$2 Shop Improvement

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Blog entry by Chris Moellering posted 10-04-2013 06:35 PM 6512 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m at the grocery store this week and I walk past the light bulbs. I stop and look…

I come home with 2 200 watt bulbs and replace the 2 75 wat bulbs in my garage/workshop.

Wow. I feel like I’m on stage now. Can see everything nice and clear. Even if it’s warm enough to have the overhead door open, I feel well let in contrast to outside.

Wish I had done this months ago!

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 10:24 PM

Seeing well is always a good thing!

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 01:10 AM

Great idea, keeps the fingers intact also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 02:19 AM

Unless these are CFLs rated to the equivalent of 200w you might not want to do that. 200w can have an incredible draw that the outlet isn’t designed to deal with. The ceramic and plastic sockets that screw into most basements are only meant for 60w at most and with most light fixtures 100w is pushing it. If you look at the wiring for a spotlight you’ll see much thicker gauge wiring to deal with the extra draw. You also may want to watch how hot they get as well.
HD and Lowes both carry 150 and 200w equivalent cfl bulbs that put out an unbelievable amount of light and only draw about 30-40w and put out less heat.

-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 02:38 AM

Like derosa said you might not want to do that. I have set up my whole basement/shop with CFL’s. I run the Daylight CFL’s in 100w and lovem. I wired in extra sockets and an extra circuit just for lights so now I have double the sockets. The amount of light they put out is great. They are equivelant to 23w each so I did not have to upgrade to heavier wiring and a larger capacity sockets.
If you decide to switch to CFL’s I recommend the Daylights. I was fortunate and found a store locally that had them special for $.99 ea. So I stocked up and pretty much switched out the whole house with them. Bought enough to do the house and still have about 25 more…......
Just my 2 cents…..

-- Brock, Illinois

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