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O.K. now I am starting to put lights in new shop today picked up a 4' shop worklight with 2 T-8 bulbs it is not too bright, I will be bringing this one back.... I have a drop ceiling with 2' tiles the lights that fit in there are not very bright either, I am curious as to what any/every one reccommends

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Mine are 8 footers. High output, "0" degree ballasts. Four in a 24X32 shop. As I age, it still isn't enough light. Thinking of adding two more. But, the secret to more florescent light is to get the High output tubes and the "0" degree ballasts. JMO

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Hey, Warren. Light coloured walls and ceiling are a huge help.
I just did a mental count and I think I have 10 -2 lamp 4' T8 wraparound fixtures in my 12' x 27' shop. All the fixtures are set in 4" deep recesses between the trusses in order to maintain a clear 8' clg. ht. (Everything is painted drywall.)
Over the tablesaw the fixtures are doubled up to give me 8 lamps at that end of the shop.
20 lamps at 32 watts = 640 watts total. That's also my heating...
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Warren, I've got 4 - 4' - 2T bulbs in my little 10x16 shop, and it's bright as heck in there. BUT, as others have mentioned about the light wall colors help, my ceiling is white and my walls are very light grey. So yea, it's bright in there!
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I just have a ceiling fan with light kit in a 9'-6" high ceiling but use one or all of the 2 cheap clamp on work lights and or a goose neck lamp depending on where I need the extra light. Except for the detailed work the over head light kit works for my half blind self.

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I have about 10-12 4 foot 2 tube 40W fixtures and it is very bright when everything is on (28x35 with everthing painted white). However, I'm getting tired of replacing ballasts which cost as much as a new light. Someone recently posted that he had lighted his similar sized workspace with daylight compact florescents at a cost of about $240 and the picture he included looked about as bright as my shop. Princess Auto here sells 45 watt cfl bulbs that are supposed to be equivalent to 200 watt incandescents for just over $20 so I am starting to rethink my lighting strategy.

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O.K. now I am starting to put lights in new shop today picked up a 4' shop worklight with 2 T-8 bulbs it is not too bright, I will be bringing this one back.... I have a drop ceiling with 2' tiles the lights that fit in there are not very bright either, I am curious as to what any/every one reccommends
My shed is 20' x 15' and I have 4 x 4' twin tube fittings each using NEC tri-phosphor
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To supplement my 8 foot lights I use 150 watt outside spotlight bulbs. I have them directed at the table saw and other stationary equipment. They give me the extra light where I need it. I picked you some cheap fixtures at the Goodwill to put them in.
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Cherryville Chuck,
The ballasts on cheap fixtures are hit and miss as far as quality. Have seen some last just over the one year warranty. I have found if I bump up to the next better fixture the ballasts last many years. I have several over 10 years old.
I am not a fan of CFL's for shop lighting as they are a point source of light and the shadows are harsher than you get from a tube type fixture. Some also have trouble in the cold and suffer shortened life.
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The ballasts on cheap fixtures are hit and miss as far as quality. Have seen some last just over the one year warranty. I have found if I bump up to the next better fixture the ballasts last many years. I have several over 10 years old.
I am not a fan of CFL's for shop lighting as they are a point source of light and the shadows are harsher than you get from a tube type fixture. Some also have trouble in the cold and suffer shortened life.
I agree 100% with the ballast on the cheap ones I bought 4 a 2 years ago and 2 are still going strong 2 have been replaced not very good in my opinion

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