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Old 12-20-2017, 02:29 PM
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Just checked the whore moan deput web site for canada $80 is the cheapest.
Life beats the alternative hands down.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:58 PM
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I found another option at Menards...
A single, 48" tube, 4200 Lumen fixture, using 50W, on sale right now for $16.99

That's getting pretty cheap considering I wouldn't have to "build" it...
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:39 PM
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This just a personal point of view.

The ROI of LED lighting just doesn’t work for a personal or single shift shop.
The power saving does not kick in untill16 to 18 hours per day on time.

And now that places where they do make sense are switching over, the CL market is flooded with florescent fixtures.

When I got to the lighting phase of my shop build I ended up getting 200 three 40-watt bulb fixtures for a $15.00 bid
That is right 200 for $15.00. Nobody else bid.
Most with bulbs sill in them.
“Worked when removed.”

I only needed six but I had to take them all.
I set up a testing bench, found 6 that worked and then tested all the bulbs.
I ended up with 3 dozen extra bulbs

My boy took the reminder fixtures in for scrap

And I can do brain surgery in my shop

All for $15.00
That is ROI that can be matched in todays market.

Check your power use numbers against the cost of an "upgrade."
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by kbs2244 View Post
The ROI of LED lighting just doesn’t work for a personal or single shift shop.
With about fourteen 4' T12 bulbs in the house and another four at the shop with more to be added, it is only a matter of time before the LEDs get put into service. A 2-pack of cheap T12s is about $4. We replace 6 bulbs or more a year so average life is about 2 years. If an LED was $4, it will take 2 years to break even. With a 5-year warranty I think that would be a ROI of 25% after 5 years. But maybe my math is wrong? And of course, this doesn't account for the time it takes to retrofit them...

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Old 02-15-2020, 10:56 PM
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Seeing Kent's recent post about his lighting conversion, got me to thinking that I never posted a final picture of my lighting conversion in my garage. If you're wondering what they looked like before paint, check the first few posts in this thread, and if you want to know why I didn't use the original fixtures, I think it was post #11 where I explained it.

Anyways, here's my garage now, taped, mudded, well lit, and painted. I even painted the electrical boxes and my "tension end" pieces to match the paint.

Here's some pics of my garage ceiling. I'm very happy with how they turned out, I think it looks very neat and clean without the fixtures, and I'll probably do this in my new shop also when I start that this summer.
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