Replacing fluorescent fixtures

OK, I am no longer gonna buy those 7 or 8 dollar fixtures from the big box stores. I have some fixtures I bought 25 years ago and they are still fine. These cheepos work for the life of the bulb and that's it. So, I am looking for some reasonably priced shop type fixtures. 48" works good for me. Not the fancy ones. I know: google. That's good for about a bazillion hits or so. Just thought if someone knows a good place to buy them I would appreciate the help. It's getting darker in my shop...
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The cheapos are magnetic ballists. Buy the ones with solid state ballists which are more efficient, run cooler and last a lifetime. OR you can replace the ones in your existing fixtures with the solid state ballists which cost about $20 CAN.
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Did a post-mortem on a Lights of America cheapie double 40 watt fixture that kept blowing out after running 15 minutes. Scorched PC board underneath what looks like the voltage regulator chips (TO-220 power tab packages) tells everything. Poor heat dissipation due to bad design is what does them in. The plastic casing around the ballast traps heat. A sheet metal housing would conduct enough heat to prevent the regulators' thermal cutoffs from kicking in.
The only problem I've ever had with magnetic ballasts is an occasional slight hum from the ballast core. Hardly a big deal in a machine shop.
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Charles Struble wrote:
> OK, I am no longer gonna buy those 7 or 8 dollar fixtures from the big box > stores.
Things are looking up in your neighborhood<G>
> I have some fixtures I bought 25 years ago and they are still fine.
Are you sure?
> These cheepos work for the life of the bulb and that's it. So, I am looking > for some reasonably priced shop type fixtures. 48" works good for me. Not > the fancy ones.
If you are serious, find a good industrial electrical distributor who has a lighting specialist on staff.
They can give you a lighting layout designed to meets your needs as well as local weather conditions.
Don't be surprised if they use 2 lamp, F96T12HO fixtures.
Won't be "cheap", as you define it, but the good stuff usually isn't.
Lew
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Charles Struble wrote:

ebay. I then got the 7 dollar fixtures and changed them out as I put them up. Other than MY time I spent it was still half the cost of getting good fixtures and ballasts in one.
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I'm building my retirement home at the lake and doing everything myself. My wife wanted a sunshine ceiling in her kitchen and I talked her out of that and went with pot lights, 4 in her kitchen that can be directed or set so they shine on what you want to see. I too was a fire fighter now retired and never liked pot lights before(been to too many fires caused by them but now days with the florescent bulbs there is hardly any heat generated and I think they give more light per watt than the 4 footers. Leaves a nice smooth ceiling as well.

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I bought the fixtures for my recessed lights from Grainger. The bulbs are the 6500 color temp. Nice and bright.
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Thanks for the suggestions, ya'll. I'm gonna figure out which way to go, and soon, cuz it's gettin' kinda dark out there...
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