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Old 03-18-2009, 05:00 AM
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Default Workbench lighting, what do you use ?

I'm setting up a desk for my building and need some good lighting for detail work. Anybody got any input on this ?
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:26 AM
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When messing with electricity, you must use caution. Flouresent fixtures can be purchased in a variety of configurations and lengths. They can be easily be mounted on light chain using S hooks, which allows you to adjust the height.
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These work great for me.
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when we got this house we live in, the lighting SUCKED so bad, and i needed my RC fix, and fast indeed...
so i wired in x2 flourescent fixtures into my hobby room in the basement.

trick to it is, shutting that breaker off and knowing that hot isnt the term for a pretty girl in this case. Now i have lots of light spock!
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if you use a daybrite/daylight bulb in your flourescent fixtures it will be more than enough lighting, and if you have to use regular light bulbs due to the socket, swap them out fo a CFL bulb , and with the CFLs you can go way up on the light output wattage with out over heating the base.

100 watt output CFL = 30 watt output regular bulb
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Thanks for the good replys fellas. I'm pretty confident with my electrical skills, I just wondered what a good solution for close detail work would be.
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CFL spots are nice for detail work the stay nice and cool and can really throw out the light..
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At any of the home centers, Home depot ect. you can pick up what they call a 'Shop LIght', a two bulb flourecent fixture with chain and s hooks included, simply plugs into any outlet for around $10, use an extension cord if needed, you have to get the bulbs seperately, a two pack is around $5, also get a two pack of cieling hooks +_ $3 and you will be all set.
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hi there bud , dont wanna teach old dog new tricks but remember if your going to use a fluro strip then they actualy flash at a certain rate and if you use a dremel or a drill and its rotating at the same cycling speed as the tube is flashing then the human eye will view it as not moving at all.... oh heres my workspace strip bulb above main desk and spot to left oh and a fluro strip as main garage lighting.
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That's a big reason I was asking about the subject. I thought I had heard fellows saying that flourescent lights weren't the best idea for close detail work. Something about the frequency of the light's flashing causing eye fatigue or headache.
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I have a large strip light just above my bench and if i need more light i have a portable 10watt strip thats perfect.
Plus they can connect to others and make one long one or connect via a cable so i can have a strip light every 3 foot or so.
Up to 10 lights perplug.

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Mine are shiney metal though.
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The hertz rate that electricity flows on in usa is a higher rate so its not as bad on our side for the eye fatigue. It can occur as said when running equipment that it will show more do to power draw, but as long as your house wiring is up to date and you are not running a bagillion things on one circuit f.l. should work fine. As far as for higher detail lighting go to the depot and fing a hanging strip set with 2 or 3 l.e.d. output and these work great for spotting not a very wide view range output though.

check out WWW.GADGETAVENUE.COM for some sweet led replacement lights and also d.i.y. led bulbs I have a few at home I will try to post up some pics tonight to show the diff
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You could try one of these for close up, detail work:
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