I made a shop upgrade tonight that I am pretty happy with. The fluorescent lighting in my shop just never seemed bright enough. I have four double lamp fluorescent fixtures. Tonight I replaced two of the fixtures with triple lamp fixtures. While I was at it I purchased 6500k T8 32W lamps for the fixtures. I wanted a more natural daylight feel and that's what I got with these lamps.
The triple fixtures came from Home Depot and are the Black Diamond Plates style. I like the look of these fixtures. They look much nicer than the old cheap white fixtures I was using.
Next week after my wallet gets over the pain of $122 worth of lights I'll replace the other two fixtures. The Black Diamond Plate were $39 a piece and I bought 10 of the lamps for over $30.
I considered replacing the lamps with LED shop lights but the upfront cost is just so high I couldn't do it. As it is I think I'm happy with the fluorescent 6500k because they are so white. The LED lights had an expected life of 28 years so I guess it pays for itself over the long run. Unfortunately my wallet is on the short run.
DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.