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Old 01-10-2019, 01:59 AM
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Task lighting?

What are some of you using for your locallized area lighting set-up's?

I have a few swing arm lamps with 5500K LED bulbs and one 18" fluorescent but I'm looking to find some other options for better illumination. Would like to see what some of you have setup at your work area/benches.

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Old 01-11-2019, 08:45 AM
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Lighting types are very important in your shop.....particularly if you attend knife shows around the country. The reason? Different type of light show different things.... incandescent, florescent, halogen, sodium vapor, etc.

For example, if you have a shop with mostly the old style, yellowish colored florescent lighting, build you knives there, and then display them in a venue that hosts halogen or sodium vapor lights..... it'll be UGLY! I learned it the hard way.
I have various type of light bulbs in the shop, so I can examine my work BEFORE going into those types of lighting.

As for my shop(s)..... last year I tore out all the old 8" florescent fixtures/bulbs, and purchased/installed 6500K LED strip lights.....

When it comes to benches and machines, I have "swing arm" lights all over the place. Each is equipped with a 6000-6500K LED "Daylight" bulb. I never pay retail for any of the swing arm lights..... usually in the summer months you can stumble into a yard sale, and find them for just a couple of bucks each.

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Old 01-11-2019, 03:35 PM
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So true Ed!

The different lighting invariably comes up at a show. Rub a blade to get under a different light to see a coarse grit.

Before I would keep the garage door partway open to allow sunlight but the privacy and security aspect I began working with the door down. The Asian Tiger mosquito also became a more annoying past in '17 so another reason the door is down. I need to supplement the illumination in there.

The Kydex area is the one I'm setting up now. This is in a part of the shop that is not under my usual lighting so I have a hard time seeing there. Costco has those shop LED fixtures though want to say they are 4000K. I've not liked that warm white look generally.

Ikea had those swing arm desk lamps for $12 but I need more height than what those offer. Will take in Home Depot to see what options may work.

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Old 01-12-2019, 06:38 AM
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I have limited space so I opted out on all but one swing arm for my leather stitcher (Tippman). I have a magnet based gooseneck - kind with a lever release that I use most everywhere else. It mounts solid on the kmg arm for grinding, saw deck when cutting, vise when working on something there. Use the newer led bulb so plenty of light, only draw back is having a cord sometimes gets aggravating. It has proven very handy.
I also have shop lights all over for general lighting that I plan to replace with the LEDs sometime this year as Ed has done, just got to find the time to stop and do it.

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Old 01-12-2019, 02:25 PM
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I like the LED type bulbs. The power company sends messages how "inefficient" or relative to my bill how my neighbors are. 95% of the lighting in the house is now LED from 9W or so. A few 4' fluorescent tubes still exist here and those are on the list to be updated.

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