Discussion in 'Garages, Workshops & Tools' started by Johnny Blaze, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Johnny Blaze

    Johnny Blaze Veteran Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    New Washington, IN
    My garage has 8ft ho shop lights. They are old and loud and one has quit all together.

    Looking to upgrade, curious what overs are doing.

    Shop is 30ftx24ft
  2. night rider

    night rider Veteran Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Bremen, Ga
    I'm still doing it the old cheap way. I found great yard sale scores on the T12 dual 4' bulb fixtures, so that's what I have.

    Shop is 36'x24' and I hung 7 of those twin 4' bulb fixtures, 2 walmart style T12 4' fixtures, and 2 sets of track lights with 4 60w bulbs in each.

    3 of the twin 4' T12 fixtures on each side of the shop, 1 in the center.

    Track light in rear at front and rear
    Cheap walmart style T12 fixtures evenly spaced in front
  3. zfool

    zfool Veteran Member

    May 19, 2014
    Rochester, MN
    T-5 is cheaper than LED, LED is the best. T-5 will start in the cold as well if thats a concern
  4. rcsf500

    rcsf500 New Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    White Lake,MI.
    Costco has 4ft.led fixtures for 24.95,just replaced 6 8ft.florescent fixtures with 12 of these......what a difference!
  5. Greg73Z28

    Greg73Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Joplin, Missouri
    4-Bulb T-5's all the way. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and very bright. My 2 cents.
  6. Smokin'Joe

    Smokin'Joe Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    I have a 30'x60' and currently have 8 of the new 4ft 3200 lumen LED's from Home Depot in the back 40' of the building. In the front 20' I have 4 of the 2 lamp F54HO fixtures also from Home Depot. - I really like the LED's, and only run 1/2 of the lights on each side which is plenty for normal day to day use. The LED's have pull chains so you can turn them on/off when you need them. - If I'm working in the back bay, I turn them all on, but when just tinkering around, 1/2 is plenty. Good lighting quality and very cost efficient. - I already bought 4 more of the LED's and am going to displace the 4 F54HO units as they burn out.

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
  7. dave@ztech

    dave@ztech Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2016
    Shop Lights

    If you can get the 4 bulb Led , about $140.00 a piece for the 4 foot one's and have the budget , I feel they are the best , no bulbs , easy to install ,and vey lite , around 13 pounds , or the T8's four bulb , good light , inexpensive , around $56.00 at Home Depot , easy to install , around 28 pounds. All that said LED costs more upfront , however almost half the cost , or less to run , and you are doing you bit , for the planet , my 2cents
  8. night rider

    night rider Veteran Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Bremen, Ga
    Update on mine..
    I ran across some 6 bulb T8 fixtures used for $25 each and I bought 7 of them.

    I have added 4 of those in my shop with the T12s that I already had. Man what a difference!

    The 4, 6 bulb T8 fixtures puts out more light than ALL of my other fixtures added together.

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