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Old 12-08-2011, 12:39 AM   #1
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Cheap 48" T8 (2x32 watt) Shop Lights that work!


I have received a lot of attention about some shop lights I found pretty cheap (~$35) at Home Depot recently, so I decided to make a new thread with the pictures of them for everyone with questions. These lights will fit any tank that is 48 inches...55, 75, 90, and maybe a few more.

Here is a link to the exact light.:

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/lightin...ure-38673.html

Here are the specs and such:
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The Lithonia Lighting Diamond Plate 2-Light Chrome Ceiling Fluorescent Shop Light Fixture is ideal for use in workshops, utility rooms and garages. This ceiling light also has a "lift-and-shift" white acrylic diffuser for tool-free lamp replacement.

Chrome finish with diamond-plate housing
White acrylic diffuser offers tool-free lamp replacement
Uses two 32-watt T8 fluorescent lamps (not included)
For use with non-dimmable switches only
Suitable for damp locations
UL listed
Mounting hardware included
MFG Brand Name : Lithonia Lighting
MFG Model # : 1241DP RE
MFG Part # : 146V5F


Assembled Depth (in.) : 7-5/8 in
Assembled Height (in.) : 2-7/8 in
Assembled Width (in.) : 49-7/8 in
CSA Listed : Yes
Collection Name : Lithonia Lighting
Color/Finish Family : Chrome
ETL Listed : No
Exterior Lighting Product Type : Decorative Fluorescent
Item Package Type : Cardboard Container
Manufacturer Warranty : 1 year
Maximum Bulb Wattage : 32 W
Number of Bulbs Required : 2
Product Weight (lb.) : 7 lb
Returnable : 90-Day
UL Listed : 1-UL Listed
Wattage (watts) : 32 W
Here is a "regular" shop light with one bulb installed. These are as cheap as $15 and can be had in white or brushed aluminum like this. They will work, but as you can see the reflective properties are lacking (and they are flimsy as hell.) Picture was taken with flash on, notice that you only see one bulb and just a little reflection...

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Here is my "Redneck T8NO"...take note of the "extra bulbs" that are clearly visible as reflections...

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Another shot. FYI, I haven't polished these or anything, I actually haven't even ever cleaned them and I probably need too...

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I know Diamond Plate is not for everyone. I kind of like it, but they could easily be rattle canned any color you like. I'm thinking flat balck this weekend if I have time. Alternatively, you could hide them in a hood, or hang them. Keep in mind, they are standard T8s...so hang them high at your lighting capabilities detriment.

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And finally a shot from the side, just for grins. I'm running two of them, one might do it depending on your tank. Three might even be fun. (Damn...they really are dirty, lol)

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FAQ:
Yes they come with 3 prong plugs and on/off chains.
No, they are not at all flimsy.
No, they don't get excessively hot.
Yes, I think you could replace the ballast and upgrade if you so desired.
Yes, my plants are growing...well.


That is all. Feel free to ask anything you think I didn't cover.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:45 AM   #2
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Those are awesome lights. I may invest in some for the racks I am planning in the spring. And DIAMOND PLATE ROCKS!!!!! (Yes, I am a city hick, and am waiting to see how many people ask what "rattle canning" means.)

What type of bulbs do you have in them?
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I love diamond plate, I don't think it's redneck, it's industrial.

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I love diamond plate, I don't think it's redneck, it's industrial.

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Redneck, industrial. It is amazing how often those two cross paths. Lol.
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Those are awesome lights. I may invest in some for the racks I am planning in the spring. And DIAMOND PLATE ROCKS!!!!! (Yes, I am a city hick, and am waiting to see how many people ask what "rattle canning" means.)

What type of bulbs do you have in them?

Right now I'm running...

2: Insanely priced ZooMed "FloraSun" bulbs (read as you just payed too much for a 5500k bulb) in one fixture.

and...

2: $8.00 for the pair, GE 6500k "daylight" bulbs (read as you just pulled your head out of your arse and realized if you don't buy things with "Aquarium" or "Fish Tank" in the label you save tons of money)


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I love diamond plate, I don't think it's redneck, it's industrial.

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Naw...it's redneck...'dem industrialists done stole dat ide'er from us rednecks...
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Right now I'm running...

