I like the idea of using LEDs. However and for now, I have good old T-8 flourescent lights; two 4 foot fixtures on each side using one bulb in each fixture.
I shaped the first 5 boards without proper lights.
Then I setup a shaping bay with sidelights.
The mistakes are so much more visible with the sidelights and it´s so much easier to see what you are doing. It´s really a big difference.
Never again without.
Lighting is everything.
Without it, lumps and bumps lurk in the shadows.
Admitted lighting freak.
Many adjustments over the years.
These are the best I've ever had.
I'm on my 11th shaping room.
12' of lights.
Set in a box, not under a shelf to channel ight outward toward blank & no light escaping to the floor to bounce back up a lose the contrast of the blank and the dark floor.
I also installed the light deflectors to remove the glare of the lights.
Surfboards made by hand. Not machine.
This is my dream set up...........;)
Sunshine Coast (hoax) Queensland Australia
Working on boards number 9,10,11,.......
LED replacement bulbs are now available for the old T8 flourescents for about ten bucks (American). They will last quite a long time. You can get rid of the ballasts with no more flickering and ballast/starter issues. They are also MUCH brighter. They are the way to go and worth the initial cost.
BTW, I'm buying 4 LED bulbs to give this T-8 swap out a shot. Great recommendation.
Where do you buy those?
Do they replace the 8' bulb, or the entire fixture?
Hi Barry, You've got a real talent going. You put out some nice stuff, onya. As much as I hate to direct someone to the "big Boxes" but they may be your best bet. A good hardware store will have them and you can order them online. As a matter of fact, Amazon just had a deal on them a month ago. I haven't seen any eight footers, only fours. They don't replace the fixture, you just eliminate the ballast and wire direct to the tabs. Back to back fours will work to get eight. I am not bothered by the short shadow where the two fours meet. If you have room, you can overlap to get away from the end to end thing if it is that critical to you. Cheers.
I picked up some LED fixtures that can be linked together for 8' or 12' lengths. I am in the process of buidling a new shaping room and it will be a long way away before I can show you how it turns out. http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/lighting/products/shop...
These may be ellligble for an eco rebate depending on where you live. I figure the led strip will outlast me. No more bulbs. They are dimmable and will work well in colder climates. They came in around $65 Canadian which is about $2 US haha.
my new, high flexible shaping bay is finally finished and is waiting for new projects:
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