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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 11-18-2017 05:08 PM 559 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up from Craigslist today in the FREE section: 15 hung ceiling recessed florescent lights. Four footers, four bulbs each. A guy took them out of a store he was hired to renovate.

I already have some up in the shop. Put them up years ago. With the diffusers they provide great light. You can run them either two or four bulbs. I screw them to the ceiling and cut some strips of sanded 3/4” plywood and build a box right around them. These lights don’t hum or flicker as they’re made to go into businesses and homes. They make the best shop lights.

The ones I have up have been great but one of them needs a new ballast (expensive). These lights have working ballasts and bulbs installed in them. Most have in-tact diffusers on them too. I’m going to use a couple for parts, put up a couple more and save the others for myself and my kids and nephews/nieces, all older now and some with shops of their own at their houses. Good for things like laundry rooms and such too.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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robscastle

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 08:41 PM

Looks to be a good score there Daniel.
As long as the price is right and they still function there is no reason why they cannot “live on”
As you say a failure generally decided their fate otherwise.

-- Regards Robert

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Planeman40

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 11:58 PM

Check the ballasts!!!

This bring back a memory of a friend of mine telling me that Delta Airlines corporate office in Atlanta had trashed a bunch of fluorescent lights during a renovation of the executive office area. He took me to the dumpster and I loaded up my car with all the lights I could hold to put in my shop ceiling. “Oh Boy!!!” I was thinking all the way home. “all these lights for FREE!”. It turned out all of these very nice lights were ballasted for 440 volts! By the time I bought all new ballasts and installed them before putting up the lights I paid almost as much as new lights would have cost.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 11-19-2017 01:13 AM



Check the ballasts!!!

This bring back a memory of a friend of mine telling me that Delta Airlines corporate office in Atlanta had trashed a bunch of fluorescent lights during a renovation of the executive office area. He took me to the dumpster and I loaded up my car with all the lights I could hold to put in my shop ceiling. “Oh Boy!!!” I was thinking all the way home. “all these lights for FREE!”. It turned out all of these very nice lights were ballasted for 440 volts! By the time I bought all new ballasts and installed them before putting up the lights I paid almost as much as new lights would have cost.

- Planeman40

Nope, all’s well with them. A temporary connection on a few of them shows them lighting up.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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