Moving from normal bulbs to Leds, help needed

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  1. nic14

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    Hello All,

    I am looking for some advice to change the lights I currently have in my garage.
    The garage at the moment is fitted with 14 (50W) regular spot light. Those give very poor light
    and I believe they do use a lot of energy for the light they produce.

    I asked around and I was told to replace those light with “LEDS”
    I want to take this a step at the time to make sure I get it correctly so I will probably have many questions.

    My garage is 7.3m by 3,7m and I use it also to shoot youtube tutorial videos for my projects,
    so some extra light would probably benefit.

    Question 1:
    Can standard led strips of warm white of 12v be used, the type you can cut every 3 leds or must be a specific types?

    Many Thanks for your help

    Nic
     
  2. dl324

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    I'm skeptical of getting adequate lighting from LED strips. Is replacing the current spot lights with similar LED bulbs not an option?
     
  3. ian field

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    One of the UK DIY outlets is doing a special price on LED GU10s, they work on regular mains and only use about 3 - 4W.
     
  4. crutschow

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    I have used LED replacements for my recessed spotlights and they work well, giving out more light than the supposedly equivalent CFL bulbs.
     
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  6. ian field

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    LED replacements for regular light bulbs seem to be taking a long time to catch up. I keep looking around various stores and find the biggest equivalency hasn't broken the 60W barrier, and the prices seem to suggest they're not all that eager to sell any!

    Another option is LED replacement tubes for strip lighting fittings - but I think you have to rip out the ballast and re-wire the fitting.
     
  7. blocco a spirale

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    LED floodlights make excellent workshop lights and are relatively inexpensive.
     
  8. ian field

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    Come to that, you can use LED worklights - hang them from the rafters and you can take one down any time to use on the end of its lead.
     
  9. Roderick Young

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    I see you're in the Netherlands? I don't know if the same lights are available near you, but at Costco (a US retailer), LED fixtures that replace standard fluorescent tube lights are readily available, and not too expensive, either. The lights are sufficiently bright that our two-car garage is lit by just 44 watts, total.
     
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  10. boatsman

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    There is a very big electrical shop in Amsterdam, I don't remember whether it's near the Dam or near the flower market, but they will probably have what you are looking for.
     
  11. ian field

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    They probably have Lidl and Aldi, which I think are both German.

    Aldi is some distance from me, so I don't see their offers much, but I've had a LED worklight from Lidl and they have done LED security floodlights in the past.

    The problem is; these items aren't regular stock - they release a leaflet every week with the offers on the following Monday and Thursday. If you don't buy while they're in, you have to wait till it comes round again.
     
  12. bertus

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    Hello,

    In holland we also have large DIY shops like Hornbach, Gamma, Praxis, Karwei and Formido.
    All of them have a collection of led lamps and armatures.
    I have bought some TL-lookalike lights with leds at Hornbach.

    kitchenlights.jpg

    Bertus
     
  13. Brownout

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  14. strantor

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  15. nic14

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    Hello All,
    going trough all the replies and checking the various links provided, I have finally made my decision
    Now I just need to pick between 2 sizes for which I wanted to ask your feedback.

    Type one is 150CM long and 3400lm
    https://www.lampdirect.nl/philips-coreline-wt120c-led-3400lm-840-150cm

    Type two is 120CM long and 4000lm
    https://www.lampdirect.nl/philips-coreline-wt120c-led-4000lm-840-120cm

    Putting aside the Consume for a second, which one do you think will illuminate the garage more?

    Many Thanks for all your valuable feedback, and I apologize if I went completely the opposite
    way of what some suggested :)

    Nic
     
  16. strantor

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    They are made by the same manufacturer and have identical color temp so I assume the one with the higher lumens rating (your "type 2") would be brighter.
     
  17. nic14

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    but it's 30cm shorter than type 1, would that have much impact?
     
  18. Brownout

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    Probably the light would be slightly less distributed.
     
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