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LED Workshop lighting

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by heyrob, 14 Jan 2021.

  1. heyrob

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    Hi


    I am looking to upgrade the lighting in my garage from 2 very old single florescent tubes, both situated at the same end, to LED.


    The garage is approx. 5m x 2.7m single garage with a sloped roof onto the side of the house (approx. 4m at its highest down to 2.5m) and is used as a workshop for general DIY and woodwork. So I would like it quite bright.


    I have read a lot of forums and reviews suggesting Barrina: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barrina-In...child=1&keywords=barrina&qid=1610621052&sr=8-

    The main issue seems to be that they have the wrong plug as they are 110V, although it seems UK reviewers have fitted a UK plug / hard wired as the voltage range is 75-260v. is this recommended? My other challenge is the link cables seem short and not readily available.


    I am leaning toward the linkable LED as they will be easy for me to install a number of tubes without significant wiring (of which I am openly not confident on and wouldn't attempt anything other than straight swaps). I can plug 6 LED batons into one plug socket and then eventually hardwire into one switch. My initial thought is to attach one to every other joist along the length of the garage.


    My questions are:


    Are the linkable LEDs as good as the reviews suggest? Probably a silly question as what's the point of reviews if I don't listen to them, but I would appreciate thoughts as most reviewers aren’t UK based.


    Does anyone know of any similar UK alternatives which I am finding hard to source? I have only found one but they aren’t quite as bright and slightly more expensive, although I'm happy to pay that for the right option. https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/KBUCLED22.html they also have longer link leads available. Are these sufficient and I am overthinking the brightness?


    Am I missing a better alternative?


    thanks
     
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    Similar space
    I recently added 4 strip lights to a garage , made sure the Colour temp was around 6500K , which is daylight , rather than the cool/warm whites
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/twin-5ft...lm/5440r#product_additional_details_container
    2 was enough to give a good light to the space, about the size of a family car - BUT as a workshop, actually we installed 4 off , and 2 switched separately, for the occasional use
     
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    I'll suggest leaving the existing lights in place in case you want to go back to them after experimenting with LED
     
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