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Forum topic by scr5008 posted 07-27-2017 03:32 PM 1849 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2017 03:32 PM

Hi everyone – Has anyone fitted their full shop with these lights (below)? I’m getting close to buying some shop lights for my new shop that I’m building. My shop will be 20×16 with 8ft wall, 12ft open ceiling peak.

Thinking 6 of these in fixtures w/ outlets should be OK. Seems like plenty of lumens and a good color temp, and with the outlets I could also plug in some strip/tube lights to illuminate some work-specific areas.

I did a quick search on the forums and didn’t see anything.

http://www.rockler.com/led-shop-light-with-shroud

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-660W-Medium-Base-One-Piece-Single-Circuit-Outlet-Box-Mount-Glazed-Porcelain-Incandescent-Lampholder-White-9726-C2/301667438


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#1 posted 07-27-2017 03:54 PM

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#2 posted 07-27-2017 04:35 PM

Never tried, but would like to know how well they work… So give it a try and report back.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 04:37 PM

Thanks – After reading the reviews and doing some quick sketches for light distribution, i went ahead and ordered 6 fixtures and 6 of the shrouded bulbs. I’ll report back.

Still open to hear if y’all think that will be enough or not and any experience w/ them.

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 04:49 PM

These lights seem very interesting.

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 04:56 PM

My flourescent lights in my garage were getting bad, so i pulled them and put fixtures like you have pictured with regular led bulbs for temporary fix. Brighter than it’s been in two years and they don’t take ten minutes to warm up.

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#6 posted 07-27-2017 05:21 PM

I have no regrets about switching to LED shop lights. I chose the 4ft strips, because they were flush and I have a short ceiling in my shop.

4000K is a good color temperature for a shop, IMHO.

Those lights should last a long time, based on the heat sink.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#7 posted 07-27-2017 05:24 PM

I have 10 of those in my shop. My shop is 28×38. It had 12 – 2 bulb 4” t12. It just wasn’t bright enough….which I replaced with 6 – 4 bulb T8’s. I still had 10 conventional light fixtures with 100 watt bulbs though too. It got brighter but still not bright enough. So for Xmas I asked for and got two of the brighter ones with the shroud. I put them in the fixtures on the very far end of the shop. It lit up that end very well but, the shroud made the ceiling darker. So I ordered 8 more for the other fixtures but with out the shrouds…...it was shocking at how bright it made the place!

I have heard from other folks on this site that they are too bright and distracting, but I like them very much and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am considering taking down the t-8s because I am not sure if the contribute or not as they are all on one circuit. I don’t think you will be sorry…..I’ll be interested to hear if the shrouds are a help or not…..my ceiling is 8 foot, but I think if yours was higher the the shrouds might be better.

Oh, I also put a couple of the 5500 lumen strip lights above my work benches, too….I got those from rockler too….they are the icing on the cake.

Let us know….
Mike

-- Mike

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#8 posted 07-27-2017 07:27 PM

Thanks, Mike – Great info! I’ll have a completed shop with electrical in the next 3 weeks! These will be installed and I’ll post some pics.

Glad I went with 6. I think that will be good “general” light, and then having the focussed light w/ tubes/strips should be more than plenty.

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#9 posted 07-27-2017 07:56 PM

I hate these lights. I have tried them in my shop, and while the light is plenty bright, it is also harsh and very directional. They cast hard shadows, and didn’t have the warm look I was after. I switched back to huge 300w equivalent CFL’s.

In my review I called these “Alien Interrogation Lights.”

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 09:47 PM

The 4ft LED shop lights are routinely $20-$25 at Costco. I’d buy a stack of those before I mucked around with something like the light in the original post.

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#11 posted 08-09-2017 05:49 PM

Quick update – I got the lights in the mail last night. I screwed one in to my garage just to see how bright and what the light is like. These are awesome! I’ll try to get a pic tonight, but one of them placed in the middle of a 2 car garage was a surprising amount of light… 2 of these would be plenty for a non-workshop garage.

6 will be mounted in my shop… I’ll have pics in my other thread once electrical is done.

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 06:29 PM



Quick update – I got the lights in the mail last night. I screwed one in to my garage just to see how bright and what the light is like. These are awesome! I ll try to get a pic tonight, but one of them placed in the middle of a 2 car garage was a surprising amount of light… 2 of these would be plenty for a non-workshop garage.

6 will be mounted in my shop… I ll have pics in my other thread once electrical is done.

- scr5008

Kudos on the new lights! I got a few of their LED Big Bulbs a couple months back (barely 8ft ceilings, so I though the reflector wouldn’t work as well as on a 10-12 ft) and love ‘em! Looking forward to the pics!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#13 posted 08-30-2017 05:36 PM

Hey y’all – sorry for the delay, been busy with the house reno and havent had a chance to really get much done in the shop. Here are two pics of the lights. This pic makes them look too bright, but when you’re in the shop it’s perfect… very little shadow, the lights are high enough up so you’re not looking at the bulbs, and the light is nice and white.

Also – I’ll post more in my full shop build topic, rather than just here on the lighting thread.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/234665

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