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Voltage
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I am just about finished with my electronics work bench and need to apply 2 more coats of polyurethane. I need to add lighting and figured I would ask about best options and specs. The bench is 8 foot wide and 32" deep and is two layers so the lighting will be mounted under the top layer. Looks like a bunk bed. I need all the light I can get so I can see the best that is possible and would like to use LED lighting in either 2,3,or 4 foot lengths. I am thinking 4 foot x 2 or 4 pieces. But do I really need 4? That's why I am looking for advice. I guess the "daylight" color is best and I don't wanted the lights to generate a lot of unnecessary heat. How may lumens? 1,800 @ 5,000K? I found these and if they are any good I would have spares.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HBT3BVM/ref=emc_b_5_t?th=1

Uh, oh. The link above just went on special deal so I just purchased them. I think they will work and for the price I will be happy. 3 year warranty too. Comments on this will still be nice but when I see a deal, I go for it.

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I would say what you're asking is highly subjective.  Amount/color of light... etc.  For workbench doing electronics, lot's of light is better especially for the older eyes.  But if it also where you do software, you'll find quite the opposite is normally desired.  Software developers are often stereotyped as being cave dwellers.  But having to spend many hours in front of terminals is very hard on the eyes and often you find that the smart ones have switched to dark screen/app backgrounds and warmer tones.  You might want to check-out "circadian rhythm disruption studies" due to blue lighting... aka 5000K.  All new iPhone and Android phones typically have a warm tone shift feature in the evenings.  Anyway, since you're designing a "dream" workbench for yourself, you might do both.  Or... since you're obviously carpentry proficient, make a nice lighting system with one or multiple of the $15 tri-color light strips and be able to tune to 5000K, 2300K or any color and brightness level you desire.

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The preview of the link doesn't work but here is the description:

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I bought these super bright 6500K lights in a six pack and they were on sale for $42. But I see your points and the best way may be to have a few sets of lights and switch them as necessary. There is plenty of room to accommodate that. But I have to start somewhere and what I bought will be here tomorrow. Here is a partial pic of the workbench.

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https://www.waveformlighting.com/color-matching/top-4-things-to-consider-before-buying-6500k-daylight-led-bulbs

 

Did some reading. Interesting. Older eyes like mine definitely need good lighting but I seem to have more problems with shadows from blocking the light while working. Even paying bills at the kitchen table I create a shadow that is very annoying when making out checks. Looks like I bought the right range but I will find out soon enough. I don't really like stringing up a bunch of ribbon LED's as opposed to just having the T-8 style tube.

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@voltage Writing checks? Haven't done that for decades, either online or autopay. Sometimes the answer to a problem is to just not do that. YMMV.

It is considered poor judgement to traverse a chasm in 2 leaps.


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@voltage Just an FYI, I have about the same amount of space in the RV and I am looking forward to getting a full size (8' long) workbench with a back half shelf as well when I move into an apartment.

It is considered poor judgement to traverse a chasm in 2 leaps.


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Voltage
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Posted by: @zander

@voltage Writing checks? Haven't done that for decades, either online or autopay. Sometimes the answer to a problem is to just not do that. YMMV.

I hear ya on the writing of checks but I like the paper trail. I have been hosed by a newspaper company with recurring monthly payments where they were charging me twice a month. It ended up they had some new policy written in the fine print that you needed a magnifier to read that they had a new feature where they added extra content to the paper. Like food sections or other stuff that always used to be free. They only let you opt out after you caught them. I ended up getting a bunch of money back and dropped the newspaper.

 

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Posted by: @zander

@voltage Just an FYI, I have about the same amount of space in the RV and I am looking forward to getting a full size (8' long) workbench with a back half shelf as well when I move into an apartment.

My upper shelf is the same size as the lower one and is for 3D Printers. Should hold 4 of them comfortably. And I have 4. 😋 I overbuilt this and it weighs a ton and when I finish the last 2 coats of polyurethane I will be using a hydraulic jack to move it the 3 feet to the wall. There will also be pegboard in the back of the middle section. It will be nice.

 

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