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01-17-2012 11:16 AM
I am still in the materials gathering mode for my new soon to be built
workshop. My original plans called for 10 F96T8(8' two bulb) strips. I am wondering if I would
be better off to go with 4'fixtures in tandum instead of the 8'fixtures. The price of the 4' fixures
may be just a little more initially but the 4' bulbs are cheaper and I would much rather
change 4' than 8' bulbs. The only drawback I see in using the 4' fixures is it will be more labor
to install them. If it matters the rough size of the shop is going to be 24' X 48'.
I would greatly apprieciate opinons .
01-17-2012 01:07 PM
I'd go with 4 foot bulbs solely on the transport and disposal issue of handling an 8 foot long glass tube.
I'm not informed here but are all the different temps and colors that are available for the 4" bulb available for the 8' as well? I'm not sure if temps and colors is a correct description but refering to the type of light it puts out.
01-17-2012 04:48 PM
Disposal and transport are things I had thought of but you bring up more
good points for going with the 4'. To answer your question on color
temperture, I think, most any color temp is available on 4'. thanks
for the input.
01-26-2012 03:27 PM
I found the fixtures at a local building supply "Stines" (a Louisiana company)
I have not purchased them, still waiting for them to get the total number I need.
If interested I'll post the manufacturer and model # when I get them.
02-01-2012 03:36 AM
Lithonia Lighting manufactures an 8' fixture that's set up for four 4' T8 bulbs in tandem - like having two 4' fixtures end-to-end. It can be ordered with one ballast for all four fixtures, or with two ballasts, so each pair can be turned on separately. I have 8 of these fixtures in my shop, installed as four rows of two fixtures each. That makes each row 16' feet long, with four pairs of 4' bulbs. I switched the ballasts separately, so I can turn on half the fixtures for general lighting, and all the fixtures when I'm working.
They're available in most lighting stores, and big box home improvement stores.