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  1. TK1299

    TK1299 Look at the members Premium Member Established Member

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    I have been looking at what lighting to install in my newly built shop. I know I want to go LED, but I'd like to know if anyone has knowledge of which is the best to get.
    I've been considering these:
     
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    ElectraLED - Efficiency at the speed of lightâ„¢

    We use the Total Eclipse 24vdc versions of these at work. They are excellent and very cost effective (10% of the cost of the "industry standard" LED bar). I have 6 in a box that I'm planning on installing in my garage at the detailing bay.

    Also, can you repost your link?
     
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    I have 8' florescent everywhere. As each ballast fails, I have ripped it out, and installed an 8' LED. Point of the reference, when adding some fixtures, I chose to buy new 8' florescent fixtures and remove the ballasts and install an 8' LED "tubes". I liked the idea of a consistent look, and the idea of a replaceable lamp (note many LED fixtures are non serviceable).

    EDIT, now seeing your picture, you are going to want a high bay fixture that uses a clear LED element with a silver reflector. They offer more light over the frosted. The frosted lamp is better when the fixture is lower, and you need the light to be more diffuse.

    Our other building (not the one with the 8' fixtures) has high bay T8 florescents with the reflectors (built several years ago, a bit before the LED dominance). The height, and reflectors are key.
     
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    My shop is by no means that size, but it's about 22x24. When we bought the home, the previous owner was a car guy. It had 6 4ft 2 and 4 bulb fixtures wired up. All fluorescent.

    I had a few bulbs go out in a few months, and I started looking around. Turns out Philips makes an LED replacement compatible with the ballast. So no need to remove it/mess with anything. Just stick the bulbs in, and go. It's nice because should something happen, I can replace them. Cost was very effective as when I first purchased them they were on sale for 20 bucks for two packs of four (read 8). But when it came time to finish replacing all of them, they had dropped to five dollars for a pack of four, and have remained there.

    Excellent color/light output, no buzzing, very substantial drop in our power bill, and overall i'm happy. My entire house is LED now.
     
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    Look into 5k and above fluorescent bulb systems, I.e., daylight bright.
     
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    I upgraded to led in my garage with these.




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    Ah ok. Ya we have a large shop (4 bays) and currently have 8 florescent lights. Since LED was not big in 2009 we installed florescent. Two per bay and each bay on its own switch. Also added a drop down light per bay because of high ceilings the light is just not enough.
     
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    I highly recommend giving this thread a look through, the first post is kept up to date.
    The Best Light Fixture Ever! - The Garage Journal Board

    I am putting 8 2 bulb fixtures in my 24x22 garage with plastic diffuser covers since my ceilings are only about 9ft. I'm going with 4ft t8 ballast bypass 5000k led's. This should get me 80 lumen/ft. of very even light.
     
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    with your ceiling height I would think you need LED high bays. I'll see if I can find the brand we ended up using at work and in our personal shop
     
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    I plan on doing that in the next few months.
     
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    It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I even had my daughter rewire one of them.
     
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    This is the only guy I trust with my electric and lighting questions.

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    I've started replacing my T8 fluorescents with Hyperikon 4000k frosted tubes. So far I'm very happy with them. I have to replace the "tombstones" on the fixtures but rewiring is very easy.

     
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    I believe what we are using are 200 watt UFO high bay lights and they're great. At first you kinda go "wtf, this is too bright" but you get used to it pretty quickly. Our electrician said several places asked them to install dimmers but after the first week every time they go back they always have them all the way up.
     
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