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F32T8 Strips Converted To 2xF40 Fixture

F32T8 Strips Converted To 2xF40 Fixture

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I recently purchased a couple of electronic F32 striplights from Lowes. I gutted them and put in a Sylvania/Motorola ballast. The thing about these fixtures is that there are stamped ridges along the sides making it difficult to fit a regular width ballast.....such as typical magnetic, or, as seen here, an old school electronic. I had to get a flat piece of steel and a hammer and bang the ridges slightly flat to fit new ballast. Fortunately it isn't very noticeable.

Anyway, they are bolted together with 1/4 bolts and with 1/2 inch metal threaded wire protectors to pass the wiring into the next fixture from the ballast.

This fixture is specifically designed to sit on top of the rafters in my garage loft. It is made to light almost a 360 deg. radius so I can not only light up the storage area, but to light up the roof so I can always inspect for any leaks or whatever. Also has a nice ambiance! I already have a crude version with two 30w strip lights along with a regular preheat 2x40w industrial up there.

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Apr 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM Author: Ash
Nice fixtures, i like that screws holding the end parts. But i less like the sockets in them they apear to be that flimsy ones we have here in many fixtures

As for uplighting the roof at all times i think its waste of light, i think its better to put them both facing down, either separately to have better coverage of the room area, or in tandem if you want to wire the 2 lamps to common ballast. For the few times you have to look up to the roof you sure have some light strip wired with a plug so made into a portable work light.... That would be good use for one
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Apr 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM Author: don93s
For the few times that I am up there, it's really not a waste, and the lights are only used when I am up there. Believe me, it really changes the look for the better!! It used to be all downward pointing lights but it was so cave-like, not to mention the gazillion spiders hiding above. Now I can see EVERYTHING Eventually I want to fix it up for insulation and ventilation (summer). I've always been a big fan of uplighting....it is just so coooool!! Even for a storage space that I only occasionally visit.
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