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Re: shop lights

Postby CapeCodCubs » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:23 am

We have a program in Massachusetts where they come to your house and replace old bulbs with LED's for free. You guys got me thinking. Thanks, totally forgot about it.
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Re: shop lights

Postby Moondoggie » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:24 am

Hi. I discovered an LED shop light at Harbor Freight that I got using their coupons and discounts (always a SALE bulletin in the mailbox) and after discounts cost me only $23.xx. Regular $29.99. It has 5000 lumens and is a single strip with hanging chains and a chain pull switch and standard 6' plug. Put 2 in the garage to replace fluorescents always flickering and slow to lite up in cold weather. Instant on and BRIGHT.

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Re: shop lights

Postby Eugene » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:55 am

Local electric company has rebate programs for converting to LED lights. Some rebate programs are for residential customers.

They offer screw in LED bulbs in a number of different shapes and wattages. Appears that the bulb prices are at a considerable discount as well as free shipping.

Need to inventory the light bulbs used In the house, then do some research on prices.
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Re: shop lights

Postby Scrivet » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:35 pm

Make sure you understand whether you have shunted or non shunted tombstones. You need to get the correct retrofit bulbs whether you're leaving the ballast in or, taking it out and rewiring the tombstones. Some LEDs have both power terminals at one end, some have power terminals at each end, etc.

While the LEDs have many advantages the changeover is not as simple as screwing in a light bulb.

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Re: shop lights

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:44 pm

Also, if converting to the LED bulbs, be advised that not all are compatible with dimmer switches. You need to check the switches and bulbs to determine compatibility.

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Re: shop lights

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:19 pm

Scrivet wrote:Make sure you understand whether you have shunted or non shunted tombstones. You need to get the correct retrofit bulbs whether you're leaving the ballast in or, taking it out and rewiring the tombstones. Some LEDs have both power terminals at one end, some have power terminals at each end, etc.

While the LEDs have many advantages the changeover is not as simple as screwing in a light bulb.
The 4 footers I got at Walmart do not require rewiring, they simply install in the place of the existing T8s or T12s.
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Re: shop lights

Postby Barnyard » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:23 pm

My rural King puts these on sale now and then. As soon as they are in stock I plane to get a load of them for my shop. https://www.ruralking.com/2-pack-4-led- ... mlsl018745
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Re: shop lights

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:53 pm

I have seven 8' T8 fluorescent light fixtures in the Cubhouse and based on the discussion thus far, I will leave them as they are. We have changed some lights in the house to LEDs and are happy with the results. The changes were straightforward and less time on a ladder (not a small consideration at this time).

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Re: shop lights

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:48 pm

My shop came with fluorescent T-12 fixtures. No way will I install replacement LED tubes that reuse the ballasts. Half the time the ballasts are the reason the old fixtures are failing. Even a good ballast is another energy sink. Removing the ballast and rewiring the tombstones is usually straightforward unless it is a cheap fixture that wasn't designed for disassembly.

In my case, I decided not to even keep the old fixtures. I'm replacing them as they fail. If a light goes out, I see if a replacement tube fixes it. If not, the fixture gets replaced. Since they are flush mounted on a flat ceiling and are wired with metal conduit, my choices for new fixtures are limited. I got some with a power cord plug in one end. I have to remove the socket and rework the hole a bit to connect the conduit.

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Re: shop lights

Postby Lt.Mike » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:43 pm

Bill Hudson wrote: and less time on a ladder (not a small consideration at this time).
Bill

That’s a biggie!
I guess we’ve all got one or two lights that are in a spot that puts you at risk when changing bulbs.
One that comes to mind for me is the one over my basement stars. I hate ladders to begin with and leaning a closed step ladder on the wall with the bottom on the top step over the staircase makes me think it’s an accident waiting to happen. With an LED bulb in there hopefully it’ll be a long time before I have to scare myself again.
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Re: shop lights

Postby Posco » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:50 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Try the upper side of 70. :cry:


Pic need updating? You look sixty.

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Re: shop lights

Postby Barnyard » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:56 pm

Posco wrote:
John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Try the upper side of 70. :cry:


Pic need updating? You look sixty.

Yeah, John is still using his high school senior class pic.
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Re: shop lights

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:43 pm

Posco wrote:
John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Try the upper side of 70. :cry:


Pic need updating? You look sixty.
That is about what I was when that picture was taken, and I haven't replaced it with a current one because I don't like scaring children.
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Re: shop lights

Postby Gary S. » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:37 pm

John you might get a kick out of this - 2-3 weeks ago I just had a nice Western Electric 2 bulb fixture quit on me. I snagged it when one of our CO's went to a Siemens switch,they were throwing out all kinds of good stuff. I didn't feel like messing with it so I replaced it with a cheap led fixture

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Re: shop lights

Postby Eugene » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:19 am

Yesterday, I ordered screw in LED bulbs for the house from the electric companies rebate program.

Most bulbs were a dollar or two less expensive than the big box stores. The 3 way bulb was $5.95 through the rebate program and over $15.00 at the big box stores.
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