Lighting Question

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Blog entry by David Murray posted 1115 days ago 763 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has anybody out there used or are using all weather fluorescent 4’ shop lights in a cold weather application. I get many days below freezing during the winter months and want to add some lighting to my shop, and would like to use these fixtures. So if anyone has experience with this type of light I would appreciate any input. Thanks.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#1 posted 1115 days ago

Dave -
I have an unheated shop in northern MA. The bulbs that were in there when we bought the house did not work well in the winter. Last year, I replaced them with GE Ecolux SP41 T8 bulbs. They worked fine all winter.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#2 posted 1115 days ago

We use Lithonia’s utility grade T8 fixtures and they are rated to something like -20F. Have used them for a few seasons that include a cold winter in an unheated pole barn and never had a problem.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 1115 days ago

I have the same Lithonia fixtures that Lis mentioned; “high output” and rated down to -20F, they’ve worked well up in cold, cold Canada.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 1115 days ago

Look for the electronic ballast and T8 bulbs, with these two you will get instant start and cold weather operation.

-- Tom D

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 1115 days ago

^ what tomd says = perfect answer

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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