2: Insanely priced ZooMed "FloraSun" bulbs (read as you just payed too much for a 5500k bulb) in one fixture.

and...

2: $8.00 for the pair, GE 6500k "daylight" bulbs (read as you just pulled your head out of your arse and realized if you don't buy things with "Aquarium" or "Fish Tank" in the label you save tons of money)


ROFL!!! I have one of the ZooMed T5HO bulbs and it was like 40 bucks. I think Lol. *facepalm*

Lol. I was just going to suggest the GE bulbs. I know Wal-Mart sells them. Did you find them anywhere else? And the saving tons of money is why I started using dome lamps from Loews, and the GE spiral CFL bulbs from Wal-Mart that are like 5 bucks for 2 of them.
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Naw...it's redneck...'dem industrialists done stole dat ide'er from us rednecks...
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ROFL!!! I have one of the ZooMed T5HO bulbs and it was like 40 bucks. I think Lol. *facepalm*

Lol. I was just going to suggest the GE bulbs. I know Wal-Mart sells them. Did you find them anywhere else? And the saving tons of money is why I started using dome lamps from Loews, and the GE spiral CFL bulbs from Wal-Mart that are like 5 bucks for 2 of them.
I live in the middle of no where...I have adapted to finding things that serve purposes they were never intended for. Luckily, my little mom & pop Ace Hardware has the 6500ks for sale. Wal-Mart might as well...I don't know.

I'm not poo-pooing some of the sweet T5HO setups or anything like that, they are awesome. Simple fact is, you don't need to spend that much money...just like dirt vs. other substrates. Dirt works, so do the others...dirt might require a bit more effort, but it's not inferior just because it's cheap.

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I live in the middle of no where...I have adapted to finding things that serve purposes they were never intended for. Luckily, my little mom & pop Ace Hardware has the 6500ks for sale. Wal-Mart might as well...I don't know.

I'm not poo-pooing some of the sweet T5HO setups or anything like that, they are awesome. Simple fact is, you don't need to spend that much money...just like dirt vs. other substrates. Dirt works, so do the others...dirt might require a bit more effort, but it's not inferior just because it's cheap.



I know what you mean. I have a T5HO fixture on my emersed tub. The only reason I have it is cuz I got it on sale for 50 bucks, and was going to use it on a 45 gallon tank. Sold the tank, couldn't part with the light. As for dirt, don't think I will use anything else. I have some Aqua Soil I am going to try, but I got it for free. Why spend tons of money for that when you can get dirt and sand for a fraction of the cost? Better on the wallet and saves my life as the fiancee doesn't want to kill me for spending way too much money on fancy dirt for a water box with some weeds in it. Lol.
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i have 2 of the first pic, got them for $10 each from walmart. + $14 in bulb = $24 total. not bad

saw the same light(homedebot link) at lowes for $15 each + $8 in bulb = $23 total.
not BAD... but it came in white and black not sure if there any Diamond Plate one.

are you running glass top on that tank?
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Great thread, shows you don't need to spend big $$$ to grow plants. Thanks for starting this.

BUT those aren't Cheap! Next to those in HomeDepot are the $9.99 4' T-12 hanging fixtures offered in your choice of White, White or White. Yours are high tech compared to mine.

I run two of the REAL Cheap fixtures over 4-20Ls placed Side x Side as my grow-out farm. Here's what I grew in one tank with T-12 tubes. Tubes bought in a 10 pack called the contractors box $19.99.

Emersed tank (3 months)




Sumersed tank (1 month)

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That's some nice looking Downoi Dogfish.
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are you running glass top on that tank?
Most of the time, no. I put them on when I leave town for a few days, simply to help keep the heat in (I turn down the house thermostat).


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Great thread, shows you don't need to spend big $$$ to grow plants. Thanks for starting this.

BUT those aren't Cheap! Next to those in HomeDepot are the $9.99 4' T-12 hanging fixtures offered in your choice of White, White or White. Yours are high tech compared you mine.
My lights might be High Tech, but you sir have the high tech dog poo substrate. That my friend, is priceless.
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*Confusing image of a redneck somehow inspiring Trent Reznor*

To me, redneck implies duct tape, Mickey Mouse rigging, and mismatching tack. I think those lights are just dazzling.

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