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    1. Member Weakness's Avatar
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      01-04-2009 05:43 PM #1
      I just finished building a house and need to get some overhead lighting for working on the car. I don't want those florescent tube lights that buzz. I would think LED would be the best way to go but appreciate some feedback.
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    3. 01-04-2009 05:45 PM #2
      i just use the tubes, never tried anything else, then again, that's what i have and it's good enough. also work outside too...

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      01-04-2009 05:47 PM #3
      always used something like these. never noticed any buzzing sound though.


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      01-04-2009 05:48 PM #4
      LEDs are a tricky bunch. They don't have a lot of throw to them, so if you have a large garage, you'll need a LOT of them.
      I just bought a house and I'm doing LEDs in the ceiling with florescent tubes as a backup light. The only problem is that the garage is unfinished at the moment and to really make those LEDs work well will be to paint the ceiling and walls white.
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      01-04-2009 05:48 PM #5
      I use some 500 watt halogen work lights mounted to a shelf at about 7 feet high, pointed down towards an open hood. The light quality is great for underhood work, and even bright enough to use while I'm working under the car. They are obviously not very energy efficient, but that works to my advantage when the garage is cold (they generate a lot of heat).
      LEDs for garage lighting sounds like a way to spend a spectacular amount of money. :shrug:
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    7. 01-04-2009 05:50 PM #6
      one 60 or 100w incandescent light bulb.
      then again, our "garage" is only about 6 feet deep and is pretty much just a large storage closet.

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      01-04-2009 05:52 PM #7
      Personally... screw LED's.
      Go with T-8 florescent lighting and electric ballasts - specifically something in the 5000k or above range. That or if you don't mind the expense and your ceiling is high enough look into metal halide. Personally... I much prefer the T8 florescent setup. It's the only way to fly. Closest to natural sunlight without spending a truck load of cash. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      The key is the ballast if you run florescent. I say go with electric over magnetic every time, but that's just my 2 bits and using experienced gleaned from working garages...*hard*.
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      01-04-2009 05:55 PM #8
      Fluorescent bulbs don't have to buzz, just get good lamps. It's hard to beat the light output, the minimal heat output, power efficiency, low cost, and the even spread of light.
      If I could do it my way, I'd install them along the wall facing up and bouncing off a flat white ceiling. If I had lights in the ceiling, I'd have them sit flush with a frosted plate diffusing the light.
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      01-04-2009 06:04 PM #9
      get flourescent lamps with an electronic ballast. it's the old-school mechanical ballasts that cause the buzzing noise
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      01-04-2009 06:10 PM #11
      LEDs are very energy efficient and put out good light, but they are poor lights for having to see very far away from the bulb. For overhead lighting, I say go with fluorescent tubes or compact. I have a mix of the 2 in my garage and it works pretty good other than I wouldn't have placed them the same way the builder did.

    13. 01-04-2009 06:11 PM #12
      Just use the tubes - bright, cheap and easy to replace. I have like 8 sets of them in my 3 car garage - turns night into day. Just put a stereo and cheap tv/dvd combo in while you're at it to negate the buzzing.

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      01-04-2009 06:17 PM #13
      CFLs [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      I have seven 42W CLF bulbs with regular sockets, and I have plenty of light.
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      01-04-2009 06:34 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Mtl-Marc »
      CFLs [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      I have seven 42W CLF bulbs with regular sockets, and I have plenty of light.
      http://www.1000bulbs.com/42-Wa...1086/

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      01-04-2009 06:39 PM #15
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      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

    17. 01-04-2009 06:45 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by Mtl-Marc »
      CFLs [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      I have seven 42W CLF bulbs with regular sockets, and I have plenty of light.
      http://www.1000bulbs.com/42-Wa...1086/

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      01-04-2009 06:54 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by oneofshempskids »
      It looks like you have a house built on the beach

      It's a portable garage. I can bring it to the beach too. Wrench on the car, watch the girls in bikinis, etc... [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


      Modified by Mtl-Marc at 7:01 PM 1-4-2009
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      01-04-2009 06:58 PM #18
      My garage is a 3 car tandem (2 side by side and 1 deep on my side) with 10ft ceilings, finished. I still need to paint them, but it will be high gloss for the light bounce.
      The tandem area is where most of the mower/snowblower/yard crap etc) - Work will be done over the two main slots in the front.
      Step 1: Calm down about the CEL, embrace it, it adds more color to the instrument cluster

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      01-04-2009 07:01 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Weakness »
      My garage is a 3 car tandem (2 side by side and 1 deep on my side) with 10ft ceilings, finished. I still need to paint them, but it will be high gloss for the light bounce.
      The tandem area is where most of the mower/snowblower/yard crap etc) - Work will be done over the two main slots in the front.

      or just use a semi gloss and save your corneas from the glare and potential 3rd degree burns
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      01-04-2009 07:40 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Wilhelm R32 »
      or just use a semi gloss and save your corneas from the glare and potential 3rd degree burns

      Good point... maybe I should have ordered the first aid kit for skin cancer.
      Step 1: Calm down about the CEL, embrace it, it adds more color to the instrument cluster

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      01-04-2009 07:50 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Weakness »
      Good point... maybe I should have ordered the first aid kit for skin cancer.

      Does your garage have smooth walls? If it has texture, you probably wont get the "light glare" you desire. I'd go with a good off-white semi gloss paint. Durable, easy to apply, or re-apply if you ever kool-aid thru a wall or anything. Plus, its cleanable [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      01-04-2009 08:34 PM #22
      tubes above the car and then mounted on the side wall near the top so you have plenty of light when you pop the hood. that has worked great for me. also the new tubes don't buz

    24. 01-04-2009 09:32 PM #23
      Use florescent they have new ones that will light 0 deg. These lights don't buzz and are high efficiency. The electrician said they are around $150 each (his price) I circled each bay and its grate all most no need for a drop light.

    25. 01-04-2009 10:17 PM #24

      [IMG][https://www.storesonlinepro.com/files/1974975/uploaded/Philips%20Incandescent%20A-19%20Light%20Bulb.gif/IMG]
      That's all I have.

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      01-04-2009 10:25 PM #25
      Thats what I'm using in our townhouse 2 car garage. I have 4 of them that are 6ft long each and they are great. I keep em on 24/7 in the winter and even when its -10 outside the garage stays 30 degrees or so.
      Quote, originally posted by skip57 »
      Use florescent they have new ones that will light 0 deg. These lights don't buzz and are high efficiency. The electrician said they are around $150 each (his price) I circled each bay and its grate all most no need for a drop light.

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