At first glance, Bob’s shop was well lit by a number of 100W CFL bulbs. The problem was they cast shadows over the equipment where operator stands. This is one of the problems with point lights and fixtures. In the picture you can see the empty sockets on the ceiling. Also the shop has a low ceiling and Bob is well over 6′. These blinding, exposed, bulbs hanging down made the ceiling seem lower. And, the CFL bulbs would get smashed occasionally when moving long boards.
Using the linear bulb aluminum profile/extrusion with diffuser, we created a custom light that ran the full length of the shop which eliminated 90% of the shadows. Then over each piece of equipment, like the chop saw, we added a second custom light positioned ideally to remove the remaining shadows and provide increased illumination to the cutting area.
The channel and diffuser eliminated the bright spot, pixel effect of bare LED strip which is important on a low ceiling. It also spreads the light more like a florescent tube providing ambient light. Even though the light is bright the channel-diffuser is tiny, only 3/4″ x 3/4″. So with the hanging bulbs removed, the shop seems larger and ceiling taller. We not only doubled the lumens in the shop, but improved the light quality and distribution. These three measures are important for woodworking where fine detail and finishes are required.
Shoplight Solutions developed the solution for Bob and helped install the first “runs”, giving Bob the knowledge and materials to complete the work.
Several Shoplight customers with off-the-grid homes were delighted to find that we specialized in 24VDC products, because they can readily tap into that voltage. Without converting to 120VAC, they now have a better option for bright lighting that conserves precious watt-hours.
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We hope that you will comment and challenge us to find useful high efficiency products for this growing niche. Renewables are the future!
If you don’t want to look at bright LED “dots”, then you need a diffuser. (Shoplight Solutions is not offering aluminum channel with a diffuser.) Airelight integrates LED lighting into a ceramic diffuser mounted on an aluminum flat bar. The total thickness for this bright light is only 0.2″. Just use a router to put a shallow recess in wood or plastic and you have a elegant light.
Contact us for more information. Below is a picture of the sample that we can send out.
Bright White Hi-Lumen, Pro-grade strip has been a great seller. People appreciate the 17% increase in brightness along with the thicker copper and best adhesive. Shoplight Solutions is now stocking the Warm White in the hi-lumen version. It is now an option throughout our store.
Please consider the hi-lumen, pro-grade strip for your next project
We can special order strip up to 150 lumens/Watt, 24VDC. If you are using solar power, then this high level of efficiency is important.
The Color Rendering Index of sun light is 100. Typical florescent bulbs are 50-60. Shoplight Solution LED products range from 70-83. Many applications require high CRI such as art and wood finishing where true color are critical. Studies show that you will feel better with higher CRI light. We can now special order 94 CRI LED strip. The cost is less than you would expect. Contact us for more details
Thanks to the Woodworkers of Central Ohio (WOCO) for the opportunity to present Introduction to LEDs. I had fun preparing it and presenting it. I especially appreciate the great questions and high level of interest. The feedback was good too. The hands-on conversion of a shop light especially in interesting and I gave away 2 converted fixtures. I really hope to give this presentation through out the mid-west.
Also, a number of WOCO members asked me to visit their shops to discuss their lighting. I brought various relevant LED samples so we could see the lights operate in their shop. The visits seemed to clear up confusion about the available options and help them proceed with upgrades. I helped some of them make a conversion as well. These look to be needed services that I am happy to provide.
If you need an on-site visit or would like to discuss a presentation for your organization. Please contact me at email@example.com