Go Into the Light!

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Blog entry by Eric Wuennecke posted 09-05-2013 01:18 PM 1107 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, don’t die but for goodness sake get some good lighting in your shop. Until recently, I was working on four 75 watt bulbs. It was a little annoying and gave me a bit of eye strain but it was workable. I basically didn’t know what I was missing. My shop is undergoing quite a bit of renovating, being transformed from an unheated two car detached garage with open stud walls to something more comfortable. By comfortable I mean isn’t -20 degrees in the winter. I figured it was time to upgrade some electrical while I was at it. That included lights. It’s only an 18×18 building so I figured six or seven strategically placed sockets with regular 100 watt equivalent CFL bulbs would do it. At about $4 per for the whole shot, you almost can’t go wrong.

The difference was unbelievable. By comparison, it’s now like the rising sun in there. My head no longer casts a big black shadow right where I’m trying to do something sensitive. I can actually read the scale on my table saw without a flashlight. Amazing! Of course this is all obvious if you already have good lighting but sometimes ignorance is bliss. Here’s the deal, if you need to go all Riddick so see what you’re doing in your shop, get some lights! It’s $35 plus wire if you get the porcelain sockets. Cheap and well worth it.

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 02:44 PM

Being able to see is also SAFER !
Try skylights, natural light in daytime.
I use portable halogen on pole stand that I can move and aim wherever, really lights up bright, also gives warmth in WINTER.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 05:00 PM

The first thing I installed in my shop area was two 2 40 watt tube fluorescent lights. 160 watts of light makes a BIG difference.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 08:01 PM

i also just lit mine up with floresent bulbs. not only i can work longer but i get a nice tan!

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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