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Hi all

Any suggestions for HARDWIRED LED shop lights ?

I have 8 old school fluorescents to replace that are hardwired.... almost all of

the LED's I am seeing are plug in. Anyone used a good hardwired LED that

won't break the bank ? I need four footers,

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Shop lights

I installed 2 three footers from Lowes for $20 each and they do the job of 4 four foot flourescents. The newer surface mounted LED lights really work well. Only problem is that when you enter the dark shop and turn the lights on it's instant bright, not the gradual lighting of other types of lights.
 

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A friend put some in his shop with a built in bluetooth speaker system.Thank he got them at Lowe's?
 

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I Only problem is that when you enter the dark shop and turn the lights on it's instant bright, not the gradual lighting of other types of lights.

That's a problem? That's really splitting hairs is it not?

Back to the OP, Yes I have hard wired 15 fixtures, 30 tubes. Easy as falling off a log, left the ballast in the housing.

Now up for 2 years, not one tube failure, highly recommend the up grade. And no to be very clear I 'm an IT guy & home HotRod builder, & machinist ... no skin in the LED game .

https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-t8-tubes-replacement-bulbs/

I purchased the tubes form the link added ...

I can also explain ... or cut thru the chaff seen from the U-Tube experts that seem to always make simple things. Confusing trying to puff up the level of their not so intellect.



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I'm not sure exactly what you want but I had 4' florescent 2 bulb fixtures. I bought LED bulbs that fit right in but you have to rewire the fixture to put direct 120vac to one end of each bulb and throw out the ballast. I really like them, bought them on Amazon. I could find them if you are interested.
 

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LED Sop Lights

Thanks for the replies.

Going to order some retrofit LEDs that use the existing housings but throw away the old ballasts.

Looks simple enough to wire and a lot easier than taking down and then replacing the old fixtures.

I will post some pics when done.

Thanks again

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Make sure you get the color you like. Some of the daylight ones hurt my eyes and I can't see well with them. Then others are really yellowish. Sorry I forget what "Kelvin" mine are, it's just a tiny notch down from the daylight ones.
 

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Cool 5000K = jewelry store bright

Natural 4000K = as you see

Warm 3000K = yellow hue, or somewhat dimmed

Cool: being the brightest, photographs with a blue cast, and washes out color.

Natural: sun light, photographs well, even light spectrum truer color

Warm: dim low light, mood, photographs are dark over all

Hope that helped.....

At first went for the Cool, but backed off and find the Natural suits the shop best.

Seeing/viewing the correct color carries more weight and has a larger influence than we realize. I became aware of this because I take pictures of some things I make.

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PS: you get rolling, depending on the ceiling hight. Can hard wire those fixtures with out pulling em down, it's that easy. Really makes no sense to remove the ballast, unnessary in the big picture.
 

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Yes, I just checked mine,they are 4000 Kelvin color. I have some that are clear and you see each LED and some later ones that are frosted. I like the frosted better. They are Hyperikon brand. Use them a lot for years and no failures yet.
 

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I got the 8ft hyperikon brand and replaced about 50 fluorescents, in some places I used only 1 LED to replace 2 fluorescents. Get the ballast out now, they can fail too. I love the them.
 

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just a couple of questions


how do the LED hand the cold?
Ive got some 8' florescent bulbs in a poorly insulated shop that take for ever to warm up and light up, they are single pin

is there a retro bulb for them?


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The LED lights go to full brightness instantly even at temps well below freezing. I'm not sure if there is an 8' version, try google.
 

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just a couple of questions


how do the LED hand the cold?
Ive got some 8' florescent bulbs in a poorly insulated shop that take for ever to warm up and light up, they are single pin

is there a retro bulb for them?


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Yes.. I have bought 16 of the 8 foot long single pin lights from a place called Green Light Depot. I believe they are in Georgia.

My tubes are 5k light color, 4400 lumens, clear lens. Work very well on my 13 foot high ceiling shop.

I removed the ballast device, straight wire to 110v
 

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you will really be happy when you change over to leds.i have 8 4ft double tube lights that i changed over to leds.it is really easy to do.GET RID OF THAT BALLAST.i like the daylight tubes.boy what a difference.if you want 8 ft,put 2 of the 4ft close to each other.there is nothing like them.no matter what the temp.is they always come on instantly.and you save a lot on your electric bill
 

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My shop is 36 x 30 x 9. I started out with 3 rows of (3) 4' 2 tube fluorescents 32 years ago. Good for young eyes. Got a little older and changed to 3 rows of (3) 8' fluorescents (18 tubes). I then replaced them in the same configuration with 8' fixtures each containing (4) 4' led tubes. (36 tubes). Holy cow! What a difference! I have been in operating rooms not as bright as my shop is. Great for old eyes. Probably about half the cost for juice.
One thing I have not seen mentioned is the longevity. I used to be replacing a fluorescent tube here and there all the time. I haven't had an LED go out yet. Going on three years.
Oh yeah! You can not have too much light. Even with the bright light in the shop I still find myself wearing my headlight at times. LOL
 

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You guys are talking about the "smaller "round tube" 4" lites they sell now aren't you?I think i have 15 or so of the Led lites.[if thats what i have}they are much better than the old 4' and 8"
'flourescents The tubes are abit more money though bob s
 

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Well, seeing is just one of a long list of things I was better at when I was younger. I'm loving the brightness of the LED's. Just yesterday another one of the fluorescent fixtures started giving me problems. After getting out the step ladder and changing both bulbs only one is working and the fixture is emitting a high pitched squeal. I've been gradually changing them all to LED's and it's so much better. Not a fan of the super white ones and will look for the "Natural 4000 K" now that Rip-Tide has provided info on the difference.
 

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Recently bought 6 more 8 foot LED tubes from Green Light Depot.. 6000K light, 4400 lumens, clear lens. My fixtures are dual bulbs. I remove the ballast, so the hum is gone. I can hear that dang hum even with my hearing aids off.

Keep in mind: my ceiling height in my shop is 13 feet for my car hoist. The bright light is very welcomed at my age.
 

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Recently bought 6 more 8 foot LED tubes from Green Light Depot.. 6000K light, 4400 lumens, clear lens. My fixtures are dual bulbs. I remove the ballast, so the hum is gone. I can hear that dang hum even with my hearing aids off.

Keep in mind: my ceiling height in my shop is 13 feet for my car hoist. The bright light is very welcomed at my age.



D*** you put out some "scratch" for that amount of LED lighting!! didn't ya :sweat: bob s
 

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D*** you put out some "scratch" for that amount of LED lighting!! didn't ya :sweat: bob s
the 8 foot tubes are 16 dollars a piece. Plus shipping for the box of 6: 11 dollars shipping for a 8 foot long box. 3 yr warranty
 
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