The nature of present day lighting has been irritating me for some time.
The standard in woodworking shops has seemed to be fluorescent lamps. I have a couple of those fixtures near the tablesaw. I don’t care though, for the kind of light at the work and I don’t like the cost in energy. Lately I’ve been all worked up about being green.
I really would like to see some advancement in LED lighting, but I haven’t seen anything that seems practical and I’m running short on time to work out something myself.
Yes, I have the background and tools to do that, but not enough time, what with everything that’s going on.
A new development has spurred me on. I had a new overhead door installed, and unlike the old one, there were no windows in it.
Result: a black hole in that end of the shop.
So I determined to use present technology to get a better result.
CFLs are a pretty good interim technology and the costs are coming down while quality and efficiency seems to have improved greatly. So I decided I wanted to use that approach.
But I don’t like the idea of having about half the light absorbed by the reflector in a standard fixture. Redesign!
So I built a prototype with glass mirror reflector panels. In it are two very bright 26 watt CFLs
I had to be careful about size because there’s only 7 inches clearance above the OH door when it opens.
So the result:
The shop with only the fluorescents above the tablesaw.
And then the new lamp is lighted:
I’m more than satisfied with the results. The light quality is more like daylight, and that should help when finishing. It is more light than I’d get from a 2 tube 4 foot fluorescent fixture. And, the total power load is 52 watts.
I think I lke it.
At least until we can have some good LED fixtures.
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