Workshop lighting


Old 04-20-14, 09:22 AM
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Workshop lighting

I need to install lighting along a workbench about 16ft long
I will be using 4ft sections of fluoresent lighting

I see 4ft sections in the standard large diameter tubes as well as new thin tubes.
What is the current preferred technllogy for this type of application?

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Old 04-20-14, 09:45 AM
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You can buy two or four lamp 4' fixtures or one of my customer favorites...... an 8' fixture with four 4' tubes.

Definitely go with a T8 type fixture.

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Old 04-20-14, 09:47 AM
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The smaller T5 fixtures and bulbs will give brighter light, more reliability, and instant on. The larger bulbs will soon be located on the dinosaur aisle.
Old 04-20-14, 10:46 AM
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I have seen limited T5 fixtures and bulbs at the big box stores. T12 are being phased out. T8 are still going strong and will be around for many years. They would be your most economical choice for lighting. T8 features about the same as T5 with only slightly more energy usage.
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thanks for the option information, based on your advice i did some research and have considered going with two 8ft T8 sections over the T5 due to cost considerations.

i don't plan on hard-wiring the connection, i will fabricate a plug end for each segment and plug them into a switched outlet, i might also put a pull chain on each in case i want to operate them independent. any thoughts on the wiring?
i thought i would use 14GA wire for the plug ends.

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