does anyone know which way to go on garage lighting - pulse start metal halide or T5HBO fluorescent - need to update lighting and need to know which is best bet - running costs / efficiency etc
Re: garage lighting
Posted by Ian Baxter on October 10, 2008, 6:07 pm, in reply to "garage lighting"
Hello Ken, Bit of a question this. T5 is fairly new is more expensive and long term reliability? will you ever get your money back? Metal Halide units are alot cheaper but lamps (bulbs) are not cheap but are getting cheaper. Reliability has got much better, I fitted some of these units a few years ago and they failed early compared to other units in building, but the ones fitted sinse are still O.K. (Hey the lights have gone out). If I was you I would try your local Electrical factors and if they are any good they should do a site visit, and let you know how many fitting you will need for correct light (lux) and running costs etc. (I Have the miss fortune of being a qualified electrician. Don't ask. When did it all go wrong).but without getting all PC please be aware of any regs you may have to observe if doing it yourself.
Its Not Easy!!!!!
Re: garage lighting
Posted by Phil Dunmore on October 13, 2008, 11:53 pm, in reply to "garage lighting" Philip Dunmore
Fitted new lighting to my new workshop a couple of years ago. I started with Electrical Factor, as Ian said, they sent a rep from lighting company. He provided a sample unit of each type. We ended up with half each. Higher area at 5.5m has Halide, lower at 4m floro's.
The halides have a start up time with poor output gradually increasing for about 10 mins, then very good. If power is interupted will not restart for some minutes so must have altermnative or you will be in the dark one day!
Floro's are instant. Light also very good, wider spread due to bulb spacing.
Not sure about your tech description but halides had latest bulb available, floro's each have four U shaped tubes. Think they cost about 50 each average(halides less, floros more). No problems yet.
Also important is position. Close to but not in front of rooflights, between vehicles not above.