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SuperCubber

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12-28-2019 02:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop lighting

Hello gents,

Working on choosing light fixtures for my new shop. I want 5000K color and around 4000 or more lumens per fixture. I also want them hard-wired and ceiling mounted.

In my old shop, I used the Feit plug-in LEDs from Costco. They worked well. I’d use those again if I could hard-wire them.

Curious what you guys use/have used.

Thanks!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine


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#1 posted 12-28-2019 02:59 AM

well my shop had t8 flouresent 4ft tubes then i switched them all out for led tubes and cut the power consumption to less than half.it was much brighter so i was able to eliminate 8 4ft tubes and still be brighter.actually ive replaced every bulb in my house with led’s,id never go back to anything else.

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#2 posted 12-28-2019 03:03 AM

These are the lights I got for my 400 SF shop. I did a GE lighting calculator and it said I need 15 lights to get the proper lumens for shop lighting. Each light is 5,500 lumens. They are LED’s and linkable.

https://www.bjs.com/product/lights-of-america-5500-lumen-48-linkable-led-shop-light/3000000000001326253

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#3 posted 12-28-2019 03:15 AM

Wow! That’s about 200 lumens/sqft! That shop must be very bright. I am shooting for about 130ish lumens/sqft.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 12-28-2019 04:39 AM

I’m with you on “BRIGHT WHITE” to the highest power. I buy the absolute cheapest priced fixtures I can find that week. I’ve been down the “quality” lighting road, and lights are nothing but cheap electronics, and all of them rich or poor fail quickly. So for that reason I have a 2 gang plug on each light location, and I stick the cord in, and can unplug and rehang a light in less than 2 minutes when they ultimately give up the ghost.

Also do whatever you can for a really good ground rod, and even consider a whole house, or whole shop surge protector, because lightening strikes on or around the property can make all of those almost brand new LED lights go phhhhhhtttt in less than a second. I know this to be factual, unfortunately.

These are working just fine.==

On the number, if you think you’ll use 20 lights, buy 10 to 12, put them up, see what you think. My goal wasn’t anything written down, it was NO shadows. I only have 16 lights in a 24×32 space, but I have zero shadows anywhere.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 12-28-2019 11:27 AM

Regarding the “quality” lighting road… There are some that are good quality. I have had my Phillips Endura LED tubes for almost 10 years now (six of them). Didn’t have to replace a single one yet. A cheaper brand I had a first did fail. So my recommendation is to just get some tubing light fixtures, and some Phillips Endura LED tubes. There may certainly be other good ones, but I have had no experience with those. Phillips LEDs are good stuff, I have a few of their LED bulbs in the house as well that haven’t failed yet.

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#6 posted 12-28-2019 11:47 AM

I’ll suggest you skip the hard wired part. Here’s why: my last 2 shops both had hard wired fixtures and every time I made a change to my DC dusting I found they were in the way. Also, as I upgraded the fixture it became a lot (from T12 to T8 and eventually to LED) harder to replace them. That was also true as I needed to add lights…you’ll find that aging may make you yearn for that 200 lumens/sq. ft. Consider that you don’t know exactly where the tools will be positioned, and you may want a fixtures right above each one. So for my current shop I decided that the plug in LED lights would be installed, and i put 8 outlets in the ceiling on a dedicated switch for them. The LED fixtures are much lighter in weight than a comparable fluorescent fixtures and quite easy to install. I can add/replace/change with no problem and since most of the LED fixtures are linkable you can make the place as bright as you want. I used the Costco Feit fixtures you mentioned, they’ve been in service for 2 years now without a problem.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 12-28-2019 01:11 PM

Hi Joe,

Ironically since we both live in Spartanburg I have a couple of LED shop lights I picked up at SAM’s. You can run the wire from light to light after you plug the first one in so I installed a ceiling switched outlet. I can’t remember what I paid but the light output is good.

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#8 posted 12-28-2019 01:54 PM



Wow! That s about 200 lumens/sqft! That shop must be very bright. I am shooting for about 130ish lumens/sqft.

- SuperCubber


It’s about 110 lumens/sqft.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#9 posted 12-28-2019 01:56 PM

Agree with Fred. Put outlets in the ceiling for the lights and get the linkable lights.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#10 posted 12-28-2019 02:09 PM


Wow! That s about 200 lumens/sqft! That shop must be very bright. I am shooting for about 130ish lumens/sqft.

- SuperCubber

It s about 110 lumens/sqft.

- MikeDilday

Maybe I’m doing the math wrong, but 5500×15 = 82,500
82,500/,400 = 206.25

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#11 posted 12-28-2019 02:10 PM

Thanks for all the replies. Very good reasons to get the linkable/plug in ones.

I’ll also check out the Phillips Endura.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#12 posted 12-28-2019 02:28 PM

SuperCubber I used the https://www.omnicalculator.com/everyday-life/lighting calculator and entered 110 FootCandles as desired and 3,700 lumens per light (not 5,500). It said I needed 14 lights so I went with 15 due to the spacing.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#13 posted 12-28-2019 04:27 PM



SuperCubber I used the https://www.omnicalculator.com/everyday-life/lighting calculator and entered 110 FootCandles as desired and 3,700 lumens per light (not 5,500). It said I needed 14 lights so I went with 15 due to the spacing.

- MikeDilday

Ah, I see. Your post said 5,500. That’s where I got confused. Are you happy with 100 lumens/sqft?

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#14 posted 12-28-2019 06:18 PM

I just came across some LED lighting called Barrina. They come in 4’ modules that link together and cost around $43 for (6) 4’ modules. They are sold on Amazon. I am going to get some for my shop.

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SuperCubber

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#15 posted 12-28-2019 06:47 PM



I just came across some LED lighting called Barrina. They come in 4 modules that link together and cost around $43 for (6) 4 modules. They are sold on Amazon. I am going to get some for my shop.

- MrRon

Thanks, MrRon. I have been looking at those also and think I am leaning that way. They can be hard-wired or plugged in.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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