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Old 09-24-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
 
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We are planning a new generally open concept shop, specs are 50x60 feet with 16 foot ceiling. What walls we will have will be 8 footers and open on top. I'm wanting to come up with a pendant lamp to provide task lighting. Anything I have found is either way out price wise lets face it we are looking at installing between 15 and 20 of these and 80.00 to 300.00 each is a tad high, so I'm hoping for a creative yet unique cost effective solution. The planned shop is for wide format printing, lamination and plaquing. we could possibly offer this as a contest of sorts with a print or plaque as the prize lets hear some thoughts, ask away.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illumination_(lighting)

Is color temp. important for this appl'n.?
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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Since you can buy fluorescents in all shapes and sizes you could design the housings yourself and build them to your spec. The sky would be the limit as to what you build. Not only would you have a unique design, you would own it.
Also look into LED.

Note: I do not recommend you build the fixture itself. This would remove the UL listing for the fixture. Try to find suitable constructed fixtures you can redesign for your particular interests. Good Luck.
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I would recommend that you look into using T-5 SHO linear fluorescents for such a project.

You can mount them high on the ceiling, or hang `em with jack chain for specific task lighting.

You should expect to pay $100-150 for each fixture, including lamps and accessories. But the amount of useful light and serviceability you get would be well worth the expense.

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You can get cheap fluorescent tube fixtures (shop lights) at discount stores. I think I have seen some 4 footers for around $10. These have electronic ballasts and I have had problems with these going out in under a year.

I like the old fashioned heavy ballasts which last many years. Fixtures with these would be more expensive, but you might find more reasonable prices at an electric supply (where electricians shop). Should be much cheaper than a lighting fixture store!

Or buy the cheap electronic ballast fixtures, then replace the electronic ballasts with the old fashioned kind as they go out.
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Those cheap fixtures are not worth the time/trouble or money. Nothing but problems can result. You get what you pay for.

Using them all day long will only result in you being left in the dark at the times when you need light the most.
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I found a site being renovated
They had stacks of 4' T-8 fixtures they were getting rid of
I picked up 6, all my SUV could carry & all I needed at the time



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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave View Post
I found a site being renovated
They had stacks of 4' T-8 fixtures they were getting rid of
I picked up 6, all my SUV could carry & all I needed at the time
Yes.
This is a country of waste.
You should see the perfectly good, expensive, wood that is trashed. Breaks my heart.

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I "found" eight, 8 foot, 2 tube fixtures for my 20x40 shop! My only cost was some romex and one new ballast, they had tubes plus extras!
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