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Lifelite Energy Saver Shop Light

Lifelite Energy Saver Shop Light

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Here's a Lifelite By LOA shoplight. This was in the (opened) box in my grandparents' basement. I only kept it because it's old (not super old; it's from the mid 80s, but still, one of the early LOA shoplights) and actually made in the USA! (so it really is a Lights of AMERICA fixture and not a Lights of CHIN (LOC) fixture lol). Also, the lamps this came with are pretty cool: a pair of Philips Westinghouse Lamps F40/CWs from 1985.

Apparently my grandpa bought this at Zayres in the 1980s. Zayres was a discount store around here that became defunct in 1990. This came with a prewired cord that's literally like 6" long. WTF is the point of that? lol

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Jan 11, 2017 at 11:25 AM Author: ace100w120v
I had some older magnetically ballasted shop lights with the short cord like you describe. I believe the idea was that you'd plug it into a ceiling outlet controlled by a switch, or that you'd be using an extension cord anyway, so why have 3 feet of cord just dangling there?
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Jan 11, 2017 at 06:36 PM Author: streetlight98
As far as code is concerned, the fixture should be suspended right under the outlet it is plugged into (no cord running across the room to an outlet or running down the wall) but of course, if you HAVE an outlet right where the light is to be installed, it would just make more sense to remove the outlet from its electrical box and just flush mount a different fixture right under the box.

This fixture came with two chains and a pair of S hooks but there's no holes at all on the fixture to attach the chains lol. There is one hole at each end on top but it doesn't really fit the S hooks...


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^homebuilt fixture

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Jan 11, 2017 at 06:54 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Even though these are kinda crappy, nice find because its an early generation!
Don't use F34's or you'll fry the ballasts
Don't let the lamps go EOL since that too has a risk of frying the ballasts
Oh and don't run it in below zero for the same reason (unless ofcourse its so cold that it does nothing at all, then there's no risk)

I never use that chain crap they give you with shoplights...all get mounted directly to the ceiling, with at minimum a 3/4" space between.
And I almost never use the power-cord either...

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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