LED shop lighting recommendations?
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Wiring up my 2-car garage shop, thinking now about 4' LED strips.. Any of you have any recommendations or "stay away from these" thoughts?  Seems there are lots to choose from!
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  Re: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound (Wiring up my 2-car g...)
I bought a bunch of Feit 4' shop lights from Costco, IIRC they were about $40 for a two pack. No issues at all. Thought I saw them there when I was at Costco last week, but not positive. Just checked Costco on line and they have a Feit WiFi version, but did not see the ones I purchased.

Amazon has Feits that looks like the same (?) for $70 for a 4-pack. Amazon

Keep in mind these inexpensive lights usually come with corded plug and are difficult or impossible to hard wire like the old fluorescents.
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  Re: RE: LED shop lighting recommendations? by joe1086 (I bought a bunch of ...)
(10-11-2021, 11:04 AM)joe1086 Wrote: I bought a bunch of Feit 4' shop lights from Costco, IIRC they were about $40 for a two pack. No issues at all. Thought I saw them there when I was at Costco last week, but not positive. Just checked Costco on line and they have a Feit WiFi version, but did not see the ones I purchased.

Amazon has Feits that looks like the same (?) for $70 for a 4-pack. Amazon

Keep in mind these inexpensive lights usually come with corded plug and are difficult or impossible to hard wire like the old fluorescents.

Thanks. I'm hoping to find some (like 9 of the 4 footers) that I can hard-wire all together to a single 20amp dedicated circuit
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  Re: RE: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound ([quote="joe1086" pid...)
(10-11-2021, 11:13 AM)mound Wrote: Thanks. I'm hoping to find some (like 9 of the 4 footers) that I can hard-wire all together to a single 20amp dedicated circuit

I've seen ceiling and/or chain-hung units that can be chained together with short cords, with a single 15A plug on the end of the last one.  Have to sniff around to find them, but maybe someone else knows what I'm talking about.

Oh, and I have receptacles on my ceiling, and prefer that to hard wiring as I move lights around every so often. And since they're low (basement), I use them sometimes for sanders and such.
Tom

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  Re: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound (Wiring up my 2-car g...)
When I put lights in my shop about 3 1/2 years ago, I used the Feit fixtures from Costco. I'm not a fan of the Feit brand, and just kept my fingers crossed that they would last a few years. They are still going strong, and have did quite well. there is a limit as to how many you can daisy chain (4, I think) but other than that, they can be surface mounted (I'm not sure all of them can) and have done well. That said, I let my Costco membership lapse and when i wanted to add some more lights I went to Amazon and bought these. I like them a lot better, they seem to be brighter. Like Tom said, put receptacles in the ceiling...it allows you to place the lights anywhere. It makes replacing fixtures a lot easier as well.
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  Re: RE: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound ([quote="joe1086" pid...)
(10-11-2021, 11:13 AM)mound Wrote: Thanks. I'm hoping to find some (like 9 of the 4 footers) that I can hard-wire all together to a single 20amp dedicated circuit

Assuming, then, you have access to the space above the ceiling.  I put in 12 of these in my workshop a year ago.
Extremely bright.  No exposed bulbs.  No reduction of ceiling height under the fixture.  Dimmable.  All 12 lights at 12 watts each means  ~144 watts total at maximum lumens, so no need for 20 amp circuit (even a 15 amp circuit is over kill, but that is minimum circuit breaker,  and 14ga.  is a lot easier to work with than 12ga).  Extremely easy to wire.
   
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  Re: RE: LED shop lighting recommendations? by srv52761 ([quote="mound" pid="...)
(10-11-2021, 11:47 AM)srv52761 Wrote: Assuming, then, you have access to the space above the ceiling.  I put in 12 of these in my workshop a year ago.
Extremely bright.  No exposed bulbs.  No reduction of ceiling height under the fixture.  Dimmable.  All 12 lights at 12 watts each means  ~144 watts total  at maximum lumens, so no need for 20 amp circuit (even a 15 amp circuit is over kill, but that is minimum circuit breaker,  and 14ga.  is a lot easier to work with than 12ga).  Extremely easy to wire.

I put something like those in my living room not too long ago - easy.   No access to the space above the ceiling in this garage though, there's a bedroom above.   But I can run conduit up to the ceiling.
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  Re: RE: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound ([quote="srv52761" pi...)
(10-11-2021, 12:39 PM)mound Wrote: I put something like those in my living room not too long ago - easy.   No access to the space above the ceiling in this garage though, there's a bedroom above.   But I can run conduit up to the ceiling.

My son also put some up in his kitchen  with no above ceiling access.  Removed one ceiling fixture then ran a row of these parallel to the ceiling joist, pushing Romex between the 6" openings he cut for the spots.
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  Re: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound (Wiring up my 2-car g...)
5000k daylight color…anything else is optional.
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  Re: LED shop lighting recommendations? by mound (Wiring up my 2-car g...)
I talked to the lighting specialist at the local electrical supply house (I suggest you ask if there is such a thing locally) both when we did can lights in our "great room" at home and when I did lighting in the new pole barn.  Very helpful...free service since I was buying from them.  For the barn, she provided 3 different options and a "map" of the floor with numbers indicating how many lumens would be at each spot on a grid for each of the fixture options.  I ended up with 12 LED fixtures that are 2'x2'.  Honestly, without her guidance, I would have spend a lot more, doubting that those would be adequate.  However, with these, it is about like daylight during the dark of night when they are on.  Barn is 60x80 with 18' ceilings...

I'll give you the item number...but for lower ceilings, they are probably too much:
Lithonia CPHB 24LM MVOLT 50K
(so that all means:  compact pro high bay, 24000 lumens, 120-277volts,  5000 kelvin color temp)

You can select different options here:  https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/de...d-high-bay
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