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Old 12-29-2014, 02:58 PM
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Shop Lights

Ill be redoing all the lighting in my shop over the nest couple of months. The building is 25x40 and is arched with the center 16' and the sides 10'.

Any ideas and links to good suppliers would be a big help.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:32 PM
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i have a 30x30 with 12 foot side walls. i have 6 8 foot t8 high output fixtures. It light the space up good.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:08 PM
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120v Clamp-on Drop lights w/ LED bulbs.

In my area one thousand watts (an hour) costs 12 cents.
I light my entire basement with about 49 watts per hour actual consumption.

I simply clamp them on to overhead beams.
They cost me about $9 a light for the hardware.
Add to that the cost of extension cord and electrical cable.
And the actual light bulbs.

All in all I got away with somewhere between $50-$100

Matter of fact it's these units (except I used LED bulbs, not incandescent):
http://www.lowes.com/pd_203213-1373-FL-300NPDQ12_0__
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:50 PM
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I have been looking at these for my shop. http://www.prolighting.com/t5hibayli.html
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:52 PM
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Yeah we might live in different worlds... For myself I don't mind the looks of exposed insulation and frameless light bulbs, more so because I couldn't see spending near a thousand for four to six friggin' ceiling lamps...Fact is I'd rather spend the money on insulation than light fixtures, it costs a lot more to heat this place, seems the expenses never end... The other thing is you will need... 25x40 = 1,000 sqaure feet... About that many as well, my area's 1,200 square feet, I just use about 8 of those $9 units clamped to the overhead.

And next, the lumens...
Mine are 60w equivalent and put out about 800 lumens each...
I have around seven of them, so 800 x 7 = 5,600 lumens.

Those premium LED high bays you're looking into feature models ranging from 12,000 to 49,000 lumens... Not sure where you're headed with that but do you need more than 10 thousand lumens, and do you want it spread out evenly so you need more than one lamp dead center?

That's why I spread mine out and installed several, rather than one or two, so the light would illuminate the area evenly.

But you might have your own ideas, if cosmetics is what you're after my ideas are usually geared towards a frugal operation... The below is what 5.6 thousand lumens does for a 1,200 square foot area.. It's plenty light for me:
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I have 5 bulb, 4 foot T5 fixtures in my building. They put out serious light. I love them.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:28 AM
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I would go with 6 bulb t8 high bays over t5 any day. The t5s are great no offense but I work at an electrical supply/lighting store and honestly the extra cost for t5 ballast/bulb/fixture up front will never pay for itself vs the t8 over its lifetime.

If you want more efficient than t8 I really can't see going t5, you might as well go LED especially with how LED pricing is dropping in the last year.
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120v Clamp-on Drop lights w/ LED bulbs.

In my area one thousand watts (an hour) costs 12 cents.
I light my entire basement with about 49 watts per hour actual consumption.

I simply clamp them on to overhead beams.
They cost me about $9 a light for the hardware.
Add to that the cost of extension cord and electrical cable.
And the actual light bulbs.

All in all I got away with somewhere between $50-$100

Matter of fact it's these units (except I used LED bulbs, not incandescent):
http://www.lowes.com/pd_203213-1373-FL-300NPDQ12_0__
ive been thinking about lighting in my garage and this is a good easy cheap solution . plus you can unclamp em and use for things like workin under truck
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:54 AM
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I would go with 6 bulb t8 high bays over t5 any day. The t5s are great no offense but I work at an electrical supply/lighting store and honestly the extra cost for t5 ballast/bulb/fixture up front will never pay for itself vs the t8 over its lifetime.

If you want more efficient than t8 I really can't see going t5, you might as well go LED especially with how LED pricing is dropping in the last year.
I'm waiting on them to come down a bit more. The outside flood lights we use are led and the cost to operate is so much better then the older sodium lights
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:13 AM
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I wouldn't consider anything that wasn't LED. Maybe you pay more upfront, but you save in the long run. I also like the brighter whiter lighting.
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