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MikeGV

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02-14-2018 08:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lighting light lamp

Hi all,

I’ve been trying to design and build a lighting setup for my workbench. The ceiling in my shop is nearly 20 feet tall, so any lighting i mount up there tends to cast shadows and get dim by the time it reaches my bench. This makes layout work quite a chore.

My thoughts were to build an adjustable arm almost like a large Pixar desk lamp, that way i can reach every corner of my bench and provide up-close lighting for layout work or general work lighting.

Knowing full well that this is not an original idea, I’m asking to hear/see what kind of setups you all have, that way i don’t spend tons of time reinventing the wheel.


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 09:06 PM

This is my set-up.
 
Bench:
 

 
Shop:
 

 

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MikeGV

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 09:42 PM

Oh my, I feel spoiled with my current lighting now!

In all seriousness, that is a pretty amazing looking shop. At first I thought those images were pulled from online somewhere until I looked at your page.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 10:36 PM


Oh my, I feel spoiled with my current lighting now!

In all seriousness, that is a pretty amazing looking shop. At first I thought those images were pulled from online somewhere until I looked at your page.

- MikeGV

Thanks, Mike. It’s all what you get used to … I do have a sky-light now, so during the day I get a lot of natural light.
 

 

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Mike_in_STL

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 10:56 PM

Ron, your shop is a total throw back. I’ll bet that is peaceful. Nice.

My shop is also my garage and I’m not the first resident. From what I know, the old man that owned my house was also a tinkerer and he set up the lighting.

I have two 8 ft dual 110 watt T12 fixtures suspended over the car bays, and 2 – 4 ft T8 shop lights hung in a linear configuration (8ft long) over the workbench. This provides pretty good lighting at night, and with the 4 windows in the garage, plus the garage door, daytime lighting is a non issue.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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John Smith

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 01:09 AM

for those that like to work in a confined space far from the madding crowd – - -

there is also the adjustable flex-arm light with the round fluorescent lamp and magnifying glass
that fits into one of the 3/4” round holes.

this table is from my latest project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/363785
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Knockonit

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 01:44 AM

I just re lamped the garage shop with the costco, leds., had to pull a few down as wearing sunglasses in the shop was a must if i hadn’t. lol. i like that they have a long cord on them and you can hook up in a series, allowing me to move them around. I even mounted one on the garage door, and extended the cord over to the side, so i could have light when door was open made one heck of difference. and since they hang, you can add or subtract as noted in areas that don’t need as much light.

I also puts task lights on the band saw, and just picked up one to put on scroll saw, and amazingly enough alos picked up some bi focal type safety glasses, as I see very well other than up close, so they are awesome to use. NOw i do not have to have a pair setting on my head, or hanging around my neck.

good luck, lighting can be a pill, but once figured out, it is a great thing.
Rj in az

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coxhaus

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#7 posted 02-15-2018 01:45 AM

I really like your shop. It has a nice old world style. If it was me I would look for something in LED which matched your shop’s style. There probably will be a trade off in style vs brightness and I don’t know where the line would be. I am no expert in any areas so take my thought with a grain of salt. Did I say I really like your shop. I would not want new technology clutter to show in such a nice looking shop.

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 02-15-2018 11:15 AM



Ron, your shop is a total throw back. I ll bet that is peaceful. Nice.

- MikeinSTL


I really like your shop. It has a nice old world style. If it was me I would look for something in LED which matched your shop s style. There probably will be a trade off in style vs brightness and I don t know where the line would be. I am no expert in any areas so take my thought with a grain of salt. Did I say I really like your shop. I would not want new technology clutter to show in such a nice looking shop.

- coxhaus

Thanks, guys! I like it … and yes, the silence is deafening!

Sorry, MikeGV … didn’t mean to derail your thread.

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HTown

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 02:25 PM

I’m going the route that Knockonit has done.
I picked up 10 LEDs on a Black Friday sale through Sams.
Next project if I can ever get back out to the shop…

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jonah

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 02:54 PM

Costco 4’ shop lights for me. Just add as many as you need, and daisy chain them together. Add a switch or an RF remote switch if you don’t have a switch hooked to an outlet/box in the ceiling. Total cost for me: ~$130 for six fixtures and the remote switch for my garage shop.

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BikerDad

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 06:23 PM

You don’t give any sense of WHERE in the shop your workbench is located. IF it’s located along a wall, then a quick solution that’s very flexible would be a wall mounted boom arm like this, along with whatever light on the end you fancy:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/686132-REG/Interfit_INT309_Wall_Mounted_Boom_Arm.html?ap=y&c3api=1876%2C%7Bcreative%7D%2C%7Bkeyword%7D&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjuvRi4612QIVSGB-Ch0prg7TEAQYASABEgIDhPD_BwE

As a bonus, you could also use it to hang either a power cord and/or vac hose.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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