The main reason I installed the fixtures I did was because they had sealed covers and since I do woodworking even with my dust collection system and an air filter, unsealed fixtures get covered with dust over time.

DangerMouse 12-08-2008 11:20 AM

i also have flos in my shop/shed, but also added a 500w halogen work light over the bench where i work most of the time. when you need it, dangit, it's BRIGHT! lol just my .02


J. V. 12-08-2008 12:51 PM

I always use 8' florescent fixtures in shops and unheated garages. You can use high output fixtures, but they are expensive and so are the lamps. I have the regular 8' ones in my basement. 6 to be exact. Placed strategically for best performance, like over work benches ect... I keep a case of lamps on hand too.

DangerMouse 12-08-2008 12:57 PM

expensive? i got 4 500w halogens at a BB store for 59 cents each on a sale! and they're normally not much more than a dollar...... and the fixtures are around five bucks.
for short times at the bench, it rocks! =o)


220/221 12-08-2008 01:45 PM

6 or 8 Eight foot, two lamp fluoreacent strips will light the hell out of it.

For the most efficient use, place the fixtures directly over your dedicated work space. If the whole place is work space, space them evenly.

Although covered fixtures keep out some dust, the lenses block a LOT of light. If you have a compressor, just blow them off once in a while.

Paint walls and ceiling a light, reflective color, Floor too if you can. It will make a huge difference.

Although quartz halogen floodlights are cheap to purchase and throw a LOT of light, they are hot as hell and WILL start a fire. It says right on them "not to be installed indoors".

bradnailer 12-08-2008 02:31 PM

220/221, you are correct, part of the problem in my shop is that I haven't drywalled the ceiling and it currently has only craft colored insulation looking down. So, I'm not getting any reflective value from the ceiling. Same same with the walls.

So, is your screen name from Mr. Mom? "ya gonna wire it 220", "220/221, whatever it takes."

DangerMouse 12-08-2008 03:04 PM

mine is mounted in a case 6" away from the rafter and there is nothing within 5 feet in any direction, so i'm not too worried.... they also make floor models for indoor use,
and there are bulbs up to 2000w for indoor use as well. =o)


ACB Electric 12-08-2008 04:29 PM

8' HO 2 tube strips, I have 8 of them in a 24 x 30 building, ceiling is painted high gloss white, and it is as bright as can be.
you may want to check into using T5 Ho's, they are supose to be more efficient energy wiseand they are bright, but they are more costly, would have to weigh out the value for the energy savings

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