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#1 posted 12-29-2017 04:05 PM


Which bulbs did you buy? I want to replace bulbs in my basement shop and garage with something that will brighten everything up and not darken up the ceiling.


I have 10 of those in my shop. My shop is 28×38. It had 12 – 2 bulb 4” t12. It just wasn t bright enough….which I replaced with 6 – 4 bulb T8 s. I still had 10 conventional light fixtures with 100 watt bulbs though too. It got brighter but still not bright enough. So for Xmas I asked for and got two of the brighter ones with the shroud. I put them in the fixtures on the very far end of the shop. It lit up that end very well but, the shroud made the ceiling darker. So I ordered 8 more for the other fixtures but with out the shrouds… was shocking at how bright it made the place!

I have heard from other folks on this site that they are too bright and distracting, but I like them very much and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am considering taking down the t-8s because I am not sure if the contribute or not as they are all on one circuit. I don t think you will be sorry…..I ll be interested to hear if the shrouds are a help or not… ceiling is 8 foot, but I think if yours was higher the the shrouds might be better.

Oh, I also put a couple of the 5500 lumen strip lights above my work benches, too….I got those from rockler too….they are the icing on the cake.

Let us know….

- moke

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