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these are the sorts of lights where someone puts a strip above an acrylic pannel on a ceiling tile frame. Is there a specific name for this?? it looks horrible but it's a little bit nostalgic in this homely early 80s building.

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Jan 12, 2018 at 11:33 PM Author: xmaslightguy
A specific name for this = "too cheap to buy troffers"
And .lol. if you look closely you can just barely make out the cameraman in the glass door...

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Jan 13, 2018 at 07:04 AM Author: EpicStreetlights
I call these "fake troffers" or "creepy troffers", since seeing one of these EOL in a dark basement is honestly enough to give you nightmares.
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Jan 13, 2018 at 09:40 AM Author: Lumex120
There are some of these in the kitchen at my grandparent's house. They are a nightmare to relamp (Those acrylic sheets are so brittle and very difficult to take out or put in without cracking).

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Jan 13, 2018 at 10:16 AM Author: Cole D.
This was common in a lot of kitchens in the 70s and 80s. My grandmother's house had these too. The kitchen ceiling was lower than the rest of the house and the lights were up in it, there were three 2x4 plastic panels and they were always breaking as you mentioned. But with hers the ceiling was drywall and the whole area up above was drywall as well, so some people would take out the panels and Tbar frame and make it into a tray ceiling.

These types in the suspended ceiling I don't really care for either, a lot of houses had them in basement and garage conversions, often paired with dark wood paneling.

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Jan 13, 2018 at 10:17 AM Author: xmaslightguy
@Lumex120:
Yep..that's quite common in older houses

I would expect something something better in a commercial building - especially a government one (assuming this is a postoffice? )

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Also LOL at the random towel laying on the floor what's with that?

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Jan 13, 2018 at 11:57 AM Author: sol
There is a lot of lost light in the ceiling cavity here. Oh, and this looks like an apartment building lobby with the tenant's mailboxes. A post office would have a different style of mailbox with no master key cylinder for the postman as they would be open from the back for the delivery people. A post office would most certainly have proper light fixtures, too although I suspect there may be exceptions...

I know of a restaurant/café that is in a long narrow room and had a long row of "fixtures" like this, about 3-4 lengths of 96" slimlines. They were presumably installed for whatever business was there before. The café owners wanted less light, so instead of fixing the problem properly, they just replaced every second translucent panel with a standard tile. Now that is a waste of energy. You can tell that is what happened because the ends of the F96 strips do not line up perfectly with the ceiling T grid.
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Jan 13, 2018 at 08:10 PM Author: streetlight98
I think this set-up would be called a "luminous ceiling" but the fixtures themselves are just strip lights. I agree with sol, a lot of light lost above the ceiling with this set-up. Especially once the panels have been up for a few years and get dusty. Real troffers are much better since the lenses don't get as dirty and the white reflector helps redirect the light down.

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Jan 13, 2018 at 08:20 PM Author: sol

...but the fixtures themselves are just strip lights. ...


They could have at least used fixtures with reflectors (à la shop light) instead of standard strips. At least you would have more light directed down.
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Jan 13, 2018 at 09:04 PM Author: streetlight98
I've seen that too. A little better but still way worse than a normal troffer. Plus it's harder to install and maintain. Don't get why anyone would want to use that sort of set-up after troffers became popular A friend of mine's grandma's basement has a luminous ceiling in one section and the fixtures are actually designed to be mounted over a suspending ceiling, which is interesting. They must've been pre-troffer or something.

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Jan 13, 2018 at 09:51 PM Author: xmaslightguy
@streetlight98:
I've seen those fixtures..they're not pre-troffer (can even remember them being available in the 90's) just a cheaper option.

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Jan 15, 2018 at 08:47 AM Author: randacnam7321

I've seen that too. A little better but still way worse than a normal troffer. Plus it's harder to install and maintain. Don't get why anyone would want to use that sort of set-up after troffers became popular A friend of mine's grandma's basement has a luminous ceiling in one section and the fixtures are actually designed to be mounted over a suspending ceiling, which is interesting. They must've been pre-troffer or something.

A 1999 Grainger catalog I have lists those for low cost drop ceiling lighting.

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