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    I'm wondering about light bulb options. The barn currently has a mix of regular incandescent bulbs and the newer swirly fluorescent ones. They have those glass jar-like covers, so light bulbs would have to be small enough to fit.

    Fluorescent bulbs take a while to warm up and reach full brightness. The barn is fairly bright, but I'd like to get it really bright. Does anyone have recommendations for bulbs that put out a lot of light without being too big for the covers? Are LED light bulbs worth the cost?
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  • #2
    well, get used to the swirly ones, because the incandescent ones are being phased out (though I do prefer them in applications where they don't stay on long, like in my laundry room with the nifty timer switch, motion activated, loff it, best thing I ever put in the house)

    Those swirly bulbs come in many different sizes and brightness. I have no idea how the LED works in a serious application. they certainly put out a lot of light in a small package. I suppose you could get one and try it. The upside they are supposed to use even less power than the fluorescent ones (was there not something about fluorescent lights that made them difficult/illegal to dump into house hold trash? I am thinking tubular ones...)

    However, you can always put in those old fashioned fluorescent lights, they do come with wire cages for shop applications.

    I do think sometimes a big light surface is not a bad thing.


    • #3
      I was just in Home Depot yesterday in the electrical department talking with one of the guys that works there about LED and how they are currently cost prohibitive. He said to just wait a yr or so and the cost should come down significantly. So, if you can manage with the curley cue ones for a yr or so, you might find the LED lights affordable.

      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


      • #4
        Buy CFLs (the swirly ones) that say "instant on" on the box - they don't take as long to warm up. And because they're more efficient than incandescents (and draw fewer watts) you can put in a 100 watt equivalent (23 watt CFL) and get more light while still using less power. The 23 watt bulbs should fit in those fixtures, but maybe try one first just to be sure, you may have to go 20 watt (equal to a 75 watt incandescent).

        Also, if you look for the ones marked "bright white" they're a different color temperature and will look brighter in the barn.

        Finally, make sure the ones you buy have the Energy Star logo on the package, they've been tested to meet certain standards and are higher quality bulbs.

        Why yes, I do work in energy efficiency...


        • #5
          Hate'm Hate'm...hoarding my clear 300watt shop bulbs.
          Buying them up...
          Make sure LED is safe for barn since some produce to much heat..

          Tube flourescent in my aisles and wash stall feed room etc...have clear tube sleeves over them to make shatter safe.
          Only lost 1 set in wash stall in 5 yrs to head tosser....


          • #6
            For really bright light, go with the 8-foot high output tubes. Make sure you get the
            cold weather ballast.

            The current crop of LED bulbs have radio interference problems, especially on the AM broadcast band -- which is where all the good sports broadcasts are.
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            • #7
              We shifted to these:


              They screw into existing fixtures and are reasonably close to instant on. I have been very pleased with them. It did take a little while to get used to the color difference in the light; now I find it quite acceptable.

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