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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 11-15-2013 06:21 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 06:21 PM

I usually just leave my garage door open and that provides sufficient light and air circulation for what I’m doing. With the shorter days and cooler temps it’s tough to get much done with after about 6 pm. I went to lowes yesterday and bought what I thought was just a 4ft T8 hanging light. After opening it last night and thinking on it some more at work today, I think I bought a troffer instead of a regular light. If I space it a bit from the drywall/ceiling joists with washers and/or spacers, could I still install it or should I just not mess with it and take it back? This light and my 2 bulb would be enough for my small area and the amount of work I’m going to get done once it really cools off here for winter. Any thoughts or recommendations appreciated!

-Becky

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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#1 posted 11-16-2013 05:09 AM

It’s new and returnable and not meant for installation the way you’ve explained it.

Bring it back and get what you want.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 07:07 AM

Why are so, so many LJers not able to make simple decisions without consulting the group?

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 10:16 PM

Ok then. Thank you both for your insightful comments. :p Maybe just asking folks that have more experience in these areas than they do for some more information is helpful? After all – isn’t that the point of a forum?? Guess you didn’t learn not to say anything if you couldn’t say anything nice.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 10:57 PM

You could hang a long power bar( with 12 outlets),a few light bulb sockets and CF bulbs,then plug the cf lights in the power bar and use the switch on the bar to turn them on/off.these cf bulbs don’t burn too much electricity but can easily light up a medium size garage.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 12:28 AM

My comment was not intended to be demeaning or offensive. It’s just what I would have done.

I have two of these hanging lights in my shop (4ft T8,s on hanging chains). I have wired them with extension cords so that I can move them around, where they may be needed for whatever I’m working on. I’ve installed aluminum angle brackets to the ceiling, and use s-hooks. Quick and easy to move them.

My apologies if you were offended. The forums are indeed a place to ask questions, exchange information and voice opinions.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 12:32 AM

Nicky I think the OP was responding to the less-than-helpful comment that was made after yours.

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#7 posted 11-18-2013 09:20 PM

Thanks JustJoe. I could have spent the additional 15 secs to explain why I like hanging lights and how I’ve configured a few of them.

-- Nicky

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 01:46 AM

True Nicky :) I did take your advice and returned the fixture. Of course the 4 ft options were limited, but i did manage to get one that’s commercial/residential – it’s 110v flush mount but it’s a hard wire instead of a plugin. I was pondering the possibility of wiring a cord to it but there seems to be conflicting views on how safe that is/ how to do it. Yeah, I know – easier to take it back… If I do though I’ll probly just have to order it online.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 01:48 AM

Not sure how well I’d do with hanging – I tend to forget that stuff like that is there then smack it with boards or something :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 02:38 AM

My shop is well lit. The hanging lights I have are above my workbench and my jointer. For me, I don’t like such direct lighting when finishing. Small projects that I’m finishing on the bench top, I’ll move the light so that I can see the finish being applied. In front of my jointer is the largest open area I have, and this is where I breakdown sheet goods. Normally I’ll do this with my door open, and get plenty of light. Now that it gets dark early, if I need to cut sheet goods I’ll move the light so that I can clearly see my lines.

The chain lights are easy to move, and only about 4” off the ceiling.

I was showered with glass, once. I bough clear plastic sleeves for the light bulbs just for safety sake.

Your situation is different. The troffer you mentioned usually get installed between joists and are usually flush with the ceiling (my limited experience installing a few of these in my home.) The lights I’ve installed were open on two sides and were dependent on the joists to loosely seal the light. Your light may be different.

I don’t fool around with electricity or gas. I always follow the manufactures direction in these two areas.

-- Nicky

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