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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 05:52 AM
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High performance T8 lamps are significantly better than T12 fixtures, but take the time to learn about system efficacy and compare between different fixtures, as there is a large variance. T5 fixtures are better under some temperature conditions, but rarer and more expensive than T8.

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Fluorescent tubes are the best light source in a working environment with low ceilings because there will be less shadows cast from a linear source. The longer the tube the better the coverage without shadows. In a garage with a regular ceiling height of between 8 - 12 feet, get those fixtures as high as you can. If you are concerned about getting the correct foot candles there are many calculators on line. No overhead light source is going to give adequate coverage on the work area, therefore quality, point source inspection lighting is needed to supplement.
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if you have the $$, there are some really interesting LED solutions out there (not talking about the cheap Chinese crap)
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I have 3 of these in my 2.5 car garage with light gray epoxy flooring - works well.
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I used the full spetrum (daylight) bulbs too.

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I finally added 2 more of the Griot's twin tube fixtures.
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I have five 8ft cold-start ballasts in my garage. If you live in a colder climate, the cold-starts are a must.

It also helps if your walls are painted white as they will reflect a lot of light. It made a huge difference in my last garage (haven't got to painting my current garage walls).
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post #27 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 04:48 PM
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my opinion would have to be 2 lamp 8' t5's (2 x 4' long). make sure you get high outputs, they will start/work better in the cold. only problem with t5's are as dstevens said, quite expensive, but im always amazed at the light output whenever i enstall t5's
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