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Over my workbench, I had a 3ft, 2 lamp fluorescent fixture that put out 50w. I was not able to find replacement bulbs at the big box stores anymore so I replaced it with a 4ft LED shop light from Costco. All I can say is Wow! What a difference. It is rated as 42W and puts out as much light as my dual 8ft fluorescent fixtures mounted on the ceiling that use 110W bulbs.

I like the LED shop lights at Home Depot as you can directly connect them together to form as long a fixture as you need. I plan to use these in my Georgia house shop.

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Tom and Doug.........thanks for the tips. I'm getting ready to put my workshop in my basement, and I think both of these items will be useful. A couple of questions:
Tom - Have you tried removing the lights from the fixture and moving them to other locations? I'll probably be buying as I can afford them, and am thinking it would be nice if I can move one from place to place until I have the shop fully lighted. I'm wondering if they're sturdy enough to be handled a lot.

Doug........I was looking up the one you're talking about at Costco, and only found a 2-pack for $60. A couple of reviews said that model was not as good as some of the others as far as light dispersal. The model that was recommended was Feit 972917. Do you know if that's the one you bought for $28?

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Jim regarding the Feit bulbs: I replaced the bulbs in the track lights in my living room a couple years ago with generic led bulbs to reduce power usuage (dropped to 20% of previous). I needed to replace a couple and went with Feit bulbs even though a bit pricier. What a difference. The Feits are twice as bright as the other bulbs. I'll be replacing all my led bulbs with Feits when possible now.
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The fixture I have is Feit 73983. They look different than the HD lights with the same model number, as these have reflectors where the HD ones don't appear to. They are brighter than the standard 4 foot T12 fixtures they replaced, and they are a little less 'yellow' in color. The fixture says they are 4000k.

I plan on swapping out the other 2 fluorescent fixtures next time I see them on sale.

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Thank you for all the tips and info ! It is much appreciated.



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Over my workbench, I had a 3ft, 2 lamp fluorescent fixture that put out 50w. I was not able to find replacement bulbs at the big box stores anymore so I replaced it with a 4ft LED shop light from Costco. All I can say is Wow! What a difference. It is rated as 42W and puts out as much light as my dual 8ft fluorescent fixtures mounted on the ceiling that use 110W bulbs.

I like the LED shop lights at Home Depot as you can directly connect them together to form as long a fixture as you need. I plan to use these in my Georgia house shop.

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+1 on the LED's from Home Depot. I am up to 6 (on 2 runs) in my garage/shop and 3 (single run) in our basement. If I add 2 more to the garage, it will cover me end to end. Adding 3 or 4 more to the basement will take me all the way around the storage area on one switched circuit.

Anybody want to buy a few dozen 150w incandescent bulbs? I stocked up a few years ago when they got to be hard to find--the fixtures in the garage are still there, but I haven't bothered to replace the last 2 that went out!!
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Tom - Have you tried removing the lights from the fixture and moving them to other locations? I'll probably be buying as I can afford them, and am thinking it would be nice if I can move one from place to place until I have the shop fully lighted. I'm wondering if they're sturdy enough to be handled a lot.

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@chessnut2 I switched the first reflector light around when I added the second, and the Rockler units are quite robust. I think if I had a higher ceiling in my shop, I'd consider the larger output unit, but it would boe overkill in my shop where it is just 4-5 feet above the work surface. I really like these things. I might add a couple in the garage since I have added the Laguna 14/12 there as part of my wood prep area. At present the five bulbs in the garage are conventional without reflectors. I am thinking about finding a way to put reflectors on those bulbs. I know you can get porcelin fixtures threaded for reflectors, which only cost a little bit more than the regular kind. Rewiring is a nothing thing to do and I know the reflectors would boost the lumen level even higher.

Curly bulbs were crap, but the LED stuff is really terrific. I bought the warmer light since I find it more comfortable, about 2800 Kelvin, but you can choose about 4K and 5.5-6K color temperatures as well, if you want them.

LEDs have revolutionized film and video lighting. I have a couple of battery operated lights that, with digital cameras, completely antiquated the old flash lighting systems.

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nybody want to buy a few dozen 150w incandescent bulbs? I stocked up a few years ago when they got to be hard to find--the fixtures in the garage are still there, but I haven't bothered to replace the last 2 that went out!!
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I did that too. I don't think you can even sell them, so I'm going to donate them to Salvation Army, they can sell them for a dime. Tired of seeing them around because I'm all LED now.

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Jim regarding the Feit bulbs: I replaced the bulbs in the track lights in my living room a couple years ago with generic led bulbs to reduce power usuage (dropped to 20% of previous). I needed to replace a couple and went with Feit bulbs even though a bit pricier. What a difference. The Feits are twice as bright as the other bulbs. I'll be replacing all my led bulbs with Feits when possible now.
Charles, Do three Feits make a yard or would it now be a metre?
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