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Beyond The Tube

By Ryan Iversen on 04/13/2019


Beyond The Tube

Shop lights, lights that we need to light up our work spaces like garages, workshops, work benches and even places like warehouses and stores. For years, this type of lighting was dominated by fluorescent light fixtures and the iconic tubes they used. But those are now relics of the past and LED have taken their place as they have done with other lighting sources. In this article, we will be going over the shop lights that TORCHSTAR has to offer so you can think beyond the tube.

So why have fluorescent lights fallen out of favor and why have LEDs taken their place? Well, a few reasons for that actually. For one, LED doesn’t contain toxic mercury vapor. This vapor is a key part of how fluorescent lights actually do light up, but it makes disposing of these lights very complicated when they do burn out. While for a time CFLs, compact fluorescent lights, were hailed as the future of energy efficient lights, LEDs have seen proven to be the most energy efficient and eco-friendly light known. LED also last much longer than fluorescent, from 25,000 and up to 50,000 or more hours in their overall lifespans. LEDs and fluorescents also produce lights in very different ways. Fluorescents are part of the HID, or high-intensity discharge, group of lights that work by exciting gas in an enclosure with electric current to produce light. LEDs are a solid state light that works by passing current through a semiconductor that produces light as a result.

Now don’t go and get rid of your old fluorescent fixtures just yet, you can still get the benefits of LED even with your old fixtures. TORCHSTAR has created replacement LED T8 tubes for those that don’t need to replace their whole fixture just yet. These replacement tubes are hybrid types, meaning they work both with and without a ballast, depending on the setup of your old fluorescent fixture. They just install into your fixture and are ready to light. You can get them with a clear or frosted diffuser and these lights are both UL and DLC certified so their quality is guaranteed. Also unlike fluorescent lights, these LED tubes instantly turn on without any warm up needed.

If you’re looking to totally replace your old fluorescent fixtures, then TORCHSTAR has plenty of lights for you to choose from. These LED shop lights can mimic the look of single and two tube fluorescent fixtures to fit your preferences. The lights that mimic the two tube fluorescent fixtures are very easy to install thanks to the plug-n-play design as well as being linkable. You can connect up to 5 of these lights in a single run to fit any application you have for them. These lights can be both surface mounted or suspended with the included hardware.

Another choice for replacing your old fluorescent fixture is the LED wraparound light. These lights are easy to surface mount onto the ceiling and wire really quickly. The diffuser offers a different and unique look to help create the right ambience for your office, workshop or even garage. They come in both 4000K neutral white and 5000K daylight to fit your preference. They only need 40W of power to output 4000lm or more, so you will save on your energy bill when you replace your old 100W fluorescent fixtures.

If you need to light up a large space like a warehouse or a gym, then TORCHSTAR also has a light for you. The linear high bay light’s 13200lm output and 110W energy consumption make it an excellent choice for replacing old 400W fluorescent fixtures. It guarantees to reduce your energy consumption thanks to its DLC & ETL certification. This high bay light also works with 1-10V dimmers, letting you adjust the brightness of the light to the level you want.

When you need a bright light to light up your work areas and replace your old fluorescent fixture, TORCHSTAR has multiple options for you to choose from.

Product reference:

LED Linkable Utility Shop Light

LED Linkable Utility Shop Light- Motion Activated

LED Garage Light Wraparound- Square

LED Garage Light Wraparound- Round

LED 2FT Linear High Bay Light

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