Sunday, January 23, 2011
Let There Be Light
It all started when one of the fluorescent fixtures just fell out of the ceiling and was hanging by the wire. Of course one of the bulbs fell out and broke. Seems the previous owners installed the fixture on the wallboard seam, but not in a stud, and not even with molly bolts. After that catastrophe, we decided to evaluate the lights in the garage. With the cold weather, the older fluorescent fixtures were slow to come on and flickering when it was too cold.
Since I hand brush most of my glazes in the garage and sometimes I work in there, and Gary said he can't even find his tools unless it's daylight, we decided we needed more light. We got the lights with daylight bulbs. One ballast in another fixture was out so we needed to fix that too. Sad but true, we found out it's less expensive to purchase a whole new light fixture than to replace the ballast. Pays to check prices that's for sure. Why must we pay more to recycle things than buy new things?
Oh, fluorescent bulbs or CFLs, have mercury in them which is toxic when they break and when they are disposed of. Many have gone into landfills for years and leached into ground water. Perhaps Edison bulbs aren't that bad after all. The question of what type of light is best remains; it's still an inefficient world we live in. Anyway I digress.
Let there be light, and now there is in our garage. I just looked and it is like the heavens have opened up with light. I'm sorry I don't have a photo of what it looked like with the old lights. You'll just have to believe me when I say it's a huge difference. Also we have the light installed over my work table instead of behind me. Now there isn't a shadow on the work.
If you need workspace light, try some of these daylight fluorescent fixtures. As long as the temps stay above 0 F we'll be OK. I like these light fixtures with the diffusers, the dust bunnies and spiders can't get in there as easily. Dust bunnies and spiders are Ok by themselves, but when the spider webs and bunnies get together they make quite a mess. Then there's the mood enhancement properties of more light in our winter working environment. My tired old eyes are very happy now and so are Gary's. Now I can work on the sculptural work I've been thinking about lately. Comments are always welcome.