I recently found some LED spotlights. 50w (equivalent, so they say, to 500W incandescent) Cool Daylight (6000K) at a reasonable sort of price. I’ve been wanting to make my photo lighting and work lighting both better and more permanent so I bit the bullet and purchased two. How to install them? We rent. I’m neither allowed to change the house (garage) wiring or make any permanent installations in there. I decided to make up a gantry, attached to my workbench. Each of the light sup...
It’s the middle of January , and I am itching to get out in the shop. Right now it is all packed up for the winter so we can park inside. I just added a bunch of new T8 lights to the shop. 5 new fixtures in all. I also recieved my brand new Veritas Router Plane yesterday. I am very excited to try it out. I guess I will spend the cold months sharpening my tools, and designing projects so I can hit the ground running as soon as the temps are over 40 all day long. I have a bunch of projec...
I had a ballast going out in one of my 8’ florescent fixtures in the basement so I decided to take the ballast out of an 8 footer in my workshop and put a new electronic ballast in it and use its old ballast in the fixture that’s having a problem. Shop upgrade! Then I got to thinking about HO (high output) florescent lights so decided to check them out. Turns out HO blubs are twice as bright lumen wise as regular ones and more efficient. 80 lumens per watt (110 watt 8800 lumen...
normally if you want to add lights to a shop you just add them in off the circuit breaker, but that would be the sensible thing to do. unfortunately i cant do that the breaker is too small on my house and i cant afford to have a new one put in. for my machines i use an extension cord from the house but my circuits can only handle so much load before they go so i cant have much more light than a single bulb shop light and if the circuit blows i have no lights and a running machine. enter ...
So far, I have been carving outside on my patio and the lighting is great. I’m anticipating that I will have to move inside into my garage based shop as the weather turns colder and wetter. The shop has pretty good fluorescent lighting, but I would not say it is the equavilant of natural light. Does anyone have recommendations for lighting to use for carving. I am thinking that task lighting that could attach to my workbench would be a good option. Any suggestions for how I sho...
I do my woodworking in the garage and when I started it only had a single 15 amp 110 volt circuit, two light bulbs, and garage doors that were low enough that I bumped into them constantly whenever I moved boards around. Most of us have been there at one point and it worked well enough for me but last summer I was sidelined from the shop while my collar bone was healing (doctor’s orders – no woodworking) so I figured I might as well use the ole’ woodworking budget to have...
As a young Architect about fifty years ago, a seminar speaker surprised me with the statement that ‘within limits, light can substitute for sight’. Although the principle is obvious, I’d never thought about it quite that way, and it influenced my lighting design throughout my career. Many years later when I laid out the lighting for my shop, I used that principle along with good advice from an article in “Fine Woodworking’ magazine. My rather odd shaped shop with an area of 530 square fe...
When i spent time with my dad in his woodshop I often heard him complain that he “couldn’t see” what he was working on. I still have the floor lamp he put together from this and that to light his work area. As he got older, the bulb got stronger. Following in his foot steps, mt shop in Milwaukee and once moved here in Michigan are well lighted. There are seventeen flourescent fixtures overhead in the work area. Some are single tube, some are 2 tube squeezed between th...
The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #4: Let there be light! ...and lumber storage.
When autumn came and I started working in the garage with the doors closed, I realized how little light I have with the new shop arrangement. I started by putting up an eight foot long florescent fixture (4-four foot T12 bulbs) over the table saw/jointer area figuring I would re-evaluate where I needed light after that was up. Then my neighbor tells me he can get me some eight foot long fixtures from his company since they were closing down a factory. So I ended up getting 3-eight fo...
Bright Light! Bright Light! Over the last couple of days I added lights to brighten the shop. Shop Light Envy After seeing the lights in Les Hasting's shop I was motivated to install more lights in my own. There is nothing like shop envy to motivate a guy. The Original Lighting The original lighting situation in my shop was poor and inadequate. I had three 4’x4’ units with 6 bulbs over the assembly and finish area. There was only one of these 4’x4’ l...
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