Yesterday's Tractor Co. Low Prices, Parts Ship Fast!
Click Here or call 800-853-2651 
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
 
Marketplace
Tractor Manuals
Tractor Parts
Classified Ads
Photo Ads

Community
Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Galleries
Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Articles
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs
Glossary

Miscellaneous
Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
TractorLinks.com
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Enter your email address to receive our newsletter!

subscribe
unsubscribe
  
Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Yard Light Opinions Needed

Author  [Modern View]
Kerwin

12-19-2013 06:25:59
192.43.65.245



Report to Moderator

I'm looking for opinions on the yard/securiy lights that are currently available.

I need to add lighting around workshop doors and for a couple of animal yards. I currently have a 150W (?) Mercury Vapor for the main yard light, but that style of fixture isn't available anymore in my area (WI).

What are the opinions on the Sodium and Fluorescent lights available? I see 65W fluorescents for sale, but wonder at the amount of light that they would put out and if they work well in the cold.

[Reply]   [No Email]
bill in in

12-20-2013 16:10:26
50.121.113.226



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
LED is the most efficient. It is getting cheaper and has an extremely long lamp life.

Mercury vapor and fluorescent are pretty much the same thing. The old style fixture and lamp were about as inefficient as it gets. The newer versions with electronic ballasts work well down in the temperature range at pretty good efficiency.

High and Low pressure Sodium (HID)the Low pressure puts off a narrow band or yellow light making color rendition near impossible. The High pressure units cause strobing effects on the highways(tires turning backwards) but have much more efficiency than the Low units and better color.

It's what you want that matters.

[Reply]  [No Email]
mss3020

12-20-2013 13:32:59
209.50.26.86



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I have halogen lights on all four sides of my large shed with two above front and back walkin doors of the shed that face the house.. I also have one on a smaller shed in back over the slide doors.. WHen all are on I can light up everything I need to. When I ran the power to my building I ran a switch wire along with the wiring so I could turn off the main side door light on the building on and off from the basement door. Didnt like the auto ones, I like to sit out in summers without light on. And this way I have it when I need it.

[Reply]  [No Email]
George Marsh

12-20-2013 12:31:43
50.121.6.110



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I have a 65w fluorescent. Works great. Bulb lasts about 5 years. I have a spare bulb in shop.



[Reply]  [No Email]
don t. - 9n180179

12-20-2013 06:23:01
63.73.199.69



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
Every 5-7 years I was replacing my mercury light. Granted, they were not that expensive.
Last time, could not find one.
Had no choice but to buy a 65W floro.
Been up about 2 years. Dusk to dawn, blueish kinda light. So far, so good, north central Ill-noise. HTH....don t. ....



[Reply]  [No Email]
huntingreen2day2

12-19-2013 22:51:31
75.131.120.19



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I have a 400 watt metal haylide light ant it puts out plenty of light. Never has given any problem in 19 years. I did replace the bulb 2 times because I thought it was getting a little dimmer. 2nd time was back in the summer. don't need any other lights on. I built my house in 1994 and did not put any flood lights on it. Hate them, even thought I made a lot of money putting them on new houses I wired.

[Reply]  [No Email]
spacecadet9

12-19-2013 21:21:20
69.161.33.52



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

I purchased a fluorescent security light 3 or 4 years ago. I like it. The color temperature is cool white, not blue or orange. It takes a few minutes to achieve full bright, better than mercury did. It got it at either Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards (don't remember which). We can get down to sub-zero and it still works.



[Reply]  [No Email]
mj

12-21-2013 11:40:52
216.237.70.109



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to spacecadet9, 12-19-2013 21:21:20  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

Yeh - I replaced a mercury-vapor bulb with a florescent one several years ago - like it!



