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Literally I've been in the dark ages...Garage Lights from Fluoroscent to LED

Pictures to come later but basically I have a detached garage with the 4-ft fluorescent shop lights (bought from Home Depot) that I installed when I built it about 6 years ago. Fast forward to last night, I removed all those fluorescent lights and replaced them with LED lights purchased from Amazon and wow..what a transformation.

Here's what I installed:

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I removed my 2 bulb fluorescent fixture and replaced with a 4 bulb. And then I put in 4 LED tubes. It is almost blinding in the garage.

I did the same in my office, except I only put in 2 LED tubes per 4 bulb fixture, except where MRS. Beard sits. She has the full 4 tubes. It is brighter and the electrical costs are 30W per fixture vs 160 Watts. 23 Fixtures in the office! I save about $40/month and have better lighting.
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I want to do something similar in my shop. I have 9 4' 4-tube fixtures in which the ballasts are dying.
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Those things are a bit spendy!

https://www.amazon.com/Deformable-Lighting-Adjustable-Warehouse-Basement/dp/B082HM4G6Q/ref=sr_1_42?keywords=LED+shop+lights&qid=1579364408&sr=8-42
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I want to do something similar in my shop. I have 9 4' 4-tube fixtures in which the ballasts are dying.
I have 8 4 foot 2 tubes in my garage. Last summer I got LED replacements. You just wire around the ballast and replace the fluorescent bulbs with LEDs. World of difference and not expensive.
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I want to do something similar in my shop. I have 9 4' 4-tube fixtures in which the ballasts are dying.
Buy LED tubes and remove your old ballasts. I have six eight foot long fixtures with 4 bulbs in each fixture that I replaced with LED's
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Did the same with the same blinding results. I first replaced 2 incandescent flood lights with 4 ft LED lights (5K lumens) from Harbor Freight at the front of the garage... and was huge difference. Then saw a Black Friday add on Amazon for a LED screw in (similar to the one S&R posted) for $14 (6K lumens), bought that, liked it and ordered another for $18, for the 2 remaining lights at the back of the garage. The big change?? I can actually see and work in the garage at night.
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Wait a minute....are you saying I can simply remove my 4’ fluorescent tubes and install LED versions? Someone above mentioned “wiring around ballasts”. Can you be just a bit more specific?
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Interesting! I'm going to give them a shot.

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Just ordered a pair. Can’t wait to get them installed.
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What a great, timely thread.

I have LED in the newer section of my shop, but need to covert the other side and my shop office to LED.

My natural tendency to be cheap and lazy has led to a certain lighting ennui.

No more.

Great link, Max!
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What an elegant solution! Thanks for posting.

Perfect solution for my garage lighting needs. I just need to check the socket to see the wattage its rated for.
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Pity the fluorescent tube. It's going the way of the Cassette tape. I traded 2 twin tube 8' garage fixtures for four 4' LED ones quite some time ago. The light improvement was amazing at the time.
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I need to do this in my home shop that has 2 - 8' dual fixtures. Next time I go to Home Depot - I'll see what they have in those.
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I need to do this in my home shop that has 2 - 8' dual fixtures. Next time I go to Home Depot - I'll see what they have in those.
Mine look similar to this one...not exactly the same, but similar. It's been 2, maybe 3 years since done? Just tore out the 8' flourescents, put 2 of these to replace each one. Much brighter. No more tube or ballast replacing, no more AM radio static, no slow start in cold weather. Love 'em!

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Metalux-SLSTP-LED-Strip-Shop-Light-Common-4-ft-Actual-2-5-in-x-47-in/999960111
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I went for the LED fixtures Costco had a couple of years ago and can now see in my garage.
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Below 40deg, the florescent don't seem to want to light. Or are very dim.

The LED's don't either. Or they flicker which is even worse.

I'm not impressed yet.
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Led tech is getting good and cheap these days. On a whim I picked up one of the 4ft LED lights at harbor freight for when Iíve got a project out of the garage. Iím shocked out bright it is, nice and light and nothing to break so Iíve been dragging it all around outside.

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Below 40deg, the florescent don't seem to want to light. Or are very dim.

The LED's don't either. Or they flicker which is even worse.

I'm not impressed yet.
This puzzles me. Did you do the LED tube replacement or the entire fixture swap?
My fixture replacements fire right up in freezing weather with no discernible dimming.
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Depending on the model of the LED Tube, you may not have to remove the ballast or rewire.

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