Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?
I have an 800 square foot shop with 9' ceilings and about 25 4-foor, two-lamp fixtures. It's enough for my old peepers, but definitely not too much.
I think 4' fixtures are a better bet because the lamps are cheaper - they go on sale at Ace for $ 0.98 each, with a 10% discount for a case. The fixtures were on sale at a discount store for nine dollars and change, including the tubes. And then I got a 10% senior discount even though I was only in my late forties at the time. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
And I think a lot of smaller fixtures are a better deal than fewer big ones because there are fewer shadows and dark areas with light coming down from everywhere. And when one goes out it doesn't get gloomy in that area.
When I built the shop I put receptacles all over the ceiling, and could plug in three times as many fixtures as I have now. What's nice about that is that I can easily hang an extra one over the milling machine and over the lathe where I need even a little more.