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Forum topic by Gregn posted 04-08-2010 09:06 PM 1117 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2010 09:06 PM

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Have been looking at florescent lighting. My question is 4’ lights or the 8’lights. I can get the Daylight bulbs for either size. My shop width is 12’ so I thought of using the 8’ lights. What is your opinion on size.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 09:11 PM

I’d rather have (2) 4’ bulbs than (1) 8’ bulb.

If you order them, shipping is much cheaper.

I also see the 4’-ers everywhere; the 8’-ers not quite so much.

I THINK there are more options for light, color, temperature, etc., in a 4’ bulb.

My $0.02. YMMV.

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 02:55 AM

Get and 8’ fixture that uses 4-4’ lamps yes there lamps, not bulbs. Electronic ballast is the most efficient you can get.
4’ lamps are cheaper and last longer than the 8’.

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 01:20 AM

I’m a little late getting to the party here, but I would suggest that you go with T8 electronic ballast fluorescents.
They are cost effective and will also save you money over 8’ commercial lighting. go with fixtures that take the T8 bulbs for the most effective lighting.

T8 – 34 watt lamp equivalent to 60 watts of lighting
T8 – 64 watt lamp equivalent to 120 watts of lighting

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 03:06 AM

put two 4’s together,

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 04:10 PM

I’ve decided to go with the 4’ lights. Thanks Sparky and Union Label for your responses that helped provide information needed. I realize I kinda generalized my question but all are in favor of the 4’ accept shopguryl, who I suspect was in a playful mood. But I do agree with you shopguryl sometimes bigger is better! heheheh. Once again thanks everyone for your replies.

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 04:17 PM

I go with the 4’, easier to change bulbs, cheaper, and more likely to find parts at the local stores.

Definately want to go the T8 route, just buy extra bulbs because the big box does not stock them, at least not in my area.

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