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Offline deepcreek

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"New" LED Shop Lights
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:34 PM »
My brother and I installed seven 48" four bulb T12 florescent in our 24x24' shop 16 years ago.  They were commercial grade Lithonia wraparound fixtures and have served us well. 

It's always been a chore to keep all 28 bulbs going at the same time.  Everything is fine for a while but then it seems like one fixture or another needs a bulb replaced.

Recently, some of the ballasts have been acting up and some bulbs don't come on at first or at all.  Most have their original ballasts but one has had them replaced several times.  I don't think they make them as good as they used to.

There are two ballasts per fixture at $20 buck each so $280 to replace them all.  I briefly considered replacing the fixtures with those LED shop lights sold at Sams and Costco that many woodworkers seem to like.

I did some research and found a ballast bypass LED replacement bulb from Hyperikon.  Basically, you remove the ballasts and wire the existing tombstone sockets directly to the incoming power.  The new bulbs are T8 size but fit in a G13 tombstone for a T12.  After removing the ballasts, it's really no different than installing a standard light fixture. 

That's it.  Fixture upgraded with energy efficient, long life LED bulbs.  It takes less than 30 minutes per fixture for the conversion start to finish and I work slowly around electricity (even when the breaker is off).  Total cost for 28 bulbs was $290 or about the same as replacing the ballasts.  They are rated for 45,000 hours with a five year warranty so I hope to have carefree light in the shop for a long time.

I'm super pleased with my "new" shop lights and wanted to share.  No affiliation at all with this company.  Just a new fan.

FYI - I went with the 4000K Daylight Glow and like the clean light.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S5O83BG/

« Last Edit: February 10, 2019, 12:36 PM by deepcreek »
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline tomp

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Re: "New" LED Shop Lights
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 01:06 PM »
Kind of in the same position, except I have (8) 96" two-tube fluorescent fixtures, up now about 25 years and am having trouble keeping them all working. I have been looking at the switch to LED, but the 96" tubes aren't cheap, and it's looking as if it will be cheaper to take them down and replace with two-tube 48" units - which means that I'll be needing 16 of them. The ceiling is at 10', not a big problem when I moved in and the garage was empty, but going to be a lot more difficult with it packed and having to find a way to move everything. Fortunately, I should be able to replace them in stages, and having them split on two different circuits means that I won't have to try to do it in the dark.

Offline Kab

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Re: "New" LED Shop Lights
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 05:20 PM »
I purchased my ballast bypass led replacement for florescent lights from eledlights.com. They now have 8' replacement bulbs, https://www.eledlights.com/led-lights/eled-indoor-lights/eled-led-tube-light-bulbs-lamps-t8-t12/eled-led-t8-t12-replacement-tubes-8-ft.html.

I purchased 50 of the 4' bulbs and some tombstones so I didn't have to worry if the existing tombstones were shunted.

Offline deepcreek

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Re: "New" LED Shop Lights
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 09:35 AM »
Looks like Hyperikon offers eight foot bulbs, too.

https://www.hyperikon.com/indoor-large-area/led-tubes/#/filter:categories_hierarchy:LED$2520Lighting$253EIndoor$2520Large$2520Area$253ELED$2520Tubes$253E8FT$2520Tubes

I'm sure there are other manufacturers for these.

I was just impressed that I could modernize my shop lights so easily.
Joe Adams
TimberFire Studio
Houston, Texas

http://www.facebook.com/timberfire

Offline Steve1

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Re: "New" LED Shop Lights
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 02:38 PM »
I will be putting up new fixtures in the near future.   I know I want replaceable tubes, either ballast bypass or external driver.   Most LED fixtures have non-replaceable LEDs.   Maybe they sell fixtures for direct wire LED tubes, but I have not seen them.    What do people do --- buy a fluorescent fixture, re-wire it and throw away the ballast, and slap in an LED tube ?

Offline rvieceli

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Re: "New" LED Shop Lights
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 03:34 PM »
@Steve1 there are a few manufacturers that make replaceable led tube ready fixtures, this is a link to a sticky thread over at garagejournal.com that has a lot of good info. The first entry is regularly updated'

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=278420

this thread reviews one the more popular options:

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=7147903#post7147903

Ron