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Shop Lighting Upgrades #3

Shop Lighting Upgrades #3

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I installed most of this setup over a year ago, but in January finally got around to photographing it.

Left to right:

Late 80s shop light with Universal Therm-O-Matic X post-PCB-ban ballast, Sylvania F40/CG lamps from '92

Old vapor tight fixture, came out of a cannery. Cover and ballast channel long gone. I got it from an old wood shop teacher who had had two of them in his shop as well as his old shop prior to that. They came out of a cannery locally decades ago or so I was told. They had Advance post-PCB Kool-Koil ballasts as found, but they would only light the cathodes. I almost scrapped the fixtures several times. Finally, this one got an old Advance post-PCB dry-capacitor slimline ballast which was so weak it wouldn't reliably light 8' lamps anymore, since it would fit in the deep, wide channel, effectively making it an F40 instant start. Lamps are a pair of Vita-Lite Power Twist lamps, which are nearly spent and won't light on rapid start, yet have been working like this for over a year. Might as well enjoy them while I can.

Next fixture down is one of the same old vapor tights, with a GE electronic ballast. I think in this photo it had a GE 5000K LED tube and a Sylvania /735 Octron. It's a T12 RS ballast but I find F32T8s are brighter on such yet don't hurt the ballast.

Finally, at the end, as ell as the fixture in the middle rear, are Sears 2x40 shop lights from that same wood shop teacher who re-did his shop. They now have proper HPF ballasts again (as found they had LPF junk as replacements). One by the window has a '79 no-PCB Advance Kool-Koil. Rusty case from a fixture left outside I later rescued with permission, but it works quite well. The other has a .65a Universal that came out of my old middle/high school. Both have Sylvania F40 Cool Green lamps from '92. I could relamp all of this with Philips Daylight Deluxe and make it all match, but the 34w lamps in other fixtures work better on their LPF ballasts and given the inclusion of a few LED tubes nothing matches anyway.

On and the unlit fixture was THE first permanent fixture on that floor of the building! It's a Lithonia 2x40 wrap with GE-made Ace F40/CW/EE 34w cool whites and a Radionic LPF ballasts. Not bright but it works.

When all the lights on this floor are on it makes a little Honda EU2000i generator work pretty hard just by itself! (I'm off-grid here). Hence admittedly starting to go LED. LOL. Back when I was regularly running a 10Kw diesel, which was way oversized normally, I'd turn every light in the shop on as a load bank!

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