[Reply]  [No Email]
fixerupper

12-19-2013 20:37:10
100.42.83.15



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I put up a 48 watt LED all night light on a pole a couple of weeks ago and I'm still trying to evaluate it. This light is in a location that never had a light before so I don't have anything to compare it to right there. It gives off more usable visual light than the 175 watt mercury vapor by the barn but it might not quite give off as much as the 150? watt metal halide on the grain bin. The metal halide is a white light like the LED. If a person needs enough light to work under I'd say the metal halide is a little better. The LED gives off plenty of light for walking around, fueling the tractor, etc. but I get the idea it falls short of giving enough light for changing points or something like that. Like I say, I'm still evaluating it. This LED cost $160 plus shipping. It's supposed to last 50,000 hours but the literature made it sound like they really don't know for sure. It's too new yet. I had a sodium light on the bin for awhile and it was OK too, but the halide's white light seems to be in a more usable spectrum. Jim

[Reply]  [No Email]
D beatty

12-19-2013 19:31:10
50.165.15.143



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I have a 150 watt mecury vapor and replaced a bulb and was told by electrical supplier that the bulb is all you can buy and can't get a complete fixture an more. They told me if I have to replace it that a Metal Halide gives off good light. I tried low presure and high presure sodium . They are cheap to run but fixtures did not hold up ( would just get out of warranty and go bad.



[Reply]  [No Email]
David G

12-19-2013 16:37:36
205.215.206.18



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I have been putting in the 50W-85W LED's, they are a bright white light and should not burn out for years.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Greg K

12-19-2013 15:33:28
99.196.64.56



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I would forget the fluorescent ones. I have installed a dozen of them and I don't know of anyone who liked them compared to the mercury or High pressure sodium lights. As was stated earlier, I would go to an LED fixture. Usually 25,000 hour rated fixtures that use less juice and no bulbs to worry about. Also they start in the cold and come on instantly unlike the HPS.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Bob

12-19-2013 09:57:19
64.255.159.192



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
LED floodlights of various types are getting more readily available, brighter, and cheaper.

They use MUCH less power than the other alternatives mentioned, and are NOT affected by cold.

MAY be something to consider.



[Reply]  [No Email]
tomtirediron

12-19-2013 07:45:50
208.123.10.195



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I am also happy with high pressure sodium. Starts and runs at -30F without issue. On a dawn to dusk set up at 75watts bulb I get about 3 years life. If recall correctly fixtures run around 50$



[Reply]  [No Email]
Goose

12-19-2013 15:56:23
70.198.0.249



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to tomtirediron, 12-19-2013 07:45:50  
I agree.

I went from a mercury vapor to a high pressure sodium light and my electrical bill went down $15 per month.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Bob M

12-19-2013 07:12:49
74.67.186.230



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
Depending on fixture design, the fluorescent may not achieve full brightness in the cold. And as the lamp ages it may not even start in extreme cold.

My recommendation is for a 100 watt high pressure sodium dusk to dawn fixture. It'll throw more light than your old 175 watt merc. And sodium is totally unaffected by the cold.

Or if you don't need continuous light go with a motion detector + 300 watt halogen flood.

[Reply]  [No Email]
El Toro

12-19-2013 06:43:49
96.244.7.206



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to Kerwin, 12-19-2013 06:25:59  
I use security lights from Home Depot around my home front and rear. They will only come on when someone approaches that area. You can set a time
for them to go off. I use 2 spot light bulbs in each light. I also have a camera mounted at the rear and a VCR to record what's going on. The camera bulb looks like a spot light. I have it wired so a picture is displayed on the TV screen.
Hal

[Reply]  [No Email]
Spook

12-19-2013 07:03:37
99.103.115.124



Report to Moderator
 Re: Yard Light Opinions Needed in reply to El Toro, 12-19-2013 06:43:49  
I want to replace my security light with a motion detector light. If something comes on, then I'll know to look, maybe save a few pennies on the light bill.



[Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Return to Forum]   [Add a Reply]

Hop to:
TRACTOR   PARTS TRACTOR   MANUALS
Same-Day Shipping! Most of our stocked parts ship the same day you order (M-F).  Expedited shipping available, just call!  Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors.  Compare our super low shipping rates!  We have the parts you need to repair your tractor.  We are a Company you can trust and have generous return policies!   Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ More Info ]

Home  |  Forums


Copyright © 1997-2014 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters