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Old 09-18-2014, 08:44 AM
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Default Warehouse / Work space lighting...

Looking to replace 8 of the 4' florescent bulbs (4 banks of 2). 18' ceiling... 1000 sf.

We're tired of it being a dungeon back there.

I *love* the look of the light from the high pressure sodium... but I don't like the 400 watt usage of each one.

It's a chore to replace bulbs when they burn out, so I'm looking for something with excellent longevity. they are on approximately 50 hours a week. But I'd also like something efficient.

Space is approx 20x50... this is work space... working without enough light sucks.

Thoughts?

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Ended up going with (2) 6 Light T-5 fixtures... should light it up like a ball field. LOL... and I'm being told that if it's stupid-bright, we can simply roll two bulbs out or something since it's an electronic ballast?

Seemed like the best blend for our needs... although each bulb at 54w is wacy...
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glad you took other advise lol
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Ended up going with (2) 6 Light T-5 fixtures... should light it up like a ball field. LOL... and I'm being told that if it's stupid-bright, we can simply roll two bulbs out or something since it's an electronic ballast?

Seemed like the best blend for our needs... although each bulb at 54w is wacy...
We put 6 T-5's in our 42x60 shop and it is the perfect amount of light.
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We just swapped our warehouse metal-halide lighting to T8 fixtures thru a program with PSEG. The T8 are much brighter and MUCH cheaper to run. Best thing is that it doesn't take 5 minutes to light up the whse anymore in the morning; the T8s are instant.
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I have an 11000 sq. ft. warehouse with 14' eve height and installed 15 banks of the 6 bulb t-5 fixtures. We also have it wired so that we can burn 2 bulbs, 4 bulbs or all six. We run them on 2 bulbs for night lights and still have plenty of light for the security cameras.
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Sorry to hijack... We have the standard 4' bulbs with the acrylic covers in our TV shop. What would be the best bulb to put in? We often work on tiny electronics and need good lighting. LED Lighting does not do well. I also need recommendations on a light to go directly above my rework station. Here we do real fine pitch soldering.

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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
We just swapped our warehouse metal-halide lighting to T8 fixtures thru a program with PSEG. The T8 are much brighter and MUCH cheaper to run. Best thing is that it doesn't take 5 minutes to light up the whse anymore in the morning; the T8s are instant.
T8?
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Originally Posted by HTV View Post
I have an 11000 sq. ft. warehouse with 14' eve height and installed 15 banks of the 6 bulb t-5 fixtures. We also have it wired so that we can burn 2 bulbs, 4 bulbs or all six. We run them on 2 bulbs for night lights and still have plenty of light for the security cameras.
That's what I needed to know. That's a fixture every 733sf. We have more height and need it slightly brighter due to production requirements (as well as 5000k for color, etc.) -- so I think the electrician was spot-on with the recommendation.

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Thanks for all the other feedback too!
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T8?
Tube designations

Lamps are typically identified by a code such as FxxTy, where F is for fluorescent, the first number (xx) indicates either the power in watts or length in inches, the T indicates that the shape of the bulb is tubular, and the last number (y) is the diameter in eighths of an inch . Typical diameters are T12 or T38 (1 1⁄2 in or 38.1 mm) for residential lamps with magnetic ballasts, T8 or T26 (1 in) for commercial energy-saving lamps with electronic ballasts, and T5 or T16 (5⁄8 in) for very small lamps, which may even operate from a battery powered device.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
That's what I needed to know. That's a fixture every 733sf. We have more height and need it slightly brighter due to production requirements (as well as 5000k for color, etc.) -- so I think the electrician was spot-on with the recommendation.

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Thanks for all the other feedback too!
Forgot to mention, we opted for the chrome reflector also. If I remember right that option was only about $12 a fixture. That was two years ago.
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Thanks guys...

http://www.hoveyelectric.com/hovey-e...ed-T5-Lighting

Interesting stuff...

Wonder what some electricians on here say?
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I recently went from the old 2 bulb 8' strips to the T8 and it lighted the place up big time.
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I just looked at what is currently there... T8 32W. Don't get me wrong... in the office and where the ceiling is 8-10ft... they're "ok". But in the warehouse/workshop... 18ft ceilings... no good.

The T5 with 5000k bulbs and reflective housing should be excellent. We'll see...
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It's a little late now and I have no idea what the initial cost would be but at my work they installed lights with 100 LED lights (per fixture) outside that throw a ton of light, when inside looking out the door it looks like daytime outside.
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It's a little late now and I have no idea what the initial cost would be but at my work they installed lights with 100 LED lights (per fixture) outside that throw a ton of light, when inside looking out the door it looks like daytime outside.
The "daytime" aspect of that we'll have too... it's all about getting "cold" light (5k kelvin+).

I thought about the LED route... I think this will work well.
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We have our lights mounted 20' up.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
I just looked at what is currently there... T8 32W. Don't get me wrong... in the office and where the ceiling is 8-10ft... they're "ok". But in the warehouse/workshop... 18ft ceilings... no good.

The T5 with 5000k bulbs and reflective housing should be excellent. We'll see...
I assume these are the thin 4ft longbulbs that are about 5/8 diameter. My garage (you've seen the build thread) has 8 fixtures with (6) 4ft bulbs each with reflectors (15 ft ceiling). It's twice the light recommended and you almost need sunglasses in there (30 x 56 x 15ft tall)

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