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VintageMusclecar
02-09-2017, 07:19 PM
Been fighting a losing battle for years with fluorescent overhead lights in the shop. Pricey bulbs went out just as quickly as the cheap ones. Cold weather meant working by the braille method. You get the idea.

Decided I'd had enough yesterday, picked up 2 of these at our local Menards:

https://www.menards.com/main/lighting-ce...ainStoreId=3240 (https://www.menards.com/main/lighting-ceiling-fans/indoor-lighting/strips-shop-lights/smart-electrician-48-4800-lumens-led-silver-shop-light/p-1460080852477-c-1460466960158.htm?tid=-3951135371307271662&bargainStoreId=3240)

https://hw.menardc.com/main/items/media/LUMIN005/ProductLarge/348-1434_P_.jpg

Just got one hung.

Holy crap--instant freakin' daylight! <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/worship.gif

With the old fluorescent lights, I had to resort to magnifying glasses AND a flashlight to be able to read small print--like jet &amp; metering rod #'s.

I can now read them w/o the magnifying glasses or the flashlight. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/biggthumpup.gif

These LED's are supposed to last ~35,000 hours. If they last even half that long I'll be happy.

For a measly $40.00 each, I'll be purchasing several more of these very soon. My old eyeballs need all the help they can get.

scuncio
02-09-2017, 07:52 PM
Good to hear. I'm swapping out my old fluorescents too.

Crush
02-09-2017, 08:04 PM
I have been slowly replacing my fluorescent lights w LED in the house and barn and couldn't agree more on how bright they are! The last one I bought said it will last 46 years, so I told my wife that will be the kids inheritance!!

HawkX66
02-09-2017, 08:36 PM
Great price Eric. I bought a bunch of banged up LED lights off Craigslist a couple of years ago for next to nothing and retrofitted the ones in my garage. I would NEVER go back to fluorescent. They were the worst in the cold. LED, instant on. Nice! It's nice to see the prices finally settling down a little too. I need a couple more for my reloading area.

Charley Lillard
02-09-2017, 08:54 PM
Replaced a 6 bulb T4 4' setup with a LED I bought from Amazon. Looking at the floor you can compare the difference. The LED is over the bright section. Amazing. http://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/pics/usergals/2017/02/full-23-57798-img_2185.jpg

ssl78
02-10-2017, 12:51 AM
I replaced all 64 florescent bulbs in the original fixtures with LED bulbs that I bought at Costco. The difference was unreal

mockingbird812
02-10-2017, 03:18 PM
John - I did not know you could simply swap out the f. bulbs for the LED bulbs. Do the fluorescent ballast resistors interfere with LED bulb operation or do you remove/by-pass those?

markinnaples
02-10-2017, 03:19 PM
Man, I gotta do this. The florescent bulbs I just bought not that long ago are already giving me trouble. They sure don't last long.

Charley Lillard
02-10-2017, 04:32 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mockingbird812</div><div class="ubbcode-body">John - I did not know you could simply swap out the f. bulbs for the LED bulbs. Do the fluorescent ballast resistors interfere with LED bulb operation or do you remove/by-pass those? </div></div>
You can buy them either way. Costco sells direct replacement bulbs.

70 copo
02-10-2017, 04:47 PM
When I remodeled the 3 bay last year I switched to LED fixtures.... the main building is next. They are bright yet easy on your eyes.

MosportGreen66
02-10-2017, 05:52 PM
Whenever my budget affords, in my distribution centers builds (especially new construction), I always spring for LED. Big difference in productivity in the areas with LED vs. others...

Dan

mockingbird812
02-10-2017, 06:36 PM
Thanks Charley.

How much less wattage is drawn by LED vs. Fluorescent?

