Ok, I have an unheated shop (miniscule though it is). For the most part, I
won't be doing stuff when it is below around 40 or so, though. I know about
fluorescents with cold start ballasts. What else do y'all use/suggest? I'm
almost thinking about keeping the standard 2-tube fluorescents (4') I have
and adding some clip-on lighting above the tools.
How long is a piece of string?
You don't say how big your shop is, whether there is daylight through
windows or other apertures, what the decor is, how good your eyesight
I have a garage which is about 16' x 8'. It is painted white inside and is
lit with four single 5' fluorescents. I use a clip on light, with a 60W
spot bulb, I can move about to give extra light where needed. According to
my optician I have a slight milkiness which will develop into cataracts
when I am older (I am 61) He says I may have noticed I now need a stronger
light than I used to for fine work - yes he's right and sometimes I wish I
had a bit more in some parts of my garage workshop.
The answer to your question is:
"Can you see adequately to do what you want to do?"
If not, add more light. If you can then you're OK as you are.
For Barn dances and folk evenings in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
Add some halogens fixtures on a separate switch. This way you don't run them
when you have adequate light with natural light or the fluorescents, or when
you don't want any added heat in summer. In winter they can light the room
plus add a bit of heat. Bouncing the harsh light off a white ceiling
probably would be best.
Don't use clip on lighting, too easy to dislodge and not enough general
Go to ww.watlow.com.
They make a transparent, thin film wrap for fluorescwnt tubes.
The company I work for builds cold roms and some customers specify them
instead of instead of incandescent bulbs.
We install and wire the tube covers as always on but with a B-10 type tstst
in series to control the heaters at around 45 Farenheit.
This works fairly well.
When I was a kid, our garage was heated but only when we were working on
something. Our winters get cold, often below zero and I never recall a
time any of the fluorescent lights not lighting up due to the cold.
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