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    Quote Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
    I never saw any reviews since I bought mine in the store. I'll go check the reviews out and see what they have to say, thanks for the tip.
    I went back and read the reviews on the CREE LED bulbs. There were a lot of bad reviews for both burnouts and dimming with age. I had both.

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    Re: LED shop lights

    Quote Originally Posted by peterhend View Post
    Cheap lamps rarely work well, so you need to choose an expensive model.
    No WAY is is true!

    They're All made in China (or from Chinese parts) and the best idea is to buy them from someone with American support. My vote is the 3-panel 80W screw-in $29 2-pak "Garage Lights" at CostCo. They are Incredibly Bright (80 watts of LED light, not an 80w "equivalent")

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaTu View Post
    No WAY is is true!

    They're All made in China (or from Chinese parts) and the best idea is to buy them from someone with American support. My vote is the 3-panel 80W screw-in $29 2-pak "Garage Lights" at CostCo. They are Incredibly Bright (80 watts of LED light, not an 80w "equivalent")
    https://www.costco.com/3-panel-led-g...100688345.html

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    I agree they are bright BUT I find they leave unlit shadow areas. It might be due to the low ceiling in the garage i installed them. Fortunately it is not a work area.
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    Re: LED shop lights

    I use screw like in you use in your home. It saves money 💰. I uses to great light shop but became out of this world. Simple is cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttyR2 View Post
    Have any of you guys tried these out? Folks in another forum seem to like them. Thinking about buying a bunch for my shop.

    http://www.costco.com/Feit-Electric-...100155638.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose View Post
    I agree they are bright BUT I find they leave unlit shadow areas. It might be due to the low ceiling in the garage i installed them. Fortunately it is not a work area.
    The answer to that of course is to have multiple sources of light so that the shadows are filled-in (the contrast between light & dark are harder to see in a dim room )

    Since these are screw-in, adding a "porcelain" (or plastic) ceiling fixture is pretty easy...

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    My shop was wired 8 yrs ago with a combination of box store cheap LED's, electrician supplied more expensive LED's and fluorescents... to date I have not touched any of the lights in the shop, but I did have trouble with a cheap LED nightlight fixture over the door outside. When I opened it up, the daylight switch had malfunctioned but I can still use the LED on a switched circuit somewhere else. I don't have issues with shadows, but some of my lights are mounted high on the wall, and some on the ceiling. Most of the lights I have been adding to the tractors the last couple of years had the CREE technology.... some bought cheap on sale, some bought from pricier quality suppliers. I have yet to have any of them fail.
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    Since this thread started some of my T-8 fluorescents began to fail so I ended up getting Phillips LED ballast bypass lamps from the electrical supply and changed them all out. Glad to actually get rid of the ballasts, one less failure point. I also added 6 more of the Costco 4 footers and the original ones I bought 5 or six years ago are still going strong. I am now fluorescent free.
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    Re: LED shop lights

    Back in the year 2000, I bought some 400 watt Metal Halide light fixtures for my shop.
    I do not use the shop every day, and I do not use the shop 8 hours per day,,
    so, electricity usage is not an issue.

    Two fixtures FULLY light an area 30X40 feet, and they have needed zero service for 21 years,, amazing lights.

    I recently bought a new bulb, because they say the bulbs get dim over time.
    I installed the new bulb, and you can not tell it from the 21 year old one.

    Per lumen, these fixtures use exactly double the amount of electricity as compared to LED, BUT, they never fail,,
    AND, there are so few that need to be installed.

    The fixtures are 16 feet high, and always work perfectly.
    I would rather pay a little extra for electricity, rather than have lights that do not operate!!

    Now, many times you can find them on Craigs List for $25,, as take outs, after a local big box upgrades theirs.
    I bought two more , They can be wired for 120 volts, 220 volts, or several higher voltages.
    I wired them as 120 volts.
    I put one over my weld bench, it is so bright, it will trigger my self dimming weld helmet. (That one is only 9 feet high)
    When that light is on, I got to position myself with the helmet so that I am not directly facing the light.

    THAT is a LOT of light!!

    Having that fixture over my weld bench is like having the weld bench outside, on a bright sunny day.
    That sure helps with getting things ready to weld,,
    heck, it even makes it easier to see DURING welding,, as it adds enough light to illuminate the weld.

    You do need a high ceiling,, but, I have that.

    This pic was taken in my shop, lighted by the metal halide light,
    you can notice the shadow is pretty much straight down, it was under one of the lights.


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    Oh I agree and will wire in additional ceiling screw-in fixtures just pointing the shortccomings of this style for the nonDIYers.
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    Re: LED shop lights

    I this one LED fixture simply come by and time tested.

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    Oh I agree and will wire in additional ceiling screw-in fixtures just pointing the shortccomings of this style for the nonDIYers.
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    Re: LED shop lights

    Too bad metal halide fixtures were outlawed in 2008!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose View Post
    I agree they are bright BUT I find they leave unlit shadow areas. It might be due to the low ceiling in the garage i installed them. Fortunately it is not a work area.
    i think all LED lights make weird shadows, a real bulb seems to give ambient light & LED's seem to give None. The blue/white ones are the worst
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    Re: LED shop lights

    I built up my own LED shop lights.

    8’ 4HD light strips 4k

    440 lumens per foot

    Aluminum channels with light diffusers.

    12 volts dc

    I wanted something that is low profile and would not impede access to rafters for storage with good light output.




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    The yellow bandwidth is relatively new. The older LED's have a sick blue color. I hate 'em.

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    Re: LED shop lights

    LED Lights come in different colors. Some are even adjustable like the can lights I have in my house. I prefer the 4k color which is a more “natural” color.

    Some skew waaay white or blue. I’m not a fan of the yellow color which leans more incandescent as far as color goes.

    Light changes the color of objects it illuminates. I used to be in the printing business and proofs were matched under a certain color spectrum light. Clients would view the finished product under fluorescent office lights and complain……..”color doesn’t match proof.” Of course it doesn’t under the wrong light!


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    I've seen problems color matching auto paints under different lighting as well.... looked good under flourescents or incandescents, but out in the sunlight the color was off. I never worked under LED's.
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    Re: LED shop lights

    The enemy to LED lights is heat... My house has ceiling fans in most rooms and I've noticed that the LED bulbs do not last anywhere close to what the SAY that they should last, even if the fan itself never runs... I did some tests and found that if I removed the "tulip style" globes from around the bulbs, they lasted a LOT longer... These tests were done in ceiling fans where one bulb still had the globe and another bulb would not have the globe, so the time that each of the bulbs was on in a particular ceiling fan was the same... At one point, I bought the Harbor Freight LED shop light... It has an aluminum chassis and seems to dissipate heat quite well... I have yet to have one of these fail on me...

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