LumberJocks

New lights for my shop

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Walt posted 02-20-2019 11:19 PM 418 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently got tired of the buzzing and flickering of the shop lights I had in my shop. After some research I settled on LED shop lights from Amazon. They look like regular shop lights but are at least three times brighter. Installation is a breeze you install one and then plug it in all other lights plug into the preceding one.on the circuit . I have five lights mounted on the ceiling on both sides if my shop and one over my lathe, and one over my table saw. All these lights use less electricity than one of the older lights.

If you are planning new lights for your shop take a look at Amazon search for “LED SHOP LIGHTS” you will be amazed how reasonable they are. Six lights were less than $200.00 . New fluorescent shop lights are approximately $40.00 each.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://[email protected]



13 comments so far

View fivecodys's profile

fivecodys

1371 posts in 1934 days


#1 posted 02-21-2019 12:20 AM

I did the same thing Walt except mine came from COSTCO.
I have 9 of them now. I can only daisy chain 4 of them together (per manufacturers specs) but I love them.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

View Walt's profile

Walt

260 posts in 3136 days


#2 posted 02-21-2019 02:03 AM



I did the same thing Walt except mine came from COSTCO.
I have 9 of them now. I can only daisy chain 4 of them together (per manufacturers specs) but I love them.

- fivecodys


I too only daisy chain four . The way the old lights were tied into the wiring made it possible to convert those junction boxes to receptacles . They all are controlled by one switch at the entrance to my shop. One switch and my shop is lit like daylight. Best improvement I made this year.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://[email protected]

View mike02719's profile

mike02719

80 posts in 4083 days


#3 posted 02-21-2019 02:09 AM

Youtube has a video that shows how to convert fluorescent fixtures to LED for cheap money. It looks easy and I agree with you, it is the way to go and you can use your existing fixtures. I will do this the next time a ballast fails.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

View Jokker78's profile

Jokker78

145 posts in 1995 days


#4 posted 02-21-2019 03:37 AM

I did the same thing but mine came from Sam’s. 33$ each. I went this week to buy more. They were sold out. I have 8 in my shop. I wanted to add about 7 more.

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

View Walt's profile

Walt

260 posts in 3136 days


#5 posted 02-21-2019 12:44 PM



I did the same thing but mine came from Sam s. 33$ each. I went this week to buy more. They were sold out. I have 8 in my shop. I wanted to add about 7 more.

- Jokker78


I just found the receipt from the first and I paid $189.00 for six (31.00 each ). They are worth every penny. I have never had so much light in my basement shop. I have on Windows only a sliding door that is located on the north side of the house and under a wooden deck . Now inside is like daylight.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://[email protected]

View wncguy's profile

wncguy

429 posts in 2610 days


#6 posted 02-21-2019 02:49 PM

I am trying to get more light over the work areas in my shop in the garage.
10’ 6” ceiling height.
Do you think that these lights would still give a good amount of light for that height?
Thanks

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

14258 posts in 4395 days


#7 posted 02-21-2019 02:53 PM



Youtube has a video that shows how to convert fluorescent fixtures to LED for cheap money. It looks easy and I agree with you, it is the way to go and you can use your existing fixtures. I will do this the next time a ballast fails.

- mike02719

I did this in my garage and it was pretty easy. I got the stuff on amazon.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Jokker78's profile

Jokker78

145 posts in 1995 days


#8 posted 02-21-2019 03:02 PM



I am trying to get more light over the work areas in my shop in the garage.
10 6” ceiling height.
Do you think that these lights would still give a good amount of light for that height?
Thanks

- wncguy

My ceiling is 12 foot and work great for me

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

View wncguy's profile

wncguy

429 posts in 2610 days


#9 posted 02-21-2019 03:33 PM

Thanks Jokker 78.
Did you surface mount or use chain? I’d prefer to surface mount.
Also, I’ve seen some comments about issues with garage door remote openers &/or reception on radio when lights are on… any problems there?

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

View Jokker78's profile

Jokker78

145 posts in 1995 days


#10 posted 02-21-2019 07:15 PM



Thanks Jokker 78.
Did you surface mount or use chain? I d prefer to surface mount.
Also, I ve seen some comments about issues with garage door remote openers &/or reception on radio when lights are on… any problems there?

- wncguy

I used the chains . I don’t know how you would hang them if you didn’t

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

View fivecodys's profile

fivecodys

1371 posts in 1934 days


#11 posted 02-21-2019 11:11 PM


I did the same thing Walt except mine came from COSTCO.
I have 9 of them now. I can only daisy chain 4 of them together (per manufacturers specs) but I love them.

- fivecodys

I too only daisy chain four . The way the old lights were tied into the wiring made it possible to convert those junction boxes to receptacles . They all are controlled by one switch at the entrance to my shop. One switch and my shop is lit like daylight. Best improvement I made this year.

- Walt

The units I bought have a pull chain so I can turn off the lights I don’t need. I also have them going to the light switch by the garage door. I only keep 3 on when in “garage mode” it’s plenty for the day to day stuff like laundry and taking out the trash. When in “Shop Mode” I have them all on and have the best lit garage on the block. :) I got most of these on sale at Costco for $25 each. Not bad at all.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

14258 posts in 4395 days


#12 posted 02-22-2019 12:04 AM

I installed these. I have 10 lights on 3 switches. They were originally ballast based florescent and I rewired them. They are installed at 8’ above the floor. The light is excellent.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TGJ2PW2/ref=ohauisearchasintitle?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View therealSteveN's profile

therealSteveN

2197 posts in 872 days


#13 posted 02-24-2019 07:38 AM

So many of the really cheap T 12, and T 8 fixtures don’t have a real ballast, they just have circuit card that doesn’t do well on retro. I found junking them only hurt for a short time. Searching for deals on 5000 LED’s (I like the BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT) can net you a lot of fixtures, many of whom can link you from one to another for less than 10 bux a 4’ fixture.

I was in pain trashing 14 old tube lights, then I got the first months electric bill, YOWZA!!!!!! what a savings they were. To know that will be that much less each month, and I can see that much better using them. Only wished I had swapped years ago.

-- Think safe, be safe

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com