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11-24-2015 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: led lighting colour temp

In a few weeks, I’ll be having some wiring done in my dimly lit garage workshop. I’ve decided on LED lights and had formed the opinion based on my reading that 4000k would be a good colour temp. The electrician however can get me a really good price on dust proof LED fixtures that are 3500K. Looking at them in the new construction he’s working on, I don’t notice any pink tones or the like that I’ve read about.

So do any of you have 3500K and do you like them? And do you think 4000k would be worth a 25% increase in price?

Thanks for your comments

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-24-2015 11:06 PM

3500K is going to be very yellow, like an incandescent lamp. 4000K is much whiter but I would suggest going with the 5000K daylight lamps. I have 5000K in my garage shop and would not go with anything else.

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 11:13 PM

Thanks Joey, appreciate the feedback. I don’t want to go for the bargain and regret it every time I go into the shop.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 11:21 PM

You could buy a couple of cheap LED bulbs to test the look inside your home. That could be an inexpensive way to see the difference before you make a choice. They have displays at home centers with different types and colors of bulbs. They are hard to judge though because of the size of the store.

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#4 posted 11-24-2015 11:31 PM

My shop is full of cool white 250watt equivalent CFLs, I notice a big difference when I finish a project, BTW I use Min wax oil base poly, in what it looks like in the shop compared to the house when I put it in its place and the natural light is more yellow. Just something to consider. As far as working light I like the cool white, so I may put in warmer lighting over my finish area.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 12:09 AM

Thanks con and good idea joey

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 12:35 AM

Sandra, you want to look at the CRI rating for the bulbs. The higher the better color rendering. You’ll never get as good as incandescent, but 92 CRI bulbs are available reasonably priced and it makes a difference vs the bulbs in the 80 or lower range for CRI.

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#7 posted 11-25-2015 01:02 AM

I just installed today a 4 X 38W fluorescent fixture, 5000K, all for under 100$ and boy, what a lighting setup. For true colors, there is the natural light and there is 5000K. That is what they recommend for artists studio.

-- PJ

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 01:27 AM

In my shop I have a lot of fluorescent light.

I have about (13) 2 4-foot bulb fixtures.

In them I put T-12 6500K bulbs in them.

I’m old so what can I say. It’s very bright.

Their life is about 10 years … for me anyway. Not knowing when the govt is going to ban these, I have about enough to change them all out … that for me is a lifetime supply.

I just have outlets installed within the reach of the cords of the fixtures. On some I have clear tubes over them just in case one gets hit. That way there is no glass showers.

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#9 posted 11-25-2015 01:33 AM

I went with 5000K LEDs.

It is great for the work space….
but Conifur is on point regarding finishing.

That and Tim brings up a good point, regarding CRI.

Glad to know that you will become an enlightened being!!!

-- 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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#10 posted 11-25-2015 02:20 AM

Okay, I’ll be the odd man out here.
I put in 5000K and hated it.
Gives me a headach and is good at nothing except creating glare.

I’d go for the 3500K in a heartbeat.
In fact, I threw out all my 5000K lights and replaced them with 2800K.
So much nicer.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#11 posted 11-25-2015 02:27 AM

Of course 3500K is nicer, thats why we have it in our homes. But 5000K is like natural light and gives us a true reading of the color of the finish under daylight. Depends what you need, a nice warm workshop that replicates the colour of your home at night or a reference for color that once you take the piece inside, it will come out more amber looking .

I have both in my workshop, depends where I stand.

-- PJ

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#12 posted 11-25-2015 02:37 AM

Something to consider as well, what is in your shop? At my job we have a darker concrete floor that soaks up light like a sponge, walls that are a medium blue and a truss ceiling that is red rust colored with silver underlining that is well… dark. To see details it is difficult to not use task lighting, no matter how many lights of what type we put up. (Not that we have many.) In my shop at home I have low ceilings covered in white pegboard, but the walls are covered in various colored and stained cabinets that again soak up light and give shadows. Just a thought.

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#13 posted 11-25-2015 03:00 AM

Mine are 4000K. Absolutely love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 11-25-2015 06:10 AM

Why not pick up a couple bulbs from the store, bring them home and stick them in a lamp for onsite testing?

That being said, I like 3500k in the house. Warm but less orange than incandescent.

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#15 posted 11-25-2015 12:56 PM

Thanks folks. The electrician just sent me this
They’re available in 3000-4000K I’m leaning heavily toward 4000. Concrete floor, unpainted drywall ceilings at 10ft high.
Task lighting is going to be a necessity.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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