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    Best shop investment

    Couple pics of the best shop investment I have ever made. Proper lighting is a must and now I understand that. Used daylight deluxe bulbs. 5 of the 4 footers are wired on the back side of the return for the main lights. So I can turn them off at any location, when the rest go off, but on only at one location. Ran the wire in conduit, seeing as how I might need to know that someday. I used these lights from Home Depot.
    http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fa...atalogId=10053



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    Nice work Steve. Really makes a difference having the light where you need it and being consistent. I've been replacing some of the old fixtures in my shop with the ones my nephew got for me. The T8's with the newer ballasts really make a difference too, no more waiting for the lights to stop flickering, come on quick too.
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    That's the next thing I have to do. My lighting stinks. Way too many shadows and dark spots. I need to put them on a series as well. Now I have to plug most in separately. My problem is a low ceiling as well. I have to fit them up in between joists.

    I like the way you have them set up. That should brighten things up a bit. Good price on the lights as well
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    Good investment Steve and good work too. You got a fair bit of practice with the bending of conduit there. Do i see a few bends that were er uh er short and took a bend in the wrong direction. Just teasing.
    cheers

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    Rob, if you could see it in person, you would see the mistakes. Like anything, if we don't practice, we don't learn.
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    Nice bends in that conduit! Doing two 90° 'ells' in the same length, and keeping them in the same plane, can be challenging. DAMHIKT...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    if we don't practice, we don't learn.
    Now you did it. You're going to get all kinds of offers from members to let you practice at their shops.

    Great work. Decent lighting is a key to safety and enjoyment in the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Nice bends in that conduit! Doing two 90° 'ells' in the same length, and keeping them in the same plane, can be challenging. DAMHIKT...
    Thanks Jim, that's all we do for 2 hours a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    5 of the 4 footers are wired on the back side of the return for the main lights. So I can turn them off at any location,

    I thought I understood basic wiring, but I don't grasp that sentence.
    What does "back side of the return" mean in that context?
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post

    I thought I understood basic wiring, but I don't grasp that sentence.
    What does "back side of the return" mean in that context?
    Me too...why... off at any location, when the rest go off, but on only at one location.
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