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Old 11-11-2018, 12:30 PM
GrampawEd GrampawEd is offline
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Default A tip for those whose reloading room has slowly gotten darker.

For twenty years the four bulbs from the ceiling fan lighted my loading bench very well. It recently dawned on me that these bulbs must be getting weak. I went to Lowe's to see about a remedy. Came home with a four foot long LED fixture to hang from the ceiling. Wow, what a difference. Actually a two footer would be fine but this thing brightens the whole room. It looks like a dungeon in here when I turn it off. $20 well spent.
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:01 PM
Johnho Johnho is offline
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Ha, better get your cataracts removed. Then those lights will be too bright.
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:12 PM
Ronwall Ronwall is online now
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When purchasing LED lighting always check the color temperature. The higher the kelvin number the whiter the light. When you get up to 5000K it starts taking on a bluish hue. For a shop light I prefer something in the 4000K range. See below charts.

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Old 11-11-2018, 01:40 PM
Doubs43 Doubs43 is offline
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Location: Byron, GA
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I replaced my 100 watt florescent bulbs (spiral type) with LED bulbs. Instant on and brighter.

The nearest bulb is about 6 feet from my bench and I notice that my electronic scale is more stable now. I have two that are accurate within .02 grains. They used to wander a bit but now are almost rock solid. I think the old florescent bulbs were causing some drift.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:06 PM
The Original Youngblood The Original Youngblood is offline
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Be aware that LEDs may degrade radio reception.

I have LED fixtures over both my gun & reloading benches (replaced flouro units) and had to relocate my radio. That was a primary reason why I did not replace all of the basement lighting with LED and retained the fluorescent fixtures (for now).
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:05 AM
Ohio Don Ohio Don is offline
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When I had to replace the bulbs in the kitchen fixtures, I went with 18 watt LEDs. Needless to say, you almost need sunglasses to be in it as there are 8 bulbs in an area of about 240 sq/ft. Like Ronwal's shop lights, these are 4000K bulbs.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:25 AM
grumpa72 grumpa72 is offline
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Which Lowes LED light did you get? Single or double fixture? I'm not seeing any four foot LED utility lights for under $35.

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