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05-06-2020 03:39 PM

I have to buy lighting for my work space and want to get it right. Either this is a stupid question or a smart one. Daylight is 6500 K, The old round (orange colored) incandescent bulbs were I think 2700, the flourescent that turns our photos green are all over the place, the kitchen is bright 5000k and elsewhere cooler.

How white is your workspace, or how orange? how bright is your workspace?

Thanks, sorry for so many several threads today but it’s money spending time.

-- Relative bearing grease # CV-61 and CV-66

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#1 posted 05-06-2020 03:51 PM

The LED lighting in my shop is 4100K and seems comfortable enough to work with. My camera deals with it fine on “auto white balance” and doesn’t turn anything green or brown :)

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#2 posted 05-06-2020 03:55 PM

I buy those cheap LED shop lights at sam’s or Costco and as things change I just grab another to chase the shadows away. Not sure of the temp but they are very bright.

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#3 posted 05-06-2020 04:01 PM

Our place has gone 100% LED. We use the Phillip’s dimmable 60w equivalent (13w actual) 2 for $5 bulbs with great success in the warm white tone. For the outside garage lights we went with the bright white “daylight” candela base bulbs (with 3X 60w bulbs X 2 fixtures, the security cam can see across the street!)

The interior lights are wonderful and you really can’t tell them apart from the 60w incandescents they replaced. The only visible difference is a slight shadow ring around the base of the LED bulbs. They dim nicely without any buzzing.

We also installed dimmable under cabinet lighting with no-touch switches in the kitchen.

No touch switches turn the lights on/off with a wave of the hand!

In the shop I have four, chained 4’ LED fixtures over the major tools plus a twin tube ceiling mount fluorescent fixture with LED drop in replacements at $10 per tube. These were also used in the kitchen for soffit lighting and in both bathrooms. These are all “standard white”.

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#4 posted 05-06-2020 04:09 PM

Thanks everyone

-- Relative bearing grease # CV-61 and CV-66

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#5 posted 05-06-2020 04:15 PM

Most of the LED bulbs put out 2-1/2 X the lumens but only take 1/4 the power so are effectively 1/10th the cost per lumen.

Some panels (the better half has one over her workstation) can change color temp from warm to standard to daylight just by flipping the wall switch rapidly. So if you watch tv, use warm, working, use daylight. No need to be locked in.

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#6 posted 05-06-2020 04:32 PM

I have a mix of 4000K and 5000K in my shop. There are nine 8’ fixtures that I retrofitted to hold six 4’ tubes each. Two of the six are 4000K and the other four are 5000K. The mix was selected by my expert color consultant (SWMBO the Quilter). Shop lighting now meets her approval. Of course my clothing choices still don’t.

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#7 posted 05-06-2020 04:56 PM

I like the 5000K ones a lot…very nice.

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#8 posted 05-06-2020 05:14 PM

Anything above 4000 does the job in a shop, garage, bathroom and even the kitchen. In other areas I prefer the 3000 range.
LEDs come in so many creative forms now and using voltages from 12v to 120v. it boggles the mind so do your research before hand to see what suits you situation the best. For example I changed out my garage 4’ fluorescent lights to the direct wired 120v LED tubes, 4000k, that eliminates using the ballast but I was able to keep the fixtures. Twice as bright using 1/4th of the power.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 05-06-2020 07:02 PM

I have two of the “Big Ass” LED garage lights in my shop. 13000 lumens each at 5k. They came with sunglasses! 7 year warranty and said to be good for 137 years. We’ll see.

-- Darrel

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#10 posted 05-06-2020 07:56 PM

I didnt know which color to go with so I bought adjustable temperature lights, they go grom 3,000k to 6,500 and they live on 6,500. I got them from super bright and they were cheap. they are also dimable from 10 percent to 100

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#11 posted 05-30-2020 03:19 AM

I’m in the process of installing 12 5000K 4500 lumen LEDs for my 22×25 shop. Got 3 installed and they look t be plenty bright.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#12 posted 05-30-2020 03:00 PM

I like things around 5000K, bright enough to see well, but keep in mind, especially with fluorescents and LEDs, is you really can’t tell exactly what the color is of the wood/stain your are working with. It’s hard to beat good old “free” sunlight for this.

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#13 posted 05-30-2020 03:10 PM

not sure of temp of HF LED lights but i like them nice and light and bright :<)))

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#14 posted 05-30-2020 03:14 PM

I have the 5000 k fixtures from Sam’s. Bright, and no failures. I also have fluorescent fixtures that I left in place with 3500 k lamps. Flip a switch to change fixtures to have indoor color for color match. The adjustable led fixtures were not available at the time, but that is what I would buy today.

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#15 posted 05-30-2020 03:22 PM

I have the florescent T8 fixtures in my shop. pre dates LED. and I use the 6500k.
Love it. I have thought about upgrading to LED. But it seems to be very costly to do so.
And I have never found a LED that I could confirm was equal to the light color or temp of my 6500k that I have now.
So for now I am just staying with the T8s.
I really like what I have. Anyone here know the true equivalent to get that color/temp from LED?

-- John

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