Upgrading garage lighting

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Upgrading garage lighting

My detached garage currently has the fluorescent lighting in it. In the winter time, due to the temperature, they dont work well. Do they make LED lights for a space like a garage? If they do, anyone got a link?
 
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Home Depot has LEDs. They are really bright. You may only need 1 or 2.
 
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You can get LED replacements for fluorescent bulbs for $20 or less on Amazon. Be sure to get the ones that do not require ballasts that way you eliminate a component that will eventually fail.

A thread to read: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...t-ballast.html
 
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And they work down to -25 which makes me really happy.
 
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How old are your current lights? Old magnetic ballasts are/were much more sensitive to temperature. Replacing the ballasts with electronic might be the most economical solution. LED's are certainly an option but you have to consider their cost against how long they will be used. My shop gets down to freezing in winter and the lights with electronic ballasts don't have trouble starting .
 
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Pulpo: Do you have a link? I went to Home Depot and Lowes and turned up empty

Ray2047: What search terms did you use?

Pilot Dane: Unknown how old they are. Maybe 10 years old if I had to guess.
 
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What search terms did you use?
Probably: "LED retrofit T8 T12" or "LED retrofit fluorescent".
 
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HD also has Phillips bulbs that work with the ballast if you don't want to rewire to remove the ballast. They are around $10 a bulb. I installed them in new T8 fixtures I got on clearance at HD and am happy with them. Nice and bright.
 
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Thanks guys! I will look in to the retrofit as it seems the cheapest way to go
 
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Feit LED are sold at ACE hardware. They say swap them with the the fluorescent and leave the the ballast. Do I need to keep them or can I rewire without ballast?
 
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Unless they say can be used without the ballast they can't and I sure wouldn't want to keep a ballast that may eventually go bad.
 
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I only have time for a quick search but I did see a few complaints on Feit LED on how long they last.

I put these in my garage and they have never failed to light instantly in below zero temps, nice and bright. Easy to hook up too.

https://www.amazon.com/Hyperikon-equ...feit+led&psc=1
 
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