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glennster
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ok, so they are fazing out the t-12 8 foot flourescent lights, what are the options for replacement?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you want to stay with fluorescent strip lights, your choices will be T-8 or T-5, with T-8 being the more economical choice.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:24 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mashbox has it.
 
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Gary from Muleshoe
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just change the ballast to a T8 and put T8 bulbs in.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks guys I believe I will just trace our the leak next spring. In the mean time I am gonna unplug the compressor.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Oops I replied to the wrong post.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've had T-8 fixtures in my shop for around eight years now. I'm very happy with them; they fire up reasonably fast at 32F. Supposedly they're good down to 0F, but it seldom gets below 20 in my (currently) unheated shop.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am in the process of re-lighting my shop . Going with T5 4 or 6 bulb 48 inch fixtures. Not cheap,round 200-225 each. BUT ..was told they"d save me close to $1600yr on my electric bill . Had energy audit . Got hodge podge of 8 ft flour reg and HO . Some 400 watt Highbay lights,those things are the devil ..cheap or almost free to find on Craigs list, but man do they run the meter up. Checked out a few shops with the T5 lights,wow daylight bright .
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My neighbor put in T5 fixtures with six? tubes per and boy are they bright. In the shop I'm rigging up in the cattle shed I hung up a few cheap household two tube T5's just to see what they would do and so far I like the light they put out. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just installed T5's in my new shop. Went with six bulb fixtures. Put 6 in a 28 by 46 shop. Really lights it nice. Bought them locally from a hardware store for $133, bulbs included. Think he gets them from Econolight.com. Says he has sold several hundred of them.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is not being a T5 or T8 that makes then bright, its the rating of the bulb. I would stay away from Th T5s unless you like to replace ballasts.
We have them at work and have tried every ballast brand we can find, none of them hold up. The technology is not there yet.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: shop lights ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Brad,

here is the link - 4 bulb for $108 and 6 bulb for $125. Good info, for sure


http://www.e-conolight.com/linear-fluorescent-high-bay/6-lamp-commercial/6-lamp-commercial-linear-fluorescent.html

John
 
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