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    Frosted or clear LED light?

    Like the title says, should I get frosted or clear lense LED lights?

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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    What will these lights be used for?
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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

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    What will these lights be used for?
    Garage lighting, working on the car, I also detail in there. However I detail with the door open. I have the current lights on and notice when they are off. I currently have a few regular tube lights, but two fixtures don’t work I think because bulbs are are. I told myself I wouldn’t replace those bulbs, and just get new led lights.
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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    Ah, ok.

    Your original title didn't mention it. No opinion here per say.

    I'm a guy with no garage that works in the sun. (The original LED light). Lol
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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    4 footers?

    Feit makes ballast bypass LEDs to retro t8/t12 lights. They work great.
    I got mine at Menards. They have a frosted lens

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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

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    4 footers?

    Feit makes ballast bypass LEDs to retro t8/t12 lights. They work great.
    I got mine at Menards. They have a frosted lens
    Yes 4 foot. Are they plug and play, or do you need to remove the ballast?
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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coopers ST View Post
    Yes 4 foot. Are they plug and play, or do you need to remove the ballast?
    plug and play, T5s

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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    IMO, frosted. The clear ones you can actually see each LED reflect and it gets distracting when you’re trying to see defects on paint.
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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    Typically, in order to achieve uniform lighting in the room use frosted fixtures.

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    Re: Frosted or clear LED light?

    Quote Originally Posted by BSoares View Post
    IMO, frosted. The clear ones you can actually see each LED reflect and it gets distracting when you’re trying to see defects on paint.
    Very true.

    Not only is it a little distracting, but LED lights with a single element, multiple LED elements packed into a small space, and even halogen work lights focus the light into such a narrow area it makes seeing swirls difficult. A frosted lens over the light source diffuses the light a bit and spreads the light more evenly across the surface to keep you from getting dazzled or distracted by the light source.

    A couple weeks ago I picked up a new LED light stand to replace my old halogen rig (which caught fire!). Not only are the lenses slightly frosted, but the LED elements are scattered across the entire surface of the light head. It does a great job on interior jobs around the house and I'm really looking forward to using it for detailing.
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