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Blog entry by Brad posted 02-13-2012 03:34 PM 1361 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So what’s it going to be this year guys? Is your lady going to cook you a nice meal for V Day? Get you some boxers with hearts on it? Perhaps dinner and a movie with some after-show cuddling back at the homestead?

Well, I’ll be taking my girl out for some fine food and wine, but she’s already covered her V-Day obligations to me.

She gave me the gift of light.

My before shop space light consisted of jury-rigged halogen utility lamps hung from the ceiling along with one measly, feeble, Federally-mandated CFL bulb barely illuminating the garage concrete floor. Needless to say, it wasn’t that good.

Here’s what it looked like before:

We bought some inexpensive T8 bulb fixtures at Home Depot and hired an electrician to hard-wire and install them. We had a few other things done too, but I figure you really don’t care about the ceiling light/fan she had installed in my home office.

“Let there be light,” saeth the Lord, and there was light
Boy is there! I can actually see my workspace now.

The four-bulb fixture over my workbench illuminates everything I’m sawing/chopping/drilling upon.

The two-bulb fixture to the side of the garage lights up my sharpening and bench-grinder area.

And a two-bulb fixture replaced the single, paltry CFL bulb that used to pretend to light up the garage.

And best of all, the new lights are on a separate circuit—not the outlet by my bench. Moreover, the new lighting allowed me to free up two over-bench outlets formerly used by my halogens. What this means in daily use is that I’m no longer tripping circuit breakers when I fire up the space heater, router, hand-held belt sander and such.

Now that gentlemen, is a gift that expresses true love! My Lady Gail outdid herself.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 03:53 PM

I love the before shot. Ha ha!

-- Bryan

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 04:04 PM


-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 04:05 PM

What is that car doing in your shop? Isn’t that where the new table saw is going?

-- Greg D.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 04:05 PM

^I struggled with the before shot, lol. “What in the heck is this red mini doing in here? The dealer told me miniVAN!” :) nice work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 04:11 PM

Sometimes it’s what some folks call little things that make a big difference .

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 04:31 PM

That was some great LIGHT hearted humor!

Thanks, for making me smile, and reminding me that I need to install about 10 2bulb fixtures myself.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 06:41 PM

This looks good Brad. White with a lots of good lighting is perfect for the shop in my opinion. I just hope your projects will be just as good now that you can see what you are doing,lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 06:47 PM

funny how those non-cutting items make sure a huge impact on everything doesnt it?

congrats on the upgrade. enjoy the light

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 06:48 PM

A very thoughtful lady. Now don’t buy her a trash compactor…..LOL

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