Simple and Effective Garage/ Workshop Lighting Upgrade

  1. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    I was replacing tubes in my lights a while ago, they have been up about 15 years so i think i will go the led route after the christmas.
     
  2. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    after seeing them and how bright they really are its been worth the jump over to led lights

    got both strip led lights and led bayonet fittings now

    much better and brighter
     
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  3. RWD3M Member

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    That's a bummer!
     
  4. bricol Member

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    Get the right LED tube and you don't need ballasts - so just replace as an when. I chucked all my old ballast and wired each one direct, so saving the power that used to be needed for the ballasts too.
     
  5. 123hotchef Member

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    what is the right LED tube?
     
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  6. Blackolive

    Blackolive Member

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  7. heldtogetherwithblutack

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    For those who haven't seen the light yet,

    a typical single 4ft led tube, no ballast, on board driver draws 120mA, 25W or thereabout.
    If you have the old magnetic ballast, weigh them in after replacing with electronic from ebay/amazon at a couple of quid upwards, each.
    If you already have electronic ballasts, ensure you have the optimum tube(usually T8)/colour for location/personal choice. For me, workshop/bench bright white, office daylight.
    If your primary objective is saving £, then there is very little saving to be had on the electric bill by going led over T8 + electronic ballasts fluorescent, a couple of watts per 4ft tube. Feel good factor 101% but payback in decades rather than years.
    Now, this does not take into account maintenance and failure rates if you've got hundreds of tubes running 24/7, but, for the majority here, unless you can acquire led tubes at an extremely good price wait for bargain.
     
  8. johnser

    johnser Member

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    Yea. I had a load (like 50) 5' fluorescents to look after. Normal bulbs are so cheap it's hard to make the maths stack up but buying a bulk lot and replacing them in one hit has saved loads of time replacing odd ones here and there. And the best thing; instant light.

    Old mag ballast ones; just bypass the ballast and wire one end (leds only need power to one end) direct to the mains.
     
  9. heldtogetherwithblutack

    heldtogetherwithblutack Member

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    Careful on only wiring one end as the other end of most tubes is shunted, tube in the wrong way and you pop the trips.
    Best wiring through both ends and use the fusable link type "starter"(if present), or just junk ballasts and starters and it wont matter which way round the tube is inserted.
    Don't forget to label that they're wired for led only
     
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  10. johnser

    johnser Member

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    Fair enough. I merely copied the layout of a new led only type holder.
     
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