Charley Lillard
02-10-2017, 07:26 PM
A bunch as I recall. Thru the box away but search Amazon

ssl78
02-10-2017, 09:56 PM
Direct swap with the original ballasts but you have to be careful. I originally bought bulbs thru home depot I believe they were Sylvania but they did not work. I read the box and they were only compatable with certain ballasts. It seems like Costcos are compatible with all. They worked with no problem. I read by changing the whole light with a led one it could be a lttle brighter but my fixtures would have been to hard to change.



http://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/pics/usergals/2017/02/full-338-57852-dsc00184.jpg

mockingbird812
02-10-2017, 11:22 PM
Good to know - thanks John! Nice shop BTW!!

ssl78
02-12-2017, 01:38 PM
Thanks Sam, When I installed those lights didnt think I would have problems with the cold weather since my garage was heated. First winter i realized my attic was not heated and they were really dim in the winter. The weather does not effect the LED lights.

Gary Anderson
02-12-2017, 03:19 PM
http://www.ruralking.com/4-led-shoplight-4500-lumen.html

Lynn
02-12-2017, 03:49 PM
How much less wattage is drawn by LED vs. Fluorescent?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Charley Lillard</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A bunch as I recall. Thru the box away but search Amazon </div></div>

Mind you, that's only an estimate.

69b5bee
02-12-2017, 03:58 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gary Anderson</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> http://www.ruralking.com/4-led-shoplight-4500-lumen.html</div></div>

Have you used these? There is plenty of Rural King's around me that I could buy from if they are decent

VintageMusclecar
02-13-2017, 03:11 AM
Bought 4 more lights today, got 5 of 6 hung so far.

Best as I can describe it:

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Gary Anderson
02-13-2017, 03:36 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 69b5bee</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gary Anderson</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> http://www.ruralking.com/4-led-shoplight-4500-lumen.html</div></div>


Have you used these? There is plenty of Rural King's around me that I could buy from if they are decent </div></div>

http://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/pics/usergals/2017/02/full-10678-58051-road_trip_002.jpg

I put some up in my shop recently. Instant on and full bright with no hum like the existing fluorescent lights. There are 50 some reviews on that page, all are quite good.

RPOLS3
02-13-2017, 01:36 PM
Anybody have any experience with these supposed direct replacement lamp tubes? I have 8' fixtures and it would be nice to be able to just swap the lamps out.

8' LED direct replacement (https://www.eledlights.com/led-lamps-by-type/led-tube-light-bulbs-lamps-t8-and-t12/ballast-compatible-tubes/8ft-ballast-compatible-led-glass-tube-3899.html#.WKG13eQiw0Q)

Thanks

VintageMusclecar
02-13-2017, 08:50 PM
AND as usual...........there's a catch. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/mad.gif

Turns out LED lights can cause interference with radios and other electronic devices.

As fate would have it, these lights render my shop stereo useless...unless I want to listen to white noise buzzing while I work. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/rolleyes.gif

Haven't tried the garage door remote opener yet. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/smirk.gif

How is it that I always find out about this kind'a <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/bs.gif <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="text-decoration: underline">AFTER</span></span> the fact???

Crush
02-13-2017, 09:01 PM
That's interesting info....wonder if that is what is causing problems w my wifi?

tunes
02-14-2017, 09:30 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: VintageMusclecar</div><div class="ubbcode-body">AND as usual...........there's a catch. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/mad.gif

Turns out LED lights can cause interference with radios and other electronic devices.

As fate would have it, these lights render my shop stereo useless...unless I want to listen to white noise buzzing while I work. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/rolleyes.gif

Haven't tried the garage door remote opener yet. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/smirk.gif

How is it that I always find out about this kind'a <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/bs.gif <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="text-decoration: underline">AFTER</span></span> the fact??? </div></div>

I just bought the same LED lights at Menard's. They aren't up yet but I plugged them in and get no noise from my stereo system. Could it be something else?

VintageMusclecar
02-15-2017, 12:45 AM
I moved the stereo today as far away from the LED's as I could, made a big difference but the one light closest to the stereo still makes it buzz a little bit. I'm going to put one of the old fluorescents back up in that spot and move the LED to the other side of the shop, that should suffice for now.

Thinking it may be related to not having 3 prong grounded outlets.