Posted by Fixerupper on December 08, 2012 at 17:46:56 from (18.104.22.168):
I was scratching my head for about a year trying to come up with the best lighting system for the shop I built in the cattle shed. The main bay is 24 wide by 40 long with a ceiling that starts at 16' on one end and slopes down 12' on the other end.
My senses perked up every time someone came to this site to get advice for shop lighting. A few months ago someone suggested a web site that had just about any commercial lighting a person would ever want. I wish I could remember who he was so I can give him credit, but he said he got some six tube T5 fixtures and he really liked them.
Well I immediately went to that site and ordered four of those six tube T5 units with mirror reflector backing. I chose to have them equipped with a cord with a twist lock 110v plug.
Today I finally took the time to run conduit on the ceiling, shove a few wires through it, wire in four boxes and mount the lights. All I can say is WOW! Darned near need sunglasses to work in there.
These lights weren't cheap, $110 apiece, but they sure do a good job.
Now for the downside. Two doctors and one physical therapist have warned me to never do any work above my shoulders, nor should I look up for long, lest I get a sore back. Well, took about four hours of satnding on a ladder with my arms above my head installing the conduit and wiring while tilting my head back to look up. Just finished the job and my back reminded me what the doctors had said. Whew, haven't had that strong of a persistent dull back pain for years. So now I'm floating on air with a couple of hydrocordones flowing through my veins. Marilyn got on my case about it and I told her if I don't do it nobody will, and heaven forbid if I ever hire someone to do something I can do myself! Hmm, maybe I can use it as an excuse to get out of church in the morning. Hmmm. Jim
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