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    what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    So we (the wife and I) bought a new house just outside of town with a big acre lot, and a big garage...

    I got a deal for 4x32w T8 fluorescent tube fixtures, but I don't know what color temperature to choose, I know that the CRI is important to get 85+,

    does 4000k make sense? 6500k makes more light, but does it look too bluish?

    any feedback appreciated!

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    Daylight bulbs, 5000k or do yourself a favor and go with LED tubes

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    5000k is what I would prefer, but we use led in my garage and home

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    5000K is the closest to pure noon day sun--6500K is too blue and 4000K is too yellow.

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    Yeah, and what's the best wax?

    I think I like 4000K, but you do seem to get used to the 5000K after a while.

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    6 fixtures x 4 bulbs, if I go with led tubes, I think the wife would kill me if she found out the price! in Canada the tubes are 25$ a pop thanks to the low value of our dollar... unless other canucks have found a better price?

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    No, those LED tubes are expensive, I think--also be careful I think I had looked into this and they don't put out as much light as the equivalent fluorescent tube.

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    Holy cow Rasky, that sounds too good to be true--so if I have a T12 fixture, I can just pull the ballast and wire direct and put in 2 T8 LED replacements, which together cost less than a T8 ballast?

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    Re: what fluorescent tube temperature for garage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Holy cow Rasky, that sounds too good to be true--so if I have a T12 fixture, I can just pull the ballast and wire direct and put in 2 T8 LED replacements, which together cost less than a T8 ballast?
    It may depend on the fixture so I would post your question to the thread to be sure, I'm just sharing all the great info someone else provided. I plan to go with the LED fixture setup he has listed in the first post, though I may get 5000k bulbs for $1 more.
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