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OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

I recently had a 30 x 40 shop built, Working on putting lights in. Im using 8' HO flourescents(sp?). Will 3 rows of 3 spaced 10' apart, be enough? Im getting a good deal on some NEW fixtures but Im looking for any thoughts or comments.... What to do?

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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

A lot will depend upon the height.

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http://www.iapa.ca/pdf/lightin.pdf

When a friend of mine was lighting his barn he found an on-line calculator someplace but I couldn't find it with a quick search
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

My experience says you can never have enough light. When you think you have enough, put in a couple more. Also have a nice collection of drop lights, etc.
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

Yup, you can never have enough. I want to be able to tan in the garage if need be. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Nice choice on lights. I love the HO ones. You will have it OK in there with those. But I would have at least a couple more. But I like to have to squint to see. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

Mine shop is approx 30x50 and it's lit with 6 fixtures (approx 20 ft high) of double 8 foot flouscents. It's ok just for walking in & out but more light is needed at the work stations.
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

Go with T-8's 4 foot there sweet. much more output.
I have 2 bays with 3 over the motor and 2 in the back. works good. total of 10
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

Agreed, you can never have too many. If you've got the room pick up a couple of 4'X 2 tube florescent (or four tube) assemblies. Then mount them on a couple of cheap hand trucks. These you can always move around and make up for any deficiency in ceiling lighting.
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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.
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

Remember flouscents do not operate in cold conditions....
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Re: OT Shop Lighting, how much is to little?

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Remember flouscents do not operate in cold conditions....

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Yeah, that’s why I run both a incandescent floods and Fluorescent in my barn
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