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 Post subject: Favorite work lamps?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:33 pm 
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I often find myself working late in the evenings, and while the window above my worktable is great during daylight, I need to get a worklamp - the ceiling lighting doesn't cut it.

Any of you have a favorite style - or just go with the standard swing arm lamp?


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:46 pm 
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Just picked up a pair of simple desk lamps from Ikea - nothing fancy.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20370383/


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:53 pm 
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They are cheap! Bet they're twice the price in the UK...


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
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I just bought some of the same lamps from Ikea in the UK as I like that they clamp to the shelf I have above my workbench. £8.50. So not twice the price but still not as cheap!


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:44 am 
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We have a couple of those with compact fluorescent bulbs installed. Actually very flimsy and the locking mechanisms and springs are not strong enough. I've added heavy rubber bands and on one and a small clamp to keep it in the correct position. I am not a tool snub -- but on this I think a few extra $$ for a more shop worthy fixtures is a good investment. I have a goose neck unit that stays put -- but that one requires a special small flood lamp bulb that gets very hot. $02

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
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I use the clamp on goose neck LED versions. Very stable, very easy to point light. When the LED burns out 10 years from now, you just toss the whole thing. The upside is not bulbs that ever come loose, or get hot, And the light is as warm-toned as incandescent.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
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I did find a CFL that will fit in the gooseneck fixture -- yikes! those LED bulbs are sure pricey.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
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I'm in the process of setting up a work area in my garage, and lighting is a big factor. I hung a 2 tube T-8 tube flourescent a couple feet over my head. This is good for general use, but not for detailed work. I picked up a LED shop light by SnapOn at Costco and love it. About $25. It's the same configuration as the yellow halogen shop lights we are all familiar with. However, it is much brighter, does not even get warm, won't burn out in my lifetime, and broadcasts a great "white" light. One hanging to the side gives me all the light I could ever need in my windowless garage.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite work lamps?
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started replacing the standard 40 watt florescent tube with LED units one give off the same amount of light as two of the 40 watters. Its kind of a pain since the fixture has to be re-wired, but the LED are supposed to last a very long time, no need for a starter or ballast.

http://www.amazon.com/JACKYLED-Replacem ... =led+tubes

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