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Old 06-30-2020, 01:10 PM
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LED Shop Light Fixtures

I'm building a new house and want to select shop lights for the garage. The builder is trying to sell me on some 16x16 LED lights that don't look very bright to me. He says they are 32 watt / 3200 lumens, which doesn't compute. They are also 4000K color temperature. Can't find any info about them on the Internet.

My preference is the old standard two-bulb 48" fixtures that accept T8 LED bulbs. I want them to be good quality, not some cheesy fixtures that will last only a few years.

Any suggestions for brand and model number?

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Just found this. Works only with LED bulbs, so is more efficient.
https://www.prolighting.com/commerci...0p0-18w5k.html
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Just converted all my 8 ft fluorescent HO fixtures to leds. bought lamps on Amazon. The expensive part is the fixture which I used the ones I already had. You want fixtures with reflectors depending on how high your ceiling is and the height you hang the fixtures at.

would not go any other way. You will not be disappointed with leds. Minimum 5000 K. I went with 6000.

Very white light but good light.
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This is what I do
https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-100-PACK...f71f970ee54713
they fit in fixture without ballast
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JYou want fixtures with reflectors depending on how high your ceiling is and the height you hang the fixtures at.

Would not go any other way. Minimum 5000 K. I went with 6000.
Good point about reflectors. The fixtures in my current garage have them, but sometimes I think they do as much harm as good, since the angle of light is reduced. Garage in new house will have 9 ft ceilings and be painted white.

Yeah, 5000K color temperature or higher is the only way to go. Out of the 7 fixtures in my current garage, two have 5000K LEDS, an one has 6500K. Both are much nicer than the usual 2700-4000K.
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I built a shed and installing the lights. I am using 4ft led fixtures which are 5000 lumens each. I also have been changed the 4 ft flourcents in my basement with leds as they are failing. The leds seem to keep the bright light longer than the flourscents and are more energy efficient.
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My experience with LED's. I have a small garage that I sometimes live in. It was originally lit wth 6 florescent 4" fixtures. I changed the bulbs annually, at least, and the lighting was OK. I decided to try an LED. So I swapped out one fixture for a 4' LED, low budget fixture from Lowe's that is over the area that I work in the most. Literally twice as bright. So I replaced the remaining 5 within the next several months. That was almost 4 years ago and I'm yet to change a bulb.

Twice as bright, and they work the same when it's 10 degrees as they do when it 90 degrees.

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I just finished my shop which is 30' wide by 36' long. I used a total of four eight foot Led fixtures. I have a nice bright work area and no shadowing. Each fixture is a single 4 inch wide strip and is actually made by connecting two 4 foot Led strips. The fixture color is 4K I think and each 8 foot light is 11,000 Lumens. I use 2 rows lengthwise and spaced out. So far I am very pleased with the results. Economic and bright, I love it.
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who knows what the next version of lighting will be? in 20 yrs i've gone from T12 to T8 to LED
3 times i've unplugged fixtures from the switch ceiling receptacle
the fixture you linked to are hardwired, unless you buy the $9 cord
i prefer led specific fixtures rather than any conversions
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I just replaced 14 floresent 48 fixtures with five of these these in my garage.
And I still have one left to replace two other 4 foot fixtures elsewhere.
It did require changing plugs to plastic ceiling fixtures. But it was easy and under 10 bucks to accomplish.
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