Performance & Hotrod Business - April '15

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100 n Performance & Hotrod Business n April 2015 PRECISION ENGINE BUSINESS Wrap Light fixtures from Lowe's for about $60 each and the difference was unreal. The shadows are gone." Shawn Fremin of Streamline Automotive is another convert who recently started to make the switch to LED lighting. He first replaced most of the fluorescent T12 fixtures with T5 fixtures and bulbs. "I made the choice to change my lighting for several reasons. The first was due to my original lighting being T12, which are highly inefficient compared to T5. The second reason was due to cold weather startup issues and having true color right off the bat." After he had replaced the fixtures, he found he still needed more light and started adding LED fixtures. He found a deal at a warehouse store for Feit Electric 4-foot LED Shop Lights at $38 per light, he says. Each one only draws 38 watts, and the bulbs have a 4100K cool white color temperature. "When dealing with paint and paint defects, I want true daylight-colored lighting and want it to be consistent. And I find that two LEDs are brighter than four or five T5s. LEDs and T5s are supposed to be anywhere from 30- to 61-percent more efficient depending on the fixture, brand, etc. I have not had them long enough to compare to the last few months' bills, but will know some- thing soon. My dream lighting setup is a full setup of Big Ass LEDs to replace all the T5s for more efficiency." Simon Evans is a respected custom painter as well as technical adviser to WorldSkills 2015. He changed over to LED lighting, as he felt the tradi- tional paint booth lighting was not bright enough for today's modern paint systems. "I bought 10 rechargeable Sealey LED 108C floodlamps, each one so bright you could not look at it," he says. He bought eight lamps and was cov- ered from all angles and still had two as spares. "The investment cost was a little more than I had imagined, but totally worth the results. There is about a 40-percent savings on energy costs, and they are all rechargeable. I simply take one out if it needs recharging and replace it with a ready-charged one." LED Work Lights Tired of getting burned by halogen work lights? Utilitech makes an LED portable work light that's available at Lowe's. I have used the halogen work lights for years and the light is too yellow and too overpowering. Plus they just are not durable; the slightest bump can kill a bulb and you have to be so careful han- dling them as they get so hot. Over the years, the LED worklights I tried to use were very disappointing. So I am happy to report that the Utilitech Pro 15-watt (4000K) portable work lights worked great. The light is bright without being blinding. They cast the light evenly across the area, whether they are being used in a dark part of the shop or outside at night when I need to light up an area. This light puts out 1,050 lumens and it won't burn your hand, as it doesn't get hot. The Best of Both Worlds And what if you don't want to replace all your T8 fixtures? Can you still go LED? Absolutely! There are a number of manufactur- ers making the linear LED replacement (T8 LED) bulbs that fit right into the T8 fixtures. These bulbs are 30-percent more efficient than regular T8 bulbs. The LED replacement bulbs fit right into any T8 fixtures with an instant-start fluorescent ballast. They can also be used in the T12 as well, but the magnetic bal- lasts must be replaced with electronic ballasts. There are a number of LED replace- ment bulbs out there to choose from, so I'm just going to focus on one, which will give an idea of what's available. The Philips InstantFit 4-foot T8 16.5-watt Daylight (5000K) Linear LED light bulb provides 2,100 lumens of light and fits and works with any T8 fixture that has an instant-start ballast. No modifications or rewiring is needed. These bulbs are also glass-free and contain no mercury. Using only 16.5 watts of energy, it's a 55-percent savings compared to a 32-watt fluorescent bulb. So, what does it cost to run one bulb? Philips gives a rough estimate of running nine hours a day, the yearly energy cost per bulb would be $6. So, say you had 40 bulbs going in your shop for nine hours a day, your estimated yearly energy cost for lighting would be around $250. The estimated life span of these bulbs is 45 years. There are also companies like CRS Lighting that make what they call a full- spectrum LED replacement bulb for the T8 fixtures, which average between $7-$10 per bulb. The CRS website states that these bulbs can be used in the T12 fixtures also, but as mentioned previ- ously, the ballasts must be changed. Here's a side-by-side graphic comparing fluorescent to LED lighting. This example uses two Big Ass LED Garage Lights. With LED lighting, fewer lights are needed. Six lights very brightly illuminate every corner of this four-bay shop. Combine that with the fact that the average LED light uses less energy to power, and that means even more energy savings.

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