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98 n Performance & Hotrod Business n April 2015 PRECISION ENGINE BUSINESS In the SpotlIght New options in shop lighting are more efficient than their outdated predecessors. By JoAnn Bortles A mere three years ago a friend of mine had built a new shop and was very proud of the 40 new T5 reflective-backed fixtures he had installed. If only he had waited a few years. Fast-forward to 2015 and those new T5 fixtures are becoming as outdated as "new technology" Betamax video was in the early 1980s when VHS blasted onto the scene. But what is the reality of LED lighting? Everywhere you look, lighting technology for shops has gone LED— from shop light fixtures to spray guns to work lights. In this article, we're going to take a hard look at your shop lighting options, including types of lighting, energy cost savings, initial investment costs for equipment, lighting comparisons, and more. How cost-effective is it to con- vert to LED? And are there options for those who want to stay with fluorescent? Color Temperature Let's start out by explaining color temperature. Soft white or warm white bulbs cast yellowish-red light and have a color temperature of about 2700K (Degrees Kelvin) and Daylight bulbs can range from 5500K to 6400K and have a distinctive blu- ish tint to them to resemble the color of daylight. The higher the number, the bluer the light is. People tend to prefer the warmer, Here's an example of LED lighting in a shop with tall ceilings. Normally it would require many more fluorescents to provide as much light as these four Big Ass High Bay Lights. The prices for the lights depend on the amount of lumens they provide.

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