I’ve been on a quest, about a month now, to find the “PERFECT” LED lighting for my “fab room”. Right now I have a ceiling fan and it’s 3 bulb light fixture and two led shop lights on chains over two areas. I’ve spent a good bit of time online at Amazon as well as online and in person at Home Depot and Lowe’s reviewing various lights and options. My initial specs were LED, flat or minamal stick out from ceiling and dimmable. The first two are fairly duable but adding the dimmable really limits your options, at least from what I could find. I gave up the dimmable feature for now.
Here is a short list of my top five choices after a few months of on and off again research.
- Lowe’s Good Earth 4ft $129 4,800 lumens 72w
- HD 1000-532-323 $149 5,500 lumens
- HD 1000-532-443 $94 3,000 lumens
- Sam’s Club 4ft LED $35ea @ 4,500 lumnes by 4ft (double led)
- LeeValley Special $39ea @ 3,800 lumens by 4ft – Slimlight LED Fixture
To help push things along and get it done LeeValley sent me a promo email about one of their “Special Buys”. This time it was a $39.95 LED strip light that is chainable and has a pretty minimal footprint. With a lumen count of 3,800 it is pretty bright, at least on paper, and the price is very good from what I’ve seen.
The two existing shop lights are from Sam’s Club are 4ft wide with two led strips within a typical shop light fixture for about $35 each and 4,500 lumens. Not bad and it’s worked well to date but having to manually pull the chain to turn them on and off and the mounting on chains a few feet down from ceiling is not ideal. For this area I want to have a nice bright and consistent light available as soon as I walk into the room. I think the lights I ordered from LeeValley will fit this need very well.
The following is NOT scientific but did help me determine if the improvements were in my head or had some teeth.