Ready To Replace Your Shop's Lights?

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thudpucker
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Re: Ready To Replace Your Shop's Lights?

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I have six or so T-12 Fixtures. Each one has half the transformer burned out.
I have several tubes as well.
What should I do with all that? :?
Those replacment Transformers cost more than the new fixtures do.

I have put up the cheap sockets with the Curly lights. It takes three Curly lights to replace one Dual T-12 fixture. And then the Curly lights dont provide a real good work light.
The Bugs still like the light.
Anybody close that wants all that t-12 stuff?

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Re: Ready To Replace Your Shop's Lights?

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I just replaced some curly 60watters with a pair of high output T8 4x4' units (pricy at ~$50ea) at Home Depot for new shop and they are worth it, instant on in 40degree F weather, no buzz and make my old T12s i hung nearby look like an eclipse is in progress.

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Re: Ready To Replace Your Shop's Lights?

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Recently I replaced several T12 with the newer T8. I did it just to see if there would be any adverse effects. I left the old ballast in place and did not rewire the bulbs like the electronic ballasts require.
I think the older ballast will run the T8 tube but at a greatly reduced life span. Some have also mentioned the possibility of the ballast overheating. Don't know if any of this has merit.

BUT since I read it on the internet I am sure it is all TRUE! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ready To Replace Your Shop's Lights?

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I normally leave the Barn lights on and the Radio going. I believe my Chickens like the "barn Dance" music :lol:

It dont matter much in the summer, but in the winter if you leave the lights on they never seem to burn out or quit. Especially the Curly lights.
Turning them off/On will kill them quick in the winter.

I'm left with one 4' T-12. When it goes, I'll have the Curly lights everywhere.

In AK, I used the 'outdoor' spots as they survive the off/on heat cycle pretty good and provide light too. They were good enough to keep Chickens and Quail.

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