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Getting Going (Again) #3: Let there be light! LEDs all the way, all the time!

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Blog entry by ForestGrl posted 07-12-2015 02:24 AM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Costco was about to sell out of their LED shop lights, so I bought the last two I needed and spent today taking down the 6 old fluorescents and putting up the LEDs. Great light! According to the respective boxes, the LEDs produce fewer lumens than the fluorescents, but both myself and my husband perceive there’s more light with the LEDs. They’re so nice! Nice also is spending the afternoon with Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King, sipping a Mike’s Light and improving the shop!

Shop is pretty cleaned up tonight, am determined tomorrow to get back to the lathe and the grinder. Happy Weekend everyone.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)



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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 03:14 AM

Those LED lights are great, I put one in the laundry room, and one over my lathe, and no more hum from
the ballasts.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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ForestGrl

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 03:34 AM



Those LED lights are great, I put one in the laundry room, and one over my lathe, and no more hum from
the ballasts.

- Bluepine38

Yep, I listen to the radio a lot in the shop, and hate the Hummmmmmm. In addition to that, if they go out, I can’t toss ‘em in the trash (have to go to household hazardous waste place), and the fixtures go bad periodically. Really happy to say “Bye” to fluorescents!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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Alan72

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 04:08 AM

I also bought 6 of those lights. You can’t beat that deal and what a huge difference in brightness. No more humm in the winter time, no more taking time to warm up. These are a great deal for those who want to up grade their shop lights. I am really surpised that no one did a review on these lights?

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ForestGrl

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 04:40 AM

Seems like I saw a thread (either here or at AAW) asking about using LEDs in the shop, but nothing like a review. I wish I had a light meter so I could have done a before-and-after check. I’m really liking them! Six fixtures in my shop[ too. Is yours about a 2-car-garage sized shop?

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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djwong

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 10:48 AM



According to the respective boxes, the LEDs produce fewer lumens than the fluorescents, but both myself and my husband perceive there s more light with the LEDs.

Fluorescent tubes produce light 360 degrees in all directions around the tube. The Costco led lamps produce light only downward (not sure what the light spread is spec-ed). This is why it’s fewer lumens are brighter.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 11:25 AM

I have seen them in shops and they are great- bright white light. I have LEDs in place of bulbs in all my regular lights but the long LED shop lights were over $70 the last time I priced them. If I found them cheap enough it would be a no brainer. I put one up for LJ bladebender and she love it but I think hers was $75.

I have an idea for putting up an array of just regular LED bulbs in my small shop at regular intervals and then I think I can get more light now than with the florescent that is in there.

I have a light meter and should use it to measure the lumens at the worksurface! Good Idea, Jamie.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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kajunkraft

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 03:37 PM

I am building a new shop and bit the bullet for four BigAss LED lights ($400@). They predicted that I would need six, and they were right. The four do a great job but do not provide quite as much as I think that I need.

So, I have been supplementing with the LED “shop lights” from Costco. At $35 apiece they are fantastic. I have put up one in each of my darker corners and two between each set of my BigAss lights. Bought a few extra to use as the needs arise. A total of 10 for the price of one BigAss light. The Costco LED’s are awesome.

Each type of light pulls less than 1 amp, so you can put quite a few on a circuit.

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 05:10 PM

And, the LED lights don’t draw bugs in from outside, for those with garage shops, as they do not have any UV content like typical fluorescent lamps!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Monkeyman1

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 09:17 PM

I put in under cabinet LED lighting and all I can say is OMG!! Thy where so bright I had to rig in a dimmer! My company is switching and I can see a difference, in the production facility. Do you home work, I went with high lumens and mid to high kelvin for under cabinets.

-- I work with the public, therfore, I am Brain Damaged!

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ForestGrl

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#10 posted 07-12-2015 09:37 PM

If I found them cheap enough it would be a no brainer.
- Jim Jakosh

Check at homedepot.com and perhaps lowes.com . Home Depot has one or two that are under $40, but I don’t know if they have the design that Dave mentioned that channels all the light down.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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ForestGrl

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#11 posted 07-12-2015 09:39 PM


Fluorescent tubes produce light 360 degrees in all directions around the tube. The Costco led lamps produce light only downward (not sure what the light spread is spec-ed). This is why it s fewer lumens are brighter.

- djwong

Wow, that is cool. It sure makes a difference. Thanks for the info!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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ForestGrl

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#12 posted 07-12-2015 09:42 PM



And, the LED lights don t draw bugs in from outside, for those with garage shops, as they do not have any UV content like typical fluorescent lamps!

- oldnovice

That’s good. Some of the moths I’ve seen this time of year look like they could carry me away!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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