I read an article in home power magazine about LED florescent tubes. They bought them on e-bay to replace T-8s for about $12 each.The t-8s draw 46 watts the led use 20 watts.
I have a boat load of t-8 fixtures in 4 and two bulb configurations.
Since then I have replaced about 9 fixtures most in studio and some in kiln loading area. I still have about 5 left to do but am now testing them. They come is warm and cold lights and clear and striped (diffused).I have mixed some warm and cold in the studioand the light quality is good . Outside kiln area I want the most light so I chosse the 6500 clear bulbs. These are all plastic lens and are made in china. They say 50,000 hours.
These bulbs operate on 120 volts and you need to cut the ballast out of the circuit. So one end of fixture wires to the nuetral the other end wires to the hot wire. You can leave the ballest in place or remove it.These tend to be brighter or as bright as the t-8s.In our area we have expensive power so this will make sense in the long run-within two years the bulbs will be close to free..
Mark C.Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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Full time production potter since graduating with a BA from Humboldt State in Northern Ca. Been doing art shows since early 70's.I'm a glaze and fire potter-pots are the canvas-
I do juried art shows in the western states-I have several galleries in Nor-Cal that carry my work.i have two reduction kilns a slat kiln and several electrics and a raku kiln as well.
Clay has shaped my life since a high school class. I have been involved with all types of ceramics from slab to slipware to throwing. I have settled on High fire porcelain production wares for the kitchen as a livelihood. I make all glazes from scratch and I specialize in brightly colored wares for everyday use that are durable.
My family is/was all teachers except me from elementary to collage level art Professor. I choose a different path -really it choose me.
I am an ocean person . Other interests include Diving-underwater photo (have sold many a fish photo)-salvage diving-commercial diving some-Dive Travel around this planet
Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.I need the sea as its been around me since birth and plan on my ashes to go there as well.I have to many interests and to little time.
I have a few boston whaler boats for fishing and diving and do so every year during our brief summer ocean season here.
I have taken fish photos underwater for 30 years now and make ceramic fish from those experiences.
I still love clay and dealing with good customers.
I make salt ware for fun these days.
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Near Arcata Ca-redwood rain forest
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