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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 09-19-2015 07:10 PM 1393 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I am – so I started looking for options that would help seeing the “fine” print. You know what I mean, those pesky 32nds and especially the 64ths on your scale. It’s nearly impossible to read an 0 to 1 mic without squinting so like Tim Allen has said many times ( other than grunting) more is better. I am of course refering to more light and more light I got.

I searched the net and read all I could stand to read about LED lights and finally ordered 8 four foot led tubes to replace some of my 4’ T12’s.
I just finished removing 3 – T12’s and wired ONE 4’ LED and it impossible to describe the difference. One 18 watt 1900 luman tube makes more and brighter light than the 3 -34 watt T12’s. I did spend a little more and get the 5000k rated tube but I totally feel it was worth it.
This is what I ordered 8x Thinklux LED Fluorescent Replacement Tube – 4 Foot – 18 Watt – Ballast Bypass – DLC Qualified – 5000K and just to make it clear, I am getting nothing for this observation, I’m just happy to perhaps help some of my fellow woodworkers see their work a little better.

The nice thing about these tubes is that they are direct wire, no ballast, so it’s a win win situation. I don’t have to power a ballast (a clear savings) and life span is about 50,000 hours. At 8 hours a day use, that’s 17 years life. Maybe I can get them in my will ?

btw – I ordered from The EarthLED Store because they were priced right and FREE shipping, yeah, I know there is no such thing as free shipping but it is built into the price, I don’t care.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 07:18 PM

Great information, I’ve been looking to add additional lighting to eliminate shadows. Now what advise do you have for memory, so I remember to follow up?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 07:32 PM

Here’s the one I bought https://www.earthled.com/collections/top-10-selling-led-light-bulbs/products/thinklux-led-fluorescent-replacement-tube-light-4-foot-18-watt-ballast-bypass-dlc-qualified?variant=4099636484
Book mark it and every once in a while look thru your book marks – might help you remember why it’s there lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 09-20-2015 12:18 PM

Wow, review of this web site is very interesting, the pricing is a fraction of the big box stores. I’m going to use 5 of these daisy chained on one switch to replace my existing 3 lamps. Thanks for the information.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 01:09 PM

I have 8’ HO’s in my wood shop (3 of them) and if the darn things ever quit working I’m going to replace them with a few of these well placed 4’ led’s
I’ve already replaced 6 T12’s (34 watts each) with 2 of the 18 watt led’s and have more light and a brighter white light.
If I keep it up the power company will probably send an inspector to see why my electric bill went down so much. lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 01:17 PM

Almost forgot – be prepared to alter some of the tombstone mounts to accept your new tombstones. I had to hacksaw a portion out because of the mounting, not a big deal – it just added 5 minutes to the install. Darn sure worth it tho -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 09-20-2015 03:19 PM

The difference is staggering. My neighbor has some up in his garage and I have the old school T12s. Mine is like sun on a cloudy day compared to his full daylight like environment.

Another benefit is they draw less power, so more amps for the other stuff you use, and lower power bills.

Also, on a different note painting the walls a light color helps a ton with lighting.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#7 posted 09-24-2015 02:54 AM

Thnx for this info and link Dick

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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