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  1. #21
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    Saskatoon, SK
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    I'm pretty sure my cousin did those but with one I suspect there would be a lot of shadows?

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  3. #22
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    Nov 2007
    Fort Saskatchewan, AB


    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kondra View Post
    26' x 36' x 10' ceilings.

    Three rows of four double 4' fluorescent fixtures except over the 10' x 10' spray booth in the corner

    So that is a total of eleven double 4' bulb fixtures.

    As the ballasts burn out I am replacing the fixtures with a single 45w CF bulb/5500k.

    Quite simply put I am sick of fluorescent fixtures, changing bulbs, changing ends, changing ballasts, etc...

    Cheers, Don
    I think that in hind sight, the CF solution probably needs more thought. Dirt cheap to instal, dirt cheap to expand and the outputs are getting better. More light source = less shadows.

  4. #23
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    Feb 2006
    close to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Default Re: What shop lighting do you have and are you happy with it?

    To be clear.

    I am not using Home Depot type CF bulbs, mine are photo bulbs purchased from Alzo Digital.

    The benefit is a better color balance when I'm photographing work in progress

    FYI the 45w bulbs are ~ $10 each.

    Cheers, Don

  5. #24
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    Jan 2011

    Default Re: What shop lighting do you have and are you happy with it?

    Does anyone know of a good electrical supplier in the Newmarket area where I can pick up a bunch of flourescent fixtures for the shop?

  6. #25
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    Apr 2012
    La Ronge, SK

    Default Re: What shop lighting do you have and are you happy with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by hawk223 View Post

    1) Type(s) and quantity of fixtures (Reflectors?)?

    2) Bulbs used (lumen rating) color temperature rating in K?

    3) Ceiling height?

    4) Shop area (square footage)?

    5) Wall and ceiling finish/color?

    6) Are you satisfied with the lighting?

    7) What would you change?

    8) Other comments?
    1) 8 - 8' T8 fixtures, no reflectors (each with 4 - 4' bulbs)

    2) Standard T8 bulbs at 5000 K

    3) 9' sloping to 11' at the peak.

    4) Open portion of shop = approximately 600 sq ft.

    5) Eggshell white.

    6) Lighting seems very good, so far. I have not spent a great deal of time in my shop yet, though. Lights are in 2 banks so that I can switch them independently.

    7) Haven't come across anything yet, that might change as time goes on.

    8) The 5000K bulbs seem to give a fairly natural light, I am happy in that regard so far. Don't be afraid to have lots of light, if you create several separately switched banks of fixtures, you can have as much or as little light as you need.

    Good luck!


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