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Light, light, let there be light
January 13, 2012
3:11 PM
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David Sobel
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I finally got the picture in. the pull cord disconnects/connects the last three lights. The other fictures the pull switch works on all the lights. this lets me turn off all but one of the lights. The complete circuit is still controlled by the wall switch. Cheep quick and no ballast.

The pull switches are from the ceiling fan repair parts section of the local Hone Depot.

January 9, 2012
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Test to see if i can get a pic.  this is a pen i made for my former boss.  Rosewood and maple over a Euro style gold kit.

January 6, 2012
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Now for a picture, hope this works.

I do not seem to be able to import pictures at this time. Still trying to get it to work.

January 5, 2012
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As soon as I get the camera working again I will post some. Just for info, I used the really cheep sheet metal fixtures with four screw sockets. The lights are the coiled compact florescent that are replacing standard 100 watt bulbs.  

January 4, 2012
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Any chance of some pics?

December 31, 2011
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I just finished reading Robs blog about upgrading his shop lights.

I too got fed up with the lousy light output of the lights in my workshop. I had the cheap four tube fluorescent fixtures. It seemed I was always replacing a tube or a ballast and the light output was not good. There were two of these in the 22 X 24 space. (Yes this is a two car garage.) Because of the door I am only able to put lights in the back half.

I installed 4 bulb fixtures like those that are used above a women's makeup mirror. I first rewired them to have pull chains, this way all the bulbs but one can be turned of. This allows the wall switch to turn on only one or how many that are turned on with the pull switches.  I used compact 27 watt bulbs that put out the same as a 100 watt. With all on it turns night to day.

The best part of this is it was CHEAP. No ballast to ever replace again. Cheap bulbs. No storing long tubes. No disposal problems.

David   

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