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Ordered these LED shop lights, came 4 to a pack from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XGBKDKZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I see the price has gone up. They are lightweight, crazy lightweight. Like a kids toy, but they all worked and did so after a 1 hour burn so maybe I will not have to replace. I made some small 2 x 5 inch blocks to mount to ceiling each with a mounting screw in the middle. The lights do not come with said screw, they have some plastic adapter that probably does the same thing but I made my own anyway. The holes for the mounting screws were to small for my stock machine screws so I used my Dremel to open them up a bit and accept the screws I had, as in plenty of them. Took me about 15 minutes to take down the old florescent fixtures and cap off the wiring. Had the new ones up in about 20 minutes. Ran them all to one extension cord and turned them on. NICE! Tomorrow I will install the outlets in the ceiling so each light can be unplugged and replaced with ease if needed. Got that tip years ago from Bearpaw. Some of my current lights have already be ungraded in such a manner but the main shop lights had been hardwired since I bought the house. These units can be plugged end to end, but only two lights per circuit. I opted to run them just like the old ones so each has a plug to go into. Could have gone either way but I do intend to use them end to end in another location. For an hours worth of work and clean up so far I am pretty satisfied with the results. One nice thing about upgrading to outlets in the ceiling is I can easily replace any light without cutting power and wiring a new light in. May go ahead and upgrade the other locations for this while I am at it just to speed up installation next time. The package as received: Previous 3 fixture florescent lighting, with one 3 ft LED I added in December over the Drill Press: New LED shop lights, 4 in all. My temp hook up to test them out:
Came upon a new kind of light which an be very useful on lathes. Found it on ebay . It is a sewing machine light. It comes with no plug since it has to be threaded thru the mount you choose. I did a kinda cantilever so I can move it out of the way when not in use. Just happened to have a strain relief to relieve the cord . I used a led for the light and you can then pick the color temp (5000 preferred) and luminosity you want. This $20 saves me from buying a $100 led flex light. There may be a cheaper one but under $20 this was the best I was willing to look for. https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEWING-MACHINE-FLEXIBLE-GOOSENECK-WORKING-LAMP-LIGHT/401145445865?hash=item5d6621bde9:g:hPsAAOxykMpTJJ1I:rk:14:pf:0
I have two battery powered LED lamps with clamping and magnets for mounting. After a couple of years, they just quit. yesterday I disassembled one and in doing so I destroyed the lamp housing. When I disassembled it, I discovered that the neg side of each LED made pressure contact only and that handling/usage causes these contacts to dislodge. I soldered a good copper wire to each and fashioned a lamp case on the lathe. I soldered the wires and gooped the end for a tight fit. Works just fine now.
I think I've found the lights that my wife will like. They do look really good on the patio I drilled a hole the same size as the light stem, painted with reflective particles paint and put a piece of black tape at the top to keep the bright LED from being seen by your eye. They will look really good on the patio tables.
For a few years I was using a 300 watt Halogen light in the garage / shop. Yesterday I replaced it with a 2 ft LED fixture. It's quite a bit brighter, and should use up less electricity. I'm thinking about moving the light up a little higher just to get it just a little more out of view because it is so blindingly bright, but first I want to see how hot the fixture gets after it has been on for a while, so I can determine how close I can get it to the rafters.
I'm about to replace two flourescent lights in my kitchen with Soft White LED fixtures. While doing this, I plan to replace the ON/OFF switch with a dimmer switch. My question is, Can a dimmer switch designed for incadescent lighting be used for LED lighting ? My LED's are dimmable.
In my 3 car garage/shop I have 5 fluorescent 2-tube lights. Since I have been working at replacing most of our interior light bulbs with LED bulbs to save electricity and keep the house cooler, I decided to try out a new LED shop light in my shop. So I picked up a LED shop light that has 2 LED light bars that put out 5000k cool light. The cost was $32 from Sam's Club. I put the light over my primary workbench the new light really blew me away. The LED light is so much brighter than my 2 tube fluorescent lights. So I plan on replacing the other 4 fluorescent lights over the next month. In the picture you can see how much brighter the LED light is than the other fluorescent light.
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